Little Girl Gone by Amanda Stevens

February 9th, 2022 Kimberly Guest Post, Review 16 Comments

9th Feb

Please welcome Sophia Rose to the blog with one of my favorite authors. Little Girl Gone by Amanda Stevens is the first novel in the Procedural Crime series. Grab a cuppa and see what Sophia has to say about it.

Little Girl Gone by Amanda Stevens
Little Girl Gone
by Amanda Stevens
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Nothing matters more to her when a child's life is at stake.

Special agent Thea Lamb returns to her hometown to search for a child whose disappearance echoes a twenty-eight-year-old cold case—her twin sister's abduction. Working with her former partner, Jake Stillwell, Thea must overcome the pain, doubt and guilt that have tormented her for years and denied her a meaningful relationship. For both Thea and Jake, the job always came first…until now.

Sophia Rose’s Review

An FBI Special Agent dealing in cold cases is called back to her hometown when her mother is desperate after a second child disappears under some of the same eerie circumstances as twenty-eight years before when they lost Thea’s twin.  Second chance romance and thrilling suspense from an already familiar author sounded just the thing.

After finishing up the last in a series from the author’s older series, I was almost gleeful when I came across this new release in a new series from her.  Little Girl Gone is standalone in the modern day child disappearance and brings Thea back into contact with an estranged mother and her ex- partner at work and romance.  She tries to put the past aside as they work to save this second missing child with the clock ticking since the disappearance from the same bedroom her twin sister Maya had 28 years before.  Some of the same people are around Reggie, of course, and her newly released boyfriend from the time, a weirdo neighbor, Kylie’s abusive dad, and more, but also a set of bones turns up.  Thea is on the trail and it is no longer cold and the danger is close.

There is the complication of Thea’s relationship with her mother, Reggie, and that was woven into the suspense particularly as Thea is starting to recall stuff from the older case now that the new case is being investigated and wants answers.

Thea and Jake had their careers get in their way when Jake took a promotion.  They are professional, but uneasy at first.  The spark is still there and they iron things out as they work with Jake’s team to find little Kylie.  I enjoyed that the romance was in balance with the situation since a poor, scared child was out there missing and that had to be the priority, but there is still progress.

There were lagging moments, but for the most part- especially since the author really lavished the local scene with atmosphere, I enjoyed this one.  It ended on a good note though there are unresolved bits about the older cold case that I imagine carries forward into the next book with a new case.  Those who enjoy FBI romantic suspense settings and a thriller-tone should definitely try this one.


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About Amanda Stevens

Amanda Stevens

Amanda Stevens is the award-winning author of over fifty novels, including the modern gothic series, The Graveyard Queen. Her books have been described as eerie and atmospheric, “a new take on the classic ghost story.” Born and raised in the rural south, she now resides in Houston, Texas, where she enjoys binge-watching, bike riding and the occasional Horror Night with friends.

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About Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

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16 Responses to “Little Girl Gone by Amanda Stevens”

  1. Katherine

    This sounds good and I do enjoy romantic suspense. I typically avoid any child in peril story but this sounds like it was lightly enough done that it would be an interesting read.

    • Sophia Rose

      It was pretty good, Katherine. I should warn you that the child kidnapping is the central issue and the cold case part carries over to the next book. Hope you end up enjoying it if you get the chance. 🙂

    • Sophia Rose

      Yes, this was a solid, fast read that will give you a good idea if you like her stuff. I loved her southern gothic Graveyard Queen series and this is also good.

    • Sophia Rose

      I was glad it caught my eye when I was looking for a mystery. I enjoyed her Graveyard Queen books and wanted to try a whole new series. It was fun that the slightly creepy was still there. 🙂

  2. Ailyn Koay

    I think i saw a similar synopsis in your blog ages ago? missing sister story probably needs a revamp. And the cover looks a little odd in the angle…