Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Book Review: Missing Max by Karen Young

Missing Max is another audiobook I received from Oasis Audio. When I read the description from their website (see below), I thought the plot sounded intriguing. What would I do in the same situation? This book really caused me to think.

Description from Oasis Audio:

When baby Max is kidnapped during Mardi Gras, Jane and Kyle Madison’s life falls apart. What their daughter, Melanie, does next is unthinkable. Max vanished into thin air while in the care of his teenage sister, Melanie. Six months later, the family is a shadow of its former self: Melanie blames herself and is acting out and rebellious; Jane is obsessed with finding Max; and Kyle, a lawyer, struggles to cope with his own grief—and a persistent suspicion that one of his cases is connected to Max’s disappearance. With her family in turmoil and her marriage on the rocks, Jane thinks things can’t get any worse. Then when an affair and an unexpected pregnancy threaten to tear the Madisons’ lives apart, an anonymous caller leads to a break in the case. Can a second kidnapping bring their family back together?

My thoughts:
The book was a delight from the beginning. From the wonderful reader, to the engaging plot, to the interesting characters, it had everything I would want in a good audiobook. The author captures your attention in chapter one when Max disappears and keeps you engrossed to the very end, which is completely satisfying. It is a book of introspection as well as an entertaining read. I couldn't wait for the next time I could listen to it. I wish I could have heard it in one sitting. It probably would have been even better.
Ms. Young captured the way life really is with children, and although I don't know what it is like to lose a child, I could identify with this mother as she struggled with real feelings towards those who impacted her life, including her husband, best friend, and the police officer who helped the family search for Max. Every scene rang true for me.
I love suspense. Karen Young's book of spiritual struggle and redemption was one of the best I've ever read!
I can't seem to have enough praise for this book. It is one of my top favorites of the year. I am looking forward to more books by this talented writer!
I give Missing Max 5 1/2 out of 5 stars

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(I received this book from Oasis Audio for review purposes. I received no monetary compensation for this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.)


jsmith said...

Great review, thanks!

Carrie said...

Sounds like a winner! I'm not an audio learner so I have a hard time listening to books. But I'd READ it - so I'm glad to know of it. Thanks!