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Last Seen (edition 2018)

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They are the perfect family. But perfection is fragile. Cal Hudson knows the world can be an ugly place. As a reporter for a big Chicago newspaper, Cal has journeyed into society's darkest corners to expose the vilest crimes. But the world he and his devoted wife, Faith, share with their son is much nicer. They have made sure of it, creating a tranquil haven in suburban River Ridge to protect the person most precious to them. Until the unthinkable happens, and nine-year-old Gage vanishes. In a split second at a local carnival, the Hudsons' storybook world begins unraveling. A frantic search starts to uncover splinters in their carefully crafted facade, revealing buried secrets that cast just as much suspicion on Cal and Faith as any ill-meaning stranger, and proving that the line between love and violence can disappear as suddenly as a child on a chaotic midway.… (more)
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A nine-year-old boy, Gage, goes missing while at a carnival with his parents. He disappears from an amusement called the Chambers of Dread, a haunted-house kind of place where evil beings pop out and scare people. His parents are with him when he disappears so it is difficult to figure out how it even happened.

Gage's dad, Cal Hudson, is a newspaper reporter, assigned to the crime beat. He is well known and has even broken some stories that led to the arrest of criminals. So the police and FBI investigate the history of his reporting, looking for leads. They also consider Cal and his wife Faith as strong suspects. They discover that the Hudsons were having some marital difficulties.

The chief FBI agent has a history that causes him to leave no stone unturned, but also to doubt what he is told, to pursue suspects relentlessly. He thus questions the Hudsons repeatedly and unsympathetically.

It's a good thriller, with lots of action and personalities. The plot is elaborate, the storyline a bit hard to believe, but that's why we have thrillers, I suspect. Makes good airplane reading. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Taut family thriller about a missing boy. A little melodramatic at times, but a solid suspense thriller. Easy to read, fast-paced and keeps you guessing. ( )
  ChayaLovesToRead | Mar 3, 2018 |
Last Seen by Rick Mofina is a highly recommended police procedural where everyone character and motives are in question and there is no clear suspect.

Cal and Faith Hudson have taken their nine-year-old son, Gage, to the carnival where Gage is determined to go through The Chambers of Dread. Gage and his friends have all dared each other to go through the horror house, so he is excited. As the family goes through the horror house, they get separated at the end and all exit individually - but Gage doesn't come out. Cal and Faith immediately start looking for Gage and ask the carnival ride manager to help. Finally, with Gage nowhere in sight, they call the police and the search begins in earnest to find the missing child.

But, along with the look into the carnival employees, and other directions, the investigation also begins to look in earnest at Cal and Faith. As with most families, there are buried secrets in the Hudson's marriage. Additionally, Cal is a crime reported for a large Chicago newspaper, which begs the question did someone Cal write about launch into a vendetta against him, targeting his son? And who is the strange man with whom Faith seems to have a private connection. Can any family survive their secrets exposed? And can Gage be found before time runs out?

Mofina has written a tense, evenly paced procedural here where the interviews of the suspects and the parents are all presented along with the new evidence revealed and the leads detectives and the FBI follow. We know inside evidence and suspicious characters as the investigation continues. The novel follows the investigation by the day. The thing is that everyone is suspect here. Cal and Faith have secrets along with other people.

This is a perfect choice for readers who love procedurals. Mofina keeps the tension high and the pace moves quickly as more and more information is uncovered.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of MIRA Books.
http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2018/02/last-seen.html ( )
  SheTreadsSoftly | Feb 21, 2018 |
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They are the perfect family. But perfection is fragile. Cal Hudson knows the world can be an ugly place. As a reporter for a big Chicago newspaper, Cal has journeyed into society's darkest corners to expose the vilest crimes. But the world he and his devoted wife, Faith, share with their son is much nicer. They have made sure of it, creating a tranquil haven in suburban River Ridge to protect the person most precious to them. Until the unthinkable happens, and nine-year-old Gage vanishes. In a split second at a local carnival, the Hudsons' storybook world begins unraveling. A frantic search starts to uncover splinters in their carefully crafted facade, revealing buried secrets that cast just as much suspicion on Cal and Faith as any ill-meaning stranger, and proving that the line between love and violence can disappear as suddenly as a child on a chaotic midway.

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