I received First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader from TJ at Planned TV Arts back in July. I finally picked it up and wished I’d read it sooner! It was a great book; a fun and fast read.
First Daughter is about president elect Edward Carson’s daughter, Alli, being kidnapped, a month before inauguration. Jack McClure is brought in to help find her because his daughter, who is deceased, was friends with Alli in college. Jack blames himself for his daughter’s death and promises to return Alli to her family alive.
The writing in this book was very good and the story kept along at a good clip. I loved how the author would flick back and forth between Jack trying to find Alli and Alli being held prisoner. Alli’s captor was a great villian. I could only sit back and watch while he slowly got Alli to sympathize with him, thereby creating Stockholm Syndrome. These are my favorite kinds of mysteries/thrillers, where I get a peek into what the bad guy is doing, because it makes the story that much more exciting when I’m yelling, “NO!! Don’t go in there! The killer’s in there!” I’m not entirely convinced the characters in books can’t hear me.
I don’t have much to say about this book other than it really was a good book and I definitely recommend it if you like mysteries. And if you’re participating in the Buy Books For the Holidays campaign, this would be a great book for someone who likes mysteries. It just came out this year, so unless your giftee is super on-the-ball, you’ll buy them something they haven’t read and possibly even introduce them to a new author!
Rating: 88 out of 100