SHADOW VALLEY

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On an assignment, nature photographer MacKenzie Morgan and her daughter Isabella notice a man on horseback near their campsite in the deep woods, They aren't alarmed, but they should be. He beats Mac, leaves her for dead and kidnaps Bella.

When Mac is able to save herself and get help, the police are initially suspicious of her story, her ex-husband is furious with her and the search-and-rescue tracker in charge of the search, Caleb Howell, doesn't want her going along. Mac defies them all by hanging in as the search drags on for days over rough terrain and through inclement weather, despite her injuries. She'll do anything to learn what really happened—and to save Bella.

Hunter keeps the story moving at such a breakneck pace that it's hard to put this book down. Gritty and occasionally violent, it often finds relief through humor and the romance developing between Mac and Caleb. (Jan., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer