Author : Ed James
Publisher : Bookouture
ISBN : 9781838881658
About Gone in Seconds
Spectacular read. It had me on the edge of my seat and I just couldnt stop reading. I couldnt turn the pages fast enough. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
A baby missing. A family in pieces. A shocking secret that cant be told.
Landon and Jennifer Bartlett have everythingmoney, influence and a picture-perfect family. But it means nothing when their lives are torn apart the day someone breaks into their plush mansion and takes their newborn child right from his cot.
FBI Agent Max Carter investigates child abduction cases. He has a reputation for working all hours to find every missing child on his watchafter all, he was once one himself. When he visits the Bartletts sprawling home in an exclusive estate in the suburbs of Seattle, hes immediately suspicious of Landon Bartlett and his brother Chase.
As Carter delves deeper into the lives of the brothers, he finds a web of dubious business deals and lies that could cost the Bartletts their entire family fortune. And its clear they will do anything to keep their secretsbut would they withhold vital information that could lead him to baby Kys kidnapper?
As Carter begins a cat-and-mouse game with the kidnapper, he receives some startling news from home, which stops him in his tracks. And when a young woman is spotted boarding a bus out of town with a baby fitting Kys description, he must decide whether to risk everything to find the missing child or save his own family.
Fans of Kendra Elliot, Melinda Leigh and Robert Dugoni will love this heart-pumping, pulse-racing crime thriller from bestselling author Ed James.
Talk about a total thriller. I could NOT put this one down I really loved this book. It was super fast-paced and a quick read. I read it all in one sitting. Mamas Book Ramblins Blog
Wow, wow, wow, wow. What a book!! I enjoyed every minute A definite must-read!! Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
Captivating I was utterly gobsmacked by the ending A real cracker of a page-turner. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
I couldnt put this book down! I began reading in the afternoon and had to finish it tonight. Its THAT GOOD. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
A great story with some gobsmacking revelations and a chilling finish that will make you want to pull your hair out because you have to wait for book three Just loved it. B for Book Review, 5 stars
A spectacular read. I couldnt turn the pages fast enough. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
I loved this book Every page kept me wanting more and I finished it in a day. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
Another great story full of twists and turns A book you cant put down until you finish it. NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
Kept me up until the early hours of the morning because once I was hooked, I couldnt put it down! Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
Excellent mystery novel The storyline literally kept me glued to the pages. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
Gritty and suspenseful I didnt want it to end. NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
Had twists I never saw coming. I couldnt put it down. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
I cant wait for the next instalment. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
I loved how every page left me wanting more. 5 stars! Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
Gone in Seconds Review
A girl kidnaps a baby while his parents are at a gala for the opening of their cancer research center, a cop chases a known child kidnapper, a man is standing trial for murder. All of this is going on within the first chapter and at first it's hard to keep up. Things do eventually make sense and all tie together, but the reader has to really pay attention for awhile. There was no really big suspenseful moments, but a very disfunctional family, full of lies and deceipt. If you like the whole family drama thing, this book is for you, the surprises do keep coming. I personally like a book to be more mysterious than this one. I found myself not liking most of the characters, they were all so selfish. The only person I really felt any compassion for was the kidnapper herself. Thank you for another book NetGalley.
An influential couples baby is kidnapped and when FBI Agent Max Carter starts his investigation, he realizes from the outset that there are lies and secrets behind the kidnapping. Max has a solid reputation as an investigator especially since he himself was kidnapped when he was a child. Carter realizes that there is more than meets the eye with regard to the babys father and his brother. This is rather frustrating to Carter and his team because with all of the lies Carter knows that he couldve had a much better chance to find the baby sooner. As if Carter doesnt have his hands full trying to locate the baby, he receives news that is adversely connected to his own family. In which direction is Carter going to go? Always relentless, the decision is made even more difficult. This thrilling story by Ed James is told in dual perspectives. The kidnappers is first person. So it is easily clear to the reader who kidnapped the baby and it is eventually made clear as to why With Carters third person perspective readers to see the investigative process. Each is equally compelling, and the tension level is very high from beginning to end. While the first book in the series focusEd more on the case Carter was working on, this book delves a bit deeper into his personal life. While Gone in Seconds is the second book in the Detective Max Carter series, with book one being Tell Me Lies, it could serve well as a standalone. However, readers that read these two in order begin to meet Carter on a different level beyond his job as an FBI agent. Theres no doubt that I will definitely be following with at least the third book in the series as things are left open regarding Maxs situation. Gone in Seconds is an exceptional crime thriller that starts at top speed and never lets up. It is a multi-layered story that definitely makes the reader pay attention. The chase leads to a thrilling conclusion, with plenty of red herrings thrown in. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
When I was made aware of this book, I was instantly drawn to its cover and blurb. A police procedural with its lead character, a Special Agent from the FBIs Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team, I was ready for this story to pull on the heartstrings. Ed transports the reader back to Seattle Washington where you are reunited with Special Agent Max Carter for his next assignment, when wealthy couple Landon and Jennifer Bartletts six-week-old son Ky, is kidnapped right under the babysitters nose. As with the majority of these cases, they are never cut and dry and its not long before Max uncovers more than a few skeletons in the Bartletts closet which becomes more than he bargained for. There are a number of characters in the mix that all have different motives, to throw you off the scent and the story is told from not only Maxs point of view, but from three of the other characters, which I enjoyed. Far from perfect and not without his own personal demons, I really liked Maxs character and he makes for a good strong lead to carry the weight of the series along on his shoulders. Although you can read Gone In Seconds as a stand-alone, there is a storyline from the first in the series, Tell Me Lies, that is carried over into this second instalment. I havent read this first book, but Ed gives the reader enough background information so there is no disadvantage here and it is very easy to pick it up and follow along. Gone in Seconds is a slow burn to start with, but does gain momentum along the way to a thrilling second half, as secrets and lies are exposed. There are also some thrilling twists and turns along the way to keep you on your toes and ones that you dont see coming, which does make for an enjoyable and exciting read. It was a pleasure to read and review Gone in Seconds which I recommend. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Ed James for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Gone In Seconds which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
Disappointing read with staccato macho language set in Seattle but has the voice of UK lingo. Not entertaining nor interesting as the writing was so distracting. Lovely cover and interesting blurb drew me in but the story is hard to follow and uncomfortable to read. .
A kidnapping of a baby starts off this book and it continues from the perspective of several narraters. Who is behind the kidnapping and why. Two rich brothers at odds throughout their lives. One the father of tie baby and one is one of several suspects. Enter a ruthless Russian mafia leader with a strong desire for dealings with one brother and a unforgivable betrayal by the other brother.. I enjoyed this book with it's many twists and turns not giving you some of the answers until close to the end and then the danger becomes even worse. Even with the multiple narrators you don't get lost or mixed up and you will really feel for some of the characters. I give the book a four it's got some, in my opinion, unbelievable events but still a great story. Thank you NetGalley, Ed James and Bookouture for allowing me to read this ARC. I recommend this book.
A baby missing. A family in pieces. A shocking secret that cant be told. Landon and Jennifer Bartlett have everythingmoney, influence and a picture-perfect family. But it means nothing when their lives are torn apart the day someone breaks into their plush mansion and takes their newborn child right from his cot. FBI Agent Max Carter investigates child abduction cases. He has a reputation for working all hours to find every missing child on his watchafter all, he was once one himself. When he visits the Bartletts sprawling home in an exclusive estate in the suburbs of Seattle, hes immediately suspicious of Landon Bartlett and his brother Chase. As Carter delves deeper into the lives of the brothers, he finds a web of dubious business deals and lies that could cost the Bartletts their entire family fortune. And its clear they will do anything to keep their secretsbut would they withhold vital information that could lead him to baby Kys kidnapper? As Carter begins a cat-and-mouse game with the kidnapper, he receives some startling news from home, which stops him in his tracks. And when a young woman is spotted boarding a bus out of town with a baby fitting Kys description, he must decide whether to risk everything to find the missing child or save his own family. This is a brilliant read. Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start. Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believeable. Great suspense and found myself second guessing every thought I had continuousluy. Can't wait to read what the author brings out next. Recommend reading. I was provided an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher. This is my own honest voluntary review.
This ARC was provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 6 week old baby Ky is abducted from his crib, while his parents are at a dinner and his nanny is watching TV. Each chapter in this book centers around a character and what they are doing during the abduction/investigation. The story is set in Washington state, and there are ferry rides back and forth between the mainland and islands. It takes a while to understand why the baby is abducted. The father and the uncle are rich, there is Russian mafia ties and a woman with ties to Syrian war. This is the second book in the Max Carter series, so about half of the storyline is follow-up/sequel to the first book, but I was not lost. The author did a good job explaining everything that was going on. I will say, Max Carter is not very likable. He is a gruff FBI agent that comes across as having no warmth. Since there is a bit of background to his story, it makes sense. I would really like to read the first and look forward to reading the next. Because there was so much going on and so many characters (not too many that you get lost), I was not bored.
Kidnapping , murder , the Russian mob and most of all Max Carter , Special Agent to the FBI. Although this is book 2 in the series it can be read as a standalone (but I am off to read book 1) There are stories within stories in Gone in Seconds and that just keeps you on your toes, dodging curve balls and storing clues. Lots of action, the pages flew by for me and I for one am now a Max Carter fan ! Can't wait for book 3.
Gone in Seconds is a fantastic read! Its a police procedural, a family drama, the story of a kidnapping and a fast-paced psychological thriller with the Russian mob thrown into the mix. Its definitely a 5 star read! Landon and Jennifer Bartlett have a picture perfect life in their Seattle home with their 6 week old baby boy Ky. Hes the millionaire head of a family foundation, shes a stay at home mother. When after a fundraising gala, they discover that Ky is missing, the FBI is called to investigate. Agent Max Carter is the lead investigator. He soon discovers that there is something off about this family. Landons brother Chase is definitely hiding something. And what is the connection between Kaitlyn, the young kidnapper, and the mysterious Layla, wanted for her involvement in another crime? And who owes money or favors to Boris Zangiev, a ruthless Russian mobster who is taking an unusual interest in the kidnapping case? All these questions will be answered but not before secrets are peeled away to reveal the truth that has been hiding just below the surface. Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and Ed James for this ARC.
Gone in Seconds is the second book in the Special Agent Max Carter series by best-selling author, Ed James. Max Carter is a FBI special agent leading a rapid response unit specialized in abduction cases. In the aftermath of the previous book, hes still on the trail of a person of interest. However, a new abduction soon has him and his team scramble for another race against the clock. A baby has been taken from a family whos been using their fortune to fund charitable causes. But, behind this honorable facade, secrets, a siblings feud, and shady dealings, threaten to derail the case and the fate of the kidnapped baby. The unusual writing style Ed James used for Tell Me Lies is there again. The first person narrative focuses on one of the perpetrators, while we follow Max Carter and his team through a third person narration. And, even if I didnt expect this literary device to make a return, this feels more natural the second time around. Unlike the first book, however, and in spite of this focus on a secondary character, we learn a lot more about Max Carter, his personal life, his past, and his motivations. Hes still dead serious, focused, and not letting anything get in the way of his job and the law, but we get a better picture of what makes him tick. As unexpected is this second novel serving, in part, as a sequel to the first. And, if you thought the author was blurring the lines between good and evil in Tell Me Lies, prepare for more of the same as this new story is downright heart-wrenching From start to finish, this is a book that doesnt let you escape its grasp. It is more thrilling manhunt than whodunnit, and Its hard to get more fast-paced, with a clock ticking on the page frequently evoking the legendary sound of the 24 split screen chapter breaks. While, by the last pages, the main plot points are resolved, the book nonetheless ends on a personal cliffhanger for Max Carter and, aside from this obvious one, the acute reader will have noticed a few other threads left dangling. This makes me think that, even if each book stands on its own, the start of this series has been planned as a trilogy. Judging by the quality of the first two outings, this couldnt be more welcome. Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the ARC provided in exchange for this unbiased review.