The Candidate’s Daughter: A Gripping Thriller (An Elizabeth McClaine Thriller Book 1)


Catherine Lea

The Candidates Daughter
Part of the Elizabeth McClaine series:
Editions:Kindle: $ 3.99
ISBN: 0473261758
Pages: 353
Paperback: $ 11.99
ISBN: 0473261758
Pages: 351
Audiobook: $ 14.95

Holly McClaine is six years old, disabled, and lost.

Only her kidnapper can save her.

The plan is simple: kidnap the daughter of Senate candidate Richard McClaine, take the money and run. Nobody gets hurt.

Kelsey thinks it's the stupidest scheme her boyfriend Matt and his drug-addled brother have ever come up with. Then she discovers the part she wasn’t told - that six-year-old Holly isn’t going home alive. And for Kelsey, that’s one step too far.

Elizabeth McClaine can't even tell the police what her daughter was wearing when she disappeared. Holly was placed in the care of a nanny while her mother battled postpartum depression. Elizabeth has failed her daughter too many times. She cannot fail her now.

The clock is ticking. Both women have 24 hours to find Holly because in 25 hours, she’ll be dead.

The Candidate's Daughter and its sequels Child of the State and A Stolen Woman are additions to the great action and character-driven mystery and suspense thrillers for readers of L.A Dobbs, Lisa Regan, and Mary Stone.

(Warning: Some language may offend)

Reviews:Teresa on Amazon wrote:

I listened to the Audible audio version of this book with a story rating of 4, narration 5, and overall 4.

The Candidate's Daughter was a uniquely written book. In the center is Holly, the kidnapped child with Down Syndrome whom you can't help but fall in love with. A sweet, loving child surrounded by a lot of ignorant and selfish adults. We have the narcissistic parents who are completely lacking in parenting skills and then the idiotic kidnappers with a twist; Kelsey, the one in charge of the child is the one who shows her the most love and kindness.

This was a good psychological thriller with flawed characters who I wasn't sure who to like or dislike. The characters who were supposed to be the good people were the bad with a few redeeming qualities and the same with the bad guys/girl. It was like an emotional rollercoaster. It was draining at almost eleven hours of intensity.

Amy Tallmadge did an incredible job reading this book. She was in fact flawless. Her voice inflections were what made this a good listen and drew me in. She's an amazing voice actor whom I'll listen to again. She did a super job.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

MARY JANE CLARK on Goodreads wrote:

I truly appreciated the portrayal of the mother and daughter characters in this book. The heartache and challenges of having a Down Syndrome child is all too often downplayed or, indeed, romanticized. This book makes it real. The blind ambition for power is exemplified by several lesser characters. Violence, evil, wrongdoing, and greed contrast with the overwhelming desire to "do good" . I will read the next in this series.

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