First Family

Author: David Baldacci

Publisher:  Grand Centeral Publishing                  
Pages:  449
Genre:  Mystery / Thriller
Source:  Library sale

Goodreads:  Following the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Simple Genius, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in David Baldacci’s most heart-pounding thriller to date . . . 
It began with what seemed like an ordinary children’s birthday party. Friends and family gathered to celebrate. There were balloons and cake, games and gifts. 
This party, however, was far from ordinary. It was held at Camp David, the presidential retreat. And it ended with a daring kidnapping . . . which immediately turned into a national security nightmare.
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell were not looking to become involved. As former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, they had no reason to be. The FBI doesn’t want them interfering. But years ago, Sean King saved the First Lady’s husband, then a senator, from political disaster. Now, Sean is the one person the First Lady trusts, and she presses Sean and Michelle into the desperate search to rescue the abducted child.
With Michelle still battling her own demons, and forces aligned on all sides against her and Sean, the two are pushed to the absolute limit. In the race to save an innocent victim, the line between friend and foe will become impossible to define . . . or defend.

Ope’s Opinion:  This was my first David Baldacci book.  I bought it at our annual library sale.  I was really excited about reading it.  When I first started it I wasn’t crazy about all the description of the killing and kidnapping.  I am more of a “who done it” reader.  But I kept reading.  I got the impression it would have been helpful if I had read some of Sean and Michelle’s previous adventures. I felt like I was missing some information.

                                       The story started very interesting with a good pace.  In the middle, I got a little bored  and just wanted it to move on.  At the end, I wasn’t sure all my questions were answered.  It was a bit unclear to me.  Maybe I just missed something.  I actually liked the story line of Michelle’s mother’s death better then the main story line.

                                        The characters were okay, but I wasn’t invested in them.  I wanted to know how  it ended, but I wasn’t on the edge of my seat, just sort of curious.

                                         I have another Baldacci on my shelf. I hope that one is much better.

Rating:  Two Chairs – I may have one friend who might like this book.


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