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All in all, Nance has done a marvelous job in creating a well-written, suspenseful novel. His language is crisp and fresh; his world-building, authentic; and his pacing, just fast enough to keep readers at the edge of their seats but slow enough to let them enjoy the ride. He has crafted a compelling, engrossing novel with more than one scene of gritty-realism that will pr All in all, Nance has done a marvelous job in creating a well-written, suspenseful novel. His language is crisp and fresh; his world-building, authentic; and his pacing, just fast enough to keep readers at the edge of their seats but slow enough to let them enjoy the ride. He has crafted a compelling, engrossing novel with more than one scene of gritty-realism that will prickle the back of your neck. --Southern Literary Review Charly Bloom’s life took a wrong turn that has left her alone and frustrated. When she gets a call from an old flame, she returns to her hometown to investigate the disappearances of four children. The abductions are eerily similar to a set of previous crimes. Two decades ago, Charly and her two friends decided to play amateur detectives and help find a girl who was stolen from her home. Then, another girl went missing. Clues overlooked by the inept sheriff left only one child to survive: Charly. She managed to fight back and kill the Snatcher. Or so everyone thought… Is the Snatcher back, or is there a copycat? Charly must face her past and her own personal demons in a race against time to save the latest victim.


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All in all, Nance has done a marvelous job in creating a well-written, suspenseful novel. His language is crisp and fresh; his world-building, authentic; and his pacing, just fast enough to keep readers at the edge of their seats but slow enough to let them enjoy the ride. He has crafted a compelling, engrossing novel with more than one scene of gritty-realism that will pr All in all, Nance has done a marvelous job in creating a well-written, suspenseful novel. His language is crisp and fresh; his world-building, authentic; and his pacing, just fast enough to keep readers at the edge of their seats but slow enough to let them enjoy the ride. He has crafted a compelling, engrossing novel with more than one scene of gritty-realism that will prickle the back of your neck. --Southern Literary Review Charly Bloom’s life took a wrong turn that has left her alone and frustrated. When she gets a call from an old flame, she returns to her hometown to investigate the disappearances of four children. The abductions are eerily similar to a set of previous crimes. Two decades ago, Charly and her two friends decided to play amateur detectives and help find a girl who was stolen from her home. Then, another girl went missing. Clues overlooked by the inept sheriff left only one child to survive: Charly. She managed to fight back and kill the Snatcher. Or so everyone thought… Is the Snatcher back, or is there a copycat? Charly must face her past and her own personal demons in a race against time to save the latest victim.

30 review for All the Lovely Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joann

    I thought this would be a really good book because of all the 4 and 5 stars, but for me I found it aboring and not a very exciting book. When the timeline goes back to the time of Charly being a young girl, those parts could almost be skipped and I did do that now and then and it didn't affect the story at all. If you want a really good mystery with depth and soul, then skip this book. A 2 star and that is being generous. I thought this would be a really good book because of all the 4 and 5 stars, but for me I found it aboring and not a very exciting book. When the timeline goes back to the time of Charly being a young girl, those parts could almost be skipped and I did do that now and then and it didn't affect the story at all. If you want a really good mystery with depth and soul, then skip this book. A 2 star and that is being generous.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Fundin

    I thought All The Lovely Children by Andrew Nance was going to be ugly and the Prologue hooked me, creating fear and suspense from the opening words, proving me right. Charly was heading home to Temperance. You know, one of those small towns where everyone knows everyone’s business, except for the killer running AMOK. History is repeating itself. Charly knew all the ins and outs of catching a killer, since she had begun detecting at a very young age. Think Nancy Drew. She had killed the Snatcher, s I thought All The Lovely Children by Andrew Nance was going to be ugly and the Prologue hooked me, creating fear and suspense from the opening words, proving me right. Charly was heading home to Temperance. You know, one of those small towns where everyone knows everyone’s business, except for the killer running AMOK. History is repeating itself. Charly knew all the ins and outs of catching a killer, since she had begun detecting at a very young age. Think Nancy Drew. She had killed the Snatcher, so Kit, an old friend and now the sheriff of Temperance, asked for her help in catching the Copycat Killer. Young or grown, she has the same rebellious, do it myself attitude that gets her in one dangerous situation after another. I love her, no matter how impulsive and reckless she can be. I can picture her, climbing out the window late at night, biking to her friends house, scaring the crap out of him so he falls to the ground, laughing all the way down the road… The suspense builds in the past and the present as the book goes from 1959 to 1982 and back again. Children are missing…murdered…what can be worse that that? I can picture a grown up Charly, sitting on the couch with the 44 Ruger balanced on her knee, pointing the gun at… LOVE it! I know the writing is excellent when images pop into my mind while reading a book. Oh man. I didn’t think Andrew Nance would take me here, but I’m stunned, shocked, sad and sickened. I am only at 80%, so I feel he has more surprises in store for me and I am eager to get to it. We also have a little of the supernatural making an appearance. She sees the dead. It plays more of a cameo role, leaving the story seeming all too real. I had thought of the final twist, but Andrew caused me to disregard it, leading me to believe I was walking down the wrong path…then, POW, in my face. Well, Andrew. You kept me on pins and needles from beginning to end. The writing was super and I do love a little romance with my danger and suspense. The characters were fantastic and I must say, that villain, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. Nothing beats a mind blowing villain. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of All The Lovely Children by Andrew Nance. See more at fundinmental

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda Root

    I am a historical novelist and I review books in that and other genres, without compensation and with no strings attached. Apparently author Andrew Nance, whom I do not know, read some of my reviews and asked if I might review his book, and I told him I had a research project I was pressured to finish, a novel I was editing, and other books waiting for a review on The Review, but I would read it and review it as long as he understood I would not get to it for at least a month. That was day befo I am a historical novelist and I review books in that and other genres, without compensation and with no strings attached. Apparently author Andrew Nance, whom I do not know, read some of my reviews and asked if I might review his book, and I told him I had a research project I was pressured to finish, a novel I was editing, and other books waiting for a review on The Review, but I would read it and review it as long as he understood I would not get to it for at least a month. That was day before yesterday. Curiousity got the better of me and I read the first few pages. I was intrigued by the first few paragraphs and hooked by the end of the second page. And I am a hard sell, especially in reading crime novels, because I am a retired prosecutors whose homicides were featured in Episodes of Arrest and Trial and The Prosecutors. Many cases I tried were almost as bizarre as the one that brings Nance's protagonist, retired state police investigator Charly (Charlotte) Bloom, back to her childhood stomping grounds. As I read further, it seemed to me that Andrew Nance must have lived more than one life to get the characters, setting, forensics and inter-agency rivalries sometimes encountered in murder cases down tight. He knows both the politics of police agencies and the dynamics and protocols of Biker gangs, something about which I too am less than ignorant. I once tried a case where the witnesses knew one another by their monikers. Nancy also has an understanding of the depth of childhood loyalties and the scars left by childhood trauma. There were a few times when I saw glimpses of the author's prior life as a YA, or youth fiction writer, and I was afraid my interest might wane, but those glimpses were rare and did not last more than a few sentences. Be assured, this is a tough, sometimes graphic, often violent and utterly believable adult mystery novel. It is not a children's book. The protagonist is feasible and written with insight, compassion, and a critical eye. When the author gives us glimpses into the mindsets of the antagonists, the evil there is tangible and I speak from experience when I say it is not contrived or overdone. The novel is actually two linked plot-lines involving serial killers operating in different time frames thirty years apart, requiring the author to create both the world of adolescent Tomboy Charly (Charlotte) Bloom and that of the season law enforcement officer and detective she becomes. Nance manages to keep the identity of the individual perpetrators a cloaked until revealing each is necessary to the resolution of the novel. Never once did I wince and groan at a development I thought was out of sync or unfeasible. To top it off, the book is well edited and artfully written. In addition, there is the satisfaction of knowing it is a debut novel, with promises of more to come.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (JC-S)

    ‘It’s happening again.’ Charlotte (Charly) Bloom is at the centre of the two separate storylines in this novel. In 1982, as a private investigator, she’s asked to return to her home town of Temperance to help investigate the disappearances of four children. In 1959, as a teenager, she and her friends Bobby and Micah Lee played amateur detectives to try to help find a girl who was abducted from her home. Then, after another girl goes missing, Charly, Micah Lee and Bobby track down the kidnapper th ‘It’s happening again.’ Charlotte (Charly) Bloom is at the centre of the two separate storylines in this novel. In 1982, as a private investigator, she’s asked to return to her home town of Temperance to help investigate the disappearances of four children. In 1959, as a teenager, she and her friends Bobby and Micah Lee played amateur detectives to try to help find a girl who was abducted from her home. Then, after another girl goes missing, Charly, Micah Lee and Bobby track down the kidnapper they nickname the Snatcher. Charly fights back and kills the Snatcher: she’s the only survivor. Or so everyone thought. The only body recovered at the time is Micah Lee’s. But the abductions in 1982 seem similar to those in 1959. Has the Snatcher returned, or is there a copycat? In 1982, there’s more than one suspect to investigate. Charly is convinced that she’s on the right track, but she needs to conquer some demons of her own along the way. The story shifts between Charly’s memories of the past and the action she is part of in the present. Both stories are interesting, both will fit together in a way I mostly found satisfying. Charly has always been a risktaker, but in 1982 she’s also a loner. This places her in danger more than once. Along the way we learn more about Charly, about her career in law enforcement. Charly once worked for the State Investigative Bureau (SIB) but resigned because of office politics. One of the people who contributed to her resignation will also be involved in the 1982 investigation, which increases the tension. Mr Nance has crafted a fast-moving story. Some will work out who the Snatcher was in 1959 (Charly doesn’t share this aspect of her memory until close to the end of the novel). Some will also work out who the abductor is in 1982, but there’s a twist. And that twist will either satisfy or irritate. I found Charly Bloom an interesting character, and I hope to read more about her. Note: My thanks to the author for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes. Jennifer Cameron-Smith

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Lynn’s BookReviews

    First, I want to thank Andrew Nance for providing me with this book so I may bring you with this review. All the Lovely Children by Andrew Nance is his first novel he has written for adult readers. It is an incredible read that I can see being a smash hit on the big screen! Mr. Nance had me hooked from the prologue and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I would highly suggest this book for anyone who likes mysteries, thrillers, suspense, abductions, former flames reuniting, crimes, priv First, I want to thank Andrew Nance for providing me with this book so I may bring you with this review. All the Lovely Children by Andrew Nance is his first novel he has written for adult readers. It is an incredible read that I can see being a smash hit on the big screen! Mr. Nance had me hooked from the prologue and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I would highly suggest this book for anyone who likes mysteries, thrillers, suspense, abductions, former flames reuniting, crimes, private investigating, violence, on your seat twist and turns, revelations that will blow your mind. One thing that stood out in the book was that the story would go from present day of the story 1982 to the past of 1959. So you had two storylines going at once that all lead up to the big finale at the end. Wow! The big finale at the end I never saw coming and totally shocked me to the core!!! The revelations that came out how could you not feel sorry for Winthrop! However, still hate him for what he did! My heart went out to all the parents that lost their children back in 1959. However, the one parent my heart went out to the most was Romana. She blamed herself for her daughter’s disappearance. If only she didn’t have her hair appointment and arrived on time to pick her up. I loved the relationship/bond Charly and Kat had shared in the past and In the present

  6. 4 out of 5

    M

    Dark, Macabre Murder Mystery This murder mystery (with well-integrated paranormal elements) has an unusual structure in that the first person protagonist narrates two storylines. The first storyline takes place in current time (of 1982) and the second takes place in 1959. In both storylines, Charly (Charlotte) Bloom—as a private investigator in 1982 and a 13 yr old in 1959–investigates cases of child abduction and murder. To move the bifold plot forward, the author has created characters in both Dark, Macabre Murder Mystery This murder mystery (with well-integrated paranormal elements) has an unusual structure in that the first person protagonist narrates two storylines. The first storyline takes place in current time (of 1982) and the second takes place in 1959. In both storylines, Charly (Charlotte) Bloom—as a private investigator in 1982 and a 13 yr old in 1959–investigates cases of child abduction and murder. To move the bifold plot forward, the author has created characters in both timelines that I enjoyed following on mystery-solving adventures. I was of two minds about the author withholding the identity of the 1959 killer, although I had a hunch about the suspect just before the 60% mark. That said, I was surprised by the identity of the 1982 serial murderer, and by the last minute twist which was stunning.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (Michelle's Book Ends)

    "The morning began with a stop downtown. I wandered the park, which sure seemed bigger than when I was a kid. I cast a wary eye at the sheriff's department across the street and wondered if Kit was in. If so, should I go talk to him? Not yet. Instead, I went over to Le Bistro and looked at the park from that perspective. If Savannah Smallwood left the restaurant and walked straight across the street, she'd be at the playground. At twelve, she might have been too old for a swing set, teeter-totte "The morning began with a stop downtown. I wandered the park, which sure seemed bigger than when I was a kid. I cast a wary eye at the sheriff's department across the street and wondered if Kit was in. If so, should I go talk to him? Not yet. Instead, I went over to Le Bistro and looked at the park from that perspective. If Savannah Smallwood left the restaurant and walked straight across the street, she'd be at the playground. At twelve, she might have been too old for a swing set, teeter-totter, and merry-go-round. Perhaps she'd gone exploring around the park. That's what I would have done at that age."....... There are four missing children in Charly Bloom’s hometown. Returning there will be painful. Charly was also once a victim of a child abduction, some twenty years ago. She managed to get away, and was thought to have killed the kidnapper, known as the “Snatcher.” Can Charly return home and help the latest victims? Will what happened in the past guide her to the answers? Is the “Snatcher” really dead? Is it a copy cat? Charly has worked in law enforcement. Her former childhood friend, Kit, is now the sheriff of their hometown. Kit thinks Charly can help them. She figured it out back in 1959 didn’t she? The story goes back and forth between 1959 and the first kidnappings, to 1982 when they start again. Told with vivid description and detail, you can feel yourself being pulled in. A different time and place. In this case the story takes place in a place called Temperance, North Carolina. Carefully woven twists and turns made for a great if not disturbing read. The only thing that kept me from a five star review would be some story content. While some may not find it disturbing, I find anything involving children and sexual violence out my reading taste. While it’s not used in a flamboyant manner, it’s still unsettling. Then again serial killers are disturbing. I’d still give this book a fair chance and feel it’s worth a read. Thank you Andrew Nance

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kez Green

    I love a good crime thriller and all the lovely children did not disappoint. I found myself slipping into Charley’s (the main characters) world very easily I love books about the southern side of the US too and the descriptions of the little towns. This book is like two books as it skips between two stories of past and present thing it all together. There are some twists along the way and my only complaint is that Andrew Nance didn’t write more as it could easily be a character to write a series I love a good crime thriller and all the lovely children did not disappoint. I found myself slipping into Charley’s (the main characters) world very easily I love books about the southern side of the US too and the descriptions of the little towns. This book is like two books as it skips between two stories of past and present thing it all together. There are some twists along the way and my only complaint is that Andrew Nance didn’t write more as it could easily be a character to write a series with so if you read this Andrew get it work ;0)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Holt Mebane

    Really fun page-turner. Two parallel stories, set in a fictional North Carolina town. About a young girl that grows up to be an SBI detective & later a private detective. Crimes (child abductions) from the late 50s start occurring again in the early 80s in the same town. A little disturbing in spots, but has an interesting main character & a fast moving plot. I like the way bits and pieces of what occurred in the past are slowly revealed.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Darlene

    A compelling and riveting page-turner that keeps you guessing until the very end. Charley is a force to be reckoned with.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Keeler

    All the Lovely Children by Andrew Nance is at least two mystery novels in one and some readers might count it as three. Two mysteries are different in time but similar in type of crime. The third mystery is the surprise ending. It is a shocker and one of those endings I cannot see anyone predicting. Everything revolves around Charly Bloom. Nance uses Charly to present the first two mysteries in tandem for the reader. The forty-two chapters have titles that alternate between the Summer of ’59 and All the Lovely Children by Andrew Nance is at least two mystery novels in one and some readers might count it as three. Two mysteries are different in time but similar in type of crime. The third mystery is the surprise ending. It is a shocker and one of those endings I cannot see anyone predicting. Everything revolves around Charly Bloom. Nance uses Charly to present the first two mysteries in tandem for the reader. The forty-two chapters have titles that alternate between the Summer of ’59 and the Autumn of ’82. Charly presents the first mystery as reminiscences of events in 1959 while she is working on a similar series of crimes in 1982, the present time for this novel. Four girls died in 1959 when Charly was thirteen years old. The Sheriff of Temperance in the past was incompetent. The Sheriff of today has a history with Charly. Charly was a “Nancy Drew” type as a teenager. She felt that she and her friends Bobby and Micah Lee could do a more thorough investigation than Sheriff Rysdale. Ultimately, they were right as Charly discovered and killed the kidnapper known as the Snatcher. This is not a spoiler because readers do not know who the Snatcher is. Charly will not reveal this element of her memory until near the end of the novel. Charly will tease the readers with her knowledge of the identity. The new sheriff, Kris, remembers Charly’s contributions in the past that led to the former serial killer’s death. Now that the killings have begun again with the same methods of torture, cruelty, and ultimately death, Kris invites Charly home to Temperance to assist in the investigation. After her departure from Temperance, Charly had gone into a career of law enforcement with the SIB (State Investigative Bureau) but had been forced to resign over office politics issues. In her work with the new Sheriff, Kit, and as she reveals her thoughts and memories to former friends, Charly makes remarks that will tease the reader about the earlier killings. A typical remark: “Of course if any of us had thought to think logically, we would have caught the killer earlier. It was obvious.” It is not obvious to the reader and the identity of the 1959 killer is one of the early surprises of the novel. There are enough distractors that I was surprised. But that earlier killer died. It cannot be the same one abducting young girls today. The new one is named “Copycat.” Charly does not know this one in present-day 1982. She and the reader will be surprised at the same time. Just as Charly did when she was a teenager, Charly will be off on her own a lot in her investigation. All her friends criticize her for this. The first killer almost finished Charly’s life; her friends fear this one will succeed. Charly has many allies throughout the novel despite the fact they constantly criticize her efforts. Nance displays rich lives for her characters; some even have descriptive nicknames like Handsome George. Charly has her enemies, of course. Some of the more colorful are in motorcycle gangs and have titles such as “Grizz” and “Preacher.” Nance’s task in the telling of this story was to not write spoilers of her own plots. This novel does not sink to a humdrum recitation of character flaws that affect story elements in a linear fashion. It is fast-paced and well nuanced with many distractors to keep the reader guessing. I gave this four plus Amazon stars. It is worth much more than the Amazon purchase price of USD 0.99.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mommacat

    4.5 stars If you enjoy mysteries and trying to figure out the answer as you read, ALL THE LOVELY CHILDREN is going to be the book you curl up with this weekend. Split into two generational stories of 1959 and 1982, CHILDREN is the story of Charly Bloom, who at the age of 12 solved the serial kidnappings/murders of several young girls. Charly is a strong female protangonist - nobody's fool, but by no means perfect. She's a refreshing change from the boring serialized females we've been stuck with f 4.5 stars If you enjoy mysteries and trying to figure out the answer as you read, ALL THE LOVELY CHILDREN is going to be the book you curl up with this weekend. Split into two generational stories of 1959 and 1982, CHILDREN is the story of Charly Bloom, who at the age of 12 solved the serial kidnappings/murders of several young girls. Charly is a strong female protangonist - nobody's fool, but by no means perfect. She's a refreshing change from the boring serialized females we've been stuck with for so long. This is author Andrew Nance's third book, but is his first entry into the adult forum. I am very happy that it was offered to me for review. The writing/editing was smooth and clean. I am happy to recommend this book and hope to review future books from Mr. Nance in then future. I hope you read asnd enjoy ALL THE LOVELY CHILDREN also.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Could not put it down. Hope we see more of Charly !!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    wendi wigham

    Good read. Can put down at anytime & pick up later - not compulsive reading. Doesn't capture you like the best psychological thriller, lacks the excitement to capture your imagination - didnt feel empathy to any characters. Well, Solomon could be the exception. Good read. Can put down at anytime & pick up later - not compulsive reading. Doesn't capture you like the best psychological thriller, lacks the excitement to capture your imagination - didnt feel empathy to any characters. Well, Solomon could be the exception.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Innes

    A good story This was told very well mixing past with present. Lots of red herrings I did not guess it it until it as revealed. I will look for this author again.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine Wilke

    A well written, page turning mystery, with interesting juxtaposition between two eras of the protagonist’s life, I found All the Lovely Children an engaging, jarring, and, at times, dichotomous read. The story is set in Temperance, North Carolina, a small-town reeling from a spate of child kidnappings that eerily mimic a similar spree of decades earlier. Feisty, independent Charly Bloom, an investigator who grew up in the town, is brought back in to assist the Sheriff Kit Haiselton, a man with wh A well written, page turning mystery, with interesting juxtaposition between two eras of the protagonist’s life, I found All the Lovely Children an engaging, jarring, and, at times, dichotomous read. The story is set in Temperance, North Carolina, a small-town reeling from a spate of child kidnappings that eerily mimic a similar spree of decades earlier. Feisty, independent Charly Bloom, an investigator who grew up in the town, is brought back in to assist the Sheriff Kit Haiselton, a man with whom she’s had a romantic past and who desperately needs her help in current times. Charly was not only personally impacted by the earlier kidnappings, but, we soon discover, was critical in solving them. As expected, sexual tensions between the two are stirred up, creating a visceral push and pull that lends a human edge to the grim circumstances. Given this set-up, the writer bounces us between the two eras, mostly successfully, though there were times, particularly in the beginning, when Charly’s younger forays read much like a YA novel (not a stretch, given that this writer’s previous two novels are in the YA genre), but as the story developed, I found myself feeling that less, ultimately enjoying the parallel plotting that drives both narratives forward. In fact, there are almost two completely independent stories being told for most of the book, which is an interesting device, one that pays off handily when we get to the surprise ending. These concurrent narratives, with their eclectic characters (some featured in both storylines), and heinous crimes, all had me engaged and propelled throughout. This writer knows how to build tension, twist red herrings, conjure compelling personalities, and entertain with rich detail: the unexpected element of “magic realism” in Charly’s visions/dreams was an unusual and effective device. Where the dichotomy came in for me involves two elements. One, Charly’s dialogue occasionally sounds like it was written by a man. The character is well designed, a woman we grow to care about and root for, and, as such, we naturally begin to have expectations of how she’ll behave, how she’ll articulate her views and perspectives. There were a few times when her dialogue simply didn’t fit her: for example, she references Kit as “a big hunk of beef,” which sounded less like the contained, tomboyish, romantically skittish woman she is than a blousy barfly (which she is not!). There were a few other times when I had the same impression, but luckily, they didn’t distract beyond the moment of reading. The second element was actually more of an issue, one that pulled me out of the story in occasional jarring fashion. This involved the repeated detailing of physical violence (in both storylines), along with the caustic, salacious descriptions of sexual assault, often with explicit descriptions of genitalia and the odd, repugnant ways in which it was being used. Given the overall tone of the book, particularly with the earlier YA-sounding elements and the fact that sexual child abuse and murder are at the center of the plot, that more lurid tone when it popped up pushed right up to the line. That could just be my particular sensibilities, but the jarring factor was notable to me and may be for others. Beyond those elements, this is an entertaining read; a dark, twisty, page-turning mystery that brings its unsparing story full-circle in ways that are unexpected and shocking… just as a mystery should!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    This is a fantastic suspenseful novel by an author who was new to me. The main character is very well-written and her history is peeled back in layers as we get the whole story of her past and are involved with her in the present. This is a dual time line novel - the early part of the story takes place when Charly is 13. She's a tomboy and her best friends are male. During that summer, three girls disappear from her small town where everyone knows everyone's business and she and her two best frie This is a fantastic suspenseful novel by an author who was new to me. The main character is very well-written and her history is peeled back in layers as we get the whole story of her past and are involved with her in the present. This is a dual time line novel - the early part of the story takes place when Charly is 13. She's a tomboy and her best friends are male. During that summer, three girls disappear from her small town where everyone knows everyone's business and she and her two best friends try to find clues that will help the sheriff find the missing girls. She and her friends refer to the kidnapper as the Snatcher and he changes their lives in ways they never expected. Clues overlooked by the inept sheriff left only one child to survive: Charly. She managed to fight back and kill the Snatcher. Or so everyone thought... Now, over 20 years later, there are again girls missing in the small town she grew up in and there are very similar circumstances to the earlier disappearances. The new sheriff, an old friend, asks her to come back to town and help solve the disappearances. Is the Snatcher back, or is there a copycat? Charly must face her past and her own personal demons in a race against time to save the latest victim. I loved the character of Charly. As a child she was stubborn and intent on helping to find the Snatcher - nothing and no one scared her even though she went places she should have avoided. As an adult she was just as brave and intent on solving the abductions and managed to get into some rough situations as she tried to find the missing girls. Note: Because this is a book about abducted young girls, they are some uncomfortable scenes. The author manages to keep this to a minimum. This is a well told suspenseful novel that kept me turning pages until I got to the surprising ending. Thanks to the author for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ron Mac

    Two mysteries for the price of one! ~First, I’ll state that I received this book as a gift from the author to read and review. ~This book held my interest from the start and all the way to the climatic ending. There really were two stories intertwined in this one book. First, a Nancy Drew sorta story line about the events that occurred to thirteen-year-old Charly Bloom. The second story concerns the investigation by adult PI Charly Bloom. ~While one chapter dealt with current times and Charly tryi Two mysteries for the price of one! ~First, I’ll state that I received this book as a gift from the author to read and review. ~This book held my interest from the start and all the way to the climatic ending. There really were two stories intertwined in this one book. First, a Nancy Drew sorta story line about the events that occurred to thirteen-year-old Charly Bloom. The second story concerns the investigation by adult PI Charly Bloom. ~While one chapter dealt with current times and Charly trying to solve the abduction of several young girls from a small town…the next chapter flashed back, some thirty years, to when young amateur detective Charly was trying to solve the mystery concerning the abduction of several young girls. As the story progressed the chapters came closer and closer together…really becoming intertwined as what might be one big mystery! ~There were plenty of twists and turns, along the way with this action-packed, roller-coaster ride of a story. (Okay, I did it…used several clichés in order to describe this well thought out tale.) I enjoy a story that makes me think, trying to figure it out…I did NOT figure it out! I was surprised. ~There is good character development…the reader is treated to a young Charly and how she interacts with her peers and surrounding adults. Later we are, again, shown how Charly, as an adult herself, relates to some of the same adults and peers. Yes, we even get a bit of a romantic relationship…and we see her struggle with that developing meaningful personal relationship. ~One word of caution; This book deals with the serial abduction of young girls…there is violence…there is detail…there is death. ~I enjoyed it. I think most mystery readers will also…if you are willing to accept the seriousness of the crime.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Roxie Prince

    Read this review and more on my blog at Hey, Roxie Reads. ‘All The Lovely Children’ by Andrew Nance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 Finished on March 2, 2019 $9.99 on Kindle | $15.01 in Paperback BOOK DESCRIPTION: Charly Bloom, a private investigator, returns to her hometown to investigate the disappearances of several young girls. The crimes are eerily similar to ones that happened in 1959 — ones that Charly is intimately familiar with. Two decades prior, Charly and her two best friends decided to look for a girl who’d Read this review and more on my blog at Hey, Roxie Reads. ‘All The Lovely Children’ by Andrew Nance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 Finished on March 2, 2019 $9.99 on Kindle | $15.01 in Paperback BOOK DESCRIPTION: Charly Bloom, a private investigator, returns to her hometown to investigate the disappearances of several young girls. The crimes are eerily similar to ones that happened in 1959 — ones that Charly is intimately familiar with. Two decades prior, Charly and her two best friends decided to look for a girl who’d gone missing. More girls go missing, but it doesn’t deter the friends. Their curiosity has fatal consequences. Is this new Snatcher not all that new after all, or is a copycat taking over where he left off? MY REVIEW: ‘All The Lovely Children’ is a fun and exciting ride. Nance has not only created a compelling mystery, but he’s also crafted characters who stick with you. Nance does a great job balancing two timelines and connecting them without leaving anything feeling frayed or meandering. The pacing is excellent. I found myself wanting to read this book when I should have been doing other things. I really liked Charly. She is stubborn and driven. When she wants something, she does whatever she can do get it. Nothing stops her, not even fear. She’s strong, funny, yet still tender. She’s been through a lot that undoubtedly molded her adult personality, but it didn’t take away her softness. I didn’t give this book five stars because I figured out the twist early on, and it wasn’t quite what I hoped for. That’s not to say I didn’t like it; I just felt like it was a little unbelievable. (I don’t want to say why to avoid spoilers.) If you’re looking for a fun mystery, pick this up!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura Ruetz

    This is a suspense/thiller that you won't want to put down. Charly Bloom is the central character, having escaped a serial killer as a child, now working as a private detective, she comes back home when a copy cat killer is operating decades later. The book goes back and forth between current events and the past, as Charly uncovers more about the current copycat killer, we learn more about her as a child, and the events of the past. The suspense and tension in this book is high, and the past/pre This is a suspense/thiller that you won't want to put down. Charly Bloom is the central character, having escaped a serial killer as a child, now working as a private detective, she comes back home when a copy cat killer is operating decades later. The book goes back and forth between current events and the past, as Charly uncovers more about the current copycat killer, we learn more about her as a child, and the events of the past. The suspense and tension in this book is high, and the past/present chapters work very well in this book. The complex characters just build up on a great premises and all the details work. This was a book that I found hard to put down. I can highly recommend this book if you love suspenseful thrillers.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michael Mardel

    All the lovely children by Nance. The girl, Charly, hangs out with Bobby and Micah Lee in 1959. Chapters alternate between '59 and '82 but in both years young girls go missing. Charly is asked to help out the sheriff as bodies have been found and she was instrumental in solving the murderer. In the present day, more girls go missing. There's some ugly bikers thrown in the mix and Charly thinks one of them tried to run her off the road and down a gorge. She visits a few others from her past who h All the lovely children by Nance. The girl, Charly, hangs out with Bobby and Micah Lee in 1959. Chapters alternate between '59 and '82 but in both years young girls go missing. Charly is asked to help out the sheriff as bodies have been found and she was instrumental in solving the murderer. In the present day, more girls go missing. There's some ugly bikers thrown in the mix and Charly thinks one of them tried to run her off the road and down a gorge. She visits a few others from her past who helped her previously. But will she survive the Copycat and save another child? The author gave me a copy to read and this is my honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    OMG!!! You must read this one! I'd never heard of Andtew Nance in all of my mystery/thriller reading but the synopsis sounded good so I decided to try it out,and I'm so glad I did! If you love thrillers and who dun its; this is one of the best I've EVER encountered,and I've read thousands! Nance knows how to tug at your heartstrings,how to build suspense and then just when you think you've figured it out...BAM! He writes one of the best and most gratifying twists! If you love thrillers and myster OMG!!! You must read this one! I'd never heard of Andtew Nance in all of my mystery/thriller reading but the synopsis sounded good so I decided to try it out,and I'm so glad I did! If you love thrillers and who dun its; this is one of the best I've EVER encountered,and I've read thousands! Nance knows how to tug at your heartstrings,how to build suspense and then just when you think you've figured it out...BAM! He writes one of the best and most gratifying twists! If you love thrillers and mysteries,this is definitely one you cannot miss! I'm just disappointed it's not a series because this heroine kicks ass, literally! I love this book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Enjoyed this story. Lots to keep the reader guessing as the plot switches from 1982 to 1959 and back throughout. Charly is a child with a natural curiosity and loves to try her hand at being a detective along with her three best friends. By the time she is grown up she becomes a real detective. It would seem the crimes in her childhood are being replicated. Many twists and turns as we follow Charly from one time frame to the other all the while trying to figure out who the culprit is. Expect a s Enjoyed this story. Lots to keep the reader guessing as the plot switches from 1982 to 1959 and back throughout. Charly is a child with a natural curiosity and loves to try her hand at being a detective along with her three best friends. By the time she is grown up she becomes a real detective. It would seem the crimes in her childhood are being replicated. Many twists and turns as we follow Charly from one time frame to the other all the while trying to figure out who the culprit is. Expect a surprise ending! Good book - full of suspense

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shelly Schaefer

    Super suspense This book is absolutely full of suspense and takes twists and turns which are quite unexpected. The end of the book had me in tears. The narration was particularly excellent in keeping with the emotion of the events taking place and in keeping the reader intrigued. I really enjoyed how the time period changed with each chapter relating the main character to the events in the past and in her present. At times be aware that the language is quite vulgar in keeping with the tone of the Super suspense This book is absolutely full of suspense and takes twists and turns which are quite unexpected. The end of the book had me in tears. The narration was particularly excellent in keeping with the emotion of the events taking place and in keeping the reader intrigued. I really enjoyed how the time period changed with each chapter relating the main character to the events in the past and in her present. At times be aware that the language is quite vulgar in keeping with the tone of the story. Well written and narrated.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joseph John

    I enjoyed All the Lovely Children. Great writing and pacing. But I may have read one too many psychological thrillers. I figured out who the snatcher was in the flashbacks about halfway through the book. Not soon after, I figured out who the snatcher was in 1982. Still, Nance did an awesome job of weaving the story told in flashbacks with the present-day story. Overall, it really was a well-written book, and I'm glad I read it. I enjoyed All the Lovely Children. Great writing and pacing. But I may have read one too many psychological thrillers. I figured out who the snatcher was in the flashbacks about halfway through the book. Not soon after, I figured out who the snatcher was in 1982. Still, Nance did an awesome job of weaving the story told in flashbacks with the present-day story. Overall, it really was a well-written book, and I'm glad I read it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    C.

    I rarely like books that travel between time but this was a must for this novel. The author gave excellent background and no information was held back so if you are a great amateur detective you might be able to solve it. BUT, I doubt it. Good characters, great interaction and perfect ending. I couldn't have wanted more. I rarely like books that travel between time but this was a must for this novel. The author gave excellent background and no information was held back so if you are a great amateur detective you might be able to solve it. BUT, I doubt it. Good characters, great interaction and perfect ending. I couldn't have wanted more.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Boundless Book Reviews

    When Charly hears that's girls are going missing again in her home town she knows she has to go back. From 1959 to 1982, this story bounces between the past and present trying to get to the bottom of two cases, that just may be linked in a twisted way. I found this book to be excellent. It was well written, and I loved how it was laid out. From past to present it was like I was reading two mysteries in one. This helped with the buildup through the story. The characters were easy to like, some eas When Charly hears that's girls are going missing again in her home town she knows she has to go back. From 1959 to 1982, this story bounces between the past and present trying to get to the bottom of two cases, that just may be linked in a twisted way. I found this book to be excellent. It was well written, and I loved how it was laid out. From past to present it was like I was reading two mysteries in one. This helped with the buildup through the story. The characters were easy to like, some easy to hate. I was in shock at the end when the truth comes to light. Overall, I enjoyed this story. http://www.boundlessbookreviews.com https://www.facebook.com/BBReviews

  28. 5 out of 5

    Debbi Lund

    Great Read Love the shifting between the two time periods. Nuance did an job in keeping me guessing as to who was the "bad guy". Lots of twists & turns in the plot. I loved the main character, Charly. She is definitely a complex lady,but knows what she wants& goes after it. Great Read Love the shifting between the two time periods. Nuance did an job in keeping me guessing as to who was the "bad guy". Lots of twists & turns in the plot. I loved the main character, Charly. She is definitely a complex lady,but knows what she wants& goes after it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Interesting format. Story told in two parts, one in 1959 and the second in 1982. Unexpected concluson.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis H. Pajka

    Wonderful book full of excitement and always wondering what will happen next. A good story involving 3 kids and their adventures. The ending totally surprised me. You need to read this one.

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