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The girl looked so peaceful, she could have been asleep. Except her eyes were open, blankly reflecting the flickering flames spreading towards her… When firefighters discover the body of a teenage girl at an abandoned house, Detective Amanda Steele hurries to the scene. Dumfries, Virginia is a small town, yet no one seems to have any idea who the dead girl is until Amanda f The girl looked so peaceful, she could have been asleep. Except her eyes were open, blankly reflecting the flickering flames spreading towards her… When firefighters discover the body of a teenage girl at an abandoned house, Detective Amanda Steele hurries to the scene. Dumfries, Virginia is a small town, yet no one seems to have any idea who the dead girl is until Amanda finds a dragonfly pin with the name Crystal engraved on it. Working tirelessly, Amanda traces the pin to Crystal Foster, a thirteen-year-old who disappeared three years ago from her wealthy parents’ home. Breaking the news to the distraught parents won’t be easy, but the loss of her own daughter still haunts Amanda, and she knows this will bring them closure. But when Amanda goes to see the Fosters, they do not recognize the girl. She isn’t Crystal. Before Amanda can react to this new development, she gets an urgent call. A fire has consumed another vacant house, and the remains of two more girls have been found. Who are these girls, and why are they being picked off? Amanda must stop this killer before the pattern continues, and the death toll climbs. When Amanda receives a taunting note from the killer, she realizes that she holds the missing piece of this puzzle. The victims are connected to Amanda’s past, to a case she can never forget, and which almost claimed her life. As she follows the clues to their deadly conclusion, can she save more innocent lives… even if it risks her own? An unputdownable, pulse-pounding mystery. Fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Robert Dugoni will be gripped.


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The girl looked so peaceful, she could have been asleep. Except her eyes were open, blankly reflecting the flickering flames spreading towards her… When firefighters discover the body of a teenage girl at an abandoned house, Detective Amanda Steele hurries to the scene. Dumfries, Virginia is a small town, yet no one seems to have any idea who the dead girl is until Amanda f The girl looked so peaceful, she could have been asleep. Except her eyes were open, blankly reflecting the flickering flames spreading towards her… When firefighters discover the body of a teenage girl at an abandoned house, Detective Amanda Steele hurries to the scene. Dumfries, Virginia is a small town, yet no one seems to have any idea who the dead girl is until Amanda finds a dragonfly pin with the name Crystal engraved on it. Working tirelessly, Amanda traces the pin to Crystal Foster, a thirteen-year-old who disappeared three years ago from her wealthy parents’ home. Breaking the news to the distraught parents won’t be easy, but the loss of her own daughter still haunts Amanda, and she knows this will bring them closure. But when Amanda goes to see the Fosters, they do not recognize the girl. She isn’t Crystal. Before Amanda can react to this new development, she gets an urgent call. A fire has consumed another vacant house, and the remains of two more girls have been found. Who are these girls, and why are they being picked off? Amanda must stop this killer before the pattern continues, and the death toll climbs. When Amanda receives a taunting note from the killer, she realizes that she holds the missing piece of this puzzle. The victims are connected to Amanda’s past, to a case she can never forget, and which almost claimed her life. As she follows the clues to their deadly conclusion, can she save more innocent lives… even if it risks her own? An unputdownable, pulse-pounding mystery. Fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Robert Dugoni will be gripped.

30 review for Stolen Daughters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Detective Amanda Steele are her partner are called to the site of a house fire. The house had been abandoned several months earlier, so who was the female victim found inside doused with gasoline? Working relentlessly trying to identify the victim, she's mortified to learn that another two female victims were found inside another abandoned house, which has burnt to the ground. The only identifying mark the medical examiner has found is a tattoo on one of the victims, It's a mark that Amanda knows Detective Amanda Steele are her partner are called to the site of a house fire. The house had been abandoned several months earlier, so who was the female victim found inside doused with gasoline? Working relentlessly trying to identify the victim, she's mortified to learn that another two female victims were found inside another abandoned house, which has burnt to the ground. The only identifying mark the medical examiner has found is a tattoo on one of the victims, It's a mark that Amanda knows only too well. The victims are connected to Amanda’s past, to a case she can never forget, and which almost claimed her life. The intricate plot swirls around multi-layered characters. It's well written with suspense and angst that starts on the very first page and doesn't waver until the very explosive conclusion. Second in the series, it is easily read as a stand alone, but I highly recommend reading the books in order. Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Netgalley for the police procedural/crime fiction. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nadene (Totally Addicted to Reading)

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I had high expectations for Stolen Daughter, and it did not disappoint. The story began on a chilling note, and so with a start like that I needed more. While attending to a personal mission, Detective Amanda Steele received a call from her sergeant about a crime scene. On arriving at the scene, she learnt of the discovery of an unidentified teenage girl in a bur I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I had high expectations for Stolen Daughter, and it did not disappoint. The story began on a chilling note, and so with a start like that I needed more. While attending to a personal mission, Detective Amanda Steele received a call from her sergeant about a crime scene. On arriving at the scene, she learnt of the discovery of an unidentified teenage girl in a burnt out abandoned building. In the course of  investigating the murder, Amanda and her partner Trent uncovered a link between the murdered teen and a sex trafficking ring.  Amanda sets out to put an end to the trafficking ring and apprehend the person responsible for the murder. However, the discovery of  more bodies and the evidence pointing to the same perpetrator, placed Amanda in a race against time to stop the killer from striking again. What a ride. Excitement, danger, suspense and intrigue permeated the pages of the story, making it difficult to put down. Amanda’s penchant for taking risks along with the POV of the killer added to the danger, suspense and intrigue. Being in the killer's head proved a terrifying experience. Because he feels justified by his actions he dubbed himself The Merciful. The revelation of his past provided insight into the reasoning behind his actions, not that one could agree with them. Amanda seems to have detoured from the path of destruction highlighted in the previous book, The Little Grave. The events from book one provided the catalyst for the change. It made me happy to see she how much she had grown. Not everyone she works with is in her corner. I curious to know the reasons for the animosity, which has yet to be revealed. Although the plotline relating to the murder mystery was resolved, the story ended on a note which had me eager for the next book. Once again Arnold has created a story that fans of police procedurals would not want to miss.This review was originally posted on Totally Addicted to Reading

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Carolyn Arnold continues her new series with Stolen Daughters featuring Detective Amanda Steele. Amanda, a homicide detective with the Prince William County Police Department, is living in the small community of Dumfries, Virginia, struggling to move on from the deaths of her husband, Kevin and daughter, Lindsey five years ago. Amanda is in Washington DC visiting her mum when she receives a call from Sergeant Malone informing her to get to 532 Bill Drive, an abandoned property, as soon as she can Carolyn Arnold continues her new series with Stolen Daughters featuring Detective Amanda Steele. Amanda, a homicide detective with the Prince William County Police Department, is living in the small community of Dumfries, Virginia, struggling to move on from the deaths of her husband, Kevin and daughter, Lindsey five years ago. Amanda is in Washington DC visiting her mum when she receives a call from Sergeant Malone informing her to get to 532 Bill Drive, an abandoned property, as soon as she can. The building had been ablaze and firefighters had put out the flames but discovered the body of a teenage girl. The victim appears to be untouched by the inferno, but Fire Marshal Craig Sullivan believes it was arson. The victim was strangled to death before the fire was started but nobody can supply any information regarding her identity until Amanda spots a gold, purple and teal, iridescent dragonfly pin on her jacket with the name "Crystal" inscribed on it. The pretty brooch is traced to Crystal Foster, a 13-year-old who vanished from the home of her affluent parents, however, when Amanda visits the Fosters they recognise the brooch but not the girl. It isn't their daughter. Before long, another house in a higher-end neighbourhood is set on fire and the bodies of two other young girls are discovered in the wreckage. Now Amanda believes they are looking for a serial killer, especially when she receives a personal taunting note. With its excellent plot and comfortable pacing, I had difficulty putting this book down between chapters. Stolen Daughters was such a compelling read, and I relished every moment. Detective Amanda Steele is really well-drawn - a determined, passionate though sometimes a reckless woman who had an inclination to be acerbic with her colleagues. This riveting, dark tale was very weighty and Carolyn Arnold brilliantly builds the suspense, putting me right on the edge of my seat. I really liked the periodic change in viewpoint as it brought with it an edgier story and allowed the reader to learn more about the killer, their motives, and feelings. Heavy on intense drama, along with several twists and enough mystery and intrigue to compel me to read late into the night, this was an absolutely cracking piece of crime fiction, superbly delivered. I'm keen to devour book 3, The Silent Witness. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bookouture via NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie Lacey

    I loved this book. It’s the second in the series and builds on the first book in regards to Amanda’s personal life. The book begins with a body being found in a building that was on fire. As they caught the fire in time, the body of a teenage girl is not destroyed so they have a chance to identify her. Amanda and Trent start their investigations and then Amanda finds a note left on her daughter’s grave for her, from the killer. This doesn’t help them identify him but the murder shortly after of I loved this book. It’s the second in the series and builds on the first book in regards to Amanda’s personal life. The book begins with a body being found in a building that was on fire. As they caught the fire in time, the body of a teenage girl is not destroyed so they have a chance to identify her. Amanda and Trent start their investigations and then Amanda finds a note left on her daughter’s grave for her, from the killer. This doesn’t help them identify him but the murder shortly after of a woman who called the fire service out, makes Amanda think they have a serial killer on their hands. More information comes to light after two more teenagers are found dead and this leads Amanda and Trent closer to the killer. I loved the way the book ended and can’t wait to find out what happens next. This is a fast paced crime thriller that I really enjoyed. Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)

    So this is my first Carolyn Arnold book but the second in the Amanda Steele series, but it's easily read as a standalone. I would probably recommend going back to the first and starting there, just to get a bit more history of the characters. The story opens with a young woman being found dead in an abandoned house after a fire was started deliberately. She's got no ID and they do not know who the young girl is. Amanda Steele is assigned to the case with her partner Trent. Dealing with the after So this is my first Carolyn Arnold book but the second in the Amanda Steele series, but it's easily read as a standalone. I would probably recommend going back to the first and starting there, just to get a bit more history of the characters. The story opens with a young woman being found dead in an abandoned house after a fire was started deliberately. She's got no ID and they do not know who the young girl is. Amanda Steele is assigned to the case with her partner Trent. Dealing with the aftermath of her last case, she has a higher up officer gunning for her badge. As the body count rises, the case takes a personal turn. Can Amanda deal with it all and solve the case? Stolen Daughters is an American police procedural that leans more towards the procedural aspects with a bit of psychology thrown in there for good measure. I usually read British police procedurals, but it made a nice change to read one set in a small town in America. I enjoyed seeing the differences and similarities between policing methods, although one thing they certainly have in common is all police officers seem to run on caffeine and junk food! I do so love to get inside the mind of a killer, and it intrigued me to see little peeks into this killer's twisted mind throughout the book. I struggled a bit to warm up to Amanda at first. She's a good cop but seems to rub a lot of people up the wrong way. She was also a bit standoffish, refusing to cross the boundaries between professional and perhaps friendship with her partner Trent. In future books I'd love to see a bit more of Trent, I feel there's a lot of potential with his character. I felt the pace was a little slow to start off with but it builds nicely to an action paced ending that leaves it open for the next in the series. Stolen Daughters is a realistic and gritty read with an ending that leaves you wanting more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ghada

    Thanks NetGalley, Bookouture and Carolyn Arnold for an ARC to review. Second installment in Detective Amanda Steele series and I already can't wait the next one's release. I couldn't get enough of Amanda and all the other plot lines, her mother's case, Logan, her career and lots more. A fast paced intense thriller poking into the world of sex trafficking and its horrors, how does its poisonous effect reaches outside the immediate victims. The book also raises a red flag about bad parenting and th Thanks NetGalley, Bookouture and Carolyn Arnold for an ARC to review. Second installment in Detective Amanda Steele series and I already can't wait the next one's release. I couldn't get enough of Amanda and all the other plot lines, her mother's case, Logan, her career and lots more. A fast paced intense thriller poking into the world of sex trafficking and its horrors, how does its poisonous effect reaches outside the immediate victims. The book also raises a red flag about bad parenting and the catastrophic consequences as well as social media dangers regarding minors. I am looking up Brandon's series, can't wait to dig in.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    This is an enthralling, gripping police procedural and crime thriller, a great addition to the series but also a story that can be read as a standalone. Homicide Detective Amanda Steele is called to the scene of a house fire in which the body of an unidentified teenage girl has been discovered. As she works with her partner, Trent, they discover she’s been branded in the same way victims of a known child trafficking ring. Could this help bring the ring to justice? With more girls found in burnt p This is an enthralling, gripping police procedural and crime thriller, a great addition to the series but also a story that can be read as a standalone. Homicide Detective Amanda Steele is called to the scene of a house fire in which the body of an unidentified teenage girl has been discovered. As she works with her partner, Trent, they discover she’s been branded in the same way victims of a known child trafficking ring. Could this help bring the ring to justice? With more girls found in burnt properties, it is a race against time to discover the serial killer and bring them to justice. However, this is another case where Amanda’s past is key to uncovering the truth but it is also a race against time as she and others she cares for are also in deadly danger . . . . This story deals with the crime unsavoury human trafficking, sharing an insight into the investigations into this atrocity, its victims, perpetrators and some of its consequences. It is an emotional read because of the nature of the crimes and everything that Amanda has been through in the past and is going through now. It is a story that has great characters, horrendous events, horrific crimes and an ending that has me keen to read more in the series as soon as possible! If you enjoy murder mysteries with well developed lead characters that it is easy to relate to make sure you check out this book and the others in this series, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Stolen Daughters by Carolyn Arnold is the 2nd book in the Detective Amanda Steele mystery series, and my first book by this author. Detective Steele is called to the scene of a fire at an abandon house, where a girls body is found. When a women is killed in the same neighborhood as the abandon house, there is talk of a serial killer. I found this book to be fast-paced, and like a roller coaster ride with it's ups and downs. This book has a well developed plot and characters and I will be reading Stolen Daughters by Carolyn Arnold is the 2nd book in the Detective Amanda Steele mystery series, and my first book by this author. Detective Steele is called to the scene of a fire at an abandon house, where a girls body is found. When a women is killed in the same neighborhood as the abandon house, there is talk of a serial killer. I found this book to be fast-paced, and like a roller coaster ride with it's ups and downs. This book has a well developed plot and characters and I will be reading more books by this author. I highly recommend this book to all mystery book lovers, like me. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Great follow up to book 1, but still can be read as a stand alone. Waiting for book 3!. Amanda Steele is working her way into my heart. She was so broken in book 1, I love watching her put herself together stitch by stitch, and then something happens to unravel one or two She digs deep and keeps putting one foot in front of the other. Twists and surprises ensue, how about that one towards the end?? Not with Amanda. Sorry trying for no spoilers :) Speaking of the ending,.... it is a cliff hanger, Great follow up to book 1, but still can be read as a stand alone. Waiting for book 3!. Amanda Steele is working her way into my heart. She was so broken in book 1, I love watching her put herself together stitch by stitch, and then something happens to unravel one or two She digs deep and keeps putting one foot in front of the other. Twists and surprises ensue, how about that one towards the end?? Not with Amanda. Sorry trying for no spoilers :) Speaking of the ending,.... it is a cliff hanger, but a cliff hanger as to Amanda next step. The crime is resolved in itself, and other doors are open for this series to keep on going, and I am in. Thank you for the arc. Thank you Bookouture, NetGalley I freely share my thoughts and opinions.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emily Burrows

    Detective Amanda Steele returns to investigate when a teenage girl is found murdered in a burning house. When other teenage girls are found in similar circumstances, Steele knows they have a serial killer on their hands. With a very personal note left for Steele, the race is on to solve the case before more girls are found murdered. The slow start soon picks up, and gravitates towards a gripping, read-in-one-session book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carly Wilson

    Stolen Daughters is the EPIC new crime thriller by the amazingly talented Carolyn Arnold, and it is the second book in the Detective Amanda Steele series. You can of course read this book as a stand-alone, but as an avid reader and fan of Arnold I’d highly recommend purchasing book one to share in the knowledge of Detective Amanda Steele and her history. A teenage girl is found murdered in a burning house and without a name or a suspect, its for Detective Steele and her partner to try and solve Stolen Daughters is the EPIC new crime thriller by the amazingly talented Carolyn Arnold, and it is the second book in the Detective Amanda Steele series. You can of course read this book as a stand-alone, but as an avid reader and fan of Arnold I’d highly recommend purchasing book one to share in the knowledge of Detective Amanda Steele and her history. A teenage girl is found murdered in a burning house and without a name or a suspect, its for Detective Steele and her partner to try and solve the case. But like all of Arnold’s thrillers what starts out as a case solving one murder soon turns into a web of crime, lies, deception and non-stop action and drama. I am obsessed with this series! I love playing detective alongside Detective Steele and I try my hardest to try and guess and work out each and every plot twist (often to no avail!). I love to be kept guessing and Arnold certainly keeps you on your toes with her incredibly detailed and highly realistic story. Everything about this book felt real and it evoked that heart-thumping eager anticipation to get to the bottom of the mystery and find the killer. It was suspenseful, gripping and incredibly well thought out. I love where these books are headed, and it felt like a nice continuation on from book one. I am interested in not only Detective Steele’s working life, but also her personal one. What will become of her and Logan? Will Trent remain her partner? I have so many questions which have me crying out for the next book. I’d recommend this book to all those who love nitty gritty crime thrillers, but also those wanting to mix up their reading genres and delve into a really incredible book. It was fast-paced, and a total page-turner. I blitzed this all in one sitting, and I’m confident other readers will feel just as hooked!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Schaefer

    Excellent Book This series of Books are so good I did not want this book to end can not wait for the next one to come out I highly recommend this book to everyone Dorothy Schaefer

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty Bookworm86

    BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'Stolen Daughters' by Carolyn Arnold. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Carolyn Arnold, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 6th April 2020. This is the first book I have read by this author. It is also the second book in the 'Detective Amanda Steele' series although it can be read as a standalone. I was originally drawn to this book by its beautiful eye catching and intriguing cover and its captivating synopsis. The synopsis also stated th BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'Stolen Daughters' by Carolyn Arnold. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Carolyn Arnold, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 6th April 2020. This is the first book I have read by this author. It is also the second book in the 'Detective Amanda Steele' series although it can be read as a standalone. I was originally drawn to this book by its beautiful eye catching and intriguing cover and its captivating synopsis. The synopsis also stated that 'Fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Robert Dugoni will be gripped' . I am a huge fan of Lisa Regan's books so it will be interesting to see if it lives up to this statement.I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book). This novel consists of a prologue and 61 chapters. The chapters are short to medium in length so possible to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case! This book is based in Virginia, USA 🇺🇸 This book is written in third person perspective and the protagonist is Detective Amanda Steele. The benefits of third person perspective with are that it let's you see the bigger picture of what's going on and you get to know more characters more, what they are thinking and what they are doing. It feels like you get to see the whole picture and not miss out in anything. This is an extremely well written book with vivid descriptions that will suck you straight into the storyline and captivated from beginning to end. The synopsis and cover worked perfectly with the storyline. The storyline means that there is no problem with this being read as a standalone which is what I did. I was absolutely hooked throughout, a true page turner from beginning to end. The storyline was in depth and packed with suspense, twists, turns, shocks and was an edge of your seat, nail biting and heart racing psychological thriller. I was absolutely hooked. Carolyn has done lots of research into both police procedural and sex trafficking and this shines throughout. There's nothing worse that a book filled with minor errors as the author hasn't taken the time to do some research into the areas they have written about. I read this book in less than 24 hours and I'm looking forward to reading the previous book on this series as well as more to come. It certainly promises to be an epic series. It is one of the best books I have read this month and I really enjoyed. It was left on what I would definitely call a cliffhanger and I'm looking forward to seeing Amanda fight back and kick Hills butt. I loved the characters who were all strong, well defined and unique. Amanda is absolutely whoop a## and I love seeing strong female leads in books. She has a background but will not let it pull her down and she is definitely someone I would love to have on my side. Trent is another fantastic team member and they work perfectly well together. Some of the characters were less likeable such as Hill and Jefferey but at the same time it was interesting to see the relationships between them and Amanda. I loved Rideout's character and personality and I also quite like Malone and see him as a sort of fatherly figure to Amanda. I am definitely looking forward to meeting them all again. I could not praise this book enough and highly recommend. Carolyn welcome to my favourite authors list and I cannot wait to read more of your very successful work!!! I would also love to see this book turned into a movie. An absolutely addictive, compelling and gripping true page turner!!! Overall an absolutely captivating, engrossing page turner that is compelling and addictive!!! Genres covered in this novel include Thriller, Mystery, Police Procedural, Suspense, Hardboiled, Romance Novel, Psychological Thriller, Noir Fiction, Psychological Fiction and Crime Fiction amongst others. I would recommend this book to the fans of the above as well as fans of Carol Wyer, Lisa Regan, Angela Marsons and ANYONE looking for an epic page turner . 359 pages. This book is just £1.99 to purchase on kindle via Amazon which I think is an absolute bargain for this book!!! Rated 5/5 (I LOVED it ) on Goodreads, Instagram, Amazon UK and Amazon US and on over 30 Facebook pages plus my blog on Facebook. Feel free to add me on Goodreads or follow me on my website or Facebook for more reviews #StolenDaughters #Bookouture #CarolynArnold #NetGalley #BookReview #BlogTour #BooksOnTour @CarolynArnold @Bookouture @Bookworm1986 @bookworm86 https://kcmw86.wixsite.com/bookworm86 https://m.facebook.com/Bookworm1986/?... https://m.facebook.com/Bookwork86/?__...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Diane Chartrand

    Great Story I have followed this Detective since book 1 and can’t wait for the next book. The story was compelling and kept me reading until the end.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barb Lie

    Stolen Daughters by Carolyn Arnold is the 2nd book in her Detective Amanda Steele series. As I have noted before, I have been a big fan of Arnold, having read most of her series. I feel this series is her best one yet, and love its wonderful heroine, Amanda Steele. Amanda Steele, our heroine, is a homicide detective in Dumfries, Virginia Police Department. She is called to the scene where a young girl’s dead body was found in an abandoned building fire. As she and her partner, Trent begin their i Stolen Daughters by Carolyn Arnold is the 2nd book in her Detective Amanda Steele series. As I have noted before, I have been a big fan of Arnold, having read most of her series. I feel this series is her best one yet, and love its wonderful heroine, Amanda Steele. Amanda Steele, our heroine, is a homicide detective in Dumfries, Virginia Police Department. She is called to the scene where a young girl’s dead body was found in an abandoned building fire. As she and her partner, Trent begin their investigation, they discover that the girl was part of a sex trafficking ring. Shortly thereafter, a woman who had called in the fire to the police, is also found murdered; they suspect this may be the work of a serial killer. As they interview the family of some of the missing children over the years, Amanda is consumed with finding these missing girls. Amanda is determined to stop the killer before they kill again, but then there is another fire, with two more dead girls who were probably part of the sex trafficking; the danger escalates as the killer is now setting their site on Amanda. How does the killer know about her past, and the deaths of her husband and daughter? What follows is an exciting, intriguing, pulse pounding mystery that kept me unable to put the book down, especially knowing how Amanda continually put herself in danger. We did get a POV of the killer throughout, giving us a look at his madness. To say too much more would be spoilers, and this was a very good story that needs to be read from start to finish. I like all of the secondary characters that Arnold has created, but I was not crazy about the chief, who was trying to get rid of Amanda; even though she was their best detective. Stolen Daughters was an excellent crime thriller that was suspenseful, dark, intense, and kept us glued to the end. Amanda, Trent & Sergeant made an excellent team. I really liked Amanda, as she was a great heroine, and a fantastic detective. Stolen Daughters was so very well written by Carolyn Arnold, and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us in future books, especially with the surprise ending. If you like mystery thrillers, police procedural, then you need to be reading this book. Barb The Reading Cafe

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Stolen Daughters by Carolyn Arnold is a police thriller featuring Amanda Steele. A body is found in an abandoned house. Someone had tried to start a fire but it didn't take so it was easy to tell she'd been strangled. She was so young and she had the tattoo of a child trafficking gang on her shoulder. Amanda knew she hadn't stopped it, but this was too much to see. Why? Surely it was not the traffickers-too much money to lose. But, who? The nest day the person who had called in the alert about t Stolen Daughters by Carolyn Arnold is a police thriller featuring Amanda Steele. A body is found in an abandoned house. Someone had tried to start a fire but it didn't take so it was easy to tell she'd been strangled. She was so young and she had the tattoo of a child trafficking gang on her shoulder. Amanda knew she hadn't stopped it, but this was too much to see. Why? Surely it was not the traffickers-too much money to lose. But, who? The nest day the person who had called in the alert about the fire was dead, too. Was it the same guy? Most of police work is done on the computer or in the files, so they got started: similar MOs, people who had just been release from prison, missing girls. They found a possible missing girl so they went to see her parents. Talk about dysfunctional. It was not their daughter, but they talked about a girl that had maybe run away with their daughter. It was a good lead. They kept digging. Then, two more. This time the fire took and there was not enough left to identify. Amanda is like a dog with a bone. She can't let loose. She breaks rules to hunt criminals. Not everyone likes that. Her job is once more at risk. The rest of her life had been taken years ago when her husband and her daughter died. She had a boyfriend but she didn't know if it was serious. This was an interesting investigation to follow. It was a "good" series of crimes. The clues were there to be followed. She and her partner did it. What they forgot to do was call for backup. Another mistake for Amanda. Would this be the one that does her in? Good plot ... scary... a nightmare really. Excellent characters, not only Amanda, but her friends, both in the force and out. Good pacing. Kept me interested the entire time. Really, an amazing thriller. If you like this stuff, you'll like this. Kind of a continuation from the last book, but a stand alone if you haven't read that one. I was invited to read a free ARC of Stolen Daughters by Netgalley All thoughts and opinions are mine. #netgalley #stolendaughters

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rekha

    Wow! What a mind-numbing thriller! A serial killer on the loose and Amanda Steele has to catch him before bodies start piling up. What's sinister about the killer is, he visits the crime scenes and sends messages to Amanda, trying to convince he's doing the right thing. The chase kept me on the edge of my seat. Excellent character portrayal and suspense is well-maintained throughout the story. I am looking forward to knowing what's next for Amanda Steele. Highly recommended! Wow! What a mind-numbing thriller! A serial killer on the loose and Amanda Steele has to catch him before bodies start piling up. What's sinister about the killer is, he visits the crime scenes and sends messages to Amanda, trying to convince he's doing the right thing. The chase kept me on the edge of my seat. Excellent character portrayal and suspense is well-maintained throughout the story. I am looking forward to knowing what's next for Amanda Steele. Highly recommended!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Disclosure. This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free. All opinions are my own. This is the second title in the Detective Amanda Steele series. The story starts with a murder and arson in a vacant property. Who is the dead teenage girl? Detective Amanda Steele and partner Trent are assigned to the case. Meanwhile Sergeant Malone warns Amanda to tread carefully as Lieutenant Hill hates her and is trying to get her demoted. A tattoo on the girl’s body reveals she was a victim of sex traf Disclosure. This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free. All opinions are my own. This is the second title in the Detective Amanda Steele series. The story starts with a murder and arson in a vacant property. Who is the dead teenage girl? Detective Amanda Steele and partner Trent are assigned to the case. Meanwhile Sergeant Malone warns Amanda to tread carefully as Lieutenant Hill hates her and is trying to get her demoted. A tattoo on the girl’s body reveals she was a victim of sex trafficking before she was a murder victim, linking this to Amanda’s earlier case. Then Amanda finds a note from the killer on her daughter’s grave. This is getting too close for comfort. More deaths follow and a false identification. How can Amanda solve this case? What clues are there? How can she stop the reporters interfering? A gripping page turner which I couldn’t put down. Highly recommended.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    I know at first glance some of these crime books seem to be like a Hallmark movie with similar plots and characters with a difficult event in their past, but I keep reading the good ones because they really are much more than they appear at first glance. While the story is definitely plot driven, as with most crime novels, the characters are well developed and you feel like you know them. There were chapters told from the villain's point of view, and they made him human and not creepy. There was I know at first glance some of these crime books seem to be like a Hallmark movie with similar plots and characters with a difficult event in their past, but I keep reading the good ones because they really are much more than they appear at first glance. While the story is definitely plot driven, as with most crime novels, the characters are well developed and you feel like you know them. There were chapters told from the villain's point of view, and they made him human and not creepy. There was a complex plot with a lot of suspense, especially when the drive to solve the case turned personal for Amanda. The pace started out a little slow, but as the book progressed, the pace intensified. And with a complex plot, the author did a good job of not losing her way. While this is the second book in the series, it isn’t necessary to read the first book to follow the main plot of the novel, but I was a little unsure what carried over about her Mother and the trial, so I’ll be tracking down the first book in the series to catch up. I recommend this book for all the crime buffs out there. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karen Lynch

    Such a good book! This was an excellent page turner. Was not expecting the conclusion at all! Would love to read more of these books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Els

    From the moment I ‘met’ detective Steele in the previous book I was a fan and it has not changed one little bit after reading this second part. I know that everybody has to follow a certain amount of rules, but I love officers who sometimes colour outside the lines. They believe it’s necessary from time to time to do so and I don’t blame them. It may take too much time to get something organised when lives are at stake. Precious moments will be lost and you can never get them back. On the other ha From the moment I ‘met’ detective Steele in the previous book I was a fan and it has not changed one little bit after reading this second part. I know that everybody has to follow a certain amount of rules, but I love officers who sometimes colour outside the lines. They believe it’s necessary from time to time to do so and I don’t blame them. It may take too much time to get something organised when lives are at stake. Precious moments will be lost and you can never get them back. On the other hand you might endanger a whole bunch of people in the process. To act or not to act? To wait or not to wait? Those are 2 important questions and you need to make a decision in a split second. You will never find out though whether you picked the right one, but you would do it again in a heartbeat. Will her boss praise her and pat her on the back or will she summon Amanda with all its consequences? Time flies when you are having fun, they say and you know what? They are right. 😊 I am looking forward to the next part in this very entertaining series filled with great characters. 5 stars Thank you, Carolyn Arnold and Bookouture

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Grow

    Another difficult and disturbing mystery for Detective Amanda Steele. Not fully recovered from her last case and dealing with her mother’s upcoming murder trial, Amanda is called to another murder scene. A young woman’s body was found in an abandoned house that was set on fire, but the fire was extinguished before the body was consumed. Before Amanda can begin the search for the killer, a woman living near the first victim is murdered. Evidence from the first case leads to an unsolved case of a Another difficult and disturbing mystery for Detective Amanda Steele. Not fully recovered from her last case and dealing with her mother’s upcoming murder trial, Amanda is called to another murder scene. A young woman’s body was found in an abandoned house that was set on fire, but the fire was extinguished before the body was consumed. Before Amanda can begin the search for the killer, a woman living near the first victim is murdered. Evidence from the first case leads to an unsolved case of a young teen that disappeared years ago. In addition to her active cases, Amanda continues to receive threats from within her own department as a senior officer tries to make her life more difficult. Amanda is a strong, gutsy detective who is known for doing whatever is necessary to solve a case and save lives. How will she react when her very career may be on the line? I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kris Zeller

    I really enjoyed this one! I liked that they toned down Steele's illegal streak (In the first book she goes to a known drug dealers house to buy drugs that she could easily have gotten prescribed to her through a normal doctor) and the one night stand situation. I like that Steele has an edge, bit of a dark side, I think that's what sets her apart from other female detective protagonists, but this installment's toned-down version was definitely more relatable. I also really liked the story line, I really enjoyed this one! I liked that they toned down Steele's illegal streak (In the first book she goes to a known drug dealers house to buy drugs that she could easily have gotten prescribed to her through a normal doctor) and the one night stand situation. I like that Steele has an edge, bit of a dark side, I think that's what sets her apart from other female detective protagonists, but this installment's toned-down version was definitely more relatable. I also really liked the story line, it was completely different than the first and different from a lot of other arson based crime fiction I've read which was refreshing. The only criticism I had is that it was definitely a slow burn (no pun intended!) and it was easy to forget about once I put it down. Definitely highly recommended for people who like a solidly built crime mystery, rather than fans of page turning thrillers.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    This is the second in the series and I enjoyed it just as much as the first one. This author knows how to write Police Thrillers to keep the reader interested. I was on the edge of my seat all the way through and will gladly read anymore books that come out in this series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    Amanda Steele is fresh out of a difficult case dealing with human trafficking as well as dealing with her own mother's pending case. She's tossed into an inferno of a new case that has similarities with her previous one. With human trafficking being a hot-button current issue, I was pulled in and couldn't put this title down until I learned who was killing and taunting Amanda. I enjoyed the relationship growth between Amanda and her family despite the harrowing circumstances that opened that doo Amanda Steele is fresh out of a difficult case dealing with human trafficking as well as dealing with her own mother's pending case. She's tossed into an inferno of a new case that has similarities with her previous one. With human trafficking being a hot-button current issue, I was pulled in and couldn't put this title down until I learned who was killing and taunting Amanda. I enjoyed the relationship growth between Amanda and her family despite the harrowing circumstances that opened that door back up. We also see Amanda begin to trust her partner, Stenson. Even if their relationship doesn't turn romantic, I enjoy seeing them entrust one another, covering for the other when need-be. Amanda's growth is inspiring and I'm looking forward to following her journey. The addition of FBI's Brandon Fisher was a nice surprise. I haven't read his entire series, but a familiar face helps bring a comfortable familiarity to this series. Excellent follow-up book - definitely deserving of 5 stars! I recommend reading the first book in the series to understand the backstory. It's worth it! I received a complimentary copy for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen McGarry

    Stolen Daughters is the second Detective Amanda Steele book in the series and by Holly, it was better than the first! Every spare moment had me glued to my iPad reading it. The main character is such a strong minded woman, who learned from the best - her dad who was a former chief of police. I can't wait to read the next book. Stolen Daughters is the second Detective Amanda Steele book in the series and by Holly, it was better than the first! Every spare moment had me glued to my iPad reading it. The main character is such a strong minded woman, who learned from the best - her dad who was a former chief of police. I can't wait to read the next book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nancy (The Avid Reader)

    The body of a teenage girl was found in an abandoned house after the fire was put out. The fire did not kill the girl as the fire was put out before it reached her. A woman on her way to work saw the fire and called 911. Detective Amanda Steele and her partner Trent Stenson are called to the scene. Amanda is still grieving the loss of her daughter and husband who were killed in an accident a few years back. Later the woman who called 911 is found murdered. The bodies keep ramping up as more bodie The body of a teenage girl was found in an abandoned house after the fire was put out. The fire did not kill the girl as the fire was put out before it reached her. A woman on her way to work saw the fire and called 911. Detective Amanda Steele and her partner Trent Stenson are called to the scene. Amanda is still grieving the loss of her daughter and husband who were killed in an accident a few years back. Later the woman who called 911 is found murdered. The bodies keep ramping up as more bodies of teenage girls are found. Amanda and her partner Trent believe they have a serial killer on their hands. Amanda visits the grave of her little girl and finds a note that could only be from the killer. The murders all seem to tie in with a case Amanda worked on a few years back that almost cost Amanda her life. Can Amanda and Trent find the killer before more bodies turn up? What is the killer’s motive behind the killings? Stolen Daughters is what is known as a slow burn. It starts off slow giving you the details letting you get to know the characters before releasing the action but once it does you can’t turn the pages fast enough to find out all the answers. Stolen Daughters releases its secrets slowly pulling you in until you are totally consumed but by then there is no way you can put it down until the last page is read. If you are into murder mystery stories with lots of suspense then I would highly suggest that you one-click your copy of Stolen Daughters to step into the world of a serial killer. But watch as Amanda and Trent works a crime scene.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Samadhee Ismail

    Second book of the Detective Amanda Steele series, the story starts off with a girl who was being strangled and the man sets a fire to that place. When Detectives Amanda and Trent come over at the scene, they discover that the girl was a victim of sex trafficking. I do like the author's writing style and I was actually hooked into the story, wanting to know who is the actual killer. This was fast paced actually with some twists and turns and just like her previous book, the victim is involved in Second book of the Detective Amanda Steele series, the story starts off with a girl who was being strangled and the man sets a fire to that place. When Detectives Amanda and Trent come over at the scene, they discover that the girl was a victim of sex trafficking. I do like the author's writing style and I was actually hooked into the story, wanting to know who is the actual killer. This was fast paced actually with some twists and turns and just like her previous book, the victim is involved in a sex trafficking ring. The murders sounded a little brutal to me, but nonetheless I was hooked into the story and I didn't even until I came to the end that I have finished the book! Detective Steele doesn't seem to have a good relationship with some of her colleagues and so I cannot wait what is going to happen to her next in the third book of the series. Overall, this was quiet an unputdownable fast paced thriller that will keep you hooked until the end--worth four stars! Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC--the review is based on my honest opinion.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi Wagner

    I enjoyed this suspenseful story. This is a newer author for me and I look forward to reading more in the future. This is a well developed story about a teenage body found murdered. Decective Amanda is one the case only to recieve a note from the killer themselves. How are they connected to the past and what does this note have anything to do with it? I enjoyed the characters and what they brought to the story. They made the story come to life with their twists and turns. This is a fast paced st I enjoyed this suspenseful story. This is a newer author for me and I look forward to reading more in the future. This is a well developed story about a teenage body found murdered. Decective Amanda is one the case only to recieve a note from the killer themselves. How are they connected to the past and what does this note have anything to do with it? I enjoyed the characters and what they brought to the story. They made the story come to life with their twists and turns. This is a fast paced story that kept me turning pages to the end. I highly recommend this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    Stolen Daughters - a review by Rosemary Kenny Homicide Detective Amanda Steele is called to a murder scene and meets Fire Marshall Sullivan, whose crew extinguished the house fire and found a female victim, barely alive. More murders keep Amanda and Stenson working long, frustrating hours, rueing lack of support from their boss, Malone and paucity of information from the public. Trying to keep the press at bay, cross-match other cases and identify potential suspects, triggers the killer to threate Stolen Daughters - a review by Rosemary Kenny Homicide Detective Amanda Steele is called to a murder scene and meets Fire Marshall Sullivan, whose crew extinguished the house fire and found a female victim, barely alive. More murders keep Amanda and Stenson working long, frustrating hours, rueing lack of support from their boss, Malone and paucity of information from the public. Trying to keep the press at bay, cross-match other cases and identify potential suspects, triggers the killer to threaten Amanda and those closest to her. What are the links between the florist's shop and a sex-trafficking ring? Who's the woman with a rose tattoo on her neck? Going above and beyond the call of duty, with her determined partner Trent, gets Amanda in deep trouble, both personally and professionally, as they follow up on a tenuous link provided by Amanda's liaison with Detective Patty Glover. After the case is ended and Amanda's recovered from her injuries, she's shocked, but not surprised by the reaction from her antagonistic new superior Hills. What will Amanda do for the next 30 days? An exceptional crime-thriller from the Queen of Crime Thrillers, Carolyn Arnold, Stolen Daughters will keep you up all night, with its riveting characters and dynamic all-action plot. Get your copy today and make sure you lock your doors and windows, before you start this unputdownable, 5-star winner! Many Thanks to Carolyn Arnold, NetGalley and BookOuture for the ARC.

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