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It's just a normal morning for Maria Colson as she takes her baby son Dylan to the corner store. She leaves him outside in his pram for a few seconds and the teenage girl who works in the store is keeping an eye on him, only leaving his side when she receives a phone call, by which time Maria is just about on her way out of the shop anyway.
However, as Maria is leaving the store she faces a mother's worst fear as she sees the pram is empty. She frantically looks round and sees her baby is being abducted into a waiting van.
Maria throws herself onto the van, but is violently thrown to the road where she is left for dead as the van vanishes without a trace.
As Maria fights for her life and her husband Lee keeps a beside vigil, the FBI and police across Seattle, search for Dylan.
Across the city, Seattle Mirror reporter Jason Wade is under a lot of pressure from his boss to bring in a big story, and the Colson kidnapping could be it.
Jason's determination to get a big story and Detective Grace Garner's determination to find baby Dylan, proves to be very difficult. On the surface, the Colsons are a hard-working couple. Former high school sweethearts. No problems. No enemies.
However, there are one or two things that simply don't add up.
Meanwhile, the clock is ticking, as the search is on to try and find baby Dylan alive and well.
With the words " At full throttle from the first page" emblazoned on the front cover as an endorsement from thriller writer, Linwood Barclay, together with "hold tight for a white knuckle ride" and further endorsements from other writers on the back cover, all pointing towards a gripping fast paced thriller, this book certainly caught my attention as it sat on the shelf in a charity shop. I didn't hesitate in my decision to buy it, even though I had never heard of the author Rick Mofina, the cover totally sold it to me and I hoped I wouldn't be disappointed.
I love a good thriller with a few twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end and thankfully with 'Every Fear', I got just that!
A tale of abduction, murder and revenge, this book is indeed all it promises on the cover.
I was drawn into the story right away from the first page (another thing I like in a good thriller) as mum Maria gets baby Dylan ready and heads off to the local store, only for her world to be turned upside down a few moments later as Dylan is abducted and Maria is left fighting for her life.
After the opening chapter, the tempo slows down as the hunt for baby Dylan and his abductor begins and we are introduced to the other characters that feature in the book.
The main character is reporter Jason Wade and his character is a likeable one and well developed by Mofina. He is a journalist and has to be tough, which he is, but he also demonstrates a softer side as he delves into the background of the Colsons and also develops an understanding with detective Grace Garner, whilst struggling to meet the demands of his boss, who shows no mercy by firing reporters who fail to deliver.
There is a hint of chemistry between Jason and Grace, but Grace has to be very cautious in her dealings with Jason and be mindful that he is a reporter in search of a big exclusive.
I found I was changing my mind several times throughout the book about the Colsons. After my initial sympathy for the couple, I found I was having doubts about them and wondered if all was as it seemed on the surface. I would then think I was wrong to doubt them, only to change my mind again, thanks to the little hints cleverly dropped into the story in just the right places.
As Maria is critically ill and Lee is assisting the police whilst maintaining a vigil at her bedside, the mystery and suspense surrounding the couple slowly builds, which heightens when an unexplainable link to the murder of a young woman and Lee Colson becomes apparent.
We are also introduced to baby Dylan's abductor, which saw me doubt the Colsons further, but then once again I found myself doubting my doubts!
This is what kept me turning the pages, as I was eager to get to the end and find out the truth and also I had no idea whether there would be a happy ending or not, or if Dylan would ever be found. And if he was, would it be too late?
I found it a very gripping read from start to finish.
The story is written in the third person and flows well after the initial abduction, building up to a tense climax. I can agree with the 'white-knuckle thrill ride' description on the cover, as this book plays out like a rollercoster ride with its dips and climbs.
It was only after reading this book that I realised Every Fear is actually the second book in a trilogy featuring reporter Jason Wade. The first being 'The Dying Hour'. I have to say though, that this book can easily be read as a stand alone novel. At no point did I feel as if I had 'missed something' about the character or life of Jason Wade, so whilst he features in two other books by Rick Mofina, I do not think you have to read them in order of their publication.
Having enjoyed this thriller, I will be looking up the other two books featuring Jason Wade as well as the other work by this author. If you enjoy a tense thriller which keeps you guessing then I can recommend Every Fear.