Stolen Things by R. H. Herron


I’m a HUGE fan of psychological thrillers! Suspense draws me in quickly into their webs of evil and their heinous ways. The plot is based on the author’s real life experiences as a dispatcher, so while the details of the events sometimes appeared wild, they were still realistic as they expose corruption and prejudice in society.


Stolen Things is told from 2 POVs – mother and daughter – who both exposes themselves to readers to allow them to see their weaknesses within themselves and their relationships. I loved the alternating POV between Laurie and Jojo, which keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for what will happen next. Although I found the story to drag a little about halfway through, it quickly picked back up and I still very much enjoyed it and would call it a page-turner. It is a very well plotted and written book with a storyline that is action packed from beginning to end.

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Dutton for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Rating: 4 stars


“Mama? Help me.”

Laurie Ahmadi has worked as a 911 police dispatcher in her quiet Northern California town for nearly two decades. She considers the department her family; her husband, Omid, is its first Arab American chief, and their teenaged daughter, Jojo, has grown up with the force. So when Laurie catches a 911 call and, to her horror, it’s Jojo, the whole department springs into action.

Jojo, drugged, disoriented, and in pain, doesn’t remember how she ended up at the home of Kevin Leeds, a pro football player famous for his on-the-field activism and his work with the CapB—“Citizens Against Police Brutality”—movement. She doesn’t know what happened to Kevin’s friend and trainer, whose beaten corpse is also discovered in the house. And she has no idea where her best friend Harper, who was with her earlier in the evening, could be.

But when Jojo begins to dive into Harper’s social media to look for clues to her whereabouts, Jojo uncovers a shocking secret that turns everything she knew about Harper—and the police department—on its head. With everything they thought they could rely on in question, Laurie and Jojo begin to realize that they can’t trust anyone to find Harper except themselves . . . and time is running out.

Happy Reading!

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