mystery book spotlight:
a child is torn

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Our next spotlight is the first in the Whitley & Keal mystery book series, A Child Is Torn by Dawn Kopman Whidden.

a child is torn (whitley & keal mystery book 1)

2014 readers' favorite award winner

When Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His ten-year-old son Brad is discovered inside, sitting in front of the television playing Super Mario — and he’s covered in blood.

Veteran Police Officer Marty Keal is the first on the scene. With his many years of experience, he thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until he discovers Brad’s not alone. Upstairs in their bedroom lies the brutally bludgeoned bodies of his mother and his father.

When questioned, Brad confesses to the horrific murders. But Detective Jean Whitley suspects there is much more to the case than what meets the eye.

When Brad is transferred to a local mental health institution for children, Dr. Hope Rubin is brought in to evaluate and treat the child. A preliminary investigation shows no evidence of any kind of mistreatment in his past.

Is Brad telling the truth? Or is he covering for someone else?

A Child Is Torn is the first in the Whitley and Keal series

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about the author

Dawn Kopman Whidden is a native New York author who grew up in the close-knit community of Little Neck Douglaston during the baby boomer era. She graduated from Queensboro Community college. Twenty years ago, she traded in her days of living in the bustling city for a more serene and tranquil life on a small farm in the town of Bell, located in North Central Florida.

She is retired and shares her life and love with her husband of nineteen years and an adopted stray dog she named Casey. She has also been blessed with two beautiful grandchildren. She has several mystery thrillers out as well as a magical new middle-grade chapter book.

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From the author

Once upon a time, stories like the ones that Grimm Brothers wrote were just something that came from their imagination. Classic tales of stepmothers serving her new husband's children for dinner... (not for dinner, but as THE DINNER) Crazy old ladies putting lost children in an oven.

Today the craziest and most inexcusable things happen to the most vulnerable, and it's reality not fantasy. I hope that my story never finds its way into a local newspaper ... but who knows. Anything can happen and it does.

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