In this prequel, Jack Stratton is not yet the detective he will be in novels of the rest of the series. In And Then She Was Gone, Jack and his foster brother Chandler are two teens who are navigating their way through their senior year, have already enlisted in the army, and have their futures impressively planned out. After the army, Jack plans to go to college and then attend the police academy – his dream since he was just a child. Jack’s childhood is heartbreaking, but the love he found in his foster family with Chandler and Aunt Haddie and later with his adoptive parents is heartwarming and hopeful. When a boy from his foster family’s neighborhood is arrested in the disappearance of a young woman, Jack is pulled in and, much to the chagrin of detectives working the case, begins an investigation of his own.
I love that this book is suspenseful and full of mystery but is also a very clean read. I can give this not only to my teen who has recently started getting into the mystery genre but to my mom as well (who is a strictly PG audience). They will both love it! There are little inspirational moments cleverly tucked into conversations that I know they will appreciate, and I couldn’t help but smile at those little touches.
If the present Detective Jack Stratton is half as endearing as young detective-wannabe Jack Stratton, then I’m sold and can’t wait to get started on the rest of this engaging series.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.