The Last Time She Saw Him (Julia Gooden Mystery #1) by: Jane Haseldine

The Last Time She Saw Him (Julia Gooden Mystery #1)The Last Time She Saw Him by Jane Haseldine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you give up, then it will win. Call it what you want, the darkness, the evil, the bad. It’s all the same black monster, and it will prevail. Some people belong to the darkness before they are born, others are lured into spell later attracted to its power. The darkness becomes their master and blows out their light forever. The darkness preys on fear and anger and latches on like a parasite to ambivalence, selfishness, and desperation. It grows when people turn their back on what’s right and stop fighting for the good. You’re part of the of the good, so you need to fight for it and you can’t give up now.

Julia Gooden has never totally recovered from the tragedy of her brother’s abduction. Coming from a poor family with dysfunctional tendencies, the brother and sister are all that they had. They watched out for each other and encouraged each other. Now Julia has two sons of her own and her own marriage is in trouble. Working as a Detroit crime reporter has been Julia’s way to make a right that was done wrong to her older brother’s disappearance. She has never known what happened to her brother.

With Julia’s past haunting her, she is the over-protective mother with her two boys. The unthinkable happens, her youngest son is taken on the anniversary of her brothers disappearance 30 years ago. Clues that were left at her brother’s crime scene have been left at her young son’s crime scene. The only person she can go to is Navarro a cop who they have together a past and he is the only one she can trust with finding her son in time.

Julia’s character is tense with a strong attitude on the martyr side. As a young girl, she was timid but with her brother’s encouragement and eventually with the birth of her sons, became a mother bear. The plot pulls you as you discover who is behind her child’s abduction and how it ties into her brother’s case. The question I found myself asking is it believable? That was a struggle for me.

A Special Thank You to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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