Abandoned (Max Revere, #5)
Investigative reporter Max Revere has cracked many cases, but the one investigation she's never attempted is the mystery from her own past. Her mother abandoned her when she was nine, sending her periodic postcards, but never returning to reclaim her daughter. Seven years after the postcards stop coming, Martha Revere is declared legally dead, with no sign of what may have happened to her. Until now.With a single clue―that her mother’s car disappeared sixteen years ago in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay―Max drops everything to finally seek the truth. As Max investigates, and her mother's story unfolds, she realizes that Martha teamed up with a con man. They traveled the world living off Martha’s trust and money they conned from others.Though no one claims to know anything about Martha or her disappearance, Max suspects more than one person is lying. When she learns the FBI has an active investigation into the con man, Max knows she’s on the right path. But as Max digs into the dark secrets of this idyllic community, the only thing she might find is the same violent end as her mother.New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan weaves the intimate, unputdownable story of an investigator confronting the most important--and most dangerous--mystery of her career.

Abandoned (Max Revere, #5) Details

TitleAbandoned (Max Revere, #5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 14th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
ISBN-139781250164483
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Romance, Romantic Suspense

Abandoned (Max Revere, #5) Review

  • Marj Ward
    January 1, 1970
    This is Book 5 in the Max Revere series but can be read as a stand alone. In my opinion, the best book so far. This is a fantastic book. I have been a fan of this Author for many years. Maxine Revere is an investigative reporter in New York with a cable tv show. She investigates cold cases. Her mother left her with her grandparents when she was 9 years old. Maxine received postcards from her mother usually around her birthday. They stopped coming when she was 16. In this book, Maxine travels to This is Book 5 in the Max Revere series but can be read as a stand alone. In my opinion, the best book so far. This is a fantastic book. I have been a fan of this Author for many years. Maxine Revere is an investigative reporter in New York with a cable tv show. She investigates cold cases. Her mother left her with her grandparents when she was 9 years old. Maxine received postcards from her mother usually around her birthday. They stopped coming when she was 16. In this book, Maxine travels to a small seaside town, the place where her mother's car was found abandoned. The story is excellent and the characters (most of them) leave a warm feeling in your heart. There are some sad parts. Such a good book from the beginning to the end. Thank you NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and the Author for allowing me to read and review this book.
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  • Diane Saul
    January 1, 1970
    When she was 9 Max Revere was left with her maternal Grandparents with a promise from her Mother that she would return. Max’s Mother, Martha, was a con artist who didn’t want to be tied down by a child. Now Max Revere is a successful book author with a true crime TV show. She has decided she needs to find out what really happened to her Mother. Sixteen years ago Martha abruptly dropped out of sight, stopped collecting her monthly allowance from a trust fund and the periodic postcards Max receive When she was 9 Max Revere was left with her maternal Grandparents with a promise from her Mother that she would return. Max’s Mother, Martha, was a con artist who didn’t want to be tied down by a child. Now Max Revere is a successful book author with a true crime TV show. She has decided she needs to find out what really happened to her Mother. Sixteen years ago Martha abruptly dropped out of sight, stopped collecting her monthly allowance from a trust fund and the periodic postcards Max received stopped. Max is determined she won’t quit til she has an answer. Max is in for some unforeseen surprises.This book caught my interest from the beginning. There was a great mystery with lots of twists. It is part of a series but could stand alone. I have one gripe. At the end it seemed to me the resolution to a dangerous situation was pretty abrupt. I think the author should have fleshed it out more. Up until this scene I was a 4* rating. Knocking it down to 3 1/2 stars. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy.
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  • BookNerdsBrainDump
    January 1, 1970
    Short Take: Wake me when something happens.(*Note: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes.*)Can we please retire the word “unputdownable?” Please? I mean, it was cute enough the first fifty or so times I heard it, but now it’s a word that gets slapped on far too many books that I’m more than happy to put down. It’s right up there with “The Next Gone Girl!” in terms of false advertising. Take, for example, Abandoned. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that this is the fifth book in Short Take: Wake me when something happens.(*Note: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes.*)Can we please retire the word “unputdownable?” Please? I mean, it was cute enough the first fifty or so times I heard it, but now it’s a word that gets slapped on far too many books that I’m more than happy to put down. It’s right up there with “The Next Gone Girl!” in terms of false advertising. Take, for example, Abandoned. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that this is the fifth book in a series, and I hadn’t read the first four, but other reviews said that it would be cool as a standalone, so I figured, why not? Then again, the description of this book also called it “unputdownable”, so there’s that.Anyway.Abandoned is the story of one woman’s quest to do research. Maxine Revere’s mother Martha walked out of her life when Max was nine, sent a few postcards, and completely disappeared when Max was sixteen. Now that Max is an adult with a hit cable show where she investigates cold cases, she’s decided to use her expertise and resources to solve the mystery in her own life - what happened to Martha Revere?In the course of the investigation, Maxine will talk to a lot of people. She’ll ask questions, and look at old photos, newspaper articles, and tax records. It’s just about as exciting as it sounds. Max will be fairly rude to everyone she meets, because she’s a tough independent woman who don’t need no man, but it’s cool, everyone around her will be charmed by this. It’s just as nonsensical as it sounds.We’re also treated to bits of Martha’s life and correspondences, most of which consist of some version of “I like fun. Why don’t you like fun?” It’s just as grating as it sounds.Eventually, of course, Deep Dark Secrets are revealed, and there’s a climactic fight scene that lasts about three sentences. One hit, one drop, and the bad guy’s accomplices all surrender peacefully, after which, we get a happily ever after ending (presumably until the next book). It’s just as cheesy as it sounds.So if you’ve read the other books, and are a fan of the series, go for it, I guess? But if you’re looking for something exciting and FUN (you’ll be sick of that word too by the end), look elsewhere. The Nerd’s Rating: TWO HAPPY NEURONS (and a nice big salad.)
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  • Dorie
    January 1, 1970
    I devoured this book in one quick sitting. It is the perfect blend of mystery, suspense, and police procedural with just a touch of romance. The plot is well thought-out with lots of unexpected twists and turns. It does get a little bit predictable at times, but it was still fun to see how it all played out. You will not want to put this book down!The characters are all well-developed with interesting and multi-layered personalities. Maxine Revere is a tough and determined investigative reporter I devoured this book in one quick sitting. It is the perfect blend of mystery, suspense, and police procedural with just a touch of romance. The plot is well thought-out with lots of unexpected twists and turns. It does get a little bit predictable at times, but it was still fun to see how it all played out. You will not want to put this book down!The characters are all well-developed with interesting and multi-layered personalities. Maxine Revere is a tough and determined investigative reporter with a difficult past. When she was just nine-years-old, her wild and carefree mother, Martha, dropped her off with her grandparents and left to travel the world with her boyfriend. For the first several years, she sent sporadic postcards, usually on or around Max’s birthday. But when Max was 16, the postcards stopped and Martha disappeared without a trace. She was eventually declared legally dead and everyone moved on – except for Max. Now Max has her own cable TV show investigating cold cases. When she gets word of new information regarding her mother’s disappearance, Max sets off for the small seaside town where her mother’s car was found abandoned in an attempt to finally find out once and for all what really happened.When I first requested this book on NetGalley, I didn’t realize it was book #5 in a series. I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but the author did a great job of writing this book to stand on its own. I never felt like I was coming into the story late or missing background information. Although now that I’ve read it, I want to read the earlier books in the series. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.Rating: 4/5 starsThank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.BLOG: Dorie's Reading Corner
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    A wild ride that hit the mark of a pure thriller! Con artist unite as this one is sure to heat up the night!Max Revere is superb as the main character. She's tough, she's determined, she's courageous in the face of adversity.As the fifth in the series this book stands alone and does remarkably well.It all begins when Max has questions regarding her mom's sudden departure having abandoned Max at just 9 yo. As an adult many years later the only clue is her car however, many shady characters begin A wild ride that hit the mark of a pure thriller! Con artist unite as this one is sure to heat up the night!Max Revere is superb as the main character. She's tough, she's determined, she's courageous in the face of adversity.As the fifth in the series this book stands alone and does remarkably well.It all begins when Max has questions regarding her mom's sudden departure having abandoned Max at just 9 yo. As an adult many years later the only clue is her car however, many shady characters begin to come to light.The con man aka team partner in all this is James Truman; hated my many including his own brother Gabriel; but ironically loved by Martha.As this duo travel the world on the coat tails of others they also con many out of their savings.Will this be the same fate of her daughter Max? In seeking the truth will she place a target upon herself?Who truly knows the truth after over 16 yrs have passed and will they be willing to open up?The pressure certainly is building...Perhaps there is more than meets the eye here as Eve Truman seems to have a similar issue in the truth about her own parent(s).Phillip Colter meanwhile, is running the whole show but will he ever be uncovered as a sleazy rat he truly is or will he be crowned for simply being a 'provider and or donor'..Oh geez, don't get me going on that topic, but I will let you know this was incredible...So rush out and get cracking.Thank you Allison, her publisher, NetGalley and Aldiko for this wonderful ARC copy in exchange for this honest review.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Suspense, suspense, and more suspense! Until I read other reviews I did not realize this book was part of a previous series. I read it as a stand alone story and really enjoyed it. The characters were introduced at a nice pace, not too rushed and not to slow as the story developed into a gripping plot. The plot was well thought out by the author and the twists kept coming. My only criticism w Many thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Suspense, suspense, and more suspense! Until I read other reviews I did not realize this book was part of a previous series. I read it as a stand alone story and really enjoyed it. The characters were introduced at a nice pace, not too rushed and not to slow as the story developed into a gripping plot. The plot was well thought out by the author and the twists kept coming. My only criticism was the way some of the dialogue was written. When two people were in a discussion, the sentences all ran together. I often had to reread a paragraph to follow the discussion between two characters. Like.. "Hello. How are you? Oh, I'm fine thanks. How are you? Did you see Max? No, did you.?" There was no delineation to identify who was speaking, no quotations or he said, she said. It got confusing at times.The author did a realistic job in the story delivery. My visualizations of the area and people were very clear. I felt I was there myself right along with Max, Eve, Brian, David, Gabriel and the rest. Ms. Brennan has a vivid imagination that took us on an interesting flight through parental abandonment, art thievery, a small sleepy resort town, murder, love, trust fund kids, lies and secrets. All this wrapped up into a fabulous read. Get yourself a copy. This is a book is pretty difficult to put down once you pick it up. Enjoy the ride.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    AbandonedAllison BrennanI received this copy from NetGalley for an honest Review:What happens when we are abandoned by the one person who is supposed to keep us safe? This issue and many others regarding abandonment are explored in this novel. Add in a mystery, some art thieves, likable characters and some not so likable and you have a really good story.I really liked Max, and cheered her on as she tried to find out what happened to her mother after she was abandoned when she was almost 10 years AbandonedAllison BrennanI received this copy from NetGalley for an honest Review:What happens when we are abandoned by the one person who is supposed to keep us safe? This issue and many others regarding abandonment are explored in this novel. Add in a mystery, some art thieves, likable characters and some not so likable and you have a really good story.I really liked Max, and cheered her on as she tried to find out what happened to her mother after she was abandoned when she was almost 10 years old. Max made a really good life for herself, she is successful yet she can't seem to let go of the mother who let her go.We get a chance to follow her as she traces her mom's life after she was left; we meet some terrific characters along the way and get to examine the difference in families, ie. one-parent families, large families, families that aren't always the norm. We also get to hear from Max's mother and I really enjoyed watching her story unfold. Although some of it is predictable, it was still great to see it all played out.All in all a terrific read!#NetGalley #Abandoned
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  • Debra Oliva
    January 1, 1970
    I am a reader and I either devour a book in one quick sitting or I give up halfway through the book. This is one of the “can’t put down” books.How would you feel if your mother had abandoned you with your grandparents and aside from a few postcards had never been heard from again? Max Revere has a cable TV program where she investigates cold cases and she has decided to investigate her mother’s disappearance when she was sixteen.She goes to a small seaside town where her mother’s car was found a I am a reader and I either devour a book in one quick sitting or I give up halfway through the book. This is one of the “can’t put down” books.How would you feel if your mother had abandoned you with your grandparents and aside from a few postcards had never been heard from again? Max Revere has a cable TV program where she investigates cold cases and she has decided to investigate her mother’s disappearance when she was sixteen.She goes to a small seaside town where her mother’s car was found abandoned to see if she can find out what happened to her mother. The story is gripping and most people seem to want to help her but she can’t find much information. She gradually untangles all the threads and the adventure begins.It is a wonderful blend of mystery and suspense with a bit of romance. Although it is the fifth book in a series, it can be read without having read the previous ones. I haven’t read the earlier ones but I will now. Thank you NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and Allison Brennan for allowing me to read and review this book.
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  • Patty Nobles
    January 1, 1970
    “Abandoned” is Allison Brennan’s latest suspenseful thriller and she manages to keep readers on their toes until the very end. Maxine Revere was abandoned by her mother when she was young because she did not fit into her wild lifestyle. Max grew up under her grandmother’s watchful eye and became a successful author and investigative reporter. Maxine’s greatest mystery that she is dedicated to solving surrounds the disappearance of her wayward mother. Max steps into a world of art, theft, and lie “Abandoned” is Allison Brennan’s latest suspenseful thriller and she manages to keep readers on their toes until the very end. Maxine Revere was abandoned by her mother when she was young because she did not fit into her wild lifestyle. Max grew up under her grandmother’s watchful eye and became a successful author and investigative reporter. Maxine’s greatest mystery that she is dedicated to solving surrounds the disappearance of her wayward mother. Max steps into a world of art, theft, and lies to find out what happened to the mother she barely knew. I was given an advanced copy of this book, and all of the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Another hit by Allsion Brennan! Well-developed characters. A well-developed and well-written story and plot that flows effortlessly. I loved the crossover with other characters from her other series. I hope to see more of Max, Ryan and Eve in future books.Thank you #NetGalley and #StMartinsPress for the eARC.
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  • Candy
    January 1, 1970
    Abandoned answers many of Max’s questions while setting her life on a new path, thanks to a surprise find. This book was centered on Max’s history and not on a cold case for her program. Ready for the next one.
  • Barbara Lack
    January 1, 1970
    This book ripped my heart out and shredded it. It gave me a massive book hangover. There are definite plot twists. Allison Brennan was able to illicit a lot of emotion from me. I was sad, angry and devistated all at one time. It takes a great author to wring such feeling from their readers. I received an advance review copy in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge Allison Brennan fan and Abandoned did not disappoint. I loved it.
  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    If you're a fan of this series and have kept up with it you will know as you read this book that it might just be the most important book for Max.She's taken time off work to find her mother, or at least what happened to her, and she will not air until she does. Well that's not all Max finds!Grab some tissues your gonna need them at some point in this book. This is my favorite book so far in this series and that's saying something because I like them all but this one is just... more!I received t If you're a fan of this series and have kept up with it you will know as you read this book that it might just be the most important book for Max.She's taken time off work to find her mother, or at least what happened to her, and she will not air until she does. Well that's not all Max finds!Grab some tissues your gonna need them at some point in this book. This is my favorite book so far in this series and that's saying something because I like them all but this one is just... more!I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Chasidy Kaye Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange of review. I have really enjoyed all the Max Revere series books. In this one, we finally find our what happened to her mother after she abandoned Max. We also find out about Martha's life during the time she was gone. Really good series.
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  • Dsbook
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. Very well written mystery and a good ending. This book hooked me from page one and I really liked the characters
  • Illustrious Illusions
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy the Max Revere novels and the visits from other Allison Brennan novels :)Max has had her ups and downs and this book really runs the gauntlet of emotions...up, down and up again! A touch a romance with some suspense and police procedural, it's a great story that moves quickly.
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  • Shelby Beatty
    January 1, 1970
    *i recieved an e arc from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I normally love Allison Brennan’s stories and immediately get hooked. This one however, I had a hard time connecting with. I felt it focused a lot on the past which I understand why, but something was keeping me from falling in love with the story.
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