The Price of Jade: A Suspense Novel by Liz Hastings
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source; Received from publisher to review.
Genre: LDS Suspense.
Book Description: With its lush rainforests and awe-inspiring ruins, Guatemala has always played a central role in Matt Miller's life. The stunning land where he once served as a missionary is now a vital part of his importing business, and after years of anticipating a trip to the exotic country with his wife, Cathy, and teenage daughter, Melissa, it's finally happening. But what begins as a dream vacation soon spirals out of control as the Millers face every parent's worst nightmare: their daughter has disappeared without a trace.
Every second counts as Matt and Cathy throw themselves into the most urgent search of their lives—a search that becomes frantic when a ransom note arrives. As Matt traverses dense jungle and remote villages, relying on the help of an unlikely band of Good Samaritans, it is clear that Melissa's kidnapping was far from random. There is a network of greed and deceit that runs deep, and no one can be trusted. Desperate to protect his family, each step leads Matt closer to a ruthless killer. And what he discovers points to a greater deception than he could have imagined . . .
My thoughts: The Price of Jade takes you on an adventure from page one! Liz Hastings does a wonderful job at combining the past an the present to create a suspense novel that keeps you guessing until the end.
The premise of the book is every parents worse nightmare. Their daughter has been kidnapped in Guatemala while on vacation. As a mom, that grabbed my attention from the start and kept me turning pages. I had to hope for a happy outcome for the family.
I loved the imagery of the country. It is rich in history and I loved the ancient temples and relics. I could semi-picture them in my mind and I really wanted to be there to see the rain forest, the ruins, the people, etc.
If you are looking for a clean suspense read, you should give this one a try. There are religious references but it is not the focus of the book. It's about a family and community trying to bring a teenager home.
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