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The Toybox by Charly Cox
Narrator: Kate Zane
Series: Detective Alyssa Wyatt #2
Published by Tantor Audio on December 22, 2020
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 12 hours, 1 minutes
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
ll around Albuquerque, New Mexico, young women are going missing, seemingly vanished into thin air. With no link between the victims, Detective Alyssa Wyatt is quickly plunged into a horrifying case with no obvious clues.
And when Jersey Andrews, the best friend of Alyssa’s teenage daughter, Holly, joins the list of vanished girls, the case becomes personal.
But this investigation will lead Alyssa and partner Cord into the most sinister depths of humanity; an evil place where life is expendable, and where the depraved can fulfill their darkest desires – if they have the money to pay for it.
As the first bodies appear, abandoned on the streets, Alyssa is forced into a frantic hunt to track down the killers – before more innocent women lose their lives. But when the truth comes out, it seems that the key to solving the case was hiding in the last place anyone expected. . .
The Toybox is the second offering in the Detective Alyssa Wyatt series. Alyssa is a cop who leads her team. She has devoted her life to trying to find the missing and reunite families. I enjoyed the continued development of her family and her team, and seeing their support for each other. They are a bunch of good people who see the absolute worst. When people go missing, especially teen girls, it is rarely good for the missing.
Like the first book, All the Pretty Girls, this is dark and violent. Certainly, one might be triggered by things which happen. I love a police procedural and seeing them track down the missing. It’s a combination of finding witnesses, good research and making smart deductions from odd bits of information about the victims. When there are multiple girls taken and one turns up dead, the stakes only get higher.
There are several personal connections in this story, from one of her daughter, Holly’s, friends joining the missing, and the history of her partner, Cord. The character development gives more realism and depth to the emotional weight of this case. I did guess one of the villains very early which is unusual but not most of the solution.
Missing teen girls really gives the suspenseful feeling of being on a clock. We get scenes of the girls and their horrible plight. I find the solution of the case inspiring and the sense of closure and justice helpful in these crazy times.
This narrator was new to me with this series. I’ve gotten comfortable with her voices for the main characters. The voices are distinct but a few of the voices were really strange, particularly Sophie, one of Holly’s friends. The younger voices were higher and lighter whether male or female. It felt appropriate. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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