"Moving suspense-filled story!"
When Cameron comes homes from work, the first thing she
notices is that Cassie, her nine year old daughter, well
stepdaughter really, isn't home. Naturally, Cameron panics
and begins calling everyone she knows. No one has seen
Cassie. Finally, Cameron manages to convince the police
Cassie is really missing. The lead detective assigned to
the case is someone no one likes. He finds out Cassie isn't
even Cameron's daughter. Neither the child's mother or
father wanted custody of her, so Cameron managed to obtain
it during her divorce from the girl's father. When the
detective learns Cameron purchased a life insurance policy
on Cassie, he immediately suspects her and calls her into
the station for an interview, during which, Cameron passes
Detective Jack Wilmont is ready to take some time off.
Right now, he's totally burned out and is planning on
telling his captain he's taking a leave of absence, which
he does. Of course, the captain manages to let him know
about some new leads on a case Jack worked on, thereby
guaranteeing Jack will be become involved. When Jack comes
in to see the captain on the case, he notices Cameron and
when he sees how the detective handles the interview, he
tells Cameron he will help find her daughter. And Jack,
naturally, gets his old partner involved, who, in turn,
consults a psychic.
Will they be able to find Cassie before it's too late?
What's behind the insurance policy Cameron bought on her
daughter? Who took the child?
PEDESTALS is a thrilling suspense-filled story, filled with
paranormal overtones. Jane Shoup has done a wonderful job
of pulling us into the action, right along with the rest of
the characters. We feel Cameron's heartache with Cassie
being missing, her attraction to Jack. We feel Jack's
attraction to Cameron and his desire to find Cassie before
it's too late. We even become pulled in to the psychic's
feelings as she "realizes" different things about the case.
This is a very well- written story and I highly recommend
it to all lovers of suspense!
Posted June 24, 2005
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 19, 2006
On the day Detective Jack Wilmont begins a personal leave of absence due to a particularly grueling year, a serial killer strikes again for the first time in a year. It was originally Jack’s case, and so he agrees to look at the new evidence. In so doing, he gets caught up in the case of a missing nine-year old girl. Knowing he’s in over his head, he does what comes naturally; he enlists the help of his former partner, Terry Carson who’s on permanent medical leave following a serious injury.
Instinctually, Jack knows Cameron Lee can’t be guilty in the abduction, as one of the other detectives believes, but he has to admit to a certain, undeniable attraction to the lady. The problem for Jack and Carson is that there are too many avenues to investigate, especially in an unofficial capacity.
When the FBI takes over the serial case, Jack and Carson are initially warned off, but grudgingly allowed in. They’d known they were after a dangerous psychopath, but they hadn’t realized his brilliance, or the scope of his bio-medical scheme. The plot they uncover is complex, sophisticated and far more evil than they could have guessed.