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Book Chat: Kidnap & Ransom by Michelle Gagnon

Title: Kidnap & Ransom [buy the book]
Author: Michelle Gagnon [website] [FB] [Twitter]
Pages: 416
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Date Published: November 1, 2010


When the world’s foremost kidnap and ransom negotiator is snatched by a ruthless drug cartel, Jake Riley becomes ensnared in the effort to save him. But he’s up against Los Zetas, an elite paramilitary organization renowned for its ferocity and skill. Now he and his colleagues must navigate the dark underbelly of Mexico, from raging street wars to perilous jungles, in an effort to rescue him before time runs out.

After nearly losing her life on her last case, FBI Agent Kelly Jones may never do fieldwork again. Determined to regain her confidence, she joins Jake on his mission—and quickly realizes she’s in over her head. Then in the slums of Mexico City, she encounters a former nemesis who’s enacting a nightmarish ritual on the weak and vulnerable. Now she has one last, desperate shot to prove herself—by taking down a killer.

My thoughts:

As you know, I love me some good mysteries. Michelle Gagnon has become a favorite author of mine, and my only complaint is that I don’t have 20 backlist titles to choose from when I finish her latest book. At this point, I’ve read everything she’s written, and I’m chomping at the bit for more.

I read this quite a while ago, back in November 2010 when I was still working two jobs and reading was quickly becoming something that I used to do. At a time when reading time was at a premium and getting through a book could take a month or longer, I flew through this one in just a few days.

One of the reasons I particularly wanted to mention this book was because it’s been over a year since I read it, and while I normally can’t remember details from any books, I still remember that she did something in this book I’d have bet she’d never do. It took my head clean off.

If you’re a mystery fan, I absolutely recommend Michelle’s books. I know I haven’t said much about the plot, but that’s what the summary is for. I’m just here to tell you that you’re missing out if you’re not reading her books.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


9 Responses to “Book Chat: Kidnap & Ransom by Michelle Gagnon”

  1. Jenn's Bookshelves ()

    I love Michelle’s books as well! I discovered her on Shelfari ions ago, so glad I did! She’s quite the talented writer!


  2. bermudaonion (Kathy) ()

    The fact that you can remember a book from over a year ago speaks volumes to me.


  3. Virginia

    I shall add her to my to-read list. I am always looking for new authors.

    I was just whining to my husband about how you hadn’t posted anything in a while and I’ve enjoyed so many of the books you recommend. It’s like you read my mind. 🙂


  4. BookStairs ()

    I did never read a book by Michelle Gagnon. Need to change this by reading this one.


  5. zibilee ()

    I always pay attention to a good thriller/suspense recommendation, because I am sort of a ninny when it comes to picking them for myself. I always seem to get the wrong ones, with plots that are terribly predictable, and characters that are too stereotypical. I need to check this one out, it seems. Thanks for the great and enticing review!


  6. Kathleen

    I love mysteries also and won’t hesitate to put this on my list with your 5 out of 5 recommendation!


  7. Lisa Richardson

    I, too, love Michelle’s books! They are always exciting and a thrill to read, the kind I don’t want to put down for anything else! Thanks for the review!


  8. jennygirl

    Well I never heard of her so I will give her a try. Thanks Trish


  9. Michelle Gagnon ()

    Thanks for posting this, Trish! I’m thrilled to hear that you’re enjoying the series, and will try to write faster! xo


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