Whitley & Keal Mysteries

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 28 ratings

A Child Is Torn Summary

When dependable Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His 10-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game, 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 really alone after all. Upstairs in their bedroom lies the brutally bludgeoned and deceased bodies of both his mother and his father. When questioned, Brad confesses to the horrific murders.

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. She must determine the disturbing truth: Is Brad telling the truth? Or is he covering for someone else?

Detective Jean Whitely rounds out the investigative team and she suspects there is much more to the case than what meets the eye. The happily married mother of two is unwavering in her determination to uncover the real truth about Brad. Was he abused? Or is he the product of an evil seed born to kill?

As the layers of truth about Brad are systematically peeled away, you will be compelled to ask yourself, which is the more dominate factor in contributing to who we are - nature or nurture?

©2016 Dawn Kopman Whidden (P)2017 Dawn Kopman Whidden
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  • Book 1

    • A Child Is Torn

    • Whitley & Keal Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Dawn Kopman Whidden
    • Narrated by: Beth A. McIntosh
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    When dependable Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His 10-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game, Super Mario - and he's covered in blood. Detective Jean Whitely rounds out the investigative team and she suspects there is much more to the case than what meets the eye. The happily married mother of two is unwavering in her determination to uncover the real truth about Brad. Was he abused? Or is he the product of an evil seed born to kill?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • intriguing story and one to make you think

    • By JS748 on 28-02-18

    Regular price: £19.39

  • Book 2

    • Faceless

    • A Whitley and Keal Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Dawn Kopman Whidden
    • Narrated by: Amy Deuchler
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Fallsburg, New York, has a killer on the loose - one who's leaving their sadistic, telltale marks on innocent victims. A pretty teenage girl is found dead in the woods, her face horribly mutilated. A few days later, a second girl, also strikingly beautiful, is attacked in a similar fashion. Who would do such a brutal thing - and why? It's up to two of Fallsburg's finest - Detective Jean Whitley and her new partner, Marty Keal - to find out who's responsible for the grisly crimes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Book 2

    • By MEDY L on 27-12-17

    Regular price: £18.29

  • Book 3

    • Stolen

    • Whitley & Keal Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Dawn Kopman Whidden
    • Narrated by: Amy Deuchler
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Another homicide has rocked the small town of Fallsburg, New York. In a cabin nestled deep in the woods, two male victims are discovered, both gunshot victims. One is deceased the other one is barely alive. But it is not the murder itself that has detectives Jean Whitley and her new partner Marty Keal frantic to find out the answers of what occurred in that cabin, it is the identities of the two small children also found at the scene.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic story, great characters

    • By nerak on 08-03-18

    Regular price: £18.29

  • Book 4

    • Keeping Hope Alive

    • Whitley & Keal Mystery, Volume 4
    • By: Dawn Kopman Whidden
    • Narrated by: Amy Deuchler
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    A young couple taking a leisurely walk through the woods is shocked when the quiet, peaceful stroll ends as they come across what is without question a human skull. Two more bodies are uncovered nearby in shallow graves, but unlike the first, these murder victims have just met their demise. While detectives Jean and Marty search for answers, Marty’s fiancée, psychiatrist Dr. Hope Rubin, disappears, and her patient Brad claims he knows what happened. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Heart wrenching brilliance

    • By TerryHeth on 15-08-18

    Regular price: £18.29