Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Phantom Prey by John Sandford * * *

Phantom Prey by John Sandford is a murder mystery.

Alyssa Austin returns home to discover blood on her walls and her daughter Frances Austin missing. She puts the two together, but the police do not: no body, no murder, no crime. Eventually, Alyssa reaches out to her friend Weather Davenport, who, in turn, convinces her husband Lucas, a state investigator, to get involved.

Lucas feels there is a connection between Frances' Austins disappearance/murder and the murder of three Goth friends. From here the story twists and turns. In the end, the murders and their motivations turn out to be ordinary. I found it to be a nice read, but the payoff not very satisfying.

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