Whirlwind by Rick Mofina

whirlwindWhirlwind 

Rick Mofina

Harlequin Mira, 2014, 400 Pages

ISBN No. 978-0778316091mofina2

 

Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid

 

 

Jenna Cooper was shopping at the Old Southern Glory Flea Market.  She enjoyed shopping at the flea market and even though her husband Blake had recently gone to work, the time he was laid off put the family in a financial bind.  Jenna was bargaining with the owner of one of the stalls.  The woman asked Jenna the ages of her little ones.   Jenna responded that Cassie was four, almost five, and baby Caleb was five months old.  A young woman at the end of the stall commented to Jenna that her little girl was beautiful.  Then the young woman asked again if Caleb was five months old.  The young woman came over, leaned over Caleb’s stroller, and continued to make remarks about his age and his looks.  Jenna noticed a man at the end of the stall that seemed to be with the young woman.

 

Jenna decided she needed to get Caleb fed but first was going to look for a lamp she saw a little earlier.  About that time, the wind started up and people began running for shelter.  Just as she managed to get Cassie into a rain jacket and the canopy down on Caleb’s stroller, the crowd began to be peppered with golf size hail.  A man in the crowd just hung up his phone announcing that his wife was east of Lancaster and a tornado had hit.  He said he had to go find his wife and everyone should take cover.  Suddenly an old man noticed a school bus spinning around hundreds of feet in the air above the flea market.

 

The children were terrified and Jenna was sure she couldn’t make it to her car.  The nearest building seemed to be her best hope of shelter.  Suddenly the redheaded woman who had spoken to Jenna and talked about the children was beside her and along with the man Jenna had seen earlier, was directing her to a safer area. Jenna held tight to her children but suddenly she was struck on the head by something and blacked out.  When Jenna came to Cassie was there but the baby was gone.

 

Kate Paige is an intern reporter at the Dallas headquarters of the global news service, Newslead.  Dorothea Pick, the bureau’s news editor, was not a fan of Kate and Kate was having a rough time getting her stories past the editor without the stories being chopped to pieces. In spite of her own problems, when Kate hears Jenna’s story she is determined to find out what has happened to baby Caleb.

 

Kate begins to uncover a plot so sinister that unless something is done and done quickly Caleb may be lost to his family forever.  The FBI begins an investigation but Kate continues to follow her own instincts and is determined to get baby Caleb back with his family where he belongs.

 

This is a fast moving novel that grabs the reader and doesn’t let go.  Mofina has written a powerful story that keeps the reader on edge all the way.

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