By: A.A. Chaudhuri
Buy Link: Amazon
Madeline Kramer has finally got her life back on track at top City law firm Sullivan, Blake, Monroe. But when two armed, masked men burst into a conference room one lunchtime, kidnapping inept trainee, Charlotte Dempsey, and popular head of litigation, Richard Barker, Maddy’s life is plunged into disarray once more—particularly when charismatic DCI Jake Carver, who caught a heartless killer when they last met and with whom Maddy shared a mutual chemistry, is called to the scene.
Things become more complicated when a disturbing video reveals two more trainees, Matthew Gerard and Stephen Baines, have been taken. What initially appears as a random kidnapping for mercenary gain soon evolves into something far more complex, the horrifying events of thirty years ago motivating the abductors and having colossal implications for those in the present…
Against a backdrop of sleaze, sex, lies and murder in The Abduction, Maddy and Carver must work together to unravel the truth, and ensure that no crimes—past or present—are left unpunished.
A.A. Chaudhuri is back again with her newest novel, The Abduction, featuring one of my favorite heroines, Maddy Kramer and the to-die-for and hunky hero, DCI Jake Carver. We first met Maddy and Jake in Chauduri’s debut novel, The Scribe, which is an intense thriller with many twists and turns sure to leave you up late at night. It also seems that Chaudri is intent on never letting me get any sleep because The Abduction lives up to everything that I loved reading in the first book.
Maddy is just getting back to normal and finally in a good place at a new firm where she has been working for the past two years, but it seems trouble seems to find her in the least likely of places. When armed, masked men storm through the firm and take two hostages, Maddy just can’t believe her string of bad luck has reared its ugly head again. But, what at first seems like a simple kidnapping (simple kidnapping..is there really such a thing?), things take a turn for the worse when a crime from over thirty years ago comes into play. Will Maddy and Jake figure out what the heck is going on or will more people get her during the course of their discovery?
I really have to say, I just LOVE A.A. Chaudhuri’s writing style and while The abduction is quite different from her first novel, The Scribe, I found it to be just as intense and remarkable. Chaudhuri has such a way of bringing her readers into the story and making it come alive. Although we know pretty straight on who is behind everything we don’t fully get the entire story and Chaudhuri has some aces up her sleeve and then hits you with them when you least expect it. Quite a few times I was left speechless, which is always a good thing when I am reading a new story. I also love that we get the chance to get inside the head of the kidnappers and learn their story and why they are doing the things that they do. It was really surprising to see the changes they go through throughout the progress of the story.
I really enjoyed Maddy and Carver in The Scribe and I was so excited to continue on with their story and see if there would be any more sparks between the two of them and there were! Yay! Chaudhuri really takes her time and builds up her characterization of Maddy and Carver making them relatable and lovable all at the same time. I also really appreciate the fact that the romance does not overshadow the story and plot. I am really hoping and praying we get to see more of Maddy and Carver in future novels as well as they make a strong couple and an even stronger team investigating crimes.
The Abduction is a riveting and twisting plot driven mystery that will keep you up late at night reading until the very end. Simply outstanding! Another great read and one I can highly recommend!
About the Author:
A.A. Chaudhuri is a former City lawyer. Born and raised in Portsmouth, Hampshire, she now lives in Surrey, where she writes full time.
Once a highly ranked British junior tennis player, competing in the national championships and a member of the national squad, she went on to tour the women’s professional satellite circuit as a teenager and achieved a world ranking of 650.
After returning to full-time education, she gained a BA Honours 2:1 in History at University College London, and a commendation in both the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the London College of Law, before training as a solicitor at City firm Norton Rose and then practising as a commercial litigator at two other City firms, Kendall Freeman and Travers Smith.
She left law in 2008 to pursue her passion for writing and in 2010 passed the NCTJ fast-track newspaper journalism course, in respect of which she was awarded The Oxford University Press Public Affairs Award for the most outstanding public affairs central government paper.
In 2013 and 2014 she self-published two women’s fiction novels under the name Alexandra Sage: Love & Limoncello and the sequel Love & Loss. Love & Limoncello has sold more than ten thousand copies to date, reaching number 53 in the Amazon Kindle Bestsellers List in October 2014.
THE SCRIBE and THE ABDUCTION are her first crime book series, plunging readers into London’s glamorous legal world and featuring series’ heroine, Maddy Kramer, fiction’s first female City lawyer amateur sleuth, who teams up with charismatic DCI Jake Carver to solve a gruesome series of murders and a puzzling abduction.
She has also written four standalone crime novels, including racy thriller, Illicit Retainers, political thriller, The Darker Side of White, and two psychological thrillers, all yet to be released.
Besides being an avid reader, she enjoys fitness, films, anything Italian and a good margarita.