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Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite
In The Boy on the Train by Donald Steven Collins, Captain Broderick handed Detectives Steve Danski and Gregory Litchfield a cold case that was re-opened after five years. A seven-year-old boy, Oliver DeLeon, was kidnapped five years ago on his way to school on the train. Lucia DeLeon, Oliver's mother, put her son on the train on his way to school in the mornings, because she was too lazy to ride with him. Her excuse was that she and his father are divorced, and she does not want to face his father. Oliver’s father, Jorge DeLeon, awaits him on the other side and then walks him to school. One morning he was not on the train when it arrived and Jorge called the police. Detective Higgins was in charge of the case then and when there were no more leads to follow, the case went cold. Detectives Danski and Litchfield contacted Higgins for more details and information about the case but found nothing to follow up on. Danski and Litchfield had no evidence to follow to start investigating this cold case.
The Boy on the Train: A Litchfield and Danski novel by Donald Steven Collins has well-developed characters that are interesting and they were very skillfully handled. I felt as if I was part of the investigation team. My favorite character was Detective Danski; he went out of his way in this investigation. He made sure to follow all the leads they had and even after the case was closed, he went the extra mile. The author had me glued in front of this book from the beginning until the end because of all the twists and turns. I never knew what to expect next. The plot was unpredictable and the events blew my mind. There was always a surprise turn waiting for you. It managed to exceed my expectations and was nothing at all as I expected. I would highly recommend this book to readers who are addicted to crime stories. This book was well written and full of action and surprises.