A bloodstained note left for PI Georgia Davis reveals the shocking existence of a half-sister she never knew about. Her sister, Savannah, is pregnant and begging for Georgia's help. Determined to track her down, Georgia finds herself heading deep into the secretive and dangerous underworld of Chicago's illegal sex trafficking business. She soon discovers that trafficking is just a small part of the horrifying and deadly situation in which her new sister is caught up. Even worse, as Georgia tries to extricate Savannah, she comes up against an old enemy determined to make sure neither woman will escape alive. In the fourth Georgia Davis novel, Georgia faces her toughest challenge yet-and one she might not survive.
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"Hellmann delivers another winner."
Although "Nobody's Child" brings us the fourth episode in Ms Hellmann's Georgia Davis series, and although it does refer back to events that took place in some of the previous installments, this novel stands alone well: You can enjoy it even if you have not already listened to its series predecessors (but it will make you want to do so!). You will like the character of Georgia Davis: She feels like a real person -- albeit exceptionally smart, but sill real -- because Ms Hellmann really knows how to develop character ... and write, and plot! The word "gritty" always comes to my mind when I listen to Ms Hellmann's Chicago-based novels -- Yikes! Talk about a "seamy underbelly"! -- and "Nobody's Child" digs right down into the grit. I want to hope that Ms Hellmann is exaggerating a bit -- or even just making it all up out of whole cloth -- when she describes the dreadful criminal enterprise at the heart of "Nobody's Child." I want to believe that people would never sink to such abominations in order to satisfy their greed; but I know that Ms Hellmann always does her research, and that she is probably exposing a true horror that none of us wants to see. Of course, Georgia Davis manages to penetrate the web of deception and cruelty spun by these wicked people (in this case, Russian mobsters), and to do so very cleverly: by setting mobster against mobster. (Take that, you wicked people!) In the process, she escapes death by the skin of her teeth; and emerges from her adventure with a new sister and a new boyfriend. (Whew!) Unfortunately, I have to say that "Nobody's Child" deserved a better narrator. Although Beth Richmond has an undeniably beautiful voice, I would have preferred a narrator with better acting skills ... even if she did not have such a pretty voice. In particular, this novel requires good Russian accents and better vocal distinction between characters. Aside from this one criticism (and I admit to a fussy predilection for good acting), I recommend "Nobody's Child" to any lover of gritty detective fiction.
"Libby Fischer Hellman brings light to shadows"
Stars: Overall 5 Narration 3 Story 5
The second title in her Georgia Davis series that I have reviewed, Libby Fischer Hellman again brings light to shadows, unearthing truly disturbing elements as she brings us through the story. Georgia Davis is an easy character to like: she breathes and thinks and reacts to events with a humanity that is often missing in other detective stories, and Hellman uses that well-defined humanity in a character that is gutsy and determined, looking to do right for the underdog.
This story is particularly disturbing for it highlights the sex trafficking industry: already readers will intuit some less than savory elements, but Hellman goes steps further bringing child-trafficking into the mix. Be aware readers, while the story is incredibly well detailed and researched, there are moments that will literally turn your stomach and have you writing your congressmen.
Georgia manages to wind her way through several threats, deal with some particularly unsavory people, the initial depravity just may not be as deep and disturbing as this can get. And it can get pretty disturbing with Russian gangsters, her newly discovered half-sister who works as a prostitute, a missing child, and the ever-present grasping and greedy money-men, who only want their cut.
Narration in this story is provided by Beth Richmond, and while her narration was capable, it could have been much better. Her delineation between characters was lackluster, and there was a decided lack of emotive emphasis: this is a page-turner, action packed and tense story: narration should have, in some way, reflected that tension. And sadly, it didn’t. Fortunately, the story is so well written and engaging, the less-than-stellar delivery did not decrease my enjoyment of the book significantly.
Georgia Davis is a wonderful character: less gung-ho confident and more determined and methodical, looking to do right to those who have been wronged. Her stories all stand alone, although they will whet your appetite for more, especially if you prefer your mysteries with a touch of grit and grime.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
"Griping and engaging Georgia Davis is driven"
Griping and engaging Georgia Davis is driven. I found the twist and gruesome business of sex trafficking and offshoots powerful, especially in a wealthier neighborhoods where people don't suspect it's happening. Libby writes a great suspense mystery novel. I'd recommend it to friends, adult children and parents with adult children. Definitely get the book or audible version.
"The Painful Truth"
Nobody's Child is a complex and suspenseful story. Georgia Davis is a Private Investigator who is smart and does her job efficiently. She is a loner who feels unworthy of love. When she receives a note written on a food wrapper asking for help from a half-sister she never knew existed, she is determined to find the pregnant Savannah and learn the truth about the mother who abandoned her. The journey will take all her strength. Will she succeed? The characters are so compelling that it's easy to empathize and understand their motivation. It was touching to watch Georgia and Savannah grow as the story progressed. This plot was a roller coaster ride filled with so many unexpected twists. The appearance of an old enemy ramped up the tension. The story was dark and powerful. Libby Fischer Hellmann is an amazing author. I am anxiously waiting for the next release. I want to know where Georgia goes from here. This series is addictive. The narration by Beth Richmond increased the tension. I'm always amazed at how much emotion audio added to the story.
"She will do anything for family"
It ranks near the top.
Georgia Davis is my favorite character because she is resourceful and loyal.
She made the book come alive in my mind.
Yes, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone.
"Nobody's Child Narrated by Beth Richmond"
A fast pace mystery that goes deep into the underbelly of society and dysfunctional families. Lone wolf P.I. Georgia finds out she has a half sister Samantha that she knew nothing about until Sam contacts Georgia in a most unusual and urgent way. Georgia does find her sister and is drawn neck deep in prostitution, murder and drug abuse and knows she is the only one that can save Sam.
Beth Richmond narrated this book and is a skilled and accomplished narrator that really brings this story to startling reality.
"You Can't Pick Your Family"
Quite a thriller.
The story time shifts between Georgia and Savannah. In a way you're following 2 stories resulting in 2 plot lines.
Georgia would have to be my fav. She has her problems, screws up, rights herself and moves on. She is quite human in other words.
When s#%t happens, who can you turn to for help?
Full disclosure: I know Ms. Hellmann, and had brunch with her twice in the past 2 years.
Although I'm not a follower of most series, including the Georgia Davis, I found NOBODY'S CHILD to be about as well done as her (Ms. Hellmann's) stand alone novels.
As a rule I have difficulty in suspending disbelief in stories where a single individual is able to outperform a police department with its access to modern technology.
However, Georgia is able to do so because she uses the tools available on the internet and has her friends both inside and out of various North Shore police departments.
Georgia screws up, becomes frustrated but always manages to, in the end make the game winning decision.
The story is a page turner.
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