Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review: Noah's Rainy Day by Sandra Brannan

Noah's Rainy Day by Sandra Brannan

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group
Pages: 394
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  From birth, Noah Hogarty has lived with severe cerebral palsy. He is nearly blind, unable to speak, and cannot run, walk, or crawl. Yet his mind works just as well as any other twelve-year-old’s—maybe even better. And Noah holds a secret dream: to become a great spy, following in the footsteps of his aunt, Liv “Boots” Bergen.

Now, freshly returned from training at Quantico, FBI agent Liv Bergen is thrown into her first professional case. Working side by side with veteran agent Streeter Pierce, enigmatic agent and lover Jack Linwood, and her bloodhound Beulah, Liv must race to find five-year-old Max—last seen at the Denver International Airport—before this Christmastime abduction turns deadly. Meanwhile Noah, housebound, becomes wrapped up in identifying the young face he sees watching him from his neighbor’s bedroom window, but he can neither describe nor inscribe what he knows.

And his investigation may lead to Noah paying the ultimate price in fulfilling his dream.

Kritters Thoughts:  The fourth installment in the Liv Bergen series and this one may be my favorite!  Told through both Liv's point of view and the perpetrator who kidnapped the missing child, it was interesting to see the investigation go on while at the same time you hear the story from the kidnapper.  Another point that set this book apart from the rest in the series was the focus on Liv's family - they were key players in this book.

The big thing that really stuck out with me was the character of Noah and in particular his chapters because he was unable to physically talk, his chapters although not told in a diary form or anything felt the most real.  I loved how he was coping with cerebral palsy and how his family found creative ways to communicate with him.  I don't have much knowledge on CP, so it was especially enjoyable to read about a main character who was living with it and still having a full life.

As a side note on this series - although each book is a stand alone mystery, I would say you need to read from the beginning because there is a clear progression in the character growth of Liv and the key people in the books and although the mystery is the focus of each book, the personal side of things are enjoyable and build and grow throughout the books.  

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel (this series could go on forever!!)

Ebook 2013 Challenge: 58 out of 50

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from JKS Communications.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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