After living in Wyoming, Washington, D.C., Washington state, and Colorado, Sandra Brannan returned to her hometown in South Dakota, where she is surrounded by family. She enjoys working with relatives in the mining business; living in the Black Hills with her husband, Joel; smiling with pride over the journeys taken by her four sons; doting over her three grandchildren; and appreciating all of life’s blessings, too many to count.
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Newly minted Special Agent Liv Bergen races against time to solve a child kidnapping—which could take a fatal turn—with the help of her gifted nephew Noah.
From birth, Noah Hogarty has lived with severe cerebral palsy. He is nearly blind, unable to speak, and cannot run, walk, or crawl. Yet his mind works just as well as any other twelve-year-old’s—maybe even better. And Noah holds a secret dream: to become a great spy, following in the footsteps of his aunt, Liv “Boots” Bergen.
Now, freshly returned from training at Quantico, FBI agent Liv Bergen is thrown into her first professional case. Working side by side with veteran agent Street Pierce, enigmatic agent and lover Jack Linwood, and her bloodhound Beulah, Liv must race to find five-year-old Max—last seen at the Denver International Airport—before his Christmastime abduction turns deadly. Meanwhile, Noah, housebound, becomes wrapped up in identifying the young face he sees watching him from his neighbor’s bedroom window, but he can neither describe nor inscribe what he knows. And his investigation may lead to Noah paying the ultimate price in fulfilling his dreams.
Noah’s Rainy Day (the fourth novel in Brannan’s mystery series) combines classic Liv Bergen irreverence and brainpower with an unflinching look at the darkest of human motivations, while a whirlpool of increasingly terrifying events threatens to engulf Liv and Noah both in one final rainy day.
NOAH’S RAINY DAY is not an easy book to review or read and not everyone should read it – but it is a very well written book. I have heard so many people say again and again that they will not read a book in which a child or an animal is harmed. For those people, do not read the prologue. It adds nothing to the book, could mislead you into putting the book down, and it should not be in the book at all, in my opinion. If like me, you are the parent of a handicapped child, it will be a difficult book to read. I sobbed through parts where Noah is thinking about how people marginalize him. Obviously it is not new knowledge, just a very painful reminder. There is no mystery to the reader. We know the child, little Max, is kidnapped. We know who did it. Noah knows where the child is but is unable to communicate it. The people who are in the dark are the FBI and local police who are trying to find the child. It is well written, suspenseful, has wonderful character development. Perhaps if I had read earlier books in Sandra Brannan’s series there are things I would understand better. Like the fact Noah uses a five finger method of communication which even most of his closest family does not understand. I find that hard to believe in such a large, close, loving family. Not to mention, I find it hard to believe he doesn’t have an iPad. Even though Noah has hypertonic or spastic cerebral palsy and is almost blind, he can see with his special contact and he is able to operate a pin/recording device given to him by his aunt and key to the FBI solving the case. Of course, if Noah had an iPad, the element of suspense would be lost. Sandra Brannan is an excellent writer. It is a very suspenseful book. And not everyone would have the issues I do – few would. So yes, I do recommend the book, for most mystery readers. ♥♥♥½
The book was scheduled for release on September 3rd but is available on Amazon now.
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