Child of the State (An Elizabeth McClaine Thriller Book 2)


Catherine Lea

Child of the State
Editions:Kindle: $ 3.99
ISBN: 0473345005
Pages: 307
Paperback: $ 11.34
ISBN: 0473345005
Pages: 305
Audiobook: $ 14.95

​"He's first. You're next."

That's the message someone scribbled on a photo of Stacy May Charms' six-year-old son, two days before her release from prison.

Stacy knows why. She doesn't know who.

And she's not waiting around to find out. Her plan is to grab her child and run.

Elizabeth McClaine has no idea why Stacy ran, but she intends to find out. Contracted to oversee the governor’s early release program for young incarcerated mothers, she is responsible for the program’s first successful applicant. But when Stacy May breaks parole only two hours after her release, Elizabeth is flung into social and political exile, her reputation in ruins.

If she is to clear her name and save Stacy May, she must figure out what Stacy knows, and who she’s running from.

And all the clues point back to those who were supposed to be saving her.

The Elizabeth McClaine thrillers are additions to the great action and character-driven mystery and suspense thrillers in the tradition of Lisa Regan, S. W. Hubbard, and Mary Stone.

Reviews:Amazon Customer on Amazon wrote:

Book was really well written, good editing. Story line was interesting. Biggest issue I had was with the two main characters. They each had a moment where, I'm like, wait, why would they do that? Like the girl in the horror movie who runs up the stairs instead of out the front door. As one main example, the whole point of the book was for the girl to get to her son. She gets to him, and then let's him go. I almost stopped reading at that point because it left me so confused as to her actions. I kept reading, hoping to gain some sense from it, but I didn't. For me, the bad person was an obvious bad person from the beginning. The other people involved were also very obvious and I felt should be obvious to the characters, but it wasn't. Also, there were soooo many names to keep track of. I often found myself looking back to remember who somebody was, and I read the book on consecutive days. I'm still left wondering who one of the bad people actually were.

Elaine on Goodreads wrote:

A young girl's love of her son causes her problems. She is sent to prison because she assaulted a children services agent who wanted to take her child from her. While in prison she and her friend discover something they shouldn't and her friend is killed to keep her from investigating further. The plot deals with drugs that are brought into the prison and threats of death to her and her child.
Fortunately, someone believes her and helps her un ravel the mystery.

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