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September 2010

Pretty Little Things
By Jilliane Hoffman
Reviewed by Joanne Sinchuk

‘It seems the latest plot lines in the suspense/thriller genre is missing children.  And rightfully so: for what could be more horrific than an abducted child, or more suspenseful than the search for the abductor?  Having said this, Hoffman has managed to take this already-done scenario and give it a well-done brand new twist.

When 13-year-old Lainey does not come home from a night out with friends, her parents and local police seem unconcerned.  Lainey’s older sister had a history of running away, and everyone believes this tendency seems to run in this family.  But Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Special Agent Booby Dees, who heads up the agency’s Crimes Against Children Squad, sees something else that sets off his cop-radar.

This is Hoffman’s best work ever.  And yes, it is better than Retribution!  In an era where authors are shying away from the technology of cell phones, internet, forensics, etc., by setting their books in the 1980’s and 90’s, Hoffman steps up to the hi-tech mountain by devising a plot based on chat rooms and internet anonymity.  And she does it in an uncomplicated, highly readable style.

Highly recommended to both the Hoffman fan, and as an introduction to this talented writer.’
Monday, August 30, 2010

‘PRETTY LITTLE THINGS by Jilliane Hoffman: When thirteen-year-old Lainey Emerson meets Zach online, she thinks he’s the perfect guy. Nevermind the fact that he’s a senior in high school, he’s hot and he seems interested in her. Lainey’s only worry when Zach suggests they meet in person is that the high schooler will discover her real age. Two days later, Lainey’s mother reports her missing. Bobby Dees, an officer with the Crimes Against Children Squad, is called in to investigate. Though most are sure Lainey is just another teen runaway, Dees is not convinced. Turns out he’s right and the case is much more complicated than anyone imagined. Soon a killer begins sending personal messages to Dees, messages that include gruesome clues linking more missing girls in the area to Lainey’s case. This latest from Hoffman is an intense thriller about a very timely subject. I don’t know if there are any plans for more Bobby Dees stories, but I could easily see this developing into an intense series with lots of possibilities. A definite recommended read for thriller fans.’

09/10 Becky Lejeune

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