By Beverly Long
** Publication Date 30 June 2020 **
Book two in the A.L. McKittridge series picks up some time after book one. A.L. and Tess are now seriously dating. They are just arriving home from a vacation in California, when A.L. gets word that a child is missing in Baywood. He meets up with his partner Rena and together they try to piece together how a child could go missing in broad daylight from a child care center.
Emma was dropped off at daycare by her grandmother. Her grandmother handed her off to a teacher. No one even realized Emma was missing until late in the day when her father went to pick her up. How could Emma have simply vanished and no one noticed? Elaine, the grandmother is distraught. The parents seem sad, but also not communicating or comforting one another. Could it be possible that a parent could have caused this?
There are so many suspects in this one, it’s hard to pinpoint who could be at fault. Long does a nice job of giving most people a reason to have taken Emma. Secrets abound for the characters. As in the last novel, there is some family drama with Rena and her husband Gabe, as well as with A.L. and his daughter Traci and ex Jacqui. It’s the threads of these family stories that kept me coming back for more.
If I had to pick one thing I didn’t love about this novel, it was the ending. It didn’t fit with the keeping of the rest of the story. Almost as though it was thrown together just for an ending. However, the rest of the book makes up for the last few pages.