Title: Lost & Forsaken (Missing Persons #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Adrian J. Smith (Supposed Crimes)
Publication Date & Length: June 1, 2016 – 242 Pages
Detective Grace Halling has a nice ring to it, or so Grace thought until she receives her first case.
Grace has been visiting Harold Crighton for years, and when he suddenly goes missing from the Campbell Home with seemingly no trace, her world is thrown into a spin. From finding her feet as a detective to learning how to be a better girlfriend to Amya and trying to find her place in a new and different world of no longer being a beat cop, Grace plows ahead and grits her teeth.
Although not the lead detective on Harold’s case, Grace is determined to put as much effort into finding him as possible. That is until she’s saddled with her own case and her focus becomes divided.
This book was a wonderfully engaging read. It really kept me turning pages. I was extremely interested in the relationship between Grace and Amya, because they seem to have so many issues that they’re working out or around. One of those issues is the resolution last year of the case of a serial killer who was killing cops. Grace survived an attack that killed many of her colleagues and friends, and ended up killing the attacker, but it has left her with emotional scars. It seems as though Grace is dealing with emotional scars from even before this incident, and it makes me want to know more about her. Those problems weren’t really plumbed in this book, so it left me wondering if they’re discussed more in the previous series. Amya intrigues me with her compassion, empathy, and understanding of Grace. The actual cases that we see Grace dealing with draw you in and make you care about these people who have gone missing from their own lives, and I definitely rooted for Grace to have a happy resolution. I’m interested to see how things develop with Paige in the next book, and how Amya deals with how that relationship makes her feel. By the end of the book, I want to go back and read everything I can about Grace and Amya, and how they got to where they are now. And I’m also looking forward to reading more about their journey together.
Adrian J. Smith, or “AJ” as she is often called, is a part-time writer with an epic imagination, sharp wit, and kind heart that gets her into a bit of trouble when it comes to taking in all the neighborhood stray cats. Being obsessed with science fiction, Smith often goes off on tangents about the space-time continuum. She is also a part-time lunatic with a secretive past. It’s been rumored that she was once a spy for the government, but anyone who has gotten close enough to know the truth has never lived to tell the tale. When traveling around the world on various classified tasks, Smith requires the following be provided: buffalo jerky, mimosas, and eighty-six pennies. This is all we know about the reclusive woman.