Book Review: “Beyond Suspicion” by Catherine A. Winn

May 8, 2015 at 4:36 am | Posted in Books | 2 Comments
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Catherine A. Winn in her new book, “Beyond Suspicion book coverBeyond Suspicion” published by Poisoned Pencil introduces us to Shelby.

From the back cover:  Her mom’s remarriage has been hard on fifteen year old Shelby. Roger is strict and treats her like a child. At least they’re letting her go to her first boy-girl party. That is until she gets home from school and finds that Roger has changed his mind—he wants Shelby to babysit her year-old brother Josh. It’s so unfair! Fuming, Shelby takes Josh in his stroller to the park. After all, it’s not his fault. Someone sets off fireworks, distracting Shelby. When she turns around—Josh is gone.

Shelby tells the police she’s seen a white van cruising the neighborhood lately, and she thinks she saw it at the park as well. But to her horror, the police are not interested: Pointing to angry texts to her girlfriends about getting back at Roger, they accuse her of causing Josh’s disappearance! The police focus on the woods around the park, driving Shelby wild with fear and anger that the kidnappers will get away. With TV reporters all over the front yard, Shelby sneaks out the back to find her brother, any way she can.

So begins Shelby’s race against time—and against a world that has turned on her. And yet she finds help along the way. There’s mysterious Matt, who says he wants to help, but doesn’t seem to want anyone to know it. And there’s Jess, who watches out for Shelby as, against the odds, she tracks down the kidnappers down just as they are leaving town.

If the great director Alfred Hitchcock was still alive he would be interested in this story to direct. This is his kind of movie. First Shelby was going to the party then Shelby is not going to the party because she has to babysit. To calm down she puts him in his stroller and heads out to the park. That is where everything goes wrong. While a fireworks display distracts her someone abducts her brother. The problem is no one believes her. Everyone believes she did something. Now, not only does she have to prove them wrong, but she has to do it in a hurry before they do something to her brother. “Beyond Suspicion” is going to keep you on your toes as you race along trying to keep up with all that is going on. Let me assure you that once you get started with “Beyond Suspicion” you are not going to want to stop until you finish so I recommend you start early.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing your review of this new YA mystery with us. The Alfred Hitchcock reference is a telling one! Already have it on my TBR stack and thinking of moving it up now.

  2. Thank you, Vic, for reviewing my novel. I’m so glad it kept you turning the page :).


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