If your guilty pleasure is reading about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, take note. You’ll love this. The story about a family vacation gone horribly wrong is told at a nearly frenetic pace that just might turn you into a speed reader. At each cliffhanger, you’ll decide to put off that urgent chore just a little longer. So settle in, you won’t be able to put this book down till the last page.
Jeff and Sarah Griffin and their son are vacationing in Manhattan. A fun day of sightseeing comes to an abrupt halt when Jeff goes into a shop for a quick purchase and comes out to find that Sarah and Cole have disappeared. After looking for them in nearby stores without success, he realizes they didn’t just wander off; they’re really gone. Jeff gets help from the police, but he can’t just sit around and wait. His search for his family takes him into the city’s sordid underbelly, where he must outwit perpetrators who will do anything to achieve their goal. With lives on the line, time is running out. (MIRA, Oct., 384 pp., $7.99)