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The Girl Who Disappeared Twice

This is the first in a new series by Harlequin author Andrea Kane, and much of the fun is the interaction between members of the Forensic Instincts, a team of private investigators. Did I mention that one of them is a dog? A retired FBI Victim Recovery dog, that is. You can learn more about him on Andrea Kane’s blog.

KANE, Andrea. The Girl Who Disappeared Twice. 400p. Mira. 2011. Tr $24.95. ISBN 978-0-7783-2984-8. LC number unavailable.  The Girl Who Disappeared Twice

Adult/High School–Kane, known for her historical romances, has written her second romantic thriller. A brilliant team of renegade investigators, the Forensic Instincts, has been hired to find the kidnapped five-year daughter of a high-powered couple with plenty of enemies. Hope Willis, a family court judge and mother of Krissy, not only has to suffer the anguish of her daughter’s kidnapping, but she also must relive the kidnapping of her twin sister 32 years prior. Casey, the charismatic and intuitive leader of the investigative team, which includes a techno-wizard and a former Navy Seal, is a likable character who has a sizzling relationship with Hutch, one of the FBI agents on the case. There are countless leads, including a mob connection, a disgruntled former employee of Judge Willis, some sleazy clients of Hope’s husband, the gardener and his wife, characters from the former kidnapping, and countless others. Though there are some coincidences that stretch credulity, this is a fast- paced, engaging story. Teens will respond to the tension, the smart characters, the non-stop action, the twists and turns, and the ultimate outcome. No doubt there will be more Forensic Instincts novels to follow.–Jane Ritter, Mill Valley School District, CA

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Angela Carstensen is Head Librarian and an Upper School Librarian at Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City. Angela served on the Alex Awards committee for four years, chairing the 2008 committee, and chaired the first YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adult committee in 2009. Recently, she edited Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation (ALA Editions, 2011). Contact her via Twitter @AngeReads.