After an extensive but unsuccessful search, the family went on living without their daughter. The man could not remember if he got into a fight or any other details. He also could not remember where his daughter might have gone.
Police were alarmed and a search mission unfolded across the country, though it did not yield any results. Two years later, the Moiseenko family moved from their old house that was located close to a train station. The same year of the disappearance, two policemen in neighboring Russia, found an abandoned four-year-old girl at a train station in Ryazan, almost 1, km from Minsk. When I was found, I was holding a book stamped by a library of a small provincial town next to Ryazan.
This is why nobody could even think I could have come from Belorus. The police handed the four-year-old girl to a local psychological support center for children. She was supposed to go to an orphanage, but fate had other plans.
Irina Alpatova was a pharmacist from Ryazan. When her younger son was born with serious health problems, she made a promise to adopt one child if he survived. He has and the thankful mother had to fulfill her oath. I never had to make a choice. Yulia spent all of her childhood in Russia. She adopted the family name of her new parents, and after finishing school, began her studies as a pharmacist in Ryazan, while giving birth to a child.
All of the members of the various investigating teams were paragons of virtue. Egoism and personality clashes never got in the way of their investigation. Everyone was very careful not to step on anyone's toes. Frankly, it just made me long for crusty, irascible Inspector John Rebus.
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The story is this: A beautiful five-year-old girl has been kidnapped. She is the daughter of a veteran family court judge and a high-powered defense lawyer who has been known to defend rather shady characters. It seems far too much of a coincidence that thirty years earlier the six-year-old identical twin sister of the family court judge had also been kidnapped. The reader intuits almost immediately that there must be a connection.
Well, I mean it's right there in the title, isn't it? The purpose of this book seems to be mainly to introduce the characters of a private forensics team which will be the focus of an ongoing series. The team is called Forensic Instincts and it is made up of a group of those paragons of virtue that I talked about, who also seem to be endowed with superpowers. There is the former Navy SEAL who can penetrate any perimeter, the techno-wizard who can perform miracles with computers, and the head of the team, Casey Woods, a behaviorist.
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They are a renegade investigative unit with unique talents, sort of X-men without the freaky appearances. They will go outside the law and do whatever it takes to solve a case and serve the interests of their clients.
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Along the way, they also pick up an "intuitive," i. Oh, and also a bloodhound named Hero. My credulity was severely strained. I just wasn't buying any of it. I couldn't really get seriously involved with any of the characters. As for the identity of the kidnapper, that seemed fairly obvious early on, even though the full extent of the motive took a while to develop. Incredibly, these supposedly top-notch investigative teams spent an inordinate hunk of the book concentrating on something that was so obviously a red-herring that I just wanted to grab them by the lapels and scream, "No, no, you're getting it all wrong!
Maybe that's why I was able to keep reading. That plus my sense of responsibility to my mystery book club. See, I'm one of those paragons of virtue, too. Jul 11, Alison Wallace Projansky rated it did not like it. I was very disappointed. Predictable, lackluster writing, no character development. Why did I read "the whole thing? It was. View 1 comment. The ratings for this book are all over the place.
The book is somewhat unbelievable in the cooperation between various government and private agencies. Additionally, the main independent agency has a cast of characters that are somewhat over the top. Despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It is fiction after all. There are some twists in the story line, but I was able to predict the ending.
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Despite this, it was an enjoyable, quick read and I will see if the second book in the series deve The ratings for this book are all over the place. Despite this, it was an enjoyable, quick read and I will see if the second book in the series develops the main characters further. May 10, The Sunday Book Review added it. Let me start off by saying if you like the new show "Criminal Mind: Suspect Behaviour", you will like this book.
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Very early on, we find out who the suspect is - which was a bit of a let down for me. Fortunately, the rest of book deals with the why. Why would someone kidnap a young girl. The story flows nicely, the writing is well done. I must say, personally I was a bit disillusioned that I was able to figure it out so quickly.
While the rest of the story was still exciting and fast paced, it did Let me start off by saying if you like the new show "Criminal Mind: Suspect Behaviour", you will like this book. The team of rogue current and ex law enforcement that is hired to find her moves too smoothly.
It works a bit too well with local law enforcement - whom everyone knows don't like their toes stepped on. It would have read better had it been a bit more realistic. It was a good book, just not a keeper for me. Feb 24, Taylor rated it it was amazing. Very VERY pleased to stumble upon this first installment in why I hope will be a psychologically-thrilling mystery series. Aug 23, Gina rated it did not like it. I haven't read any Andrea Kane before, and I was in a bit of a mystery mood when I saw this book on a library mystery display.
It was disappointing. The opening scenes were well done and quickly got my attention. But by the time I'd finished chapter 4, I had figured out who did it - or at least generally what was going on. I continued reading more to see how it was resolved rather than who-dun-it, and that became a mess of former mob ties, lots of red herrings, and some awkward romance.
Thirty-t I haven't read any Andrea Kane before, and I was in a bit of a mystery mood when I saw this book on a library mystery display. Thirty-two years before, one of a set of identical twins was kidnapped. The twin left behind is now grown up and a family court judge when her 5 year old daughter is kidnapped. Knowing first hand the problems with FBI and other law enforcement recovery of missing children, she calls in a private detective agency called Forensic Instincts to help.
If the criminal procedures were more believable, this might have bumped up to at least 3 stars.
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Instead, this was a suspend all belief type of FBI investigation. I liked the characters, even the bloodhound Hero, and I wish I could have liked this book better. I just like a little more believability and research in my mysteries. Jun 11, Widala rated it liked it. The book was more focused on the case rather than the characters. I only got to know them on the professional level that they're the best in their field. There were bits and snippets about their personalities but not much. I didn't mind because this being the first book so I was hoping to get to know them more in the other books.
Also, there were some personal conflict but they were solved pretty quickly and the characters involved would not let those conflicts got in the way of the investigat The book was more focused on the case rather than the characters. Also, there were some personal conflict but they were solved pretty quickly and the characters involved would not let those conflicts got in the way of the investigation. The dialogue seemed a bit too explanatory at times, but it was expected from this kind of book.
Maybe not the best in the genre, with some plot and characters flaws, and writing hiccups. Overall, I was pretty entertained with this book. Partly because this was exactly the kind of book I was in the mood to read : crime investigation with cool characters and cool technology. But I was on the fence about the intuitive, I mean I don't mind reading anything paranormal in paranormal books but when mixed with normal stuff I'm just not feeling it. At least the author didn't make it as the easy way out, and still combining with other elements in the investigation.