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Monday, July 15, 2019

Book Review: Stolen Things by R. H. Herron

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Dutton Publishing,  via Edelweiss Plus, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own

When a 911 dispatcher picks up an emergency call to hear her daughter on the line, her worst nightmare becomes reality.


Laurie Ahmadi has worked as a 911 police dispatcher in her quiet Northern California town for seventeen years, ever since a violent incident convinced her that she wasn’t made to be a cop. She considers the department her family; her husband, Omid, is its first Arab-American chief, and their teenaged daughter Jojo has grown up surrounded by cops, EMTs, and dispatchers. So when Laurie catches a 911 call and, to her horror, it’s Jojo, the whole department springs into action.

Jojo, drugged, disoriented, and in pain, doesn’t remember how she ended up at the home of Kevin Leeds, a pro football player famous for his on-the-field activism and his work with the CapB—“Citizens Against Police Brutality”—movement. She doesn’t know what happened to Kevin’s trainer, whose beaten corpse is also discovered in the house. And she has no idea where her best friend Harper, who was with her earlier in the evening and never made it home, could be.

When Jojo’s rape kit comes back positive, the case seems straightforward—Kevin Leeds hates cops and did all of this on behalf of CapB. But Jojo insists that Kevin wouldn’t hurt her, or anyone. Which means that Harper is still in danger. But when Jojo begins to dive into Harper’s social media to look for clues to her whereabouts, she uncovers a shocking secret that turns everything she knew about Harper—and the police department she’s always considered her family—on its head. With everything they thought they could rely in question, Laurie and Jojo begin to realize that they can’t trust anyone to find Harper except themselves…and time is running out.


If you look online, you'll see some amazing reviews for this book. But this isn't one of those. The book starts off grabbing your attention,like you're at the top of a roller coaster, and then it starts downhill, but slllooowws down and gets really preachy and trying to hit as many 'hot topics' as it can, to the point, where i just lost interest in the actual storyline. I gave it a valiant effort bu I had to keep putting the book down. Some of you may like it, so I'll give it a 2 out of 5 stars, for a first effort.

About the Author

Stolen Things is the first suspense novel by R.H. Herron, the pseudonym of an author who lives and teaches writing in California. For seventeen years she worked as a 911 fire/medical dispatcher, and this book is inspired by actual events.

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