Rating: 4 stars
Expected Publication: 22 March 2016
I got this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is the first book in the Faith McMann series and a new to me author.
Faith McMann came home with her kids to find her husband tied and gagged. Some men ransacked her house looking for 'it'. When they didn't find what they were looking for, they killed her husband in front of her, slashed her -but she miraculously survived- and took her daughter and son who were 11 and 9.
Trying to put her trauma and grief for her husband on hold until she finds her kids she embarked on a dangerous journey.
The police were looking but not fast enough for her. When she was forced to attend an anger management group, she met the wonderful Rage and Beast who with the help of her close family helped her solve the mystery of her missing kids. Since there was no ransom asked the only obvious reason for there abduction was child trafficking. That was a hard conclusion for her to reach but the most logical. So she did all she can and then some to try to reunite with her kids, despite the dangers of interfering with ruthless trafficking mobs.
The idea of the book is very interesting and new to me. I can't say it was easy reading about children abducted, abused and raped, but it felt so real. It made me wonder what really is happening to kids thrown into this kind of dangerous ring. It was so sad and heartbreaking, as a mom with young children it was so hard to read and imagine what these children went through. It broke my heart and made me cry.
The flow of the story was so good with the shifting between the chapters although some lines seemed a bit cliché.
The ending was not what I expected but I enjoyed it none the less, I do want to know what happens next so I will wait for book 2 in the series.
I gave it 4 stars although I was debating between 4 and 5. I really liked the story and will check other books by the author but the cliché lines bothered me a bit. That is my personal opinion. There was also the idea that the traffickers didn't just go ahead and kill Faith or even try was quite weird. Just calling her at the end to warn her to back off is not too believable for me.
In the end, I would highly recommend it to anyone who would be interested in reading realistic life tragedies.