About The Price of Jade
With its lush rainforests and awe-inspiring ruins, Guatemala has always played a central role in Matt Miller’s life. The stunning land where he once served as a missionary is now a vital part of his importing business, and after years of anticipating a trip tot he exotic country with his wife, Cathy, and teenage daughter, Melissa, it’s finally happening. But what begins as a dream vacation soon spirals out of control as the Millers face every parent’s worst nightmare: their daughter has disappeared without a trace.
Every second counts as Matt and Cathy throw themselves into the most urgent search of their lives—a search that becomes frantic when a ransom note arrives. As Matt traverses dense jungle and remote villages, relying on the help of an unlikely band of Good Samaritans, it is clear that Melissa’s kidnapping was far from random. There is a network of greed and deceit that runs deep, and no one can be trusted. Desperate to protect his family, each step leads Matt closer to a ruthless killer. And what he discovers points to a greater deception than he could have imagined…
This was one of those books that sucked me in from the very beginning. I didn’t want to stop reading for anything until I figured out what happened to Matt, Cathy and Melissa!
I enjoyed the whole premise of the plot in this one. Cathy and Matt are going on a vacation with their 17 year old daughter Melissa to see the Book of Mormon lands in Guatemala. But Matt is kind of a work-a-holic and ends up not being able to leave when Melissa and Cathy do. Little does he know, that Melissa will be kidnapped the very first day of the tour, leaving Cathy frantic and unsure of what to do. I really related to this part of the plot. Mainly because I have my own 17 year old daughter and I know that I would be going crazy if she was taken by someone and I had no idea where she was or who had her.
I loved that there were many layers of intrigue in this one. There was the obvious, Carlos, the boy who was with Melissa when she leaves. But that’s really only the tip of the iceberg in this one. There is one person involved that you don’t find out until nearly the very end of the book when it’s almost too late. Plus all of the people in the middle.
You see this book from so many points of view. Cathy, Melissa and Matt, of course. But there’s also Raul, the tour guard, several of the men on the tour who go out of their way to help, some of the kidnappers, others who are trying to help and the main bad guy. Seeing what’s happening from so many points of view is a big benefit to the reader. The reader can make their own conclusions and guesses and know what’s happening before the characters do.
I loved this suspenseful book! And I hope this author has more books coming!
I was sent a copy of this book as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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