About the Book: Two weeks before Christmas, Duncan Wagner gets into his car for another attempt at kidnapping the son of his most despised enemy, State Representative Win Booker. When he drives into the wealthy Boston suburb, he is surprised to find the boy hitchhiking.

So begins Wagner’s quest for revenge as he finds himself face to face with a real boy, and without a clue about how to run a kidnapping. Wagner, a self-styled charity Santa Claus, comes to realize that eleven year old Gabriel Booker is truly a runaway, much more curious than scared. Gabriel has no idea who Duncan Wagner is—or could be.

My Review: I love holiday themed books so I jumped at the chance to read and review this. It’s a very unique book. In some ways, it’s a bit of a crime novel, since it’s about a kidnapping, but all the usual elements of this sort of novel are missing, perhaps since it’s told from the perspective of the criminal.

I couldn’t help but feel that Duncan wasn’t too bright. Even so, it was possible to feel some empathy for him. He doesn’t seem entirely evil. This is helped by the child’s indifference to being kidnapped. Even though he experiences many things I think would be terrifying, he seems to have tremendous empathy for Duncan and interested in bringing hope and healing into his life.

The ending is a bit predictable, but this is an enjoyable and hopeful read…perfect for the holiday season.

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