Book Review : Caspersen Beach by Janet Heijens

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Hi friend! My book review today is for Caspersen Beach by Janey Heijens.

Below you’ll find the description of the book provided by the publisher, followed by my personal review and star rating. Thanks for taking the time to read today. 🏝

If you’ve read Caspersen Beach, let me know your thoughts in the comments. ⤵️

*Disclaimer : I received a copy of this ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Description :

A mother’s worst nightmare occurred on a sunny Florida beach. 

Melanie Troy told her older child, Carrie Ann to watch little Savannah while she went nearby to buy ice cream for the girls. 

Minutes later, Savannah was gone. 

Carrie Ann, only nine at the time, gave police a clear-eyed description of the kidnapper. Months later Savannah’s remains were discovered on nearby Caspersen Beach. The homeless man who found her, Randy Cousins hoped to collect the reward money for finding the body. When Detective Lalo Sanchez put Cousins in a line-up, Carrie Ann did not hesitate to identify him as Savannah’s abductor. After four hours of deliberation, the jury unanimously found Cousins guilty. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole. 

Twenty years later a deathbed confession of a confused homeless woman brings new light to the case. Recognizing the potential that she got the wrong man, Detective Geri Garibaldi enlists the help of retired lawyer Cate Stokes who joins with Lalo Sanchez to prove the innocence of a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder. The stakes are raised when another child goes missing. The race is on for Cate and Lalo. 

Can they save this child’s life, or will they again be too late?

My Review : Caspersen Beach

Caspersen Beach introduces us to Maggie, Gator, Cate, Lalo and a host of others who all have their own interesting parts to play.

I was immediately drawn into the writing style of the author. She really knows how to keep a reader engaged, which I appreciate.

Maggie and Gator kidnap a small child in the hopes of receiving a ransom payment. As they are both homeless, it really seems that neither of them have much to lose.

However, while reading we are really immersed in Maggie’s story, which is both heartbreaking and familiar. Through a series of events, a man has been serving time for the kidnapping, and it’s up to Cate and Lalo to determine whether or not he was actually involved.

The drama that weaves it’s way through this book was palpable. I was on the edge of my seat to the finish…and was then blown completely out of the water on the very last page.

If I had one criticism, it would be how conversations with Bree are written…I’m not that old, but it made my head hurt. Do young adults really speak that way? Maybe…but it didn’t add to the story, and was really a distraction for me.

However, the basics of the book really made up for that. I was kept guessing as to what was happening, and enjoyed reading.

4 Stars

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