Thursday, August 8, 2013

Review of 'Cache a Predator' by M. Weidenbenner

Cache a Predator

by M. Weidenbenner

Officer Brett Reed will do anything to gain custody of his five-year-old daughter, Quinn. But when the man-hating judge grants Brett’s drug-addicted ex-wife custody and slaps him with a protective order for losing his temper, he fears for Quinn’s safety. Who will protect her now?

When Quinn is found abandoned on the streets, Brett’s worse nightmares turn toward a dark path. His daughter is placed in a temporary foster home until Child Protective Services can complete an assessment. It should only take a few days.

But a lot can happen in a few days.

Especially when there’s a deranged psychopath on the loose, someone who’s attacking pedophiles, someone who wants to protect children like Quinn, and someone who’s planting body parts in geocaching sites.

Cache a Predator is a novel about a father’s love, justice, and the unhinged game of hide-the-cache.

**My thoughts**

The first few pages of this book had me really uneasy as we followed the deranged mind of a psychopath who is determined to channel Lorena Bobbitt on a rampage for justice. I wondered what I had gotten myself into. Despite my love for Dexter (both the books and the TV show) and Stephen King, I feared perhaps I had gotten myself in too deep. But, I held on through those first uncomfortable pages. They did their job - to suck you into the bizarre predatory mind, shock you with the crimes, and provide the basis for the entire story.

You are quickly introduced to the other characters in the book. Brett is a passionate cop who is devoted to his daughter, but stuck in a system that just doesn't seem to be fair to divorced daddies. He has a lot of issues of his own to work through, but they pale in comparison to the disaster area that is known as his ex-wife, Ali. She is unfit to be a mother at this moment in time, but definitely has the potential in her to turn herself around, if she could just get the help that she needs. Brett wants to do right by both Ali, and his daughter Quinn, but his hands are tied. He is definitely quick to judge and seems to easily change his mind and his moods when in stressful situations. I can't say that I blame him, though, where his daughter is concerned. I would be mad out of my mind if someone kidnapped my daughter. I did have tears in my eyes at some points.

Sarah, the psychologist who works for CPS, is a very sweet soul. I can see why Quinn took to her immediately. Brett is also drawn to her, and vice versa. I do have to say that I felt like their attraction was a bit forced for this kind of a story at the time that a lot of the drama was taking place. I can see it eventually happening, but think they would be too involved in the case at the moment for that to happen. This could just be my feelings, though. I think others are going to see it as being completely plausible.

I loved the idea behind the title and the plot. It's a fun twist that you won't often find in a crime thriller, nor in real life. (Which, I am sure makes many men happy!) I did figure out the ending well before the characters did, but I greatly enjoyed reading it. I admit to staying up until wee hours of the night with this one!

I received a complimentary ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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About the Author

Michelle is a fulltime employee of God’s kingdom, writing and encouraging writers every day. She’s often a sucker for emotional stories, her sensitive side fueling the passion for her character’s plights, often giving her the ability to show readers the “other” side of the story.

She grew up in the burbs of Detroit with five brothers. No sisters. Each time her mom brought the boy bundle home from the hospital Michelle cried, certain her mom liked boys better than girls. But when her brothers pitched in with the cooking, cleaning, and babysitting—without drama, Michelle discovered having brothers wasn’t so bad. They even taught her how to take direct criticism without flinching, which might come in handy with book reviews.

Michelle is living her dream—writing every day and thanking God for the stories He puts in her path. When Michelle isn’t writing she’s winning ugly on the tennis court. She’s known as “Queen of the Rim Shots.” No joke. It’s ugly.

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  1. Hi Andi -

    Thanks for reading my novel, reviewing it, and hosting me at your blog! It still feels surreal that strangers are investing their time in reading my words. It's like I'm walking around in only my underwear. It's exciting, but scary too. Thanks again!

    Cache a Predator

    1. You are welcome! I know how you feel and still have mainly friends and acquaintances reading my work! :-D

  2. Loved CSI -the original....
    LAW AND ORDER-the original

    HILL STREET BLUES was great


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