Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
The fourth book in Joanna Schaffhausen’s heartpounding Ellery Hathaway mystery series, Every Waking Hour….
After surviving a serial killer’s abduction as a young teenager, Ellery Hathaway is finally attempting a normal life. She has a new job as a rookie Boston detective and a fledgling relationship with Reed Markham, the FBI agent who rescued her years ago. But when a twelve-year-old girl disappears on Ellery’s watch, the troubling case opens deep wounds that never fully healed.
Chloe Lockhart walked away from a busy street fair and vanished into the crowd. Maybe she was fleeing the suffocating surveillance her parents put on her from the time she was born, or maybe the evil from her parents’ past finally caught up to her. For Chloe, as Ellery learns, is not the first child Teresa Lockhart has lost.
Ellery knows what it’s like to have the past stalk you, to hold your breath around every corner. Sending one kidnapped girl to find another could be Chloe’s only hope or an unmitigated disaster that dooms them both. Ellery must untangle the labyrinth of secrets inside the Lockhart household — secrets that have already murdered one child. Each second that ticks by reminds her of her own lost hours, how close she came to death, and how near it still remains.
About: Every Waking Hour is a mystery thriller written by Joanna Schaffhausen. It was recently published on 1/26/2021 by Minotaur Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 336 pages. The genres are mystery thriller, crime, and adult fiction.The Vanishing Seasoncalledcalled Every
My Experience: I started reading Every Waking Hour on 3/6/2021 and finished it on 3/28/2021 at 1am. This book was a fantastic read! I savored this book by reading it slowly to fully enjoy the story. It’s been a year since I read book 3 so I forgot for a moment there that Ellery had a sister. I appreciate the reminder of what happened from the last book. The author captured well on the scenes of Tula and dogs with lots of laughters. The scene with Chloe’s friend was well written in tween behavior. I liked the word choices where Justin described his dad. The mystery was awesome. I couldn’t guess the ending. It’s so good when it was revealed and it made sense. I liked the message about how parents try to protect their kids from harm but harm still find its way in. As well as the message that not everyone is bad. It’s definitely difficult to detect who’s bad and it’s always freaky to know the bad ones are the normal looking one.
This book started with Ellery, Reed, Reed’s daughter Tula, 7, and Ellery’s dog Speed Bump at the fair, a chance for Ellery to get to know Tula because she’s now dating Reed. Tula decided to play hide-and-seek without telling Ellery and she got panicked until Speed Bump came to the rescue. Just then a woman rushed by calling for Chloe, 12. The nanny let her went off to buy food by herself and lost contact with her. When Ellery head out to search for the girl, she found the girl’s cell phone tossed in the garbage. The alternative view was Reed, Special Agent specialized in finding missing children, told in the third person point of view. He’s in Boston visiting but being in the FBI, got invited in to help find Chloe. Chloe’s missing and her mom is being targeted. They are investigating whether Chloe left willingly to punish her mom’s strict parenting or if her being missing had anything to do with her mom’s unsolved past.
Every Waking Hour was very well written and a couldn’t put down read! Love the twist on where Chloe’s second cell phone came from. I didn’t see it coming as well as the ending. I loved cold cases and this book brought in an unsolved murder from 20 years ago. The puzzle was interesting because it dealt with murders happened in different cities and the cause of death in different styles with a weapon floating somewhere in between. I liked how Reed and Ellery cared so much to rescue missing kids that they put themselves last in the priority list for ￼the day. The ending with a new case hanging out there, makes me yearn to read the next book. I’m excited for another installment to this series! This is my longest read series where I have read from book 1 and I highly recommend everyone to read it!
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: fast paced, suspense, mystery, missing children, strict parenting
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