Review of Don’t Lose Her


When a pregnant federal judge is abducted, Max Freeman pursues an eccentric gang deep into a hidden world he knows better than most: the shadowy waterways of the Florida Everglades

US district judge Diane Manchester has looked across the courtroom into the eyes of evil before. But today, as she presides over the extradition hearing of a notorious Colombian drug lord, she is also eight months pregnant. Her chair is uncomfortable, her robe is constrictive, and her due date is fast approaching. If she shows a single sign of weakness, Diane risks jeopardizing the biggest trial of her career and setting a vicious murderer free.

In seconds, her situation takes a harrowing turn for the worse. Walking to her favorite lunch spot, Diane is grabbed off the street, thrown into the back of a white van, blindfolded, and threatened with death. She has no idea who her kidnappers are or what they want. Maintaining a strict code of silence, they refuse to give her even the smallest glimmer of hope.

But Diane’s captors have overlooked a crucial detail: Her husband, Billy, is the employer and best friend of Max Freeman, Philadelphia cop turned South Florida private investigator. Tossing off the rule of law, Freeman sets out to determine which of a rogues’ gallery of suspects took Diane—and to save her and her unborn child before it’s too late. (Goodreads)


This is a well written suspenseful, action packed mystery thriller.  When a very pregnant US district judge is kidnapped walking down the street, someone is in big trouble.  The kidnapper made a big mistake when he abducted Diane.  He must not have realized who he was abducting and what means would be used to return her and her baby back safely. They must not have known that Max Freeman would be pursuing them.  They will find out what a critical error they made because Max will not rest until Diane and the baby are found and returned.

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Diane is a take charge no nonsense woman who does not fold under pressure.  She will use all of her smarts and years of experience dealing with criminals to help her get out of the situation she finds herself in. Max, a retired policeman and current private investigator, is tenacious and tireless when he is working on a case.  And this case is even more personal to him because of his friendship with Diane and her husband.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  It is written in three different points of view: Diane, Max and the kidnappers.  This made the book unique, in my opinion, and I thought it made the book even better.  The author is very talented creating suspense and tension with the written word and I found myself reading well after I should have turned off the light and gone to sleep.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery suspense.  I have not read any other book by this author, but after reading Don’t Lose Her, I will be getting more books to read and enjoy.  I would suggest you do the same.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Open Road Media Mystery and Thriller for the opportunity to read and review this book.



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