Fallen Prey by Ann Eisenstein

Fallen Prey by Ann Eisenstein
Fallen Prey by Ann Eisenstein
Publisher: Peak City Publisher
Genre: Middle Grade, Suspense/Mystery, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (191 pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

Twelve-year-old Junior Special Agent Sean Gray is in a race against time. Could there be a connection between his testimony in the trial of an international child kidnapping ring and his mysterious accident?

While the sheriff’s department and the FBI are investigating, his new friend, Gabby, gets caught in the web of an online predator and disappears. She’s been missing for more than 48 hours, and the authorities have not been able to find her.

Sean goes undercover to bait the mysterious hunter. But when he becomes the prey, how will he rescue her?

You never know who you’re really talking to when you join a chatroom.

Sean’s character development has been a fascinating thing to watch so far in this series. He’s still a lot like the kid he was in the beginning, but I was able to spot some of the ways that he’s maturing as a person. The changes in his personality made a lot of sense. He was a little more mature in this story, but he still had that silly sense of humor I enjoyed when I first met him. I’m looking forward to seeing how he changes as he grows older, too.

While the beginning and ending were exciting, there were pacing issues in the middle. So many clues were shared both early on and at the last minute that Sean didn’t seem to have a lot of sleuthing to do for a while. As interested as I was in the mystery, I did have some trouble sticking with the storyline in this section because of how everything was paced. It would have been nice to have a few new clues to think about during this time.

The plot twists in this tale were really well done. I enjoyed seeing how Ms. Eisenstein surprised her audience with them. She had a great sense of timing, and she kept me on my toes. There were a few different twists that made me grin when they showed up because I hadn’t been expecting those specific things to happen. It was a lot of fun to go back later on and see how the author was able to keep them a secret for so long while still giving away the occasional hint about what she had planned.

Be sure to read the first book in this series, Hiding Carly, before moving onto this one. There were several important characters and events from it that a reader will need to remember in order to get the most out of the sequel.

Give Fallen Prey a try if you’re in the mood for something dramatic.

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