The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane

Duane SwierczynskiThe last thing Casey Woods wanted right then was another gut-wrenching case. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what she got.

What could be more tragic than having your twin sister kidnapped out of your shared bedroom when you were six years old? Having your own five-year old daughter kidnapped thirty-two years later. That’s the situation facing Judge Hope Willis, who goes to pick up her daughter from school one day only to be informed by those at the school that “she” already picked her up.

Given her high profile position as a judge, and her husband Edward’s as a controversial defense attorney with a prestigious firm, the local police and FBI descend on the case in record time. Not content with that, however, Hope calls in Forensic Instincts, a privately run organization that specializes in high profile and hard to handle cases.

Headed up by Casey Woods, a behavioral analysis specialist, the team also includes former Navy SEAL and FBI agent Marc Deveraux, and tech wizard Ryan McKay. Add to that mix intuitive – please don’t call her psychic – Claire Hedgleigh and retired FBI agents Patrick Lynch, who headed the investigation into Hope’s sister’s kidnapping thirty-two years ago, and Hero, an FBI certified human scent evidence bloodhound, and there is quite a full compliment of law enforcement on the case… but will it be enough to locate the missing girl before it’s too late?

The Girl Who Disappeared Twice was the first book by Andrea Kane I’ve read, and I certainly enjoyed it. I particularly enjoyed the team aspect presented by Forensic Instincts, which reminded me a bit of the Monkeewrench crew from P.J. Tracy. Though those who are frequent readers of the mystery-suspense genre may well figure out the end-game in advance, that in no way takes away from the wonderfully constructed story and engaging characters. A fast, enjoyable read, The Girl Who Disappeared Twice is the perfect book to toss in your bag for some beach or poolside reading this summer. —

The Girl Who Disappeared Twice is available from Mira (ISBN: 978-0778329848).

Andrea Kane‘s groundbreaking romantic thriller, Run For Your Life, became an instant New York Times bestseller. Her most recent triumphs, Twisted and Drawn in Blood, featured the dynamic FBI team of Special Agents Sloane Burbank and Derek Parker. With a worldwide following and novels published in over twenty languages, Kane is also the author of fourteen historical romances. The Girl Who Disappeared Twice introduces Forensic Instincts, an eclectic team of maverick investigators. She lives in New Jersey with her family, where she is plotting new ways for Forensic Instincts to challenge the status quo. To learn more about Andrea, visit her website.


  • sabrina ogden

    June 18, 2011 - 1:34 PM

    Sounds like a great read, and seems to have plenty of characters thrown in to make it intriguing.

    • Elizabeth A. White

      June 20, 2011 - 3:34 PM

      Like I said, it was the first of hers I’ve read. It’s my understanding this one has a bit less romance than her normal style does, which is good as far as I’m concerned. I will definitely read the sequel to this should there be one.