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   Mackenzie Morgan is suffering through a divorce with her cheating spouse. She decides to take her daughter, Bella out with her on a photo shoot in the mountains, when they come upon a hiking geologist who calls himself Dell Shirley. When Dell gets too close to Bella Mackenzie gets worried, and for good reason. Dell ends up kidnapping Bella, and beating Mackenzie almost to death. Mac is too strong the be left to die, and makes her way down the mountain for help.
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   When the investigation and search and rescue missions go underway a certain main tracker named Caleb Howell enters Macs life. It seems that he is a genius tracker, solving many search and rescues quickly. Mac, despite her injuries treks along with Caleb in hot pursuit of her daughter. As the story unfolds, it seems that Caleb has his own personal reasons behind his strive to find Bella. Mac finds out much more about Caleb and Dell, the kidnapper as they track him. It seems that Dell is not exactly who he says he is.
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Mira, Jan 2005, 6.99, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0778321304

While waiting for her divorce from her cheating spouse to be finalized, Mackenzie Morgan and her teenage daughter Bella take photographs of an abandoned fishery in an isolated part of the Appalachians. However, their solitude is disturbed when geologist Dell Shirley arrives on a horse accompanied by two dogs. Dell ties up Mac expecting her to die and abducts Bella.

Refusing to sit idly by while her daughter is in trouble, Mac treks four miles although still tied up until she reaches a ranger. The police begin a search and rescue led by volunteer tracker Caleb Howell while Bella's dad Marlowe blames Mac and acts as the caring concerned father with the media. However, the seemingly random kidnapping runs closer to home as truths begin to surface.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 15%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 45%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   stranded Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Terrain    -   Mountain Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   small businessman    -   photographer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   military technology Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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