Book Review: Little Girl Gone (An Afton Tangler Thriller #1) by Gerry Schmitt

Little Girl Gone (An Afton Tangler Thriller #1)Title: Little Girl Gone
Author: Gerry Schmitt
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary

On a frozen night in an affluent neighborhood of Minneapolis, a baby is abducted from her home after her teenage babysitter is violently assaulted. The parents are frantic, the police are baffled, and, with the perpetrator already in the wind, the trail is getting colder by the second.

As family liaison officer with the Minneapolis P.D., it’s Afton Tangler’s job to deal with the emotional aftermath of terrible crimes—but she’s never faced a case quite as brutal as this. Each development is more heartbreaking than the last and the only lead is a collection of seemingly unrelated clues.

But, most disturbing of all, Afton begins to suspect that this case is not isolated.  Whoever did this has taken babies before—and if Afton doesn’t solve this crime soon, more children are sure to go missing . . 

Little Girl Gone is the exact thriller book I needed; Gerry sweeps me up with her never-ending tale of mystery.

Little Girl Gone starts off the kidnapper watching a mother who is shopping at the mall; The mother notices a sign that is hosting a baby doll contest and immediately goes to the table where the most prettiest doll is at which happens to be where the kidnapper, Molly, is sitting at. After talking, Susan ends up giving her name and number to Molly and as soon as Susan leaves the mall, she follows her.

You can imagine what happens next, Molly waits until the parents are gone, the baby-sitter is attacked and she snatches the baby. Investigations are immediate and the search for the baby begins.

While the cops and FBI are investing they uncover clues that lead to more clues that lead to other cases that were left unsolved.

This is the first book I've ever read by Gerry Schmitt and I must say I am more than happy to read more books by this author. Gerry had me shouting at the characters frequently because they were always so close to solving the case and catching the villains.

One of the characters that I liked the most was Afton, her determination to bring the baby home even after all those leads didn't stop her from getting to the bottom of it. She had help from Max who is another character that I really liked (I was lowkey shipping them together.) Even though this was more of a thriller than romance I'm really hoping and praying these two get together in the next book.

Little Girl Gone was such a page-turner that I'm already on pins and needles awaiting the sequel.


  1. This sounds good. I love a book that has me yelling at the characters- that's always a good sign. I haven't heard of this series but looks like a good thriller.


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