A bright yellow, 1936 Packard seems to be a curse. George Hall buys it and finds good fortune. Then his little daughter Rose is kidnapped and the car is stolen. Working with the FBI, Helen Meeker is determined to bring closure for George and Carole Hall.
Most kidnapped children are killed within the first few days. Hope dims for Rose, but eventually the Packard is found, repainted blue. It yields a few clues, but the search for Rose keeps stalling in dead ends.
The car changes hands a few times. The U.S. is pulled into World War II. And then a chance encounter between the car's new owner and another woman working at a war plant breaks the case wide open.
For me, the novel was a slow starter. The first few chapters focusing on the Hall family didn't entice me to keep reading, but once the story shifted to Helen Meeker, it grabbed me. Cracking the FBI's male bastion proved a harder task for Helen than solving a kidnapping. The ending proved to be unexpectedly poignant.
The year is 1937 and within mere weeks of purchasing the canary yellow Packard, Abbi Watling is murdered. So begin the whispers swirling of the curse that seems to come with the car. New father George Hall doesn't by into the local superstition and purchases the car at Abbi's estate auction, but then his daughter Rose is kidnapped and the Packard stolen. Enter Helen Meeker the FBI first female agent. Meeker is determined to find Rose no matter what the cost.
I have to say that that I was really impressed by this book. It took a few chapter for me to settle into the novel, but once I did I couldn't wait to put it down. I had to see what was on the next page. There was many plot twists and turns, and I did pick up a few of the clues that the author left for us, but for me that just added to having to find out how all of the pieces fit together. If you want something different, don't let the cover put you off. This was a really great book.
I purchased this book for my hubby as a Christmas present for him. I read the reviews both pros and cons, I made my own decision that I thought he would enjoy it. He never reads in bed and just last evening he took the book to bed and said, "I am going to finish this tonight, though I don't really want it to end!"
Packards are not made any more but this story gave me a ride. Can an auto harbor and cause evil ? I was kept in suspense on that question . What I can say without spoiling the story is that you will not be disappointed as you read this book . My father had a Packard in the 1950's and I remember riding in it , so comfortable a ride , so my memory kicked in as this Packard traveled . Although you do not have to have any Packard memories to enjoy this story .