Saturday, September 18, 2010

MY LOST DAUGHTER BLOG TOUR: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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MY LOST DAUGHTER
BY NANCY TAYLOR ROSENBERG


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Following her success withThe Cheater, Nancy Taylor Rosenberg returns to her most memorable character, Lily Forrester. Lily is a tough judge in Ventura County, California, who has overcome adversity and heartache to achieve a position of power to help those who can’t help themselves. Like the current case before her, the sensational murder trial of a woman who tortured and killed her beautiful two-year old son. Lily is determined to see justice done but she’s thrown for a loop when she receives word that her own daughter, Shana, months away from graduating from Stanford Law School, is on the verge of dropping out. Lily rushes north and what she discovers causes her to fear for her daughter’s mental state. She must get back to the trial and decides that she will take Shana to a facility where they can evaluate her and if needed give her some counseling or medication.
Which is when things go horribly awry. For the institution that Lily has chosen is far less interested in treating patients than it is with bilking the insurance companies out of extravagant fees…and they are less than scrupulous about patient’s rights. Discovering the awful truth, Lily will have to summon all her intelligence and street smarts to find a way to free Shana. She will have to work fast however, for there is someone at the facility who seems to have his own agenda separate from the institution. And Lily’s daughter may not only be in danger of losing her sanity but her life.
To read a preview of MY LOST DAUGHTER, go HERE.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

NANCY TAYLOR ROSENBERG spent fourteen years in law enforcement, including affiliations with the Dallas Police Department, the New Mexico State Police, the Ventura Police, and the Ventura County Probation Department, where she was a superior court investigator. Her first novel, Mitigating Circumstances, quickly became a New York Times bestseller, as have Rosenberg’s subsequent novels, including Interest of Justice, First Offense, and Buried Evidence.

MY REVIEW:

Fans of Judge Lily Forrester in Nancy Taylor Rosenberg’s popular book, THE CHEATER, will be thrilled to find her back again in Rosenberg’s latest installment, MY LOST DAUGHTER. As this was my first of these books, I will say it stood alone quite well as I never felt like there was something left out that I needed to know from the first book. Instead, I felt like there was almost too much for me to wrap my brain around in this heart-stopping thriller. Actually, when the story flashed back to earlier times in the Judge’s life, I believe it gave me what I needed to know about quite sufficiently. MY LOST DAUGHTER also started with a chilling murder (or was it "mercy killing"?) in the Prologue which was woven into the story and came into play a little later in the book.

The characters were well developed and realistic, complete with their good points as well as their imperfections. With Lily Forrester’s daughter Shana only months away from graduating from college, she begins to have some emotional problems and talks about dropping out. This is the last thing that the judge needs to hear as she is in the middle of a very important trial. The case in her court seems to come straight from recent horrific headlines in which a woman tormented and tortured and then killed her own child, a helpless little two-year-old son. Judge Forrester is dedicated to seeing justice done in this one.
However, when she is informed of Shana’s bizarre actions, and that she isn’t going to class, something has to be done as Lily fears her daughter may be headed for a major breakdown.

Racing to Shana’s school, the Judge decides it would be a good idea to have Shana evaluated as well as buy herself some time to get finished with this case. By then, probably after some counseling and possibly some medication, the trial will be over, and Lily can concentrate fully on her daughter’s recovery and care. So when Judge Forrester leaves her daughter at Whitehall Psychiatric Hospital, she thinks Shana will have some tests run and they can go from there. However, Whitehall is more interested in charging enormous fees in order to get money from insurance companies and unsuspecting patients and their families than in caring for their patients properly.
Little does Judge Forrester know that Shana is being kept there against her will. She does finally find out that Shana is being psychologically abused and given mind altering drugs as well as being locked in a padded cell with no food or water for long periods of time. What Shana experiences there is nothing short of living your worst nightmare and being unable to wake up. To top it off and to bring into play another storyline, Shana becomes the target of an unstable, demented stalker--a psychopath who is right there in the "hospital".

With several story lines seeming to converge, and a great deal of edge-of-your-seat twists in this story, I was compelled to keep reading to find out what would happen. Would Shana get out of this torture chamber safely? Would Lily Forrester finally realize what was going on in time to save her daughter? What of the mysterious stranger portrayed in the Prologue who seemed to be carrying out a supposed mercy killing? Would he play a part in Shana’s chance to escape unharmed? With her expert narrative, Rosenberg keeps the reader breathless up until the end…and beyond! I have to admit, I never saw the ending coming in this one. I think I would like to read more Nancy Taylor Rosenberg’s work, once I have time to catch my breath from this one.

GIVEAWAY

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AND ASHLEY WITH PR by the BOOK,
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52 comments:

debbie said...

I think the part about the abuse while trying to seek mental health care, is very interesting. I would love to read this story.
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CMash said...

Actually 2 things...that it is a stand alone read and your review stating it is a "heart-stopping thriller".
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CMash said...

I read Trial by Fire years ago.
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Anonymous said...

I have never read any of her books. This one sounds fascinating.

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Anonymous said...

Visited her site and the book Cheater looks really good.

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Linda Kish said...

I think the psychiatric facility part of the story sounds interesting. Of course, I love a good thriller.

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Linda Kish said...

Although I have several of her early works in my bookcase, I don't think I have read any yet.
First Offense sounds like a good starting place.

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Colleen Turner said...

I love stories based on the mental health field, especially ones that are a little eery, as my degree is in Psychology and it just fascinates me! This book sounds like it would keep you on your toes!
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Colleen Turner said...

I found out from the author's website that she worked for years in the judicial system before becoming a writer of books based on this genre. This is good to know as she is probably very knowledgeable about what she writes.
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Colleen Turner said...

+5 swagbucks!
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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I want to read this book because I cannot think of very much besides trying to save your child that would be so moltivating. That struggle must add excitment and suspense to this book.


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Anonymous said...

The author had so much experience is investigation, including 14 years law enforcement. Her background would make the details and methods in this book so authenic.


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petite said...

This novel sounds fascinating and unique. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

I read a book of her years ago and enjoyed it. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

traveler said...

Your wonderful review of this book interests me greatly. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

Her experience with law enforcement in various states gives her a perspective which is special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

justpeachy36 said...

I would like to win this one because it seems like a really jam packed thriller, with lots of action. And I always wonder what happens in those types of places you hear all kinds of gruesome tales.

Please enter me in the giveaway.

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gcpeach17 said...

The story brings to light that tragedy can hit anyone at anytime and the scariest is the unbelievable abuse in a hospital where people are supposed to be helped! It sounds like a very good book and another first for this author. Thanks for the chance to win this exciting new book.

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gcpeach17 said...

The fact that the author has so much real life experience in the world she writes about has to be a trmrndous help to make the books believable and interesting. I have not read any of hers as yet but, they all look good especially California Angel, is it?

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Tore said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

rbooth43 said...

Something similar to this book just happened. A man, devastated by his mother's diagnosis, shot her doctor at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore before allegedly killing her and taking his own life.
I would love to win MY LOST DAUGHTER BY NANCY TAYLOR ROSENBERG.

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Connie said...

Hi! I like that the mother has to rush to her daughter to figure out what is going on with her.

It will be a great book to read. :)

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Connie said...

I like the author's earlier books...I remember reading Mitigating Circumstances, Trial by Fire was a really good book, and a few after those two. :)

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bison61 said...

psychologically abused and given mind altering drugs as well as being locked in a padded cell with no food or water for long periods of time. that caught my interest

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hendy said...

I think it's interesting that the main character centers around a female professional who has her own personal struggle when confronting a family member with mental illness.
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hendy said...

I would like to read her book "Mitigating Circumstances" because this is the first book where she introduces us to her main character Lily Forrester
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rubynreba said...

You made it sound so interesting by saying you felt like you needed to keep reading - sounds excting and the twists in the story sound interesting.
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rubynreba said...

I would like to read The Cheater.
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Linda Henderson said...

This sounds like a good psychological thriller and also brings to light a problem with some medical facilities not observing the rules and looking out for their patients.

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Linda Henderson said...

I tweeted this giveaway.
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Linda Henderson said...

I would like to read California Angel.

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Mona said...

I like the combination of psychiatric part and heart-pounding thriller. would love to read this book.

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Mona said...

I like the combination of psychiatric part and heart-pounding thriller. would love to read this book.

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Mona said...

I tweeted about this giveaway :
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Mona said...

Visited her site and found that there are other 3 books of this series. I would love to read the whole series.

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Pamela Keener said...

I have read Nancy Taylor Rosenberg many years ago. I love that I can reconnect with a forgotten author.
I love the premise of this book and that there are so many balls in the air you gotta keep reading to find out the outcome.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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Pamela Keener said...

I read "Abuse of Power" by Ms Rosenberg many years ago when I was a police officer prior to retiring. After reading that book I felt compelled to write her and I received a reply from her. I felt fortunate that being a female P.O. in 1978 I was not subjected to the treatment suffered by the main character. I just had to know if she took that from real or just imagined events.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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g.g. said...

I like to read about strong female characters like the judge so I would like this book

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g.g. said...

California Angel looks like another good one

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allisonsbj3 said...

I like the storyline of the mother and daughter relationship.

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allisonsbj3 said...

I'd also like to read California Angel.

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Andrea I said...

The mental health aspect interests me.


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Andrea I said...

Tweeted.

http://twitter.com/lillieblue613/status/25913533022

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Andrea I said...

I visited her site and found I've read most of her books. I would like to read Cheater.

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Anonymous said...

This book looks so interesting I think my book club would love it. We just met tonight.

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Mom2anutball said...

The Mercy Killer makes me want to read this book!

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Carol W. said...

I find it interesting that there are several story lines, and each of them alone would make a thriller.

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Carol W. said...

In reading Ms. Rosenberg's blog, I found out that years age she had adopted a young Hispanic girl with a terminal illness.

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weeziestoy said...

Lily has a lot going on....would love to read the book to see how it ends....


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- Marybeth I. said...

I like suspense and the fact that she has a successful novel prior makes me more inclined to read it.

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- Marybeth I. said...

the cheater looks interesting but so does trial by fire

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