Despite her best efforts, Meg is still being held for ransom. Time is running out to meet the kidnappers’ demands. The Falconer parents, Meg’s brother Aiden, and FBI agent Harris frantically race to rescue her. Much of the story moves outside, into the deadly cold. The snowstorm scenes were described vividly, adding to the suspense of the book. In the end, we finally find out more about the kidnappers and why they chose Meg for their kidnapping scheme. This book is a very satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.
“The Search” picks right up where “The Abduction” left off.
The second book in the trilogy focuses on Meg and the different ways she attempts to escape from her captors. Her parents continue to work with the FBI, although they have a somewhat contentious relationship with Agent Harris, with whom they had a bad experience in a previous series, “On The Run”. Aiden tries to find his sister on his own, but encounters one failure after another. Will the Falconer family ever get Meg back?
If you’re look for action-oriented fiction that can be enjoyed by anyone in the family about fourth grade and up, consider Gordon Korman’s “Kidnapped” trilogy. I love that the premise of the book centers on a family and their love for each other. The Falconer family has already been through terrible times in the previous series “On The Run” (which maybe I should have read first). Just when life seems to be back to normal, the unthinkable happens: Meg, the 11-year-old daughter is abducted in broad daylight. Her 15-year-old brother Aiden is determined to find her, and their overwrought parents have to work with the FBI, whom they do not trust.
Instead of reading the printed book, I chose the audio version. My public library system had the downloadable audio-book available for checkout through the Hoopla app. The story was read aloud by two different narrators, one being the voice of Aiden and the other the voice of Meg. The book was about two and a half hours long, just perfect to listen to as I worked on sewing. Try out this trilogy!