"Handles a hot social issue wih sensitivity"
Port Dare police detective Connor McLean and Gail
Cooper of Child Protective Services officially visit Simon
Stavig accused by three years old Lily Thalberg of sexually
molesting her. Simon's wife Mariah is not only shocked to
learn that a preschool friend of her daughter Zofie has
accused her spouse of defilement, but his reactions to the
allegation is bizarre. Worse she realizes he had the
opportunity as he watched the two kids last week. Not long
afterward her marriage ends.
Three years later, seventh grader Tracy Mitchell
hysterically tells schoolteacher Mariah that another
teacher Mr. Tanner has blackmailed her using grades into
having sex with him. To Mariah it is déjà vu as her worst
nightmare has returned. Still, she does the professionally
correct thing and reports it. Connor investigates the
accusations even as he feels compassion to a battle
fatigued Mariah. As Connor and Mariah come into contact
during his inquiries, they fall in love, but his visage
represents her two most calamitous moments.
The second novel in the 3 Good Cops mini-series (see
HIS PARTNER'S WIFE), THE WORD OF A CHILD, is a stalwart
tale centering on child sexual molestation. The story line
is believable as the cast turns the plot into a compelling
drama especially the reactions of the innocent family
bystanders towards a now mistrusted and accused suspect
that was once showered with love. With this tale and that
of Connor's brother John already providing quality reading
for contemporary fans, the audience still has the tale of
the third sibling to look forward to from the wonderful
Janice Kay Johnson.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 4, 2001