Searching For Sophie by Rachel Brimble

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  • Harbouring the secret pain of giving up her child for adoption thirteen years ago, Melanie Royal has hidden herself behind the quiet role of Head Librarian in Layley Hill. But then a crazed admirer rips her daughter from a loving home and Melanie is thrown into a race against time to save Sophie's life?
    When Detective Inspector Kieran Joseph is put in charge of finding a missing thirteen- year- old girl, it evokes buried mistakes that he'd vowed never to repeat and so he?ll be suspicious of everyone this time, including the girl's sexy and achingly beautiful, mother, Melanie Royal?

    (192 pages) Spicy


    Her eyes were clouded now, turning them almost black as they challenged him from behind rimless glasses. Her mouth was set in a thin line of determination and she'd pulled her shoulders back as though bracing herself against a devastating blow.

    Kieran inhaled deeply before meeting her gaze with careful professionalism.

    “There's no easy way to say this, Melanie. Thirteen years ago, you gave up a little girl for adoption.” He paused, waiting for her reaction but her eyes remained level with his own. “I'm sorry to tell you that she's been abducted. We're not sure, but it's very possible whoever has taken her has every intention of reuniting her with you. Why? We don't yet know.”

    He stopped to let the information sink in. A suspect's initial reaction was vital; a fleeting moment of guilt may be detectable before their brain registers an attack. This wasn't what Kieran saw pass over Melanie's face as he watched her bite down on her bottom lip. What he saw was stark shock and confusion.

    “How can you be so sure it's Sophie?” Her voice was purposefully controlled.

    He pulled the folded picture from his pocket and passed it to her. Her fingers shook as she carefully smoothed out the paper and came face to face with her daughter. She sucked in a sharp breath, her hand covering her open mouth. She turned tearful eyes to him and slowly shook her head.

    “Someone's taken her? Do you know who it is? Why would they do this?”

    “We don't have the answers to any of those questions yet. But we do need your help.”

    “This is insane. I haven't even seen a picture of her since she was five.” She shook the picture of her now teenage daughter in front of his face. “How can this have anything to do with me?”

    Kieran lowered his gaze. He suddenly felt so unbelievably inadequate. So damn useless standing in front of her unable to give any comfort whatsoever.




Rachel Brimble writes like a pro even though this is her first novel. She builds the suspense well, hinting along the way at who the villain may be. But she gives us two choices, either of whom could have done it. Means, motive and opportunity are well constructed for both. Kieran and Melanie seem to blow hot and cold, not sure what they want from one another. Sophie is a brave little girl with a lot of spunk. Ms. Evelyn and Bridget, Melanie's mother, add some flavor to the story as the kind of women we don't want to work with or be related to!

I think Ms. Brimble does a great job letting us get into the mind of a birth mother who has been forced to give her child up and the dreams of the child herself. The author builds her stories well, keeping me interested and loving it from first page to last. I can’t wait to read more from her in the future.

Sensuality rating: Very sensual

Reviewer: Dee Dailey



    Searching for Sophie is a gut-wrenching story that grabs you by the heart and twists until the reader is completely spellbound. The way Melanie explains giving birth then turning the child over for adoption is told so lovingly that the reader is moved by the events. I found Kieran to be compassionate and caring, with a huge heart. He may appear tough inside and out, but he does have his moments where he can be a cuddly bear. I like the vulnerability that Rachel Brimble extends to Kieran. She creates characters that spring to life. They all show a great deal of emotion and the character of the kidnapper is one that chilled me to the bone. This engaging read takes the reader by storm with all the intense action, great plot, wonderful dialogue, and a cast that takes hold of the reader, this story still makes my head spin.

    Reviewed by: Linda L. (Fallen Angel Reviews)

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