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Nobody saw a thing. Or so they say… Baywood police department detective A.L. McKittridge is no stranger to tough cases, but when five-year-old Emma Whitman disappears from her day care, there isn’t a single shred of evidence to go on. Neither the grandmother who dropped her off, nor the teacher whose care she was supposed to be in, can account for the missing child. There a Nobody saw a thing. Or so they say… Baywood police department detective A.L. McKittridge is no stranger to tough cases, but when five-year-old Emma Whitman disappears from her day care, there isn’t a single shred of evidence to go on. Neither the grandmother who dropped her off, nor the teacher whose care she was supposed to be in, can account for the missing child. There are no witnesses. No trace of where she might have gone. There’s only one thing A.L. and his partner, Rena Morgan, are sure of—somebody is lying. With the clock ticking, A.L. and Rena are under extreme pressure as they discover their instincts are correct: all is not as it seems. The Whitmans are a family with many secrets, and A.L. and Rena will have to race to untangle a growing web of lies if they’re going to find the thread that leads them to Emma…before it’s too late.


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Nobody saw a thing. Or so they say… Baywood police department detective A.L. McKittridge is no stranger to tough cases, but when five-year-old Emma Whitman disappears from her day care, there isn’t a single shred of evidence to go on. Neither the grandmother who dropped her off, nor the teacher whose care she was supposed to be in, can account for the missing child. There a Nobody saw a thing. Or so they say… Baywood police department detective A.L. McKittridge is no stranger to tough cases, but when five-year-old Emma Whitman disappears from her day care, there isn’t a single shred of evidence to go on. Neither the grandmother who dropped her off, nor the teacher whose care she was supposed to be in, can account for the missing child. There are no witnesses. No trace of where she might have gone. There’s only one thing A.L. and his partner, Rena Morgan, are sure of—somebody is lying. With the clock ticking, A.L. and Rena are under extreme pressure as they discover their instincts are correct: all is not as it seems. The Whitmans are a family with many secrets, and A.L. and Rena will have to race to untangle a growing web of lies if they’re going to find the thread that leads them to Emma…before it’s too late.

30 review for No One Saw

  1. 5 out of 5

    PamG

    NO ONE SAW by Beverly Long is an excellent police procedural and the second book in the A.L. McKittridge mystery series set in Wisconsin. The two main characters in the story are Detectives A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan. The book starts with A.L. coming back from vacation and getting a call from Rena. A five year old girl is missing from a day care center. Her grandmother dropped her off, but neither she nor the person she was supposedly handed off to can account for the child’s whereabouts. NO ONE SAW by Beverly Long is an excellent police procedural and the second book in the A.L. McKittridge mystery series set in Wisconsin. The two main characters in the story are Detectives A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan. The book starts with A.L. coming back from vacation and getting a call from Rena. A five year old girl is missing from a day care center. Her grandmother dropped her off, but neither she nor the person she was supposedly handed off to can account for the child’s whereabouts. Who is lying? Did the girl wander off on her own? Was the kidnapped? Or did something else happen? The characters are compelling and felt three-dimensional and very relatable. The reader gets a feeling for both the professional and personal lives of the two main characters without the personal aspect derailing the main focus of the book. The sense of urgency to find the missing child kept me engaged throughout the book. The plot was clever, intense, suspenseful and absorbing. The prose is engaging, fast-paced, and compulsively readable. There are a number of themes running through this novel including kidnapping, family relationships, divorce, lies, communication, a bit of romance, jealousy and much more that isn’t listed due to them being spoilers. Overall, this series continues to be the best police procedural series that I have read in a long time. The plot was intriguing, suspenseful, ominous and well-paced. I would recommend it to those that enjoy police procedural novels. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. Many thanks to Harlequin – Trade Publishing (US & Canada) / Mira and Beverly Long for a complimentary digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley and the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- RTC around 5/30/2020 per publisher guidelines.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    It’s one of the worst cases law enforcement can be handed...a missing 5-year old, gone without a trace. By the time Detective A. L. McKittridge and his partner Rena Morgan are notified, little Emma Whitman has been gone for hours. Her grandmother dropped her off at her daycare at 7:30 am and no one knew she was missing until her father arrived to pick her up at 6:30 pm. As A. L. and Rena race to investigate, so many of the people involved keep getting caught in lies, sending the detectives down It’s one of the worst cases law enforcement can be handed...a missing 5-year old, gone without a trace. By the time Detective A. L. McKittridge and his partner Rena Morgan are notified, little Emma Whitman has been gone for hours. Her grandmother dropped her off at her daycare at 7:30 am and no one knew she was missing until her father arrived to pick her up at 6:30 pm. As A. L. and Rena race to investigate, so many of the people involved keep getting caught in lies, sending the detectives down fruitful and dead end paths. But they are all unanimous in one statement: no one saw anything. I became a fan of A. L. and Rena after the first book and now I’m completely sold on these two. They’re very different in style and age but read each other perfectly. Even better, they respect and listen to each other. This was a hard case and the procedurals were simply outstanding, delivered at a pace fitting the situation. Once I got started, I was hard pressed to put the book aside. But the story was more than just the case as their personal lives were equally compelling. A. L.’s a divorced single dad of a teenaged daughter and has a new girlfriend (ex-wife has issues). Rena’s grappling with fertility issues and a restless husband who’s going through a career change. Shifting to those storylines wasn’t a distraction as I was just as enamored of them as I was of the search for Emma. I really enjoyed all aspects of this story, especially as it wasn’t predictable and I hadn’t a clue of how it would be resolved. My gut choice turned out to be correct but I would be misleading you if I failed to acknowledge that I changed my mind several times. This is now considered one of my must read series and I am anxious to see what’s next for this team and the people important to them personally and professionally. It was a great story with all the right confusing angles. Posted on Blue Mood Café (Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)

  3. 4 out of 5

    "Avonna

    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com NO ONE SAW (A.L. McKittridge Book #2) by Beverly Long is the latest police procedural thriller featuring Det. A.L. McKittridge and his partner Det. Rena Morgan of the Baywood, Wisconsin. This book can be read as a standalone as far as the crime plot, but I found that I do want to go back to read the first book and catch-up with the main character’s relationships. Det. A.L. McKittridge is just back from a long deserve vacation and im Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com NO ONE SAW (A.L. McKittridge Book #2) by Beverly Long is the latest police procedural thriller featuring Det. A.L. McKittridge and his partner Det. Rena Morgan of the Baywood, Wisconsin. This book can be read as a standalone as far as the crime plot, but I found that I do want to go back to read the first book and catch-up with the main character’s relationships. Det. A.L. McKittridge is just back from a long deserve vacation and immediately called in by his partner, Det. Rena Morgan about a missing 5-year-old child from her daycare. The grandmother who dropped her off and the daycare teacher of her class both are credible, but the child is still missing with no witnesses. As the town searches and the clock is ticking, A.L. and Rena start at the beginning with everyone involved and the one thing they are sure of is someone is lying. I really enjoyed A.L. and Rena and all the characters in their lives. They are characters that I definitely want to follow into future books. (I am going back to read book #1 to fill in more of their personal lives that I missed.) The disappearance is every parents’ nightmare and I felt the emotions and revelations of secrets during the investigation is well done. I felt the final twist that solves the crime was deux ex machina which lowered the satisfaction for me. I did feel this was an easy to read thriller with memorable characters that I found entertaining. I will be following A.L. and Rena on future adventures.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    A five-year-old is missing, and no one knew the entire day she hadn’t been in the day care rooms? How could they not have known Emma was missing when there are sign-in sheets, teachers who loved Emma, and teachers who know she is there every day? The worst part is that there are no clues to be had. Someone is lying, but who? The search continued, everyone’s stories checked out, the mayor was after the police department to work harder, the town was worried about their children, and still every lead A five-year-old is missing, and no one knew the entire day she hadn’t been in the day care rooms? How could they not have known Emma was missing when there are sign-in sheets, teachers who loved Emma, and teachers who know she is there every day? The worst part is that there are no clues to be had. Someone is lying, but who? The search continued, everyone’s stories checked out, the mayor was after the police department to work harder, the town was worried about their children, and still every lead turned up empty. NO ONE SAW is another fast-paced, well done mystery by Ms. Long. You will be grabbing at every clue along with the detectives and hoping something turns up. A must read for mystery fans. 5/5 This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    A.L. McKittridge is an excellent detective. His skills are critical when it comes to his latest case - solving the disappearance of a five-year-old girl, with hopes of getting her back alive. It is first thought that the child, Emma Whitman, disappeared from daycare, so that is where A.L. begins his investigation. It doesn't take A.L. and his partner Rena Morgan very long to discover that not everyone they are interviewing is trustworthy. Now the pair must dig really deep to discover who is lyin A.L. McKittridge is an excellent detective. His skills are critical when it comes to his latest case - solving the disappearance of a five-year-old girl, with hopes of getting her back alive. It is first thought that the child, Emma Whitman, disappeared from daycare, so that is where A.L. begins his investigation. It doesn't take A.L. and his partner Rena Morgan very long to discover that not everyone they are interviewing is trustworthy. Now the pair must dig really deep to discover who is lying and why. I really enjoyed this second book in the A. L. McKittridge series because it had a lot of layers. I didn't experience the frustration that I did in the first book in this series. For one thing, the Whitmans, Emma's parents, were hiding something. I loved the intrigue that forced A.L. to dig deeper. Also, the foundation for the characters was built in the first book, Ten Days Gone, and by reading that one previously, I had a lot of appreciation for A.L., his daughter, and his partner. I loved seeing these detectives as people behind their investigations. I also enjoyed seeing A.L. find something in his life beyond his job and his teenage daughter. Those snippets of his life were enjoyable to read. Another aspect of this book that I enjoyed was seeing how and why some people lie, and how lying can have long-range and tragic results. The last thing that I will mention (while avoiding spoilers) is the reason behind the kidnapping in the first place. That part tugged on my heartstrings. No One Saw is an excellent police procedural. This book and series holds a lot of promise, leaving me to look forward to reading whatever A.L. and Rena have as their next case. Many thanks to MIRA and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I loved this sequel! It was so nice to return and be reunited with the dynamic duo! I love this detective team and their newest case is a head scratcher. I was perplexed throughout and couldn’t figure out “who dunnit”. The author plotted an amazing story and leaves you guessing everyone because you just can’t figure it out! This is the type of story I love- intriguing case and a slew of interesting characters. I had the mystery pinned on every character at some point in the book. The conclusion I loved this sequel! It was so nice to return and be reunited with the dynamic duo! I love this detective team and their newest case is a head scratcher. I was perplexed throughout and couldn’t figure out “who dunnit”. The author plotted an amazing story and leaves you guessing everyone because you just can’t figure it out! This is the type of story I love- intriguing case and a slew of interesting characters. I had the mystery pinned on every character at some point in the book. The conclusion was well done and wrapped up all of my questions. I look forward to continuing on with this series and this fabulous detective team! My thanks to the publisher for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    The Crime Librarian

    No One Saw was an amazingly suspenseful read that kept me on the edge of my seat through the entire book. I simply couldn’t put it down, which made for a couple of late nights. First, let’s talk plot. The mystery surrounds the disappearance of five year old Emma who was last seen entering her daycare. When her father returns that evening to pick her up, she has not been seen all day. Someone isn’t telling the truth, plain and simple. But who is it? There are so many twists and turns in this book No One Saw was an amazingly suspenseful read that kept me on the edge of my seat through the entire book. I simply couldn’t put it down, which made for a couple of late nights. First, let’s talk plot. The mystery surrounds the disappearance of five year old Emma who was last seen entering her daycare. When her father returns that evening to pick her up, she has not been seen all day. Someone isn’t telling the truth, plain and simple. But who is it? There are so many twists and turns in this book that it kept me guessing and the fast pace added to the thriller vibe. I’m pretty sure at one point or another I secretly accused everyone except the detectives. And they were next on my list! I loved the dynamics between Rena and A.L. Their relationship goes beyond just being partners to being friends and I liked that. I didn’t want them to be at odds. There was just enough background and views of their personal lives to pull me into their stories but at the same time keeping the focus on the mystery. I definitely enjoyed this novel and will be backtracking to read the first. This was a top quality mystery read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kat Dietrich

    No One Saw by Beverly Long is the second the Detective A.L. McKittridge series. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Harlequin/MIRA, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.    Series Background:    (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books) A.L. McKittridge is a Detective with the Bayfield Wisconsin Police Department.  He is divorced, and his teenage daughter Traci is his life, although he is now No One Saw by Beverly Long is the second the Detective A.L. McKittridge series. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Harlequin/MIRA, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.    Series Background:    (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books) A.L. McKittridge is a Detective with the Bayfield Wisconsin Police Department.  He is divorced, and his teenage daughter Traci is his life, although he is now dating Tess.  His sister is an alcoholic.  His partner, Rena Morgan has been married to Gabe for three years, and desperately wants a child.  They have a new boss in Christian Faster, and the verdict is still out.   My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)  A.L. is just back from California, where Tess faced her fear of the ocean after having her arm bit off from a shark attack.  The trip was great, but he was barely in the door when Rena was calling.  Five-year-old Emma Whitman is missing from her day-care center. Emma's grandmother says she dropped her off, handing her to her teacher.  Emma's teacher says she never saw her.  Emma has been missing all day.  Someone is lying, but there is no evidence as to who, or why. Emma's parents seem to be having problems, but again, there is no evidence that their problems have anything to do with Emma's disappearance.  They are, however, hiding things....but everyone else is too. Meanwhile, A.L. is having some issues with his own daughter, and Rena is concerned with the surrogate mother they have chosen. My Opinions:    I am definitely enjoying this series.  A.L. and Rena are both really good characters, and their personal lives add depth to them.  They feel "real". There were a lot of suspects, and they were all viable, so although I had an idea of who it may be, I was never sure.  There were characters I definitely hoped were behind it, mainly because I disliked them, but I was somewhat disappointed.  There were a couple of twists that I definitely didn't see coming. The overall plot was very good, and the pace was fast.  It held my attention from start to finish....a good mystery. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.  For a more complete review of this book and others (including author information), please visit my blog: http://katlovesbooksblog.wordpress.com/

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bea

    "No One Saw" is a police procedural about a five year old girl who goes missing from her daycare. Readers, that is my recurring nightmare. Well, one of them. I teach at a daycare, an early childhood center, and just about my biggest nightmare is to have a student go missing. My co-workers and I count all day long. What do I mean? Well, each age group has a state-mandated ratio of children per teachers. Then there's the schedule of which child comes on what day and what hours. So, we all know how "No One Saw" is a police procedural about a five year old girl who goes missing from her daycare. Readers, that is my recurring nightmare. Well, one of them. I teach at a daycare, an early childhood center, and just about my biggest nightmare is to have a student go missing. My co-workers and I count all day long. What do I mean? Well, each age group has a state-mandated ratio of children per teachers. Then there's the schedule of which child comes on what day and what hours. So, we all know how many children we should have and which children we should have. I can't fathom not noticing that a child had NOT arrived on their scheduled day. I can't fathom not checking at the office to see if they know if the child is coming or not. I can't fathom not contacting the parents to inquire if the child is running late or will be out. All of this is a factor in the story of Emma's disappearance. Honestly, in my very biased opinion, those teachers should be fired ASAP. You know, if they were real. I was impressed with how well Long did with the daycare setting; she did some research and it shows. Oh, she made errors of course. Honestly, that's a given in books. It's rare that an author gets it completely right. Add in the differences from state to state and errors small and big will creep in. Though, if Long's depiction is accurate, Wisconsin is a very lax state when it comes to daycare and safety. Okay, with that topic out of the way, let's move on. "No One Saw" was gripping and frightening. It was both plausible and crazypants. I worried all the while I was reading - would Emma be found, would she be alive, would she be okay, why was that daycare so damn sloppy with their record keeping, and so on. I did figure out who was responsible, though the why took me longer; I was about a half step ahead of A.L. and Rena, lol. They were impressively thorough in their investigation and Long gave us several plausible suspects. I kept changing my mind about the guilty party but always went back to my first choice. Long wrote complex, multi-dimensional characters who were a mix of good and flawed, just like real life. While most of the story was procedural we also got to see A.L. and Rena's respective personal lives which added depth and interest without taking the focus off of the search for Emma and what happened to her. While I wanted Emma found, I didn't want the story to end. I liked this book so much I want to get my hands on the first book and spend more time with A.L. and Rena. This is book two and works just fine as a stand alone. I just want the story and more time with the leads.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pgchuis

    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. 4.5* rounded up. This is the best police procedural I have read for ages. It concerns the disappearance of a 5 year old girl: her grandmother claims she dropped her off at her daycare; her teacher says she never arrived. Detectives A.L. and Rena work well together, the plot made sense and moved quickly. There was a certain amount of focus on A.L. and Rena's respective personal lives, and I think some of this had been covered alread I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. 4.5* rounded up. This is the best police procedural I have read for ages. It concerns the disappearance of a 5 year old girl: her grandmother claims she dropped her off at her daycare; her teacher says she never arrived. Detectives A.L. and Rena work well together, the plot made sense and moved quickly. There was a certain amount of focus on A.L. and Rena's respective personal lives, and I think some of this had been covered already in the first instalment, which I have not read, but it added to the plot by making them seem like real people with normal home lives, rather than acting as a distraction. I am deducting half a star as there were elements of the final explanation which it was impossible for the reader to have deduced. Nevertheless, highly recommended.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    I love missing people stories, and this one was no exception. It reminded me so much of the Kyron Horman case at the beginning--grandmother said she dropped the child off at daycare and left the child with a teacher, when the dad goes to pick up the child at the end of the day, the daycare says she was never there. Long's second police procedural in this series is excellent. There's a deliberate unfolding of the story through interviews and investigation that makes the reader feel a part of the a I love missing people stories, and this one was no exception. It reminded me so much of the Kyron Horman case at the beginning--grandmother said she dropped the child off at daycare and left the child with a teacher, when the dad goes to pick up the child at the end of the day, the daycare says she was never there. Long's second police procedural in this series is excellent. There's a deliberate unfolding of the story through interviews and investigation that makes the reader feel a part of the action. My curiosity about what happened to the child was piqued throughout and I stayed up late into the night to discover the identity of the culprit and the "why" behind it all and I was not disappointed. I also like that there's just enough revealed of the personal lives of Rena and A.L., yet it doesn't overpower the main mystery. There's a tendency for authors to bog the story down with personal details in an attempt to give the characters depth, but for me it gets annoying when the balance is off. I like the focus on the primary story with small amounts of detail. You don't need to read the series in order necessarily, because each has a self-contained mystery, but you will miss out on that background character development and be a little lost when events from the previous book, Ten Days Gone, are referenced. Overall this is a satisfying story for mystery and police procedural fans. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    3.5 stars This one was a lot stronger than the previous book. This time, when it felt like I was dropped into the middle of the story, I was familiar with the characters. I still really like AL and Rena. They have a good working relationship, even if I think it’s weird that they don’t really talk about personal stuff. It was delightful seeing Tess again and to get a bit further with Rena and Gabe. Plot wise, it was good. There’s a lot a lot a lot of characters introduced in the interviewing proc 3.5 stars This one was a lot stronger than the previous book. This time, when it felt like I was dropped into the middle of the story, I was familiar with the characters. I still really like AL and Rena. They have a good working relationship, even if I think it’s weird that they don’t really talk about personal stuff. It was delightful seeing Tess again and to get a bit further with Rena and Gabe. Plot wise, it was good. There’s a lot a lot a lot of characters introduced in the interviewing process and there were a couple of times that I couldn’t remember who was who. The build up was slow and steady and the reveal definitely surprised me. Overall, it was an entertaining read and I look forward to another book with these two MCs. **Huge thanks to MIRA for providing the arc free of charge**

  13. 5 out of 5

    Suesyn Zellmer

    This was a good one! A young child goes missing from her daycare, but after reviewing all of the evidence and witnesses, there seems to be no possible way that it could have happened. But it did! It's not just that someone is telling lies, but that each person has others to back them up, confirming they are being truthful. There are plenty of suspects - the parents, the grandmother, the daycare workers, parents of the other children. But how can everyone have an alibi and yet still the girl disa This was a good one! A young child goes missing from her daycare, but after reviewing all of the evidence and witnesses, there seems to be no possible way that it could have happened. But it did! It's not just that someone is telling lies, but that each person has others to back them up, confirming they are being truthful. There are plenty of suspects - the parents, the grandmother, the daycare workers, parents of the other children. But how can everyone have an alibi and yet still the girl disappeared? Now Detective McKittridge and his partner, Rena Morgan, need to sift through everything and everyone to determine what on earth is going on.. They soon find that there was a similar case some years back where another young girl vanished without a trace. Is this new case connected? Or are the detectives chasing down leads leading to nowhere? You will find yourself just as frustrated as the detectives in trying to unravel this mystery. The story really is a page-turner, as there doesn't seem to be any explanation and you will be dying to figure out who is behind everything and why. Once you do, you won't be disappointed! This is the second book of a series, and I hadn't read the first one - but that's not a problem. It's a typical procedural story, with the detectives, their team and the other trained professionals they work alongside. So it's a familiar framework, and while I didn't dislike the characters, I can't say that any of them resonated with me enough that I'd remember specific traits about them in the future. When you read so many of the same type of books, it can be tough to keep them all straight and remember who has done what when you reach the next book in the series. I would keep reading more of these - perhaps I just need more time with the characters for them to leave a lasting impression..

  14. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    What made No One Saw such a compelling story was that outside of the detectives investigating the disappearance, everyone was a suspect! Which at times was distressing because no one wants to ever consider that loved ones could be the perpetrators of a child going missing crime. This is the second book in the A.L. McKittridge series but I had no issues immersing myself in it. I never felt that I needed to have read the first book in order to fully enjoy this story. The mystery behind the disappea What made No One Saw such a compelling story was that outside of the detectives investigating the disappearance, everyone was a suspect! Which at times was distressing because no one wants to ever consider that loved ones could be the perpetrators of a child going missing crime. This is the second book in the A.L. McKittridge series but I had no issues immersing myself in it. I never felt that I needed to have read the first book in order to fully enjoy this story. The mystery behind the disappearance of Emma Whitman was riveting and the kind where I was bouncing between characters that I considered suspect. I loved that the clues pointed in multiple directions but, by the end, everything came together to give me a clear and cohesive picture behind the crime. I even loved that the ending was not what I was expecting and I felt fully satisfied with it. Overall, No One Saw was a suspenseful police procedural with two great detectives who were fully committed to bringing about justice! This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 4 STARS 2020; Mira/HQN/HarperCollins No One Saw is the second novel in the A.L. Kittridge series, an American contemporary police mystery. While the series is named after one of the cops, the story really involves two homicide partners, Kittridge and Rena Morgan. Rena is my favourite character in this series as she is written with such realism and compassion. She is also endearing with her humour and honesty. In this book, Kittridge returns from a week away with his new girlfriend, and is RATING: 4 STARS 2020; Mira/HQN/HarperCollins No One Saw is the second novel in the A.L. Kittridge series, an American contemporary police mystery. While the series is named after one of the cops, the story really involves two homicide partners, Kittridge and Rena Morgan. Rena is my favourite character in this series as she is written with such realism and compassion. She is also endearing with her humour and honesty. In this book, Kittridge returns from a week away with his new girlfriend, and is thrust into a missing child case. Earlier in the morning, Emma was dropped off at daycare by her grandmother (as per her usual day) but is never seen by anyone at the daycare. While investigating, it is brought to their attention, that 10 years ago another child was abducted from her daycare. She has not been found to this day. Could the two cases, with eerily similar MO be connected? Could solving one, solve the other? I am so down for this series. I loved the personality of the first novel that introduced the characters, and the second novel really explored a fascinating case, and still revealed more of Rena and A.L. as characters. It is one of those novels (and series) that just grabs you and want to read till it ends. While with many suspense books you read to see what the twist is, I feel like this series takes you on a twisty journey. This way it doesn't feel like you are waiting for something or trying to read quickly to get to an interesting part. I recommend both books for your summer reading. ***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lacey

    Thank you to Beverly Long, MIRA Books & NetGalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I read this as a participant of the Harlequin Blog Tour. This is the second installment of the A.L. McKittridge series. A.L. is a detective with the Baywood Police Department. In the first of this series, Ten Days Gone, there was a serial killer killing women ten days apart from each other. As the story started, I was super interested. In No One Saw, there’s a little girl, Emma, missing an Thank you to Beverly Long, MIRA Books & NetGalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I read this as a participant of the Harlequin Blog Tour. This is the second installment of the A.L. McKittridge series. A.L. is a detective with the Baywood Police Department. In the first of this series, Ten Days Gone, there was a serial killer killing women ten days apart from each other. As the story started, I was super interested. In No One Saw, there’s a little girl, Emma, missing and again, I was super interested. However, in both books, even though they started off super strong for me, I found myself never getting as interested again throughout the novel. Things of course pick up, but never as strong as the start of the novel. I noticed in the first novel that there were a lot of characters that I was introduced to that I felt like I should’ve known already. Again, in No One Saw, there were so many characters introduced in the interviews. I felt as though I was getting confused on keeping track with who was who. I also felt as though I should’ve known them again, and I still had no idea who they were. On the other hand, I did enjoy A.L. and Rena again. There were some development in characters which I appreciated. There was absolutely a shock factor to this book. In the first novel, I wasn’t too sure about the story. However, in this novel, I was definitely surprised about the reveal. The burn was definitely slow, but I did get a surprise which is good! Overall, I would keep reading this series. The second book in this series was definitely stronger than the first. If you’re interested in a detective mystery with strong main characters, this is definitely for you!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    No One Saw opens with the disappearance of a young girl from her daycare center. Her grandmother swears she handed her off to the teacher. Her teacher is adamant that young Emma Whitman never arrived at school. No one seems to have seen her. As far as Rena and A.L. can guess everyone is lying about something. Emma's parents. Her grandmother. Her teacher. The principal. Everyone has something to hide. Are any of these secrets motive enough to kidnap a 5 year old in broad daylight? Will Morgan and No One Saw opens with the disappearance of a young girl from her daycare center. Her grandmother swears she handed her off to the teacher. Her teacher is adamant that young Emma Whitman never arrived at school. No one seems to have seen her. As far as Rena and A.L. can guess everyone is lying about something. Emma's parents. Her grandmother. Her teacher. The principal. Everyone has something to hide. Are any of these secrets motive enough to kidnap a 5 year old in broad daylight? Will Morgan and McKittridge find Emma in time? The clock is ticking and the odds of finding her safe and alive diminish with each passing second. My introduction to Beverly Long came with Ten Days Gone, the first book in this series. I was really taken by both Morgan and McKittridge as characters and loved their dynamic. So I was really excited when Lia Ferrone at Mira Books invited me onto this blog tour. Although the camaraderie and rapport between the two detectives is what brings me back to this series, I do not feel that it is necessary to read the books in order. Long gives enough background to convey the detectives's relationship and personal lives. With her deft hand this information does not come across as redundant for those of us continuing with the series. All in all, both books are great police procedurals and will leave even the discerning reader satisfied. Special thanks to Justine Sha at Harper Collins for providing me with this ARC.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leslie M.

    This is the first book I've read by Long, and I didn't read the prior book. I don't think I missed out on much by not reading the first book, as I didn't seem lost at all. I enjoyed the premise of this book, but things played out too slowly, in my opinion, for this genre. I kept waiting for a bit more "bang," and it was quite far into the story before that happened. If you're a fan of procedurals, this book will have a familiar feel. The story line wasn't bad, but there wasn't anything overly uni This is the first book I've read by Long, and I didn't read the prior book. I don't think I missed out on much by not reading the first book, as I didn't seem lost at all. I enjoyed the premise of this book, but things played out too slowly, in my opinion, for this genre. I kept waiting for a bit more "bang," and it was quite far into the story before that happened. If you're a fan of procedurals, this book will have a familiar feel. The story line wasn't bad, but there wasn't anything overly unique to it. The characters were average - not bad or good. An average read overall. I'll consider reading future books. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    My thoughts Would I recommend it? Yes Would I read more of this series? Yes Would I read more by this author? Yes For a second book in a series it was way better then the first one , it started out strong and kept going and not once did I want to put it down. It kept me guessing on who took five-year-old Emma, and there was times I thought that someone in her family might have been the one, I loved the twist and turns and every time I thought I had it figured out I was wrong, as for the characters My thoughts Would I recommend it? Yes Would I read more of this series? Yes Would I read more by this author? Yes For a second book in a series it was way better then the first one , it started out strong and kept going and not once did I want to put it down. It kept me guessing on who took five-year-old Emma, and there was times I thought that someone in her family might have been the one, I loved the twist and turns and every time I thought I had it figured out I was wrong, as for the characters there was a few that I didn't like and couldn't stand but then there was ones I did like,I especially loved seen the relationships grew between some of the characters. And the interaction between them as well , with that said I would love to say thanks to MIRA as well as NetGalley for letting me read and review it as well as for inventing me to do so. And I can't wait to read more of this series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elliot A

    Thank you to the publisher, MIRA, for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. The Gist At the time I decided to read and review No One Saw, I was not familiar with the characters of detectives McKittridge and Morgan or the previous story that did the initial introduction of them. I jumped in with both feet, ready to embark on a mystery story with a police-procedural flair to it. The story accomplished that and yet it didn’t. There was a distin Thank you to the publisher, MIRA, for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. The Gist At the time I decided to read and review No One Saw, I was not familiar with the characters of detectives McKittridge and Morgan or the previous story that did the initial introduction of them. I jumped in with both feet, ready to embark on a mystery story with a police-procedural flair to it. The story accomplished that and yet it didn’t. There was a distinct divide between solving the case of the missing child and adding more personal details to the detectives to further flesh out the characters. Of course, to keep the reader’s interest in future installments in this series. Now, I’m sitting here, finding it extremely challenging to be diplomatic. Or maybe it’s just the heat. I’m struggling to untangle my opinions of the investigation and the personal stories. I’ll try my best. The Details I couldn’t stand the main characters. I thought they acted very superior and judging towards certain minor characters that appeared to be unique. They even started a running joke that lasted half of the book. This one minor character appeared in the story at most for two pages, but it was a telling scene that set the stage to unveil better understanding of the detectives. I don’t want to give anything away, but pay attention to one of the potential witnesses the detectives interview and how they keep referring back to this witness. I found it quite eye-opening. There were other, small details – comments made by either a character or the narrator – that showed how clearly superior these two protagonists feel with respect to others. I found them to be prejudiced and blinded by their own world view. They also had a lot of stock-like characteristics; very obvious signs of who belongs into which mental and societal box. We have the female detective, who desperately wants a child. There is nothing wrong with a woman wanting a child. It becomes a bit tedious, though, when all we get to know about this character is that she feels like an empty womb. Then we have the male detective. He is divorced, of course, with a borderline unhealthy dose of “my little girl” syndrome. He also has a girlfriend, who is just so swell. All she wants to do is please her man with her naked body. No other personality traits or character depth is wasted on her. The investigation part of the story was fast-paced and very intriguing at the beginning. I remember flying through the first 20% of the story without blinking an eye. It was good. I liked it. Then I noticed signs of a wild goose chase started to appear. The detectives kept going back and forth, wanting to get more information on numerous red herrings. They ignored obvious facts. I assume this was done to create tension and entertainment. Sadly, I figured out who was behind it all at around the 50% mark. Any seasoned mystery lover would have had no problem with this little puzzle. The Verdict Overall, there were just way too many little details that kept me from enjoying No One Saw. The protagonists just came across too much like jerks and the very last scene had me eyeroll so hard my head started to hurt. I wondered, if the author meant to create characters that were supposed to be complex and blur the typical line of bad cop versus good cop. At the end, I couldn’t find any sign of that particular social commentary and I had to dismiss that perspective. Unfortunately, this one wasn’t for me. ElliotScribbles

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Smith

    This is a police procedural that is full of interviews, suspects, and lots of names. It slowly picks up speed as the people of interest jump from person to person. No One Saw is a story that has all the signs of child abduction. Emma’s grandmother routinely drops her off at pre-school. Though when questioned later she remembers certain things happening, while the girl’s teacher doesn’t agree. Regardless, Emma has disappeared. Did the grandmother not drop her off? Were there any surveillance tapes This is a police procedural that is full of interviews, suspects, and lots of names. It slowly picks up speed as the people of interest jump from person to person. No One Saw is a story that has all the signs of child abduction. Emma’s grandmother routinely drops her off at pre-school. Though when questioned later she remembers certain things happening, while the girl’s teacher doesn’t agree. Regardless, Emma has disappeared. Did the grandmother not drop her off? Were there any surveillance tapes? Did anyone see her being dropped off? Someone is lying. But who? Detectives McKittridge and Morgan hope to work fast enough to discover the girl’s whereabouts. Intermingled with their search is information on the detective’s personal lives. This immediately makes the characters more than just names, as it draws on their family concerns. Though I didn’t read the first book in this series, Ten Days Gone, some of this might have been explained there. But in this standalone book, I learned that A.L. is a divorced single dad of a teenage girl. He is suffering from ex-wife problems and now has a girlfriend. Rena, the other detective, has some personal issues as well. She and her husband are facing infertility issues and her husband is experiencing a career change. This book progresses at a slower, methodical pace with the unraveling and basics that detectives might undertake in such an investigation. But as more and more questions arise, you will no doubt bounce from this thought to that as to what happened to Emma. Though I wouldn’t call this a thriller or suspenseful, I would classify it as very a believable police procedural with good character development. Thank you to #NetGalley, @harlequinbooks, and #mirabooks for an advanced copy and the ability to print my opinion of the book. https://pickagoodbook.com for more reviews

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    I loved this book! I really enjoy police procedurals and this one with Detective A.L. McKittredge and his partner Rena Morgan is one of the best that I have ever read. The story is a compelling one since five year old Emma is missing from her daycare. Her grandmother insists that she dropped her off with her teacher. Her teacher denies ever seeing her that day. Her mom is late to pick her up, so she is missing all day without anyone’s ever noticing. The clues are there, but there are also the re I loved this book! I really enjoy police procedurals and this one with Detective A.L. McKittredge and his partner Rena Morgan is one of the best that I have ever read. The story is a compelling one since five year old Emma is missing from her daycare. Her grandmother insists that she dropped her off with her teacher. Her teacher denies ever seeing her that day. Her mom is late to pick her up, so she is missing all day without anyone’s ever noticing. The clues are there, but there are also the red herrings that kept me guessing. The ending was unpredictable for me which added to my enjoyment of the book and led to the five-star rating. The bonus in the book was learning more about the private lives of the investigators, with details that flowed into the main story line. This is an outstanding police procedural with a fast-paced, relatable plot and characters that were well-developed. By the end of the story, I felt like I knew A.L. and Rena well and I was rooting for them to find the little asthmatic girl before it was too late. This is the second book in the series, but it can easily be read as a standalone. With themes of family drama, lies and lack of communication, I highly recommend this book to fans of gripping police procedurals. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harlequin via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lelia Taylor

    There’s nothing much worse than a missing child and, when A.L. and Rena catch this case, they’re 100% focused on finding little Emma. The circumstances seem to be unusual as her grandmother says she dropped her off at daycare that morning but no one working there admits to having seen the little girl…and no one’s really giving the detectives all the cooperation they need. The detectives are already eleven hours behind, a critical loss of time in a missing child situation, and it’s made even worse There’s nothing much worse than a missing child and, when A.L. and Rena catch this case, they’re 100% focused on finding little Emma. The circumstances seem to be unusual as her grandmother says she dropped her off at daycare that morning but no one working there admits to having seen the little girl…and no one’s really giving the detectives all the cooperation they need. The detectives are already eleven hours behind, a critical loss of time in a missing child situation, and it’s made even worse by all the lies coming from witnesses and family members. So much deception leads them down more than one rabbit hole and causes further delays in the investigation. Along the way, I was just as puzzled and anxious as our two main characters and found myself pinpointing and then discarding one potential suspect after another. When I read the first book in the series, I thought the pacing was a bit slow but that doesn’t hold so true in No One Saw. Truthfully, the chase to find Emma built at a moderate tempo until it reached a riveting stage and I kept turning the pages, caught up in the tension and the unwavering determination of these partners to separate all the lies from the truth. I also found A.L.’s and Rena’s personal stories engaging; yes, they have baggage but none of it is abnormal and they work together with intelligence and creative thinking. Well done, Ms. Long!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    Detective A.L. McKittridge  and his partner Rena Morgan are back with a tough case, this time involving a missing child. When Emma Whitman's parents report her missing from daycare, it's unclear what has happened. Her grandmother swears she dropped Emma off with her teacher and signed the check-in sheet, but Emma's teacher claims she never saw the child that day. It's obvious someone is lying, but who? A vengeful relative? A spouse trying to hurt the other spouse by taking their child away? Someo Detective A.L. McKittridge  and his partner Rena Morgan are back with a tough case, this time involving a missing child. When Emma Whitman's parents report her missing from daycare, it's unclear what has happened. Her grandmother swears she dropped Emma off with her teacher and signed the check-in sheet, but Emma's teacher claims she never saw the child that day. It's obvious someone is lying, but who? A vengeful relative? A spouse trying to hurt the other spouse by taking their child away? Someone at the daycare, or a stranger? With so many questions and suspects,  A.L. and Rena race against the clock hoping to find Emma alive. In doing so, family secrets and lies are exposed and a cold case involving a similar disappearance in a neighboring town is reopened.  This police procedural is complete with drama, intrigue, and a little romance. I'm really enjoying this series as I love seeing how A.L. and Rena work out their next move, following leads and sometimes dead-ends, to come to a conclusion. I received a copy of this book from MIRA/Harlequin Trade.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    I enjoyed the first book in the Detectives A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan series, Ten Days Gone. So who did a little happy book dance when she saw that the second book, No One Saw was being published? Yep, that would be me and the world is probably grateful that I am self-isolating and not posting videos on social media! A.L. has just returned from vacation when a call from Rena sends him right back to work. Emma Whitman, a five-year-old was dropped off at daycare, and yet, by the end of the da I enjoyed the first book in the Detectives A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan series, Ten Days Gone. So who did a little happy book dance when she saw that the second book, No One Saw was being published? Yep, that would be me and the world is probably grateful that I am self-isolating and not posting videos on social media! A.L. has just returned from vacation when a call from Rena sends him right back to work. Emma Whitman, a five-year-old was dropped off at daycare, and yet, by the end of the day, no one has seen her. Her grandmother says she left her in the hall with a teacher. The teacher states she never saw either of them. Who is telling the truth and who is lying, and why? There is a huge fish tank full of red herrings as it seems quite a few people had reason to take Emma. A.L. and Rena hit one dead end after another, knowing that as more time passes, the odds of finding Emma alive go down. There are also some personal issues at play in the detectives' lives, and it adds to the understanding of these characters. The ending surprised me, as all my guesses concerning whodunnit and why were incorrect. I liked Ten Days Gone a little more, but No One Saw was still a good police procedural mystery.No beach reading yet for me, but this was a good way to spend an afternoon in my garden.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Avid Reader

    No One Saw (A.L. McKittridge #2) by Beverly Long 4 stars M/F Mystery I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads. A.L and Rena are back again. This time, a child has gone missing and nobody seems to know who to believe, who to mistrust and where the little girl could be. The police procedure in this book is great. It is methodical and well planned. I really enjoyed reading the clues as they came up in the book. You'll want to start guessing right away, you'll want to skip to the end wh No One Saw (A.L. McKittridge #2) by Beverly Long 4 stars M/F Mystery I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads. A.L and Rena are back again. This time, a child has gone missing and nobody seems to know who to believe, who to mistrust and where the little girl could be. The police procedure in this book is great. It is methodical and well planned. I really enjoyed reading the clues as they came up in the book. You'll want to start guessing right away, you'll want to skip to the end when the clues just don't add up. Long wrote a very detailed, well developed mystery that will have you second guessing everyone, wanting to believe nobody and hoping that the little girl is saved in time. I can't wait for more!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Apparently my reviews (and Goodreads profile) are causing people to nastily tell me that I am the most stupid person on the planet. Life is too short without humour and YOU ARE ALL TOASTER-STRUDEL-MEAN-GIRLS. #mikedrop When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many mo Apparently my reviews (and Goodreads profile) are causing people to nastily tell me that I am the most stupid person on the planet. Life is too short without humour and YOU ARE ALL TOASTER-STRUDEL-MEAN-GIRLS. #mikedrop When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. (I have played a "zillion games" of scrabble, done a "zillion crosswords" and I AM BORED!!!) I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Nobody saw a thing. Or so they say… Baywood police department detective A.L. McKittridge is no stranger to tough cases, but when five-year-old Emma Whitman disappears from her daycare, there isn’t a single shred of evidence to go on. Neither the grandmother who dropped her off nor the teacher whose care she was supposed to be in, can account for the missing child. There are no witnesses. No trace of where she might have gone. There’s only one thing A.L. and his partner, Rena Morgan, are sure of—somebody is lying. With the clock ticking, A.L. and Rena are under extreme pressure as they discover their instincts are correct: all is not as it seems. The Whitmans are a family with many secrets, and A.L. and Rena will have to race to untangle a growing web of lies if they’re going to find the thread that leads them to Emma…before it’s too late. This is one of these very-very-quick-read books that make you hold your breath until the last page. I had to keep reminding myself to not grind my teeth and to take time to breathe. The plot moves very fast and you will want to hold onto your hat while you read it as the wind might whip it off your head....I can see my book club devouring this as we love thrillers and mysteries. I would normally say take this book to the beach with a tonne of SPF1000 sunscreen as you will lose track of time and end up fried to a crisp as a result. BUT, since we are supposed to be in self-isolation, read it on the porch, balcony, backyard, or even your bedroom!) As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🏖️ 🏖️ 🏖️ 🏖️ 🏖️ p.s. the author usually writes "romantic suspense" books so this was a delightful surprise!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    4.5/5 stars [I received a digital arc from Netgalley for an honest review] No One Saw is the second book in Beverly Long's A.L. McKittridge series. I enjoyed this book just as much as I did the first one. In this book A.L. McKittridge and his partner Rena Morgan are against the clock trying to find a 5-year-old girl who was abducted from her daycare and somehow no one saw anything. They have a lot of possibles to explore and secrets to uncover before they are able to uncover what really happened t 4.5/5 stars [I received a digital arc from Netgalley for an honest review] No One Saw is the second book in Beverly Long's A.L. McKittridge series. I enjoyed this book just as much as I did the first one. In this book A.L. McKittridge and his partner Rena Morgan are against the clock trying to find a 5-year-old girl who was abducted from her daycare and somehow no one saw anything. They have a lot of possibles to explore and secrets to uncover before they are able to uncover what really happened to an innocent girl. As with the first book, No One Saw is a police procedural mystery story. It takes a fine balance between case procedure and the detectives personal lives for a book to keep my interest. Too much or one or the other and it doesn't work for me but Beverly Long does it right. The story flows fluidly and the interjection of the detectives personal lives doesn't break up the flow of them working through the case. I looked forward to them because I genuinely enjoy both McKittridge and his partner Morgan who both are still working through personal hurdles but it never over shadows the case they are working on. I'm already looking forward to whatever case these two are handed next.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    First of all, thanks to Mira Books and NetGalley for sending me an eARC in exchange for a honest review. You have to know English isn’t my first language, so feel free to correct me if I make some mistakes while writing this review. Four months ago I read, always in advance thanks to Mira Books, the first book of this series - Ten Days Gone. It had been a book that had entertained me, made me wonder until the end who was the culprit and despite the somewhat hasty ending and some missing answers - First of all, thanks to Mira Books and NetGalley for sending me an eARC in exchange for a honest review. You have to know English isn’t my first language, so feel free to correct me if I make some mistakes while writing this review. Four months ago I read, always in advance thanks to Mira Books, the first book of this series - Ten Days Gone. It had been a book that had entertained me, made me wonder until the end who was the culprit and despite the somewhat hasty ending and some missing answers - but not particularly relevant for the purposes of the plot - I felt interested in a follow-up. This time we have the case of a five-year-old girl who disappears from day care - the grandmother swears that she left her at the entrance and did not accompany her to class because her teacher was in the hall and therefore entrusted her to her by signing the attendance sheet, but on the other side we have the teacher who swears to have been in class all the time (with lots of other parents confirming her presence in the classroom) and that she has never seen the child all day. Are they both telling the truth? Are they both lying? With two such different versions, one of them has to lie if you want to believe one of the two women - but which one of them? A.L. and Rena start to investigate, but there's not much to start from. They start questioning all the family members, the other teachers, the day care director, the parents of the other children - and many testimonials give reason to both women, but Emma Whitman continues to be missing. A.L. and Rena, however, have no intention of giving up, digging deeply, turning every stone upside down, traveling miles to another town when a trail leads them there - when something makes them think they have finally taken the right path. But they come across many dead ends, many things that lead to nothing and so many lies - because there's not a single character here who does not lie at least about something. Meanwhile the hours go by and still no sign of Emma. If the first book found a balance between the case and the private lives of the two detectives because it served to present them, this second definitely leans more towards the case they are investigating - and I felt much more involved. However, I appreciated the updates on their private life - and even those who have not read the first one can understand the events and what they are talking about because there are enough basic elements that explain it - as it gives them that touch of humanity, but I preferred that this time there was a full-immersion in the case they were investigating. Again I came almost to the end with no certainty as to who the culprit was - of course I had a couple of ideas and theories every now and then, however, they seemed to be disproved by some new element that emerged from the investigation and of course, everyone is lying therefore you can never point your finger at someone in particular for sure because so many people involved give the creeps to the reader or they sound suspicious enough - although perhaps some more than others and perhaps it seems predictable in retrospect, but at some point there's a trail that takes on so much solidity that you are convinced it may be the right one. Again the ending is a little rushed - not so much for the case itself that it gets resolved with all the explanations without leaving a plot-hole, but more for another case that emerges far from Baywood where the readers find themselves involved and remain intrigued, but which case unfortunately remain without a resolution. It wouldn't have been their jurisdiction however, and I would have liked a little that A.L. and Rena would solve it, but on the other hand it would have made the case they worked on a little too "simplistic" and similar to others that I have already seen in multiple criminal TV shows. For this second volume I decided to raise his vote by half a point - the style is always flowing and not too complicated by technical terms and it's true that it has no big twists and the investigation has a slow and methodical rhythm, but I must say the case involved me more than the previous one. Should a third book come out, I will not fail to read it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon St. Clair

    ***I received an ebook copy from the publisher at no cost*** A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan are thrust into another action packed story, this time with a child abduction at the center. A.L. has just returned from a relaxing and much needed vacation with his new lady, Tess, and doesn't have time to get his bags unpacked before he's called to investigate the disappearance of a little girl.  This case is troubling for A.L. and Rena because the little girl went missing in broad daylight, yet nobody ***I received an ebook copy from the publisher at no cost*** A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan are thrust into another action packed story, this time with a child abduction at the center. A.L. has just returned from a relaxing and much needed vacation with his new lady, Tess, and doesn't have time to get his bags unpacked before he's called to investigate the disappearance of a little girl.  This case is troubling for A.L. and Rena because the little girl went missing in broad daylight, yet nobody witnessed the disappearance. Or did they? Didn't they? There are a ton of unanswered questions that the two detectives set off to find answers to.  I read Ten Days Gone (book 1) and enjoyed these characters, as well as Long's writing. It was great to get back into a story with these two. I felt like things picked up right where they left off last time, just a few months into the future. Much like the first book, the whole town seems to get involved in the investigation, searching high and low for the little girl and trying to figure out what happened to her. A.L. and Rena are thorough as ever, following every lead and turning over every leaf for answers.  I really enjoy the relationship that A.L. and Rena have. They're professional partners but you can tell that they're also friends—like family even— and that they care about one another in that capacity. They engage in banter that comes naturally and is amusing. They work together well and they're both good and what they do. They're methodical and seem to know just the right steps to take and people to talk to in order to get the information that they need. This book is suspenseful and well-written. I felt a whirlwind of emotions while I was reading, which is a testament to Long's talent. In addition to the investigation, both A.L. and Rena have things happening in their personal lives that demand their attention and energy. Character development was strong and I enjoyed getting to know more of each of these individuals. It was also nice to see A.L. embark on a romance. He's a detective at heart and his career is his baby, but he also has a soft side and it shined through a lot in this book.  I felt very satisfied after finishing this book. I liked the way Long wrapped things up and I hope that we get to experience more of Baywood and these characters in future books. If you like suspenseful and mysterious novels, this is a good book for you. Five stars to this novel!

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