29 Jun

When baby Max is kidnapped during Mardi Gras, Jane and Kyle Madison’s life falls apart. What their daughter, Melanie, does next is unthinkable.

Max vanished into thin air while in the care of his teenage sister, Melanie. Six months later, the family is a shadow of its former self: Melanie blames herself and is acting out and rebellious; Jane is obsessed with finding Max; and Kyle, a lawyer, struggles to cope with his own grief—and a persistent suspicion that one of his cases is connected to Max’s disappearance.


Karen Young is the author of thirty-four novels with more than ten million copies in print. Her many awards include the RITA from Romance Writers of America and both the Career Achievement and Reviewer’s Choice awards from Romantic Times magazine. She is a frequent public speaker and a teacher of the craft of writing. Currently, she resides in Houston, Texas.

My Impressions

Missing Max is a suspense-filled novel that you will not be able to put down.  On the surface, it is a story about child abduction. But it is really so much more.  Karen Young does a wonderful job of immersing the reader in the raw emotions facing family members following the nightmare kidnapping of a 6-month old child.  The despair, guilt and blame are so real, that the reader feels all the emotions too.

As the story unfolds, Jane and Kyle, parents of the missing child, and their 16 year old daughter are trying to survive the tragedy that began 6 months before.  They are not doing too well.  Each one has unresolved guilt that finds expression in both distance and hostile behavior.  They come to the brink of despair without any answers or help.

None of the main characters are believers.  And any interest in church or faith has been destroyed by the abduction.  They have been told of Christ’s love and God’s care, yet they just don’t see it in their lives.  As despair and desperation increase, so does the realization that they can’t go on without God.  Young again handles the awakening of the characters to faith in God in a realistic way.  They can’t explain it, they just know that God is in the middle of their trouble with them.

Missing Max is a suspense-filled, emotional roller coaster ride.  You won’t be able to put it down.

Highly Recommended.

(Thank you to Karen Young and Glass Roads Public Relations for the copy of the book to review.  The views expressed are mine alone.)

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