Forgotten gets off to a slow start and then bang, you are hooked and turning the pages as fast as you can. We meet Madeline Williams who is dying. She asks her daughter Lisa to do one thing for her before she goes. She wants Lisa to contact the FBI agent John Mancini who tried to find her son. She wants him to try one last time to see if convicted pedophile and murderer Shelton Woods would tell them where to find Christopher’s body so that they can be buried next to each other. Mancini is now in charge of an entire unit that solves these kinds of crimes. He has a new agent coming to his unit that he puts on the case. Portia Cahill has been reassigned stateside after her cover was blown in a tabloid. She is resentful as she liked being in counterterrorism. But she is determined to do a good job while she figures out what she wants to do with her life. In her meeting with Shelton Woods he says he will tell her the location of the body if he can have something in return. He is serving consecutive life sentences that he got in exchange for admitting to and giving the location of thirteen young boys. So he wants immunity from prosecution in Christopher’s death and he wants to go horseback riding for an hour. He also wants his former attorney Jim Cannon to accompany him on this little jaunt to make sure that everything stays on the up and up. Portia arranges this and finds Christopher’s body. The only problem is that there is another body buried with him. Woods refuses to tell her who this boy is. This sets a fire under Portia to find out who this forgotten little boy is and bring him home. Along the way, fresh bodies start turning up. Is someone taking up where Woods left off or did he have an accomplice? Portia and Jim are in a race to find out what is going on before more boys die.
This is only the second novel by Ms. Stewart that I have had the pleasure of reviewing. Forgotten was an amazing journey. The tension was high and the characters believable. Woods is incredibly creepy but also terrifyingly realistic. While I find it hard to read books where something awful happens to young children as I have two kids myself, the details are not overwhelming. This was a terrific suspense with a dash of romance and I highly recommend it.
Book Blurb for Forgotten
WHO SPEAKS FOR THE DEAD WHEN THEY SCREAM BLOODY MURDER?
Sheldon Woods kidnapped and killed an untold number of boys, then escaped the death penalty by making a plea deal for multiple life sentences. Nearly a decade later, the full extent of his crimes is still unknown, and many of his victims have never been accounted for. But Lisa Walsh is certain her brother Christopher was one of them—and to honor her mother's dying wish, she's on a mission to learn the truth and recover the lost little boy's remains. FBI agent Portia Cahill is tasked with confronting the caged killer, and obliged to play his mind games to get what she's after. But she ends up with more than she bargained for when the remains of another boy's body are discovered.
Determined to ID the mystery child, Portia reluctantly teams with James Doyle, the attorney who once defended Woods. But chasing a killer's grisly legacy, and the bones of the forgotten dead, will lead them into the lethal orbit of a latter-day monster who's seeding the graves of the past with a fresh wave of innocent victims.
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