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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
Faith Lost is the second Shepherd & Associates novel by Judith Erwin. Scarlett Kavanagh discovered she worked well with Jake Shepherd while he investigated her brother-in-law's death. Leaving her successful law business behind, Scarlett works her first official case with Jake, a child abduction. Someone picked little Faith Johnson up from school, but her mother, Jessica, claims it wasn't her. With a missing child and a mother reluctant to give out information, Scarlett and Jake have their work cut out for them. Jake Shepherd is Faith's best chance to be found alive. His skills and connections with the FBI serve him well, but they are only a few steps behind him. With the FBI focusing on the mother, the real kidnapper leaves a bloody trail for Jake and Scarlett to follow. Does little Faith outlive her usefulness? What secret is so dark that a mother's hesitation could keep her child in harm's way?
Judith Erwin is a mesmerizing author that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Faith Lost is a crime novel that will touch you to the core. Superbly written, this captivating tale blends crime, suspense, and a touch of romance. Jake and Scarlet race from one clue to the next, knowing that Faith's survival diminishes with each passing hour. Jake's experience shines through even the roughest scenarios such as when Scarlett steps up and puts her life on the line for just a thread of proof the child is alive and safe. The characters are well-rounded and realistic. The story played out in my head like I was living it with the characters. I highly recommend this novel to those who enjoy good crime fiction.