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Save Her Child
by C.J. Lyons
First Lines

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This is a meme for all you ‘First Page Browsers‘

Cover image of the book 'Save Her Child' by author C.J. Lyons

SAVE HER CHILD – (Jericho and Wright #3)




She woke before dawn, screaming in pain. No, no, no. It was too soon. The pain stole her breath until she was gasping, swallowing any air she could get, doubled over, her hands cradling her swollen belly. Not now, not here, not now; the words became a bizarre mantra. Then the pain released its grip.

She was all alone, stranded in a wilderness – a log cabin, of all things. He’d thought it was so cute, romantic, even. Most of all, safe. Their enemies would never find her here. And he had a plan. All they needed to do was follow the plan and everything would be fine: the baby would be safe, they would be rich and, best of all, they wouldn’t need to spend the rest of their lives looking over their shoulders.



Despite the August heat stifling the night, the corpse didn’t smell too bad. Not yet, anyway. Detective Naomi Harper knew that wouldn’t last long. Avoiding broken glass and puddles of undetermined origins, Harper crouched on the pavement of a narrow alley on the east side of Cambria City’s Kingston Towers. Around her came camera flashes and the chatter of the crime scene techs as they worked the perimeter of the scene, leaving the body to the coroner’s investigator and Harper. She settled her weight on her heels as she hovered over the young woman’s body.

Cover image of the book 'Save Her Child' by author C.J. Lyons

So, you have taken a sneak peek, would you read the book?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Just to give you an extra helping hand, here is the book’s premise …

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SAVE HER CHILD – (Jericho and Wright #3)

Cover image of the book 'Save Her Child' by author C.J. LyonsShe held her baby in her arms and she knew in that moment that he’d be coming for her. She couldn’t tell anyone her name, she couldn’t let him find her. She had to keep her child safe.

In the summer heat at the Craven County Fair in rural Pennsylvania, Dr Leah Wright is shocked to find a pregnant woman hiding from view and in labor. Leah manages to deliver the baby safely, but the woman won’t reveal her name. She’s terrified, running from someone, and days later both she and her newborn son go missing…

Desperate to save them, Leah turns to Detective Luka Jericho for help. Eager for Leah’s help with a complex case of his own, Luka asks Leah to interview the widow of a man who has just been murdered. Soon they uncover a shocking connection between the two cases: the widow’s lawyer, a local minister, Reverend Harper, was spotted driving the missing mother away from hospital. Is this the man she was so afraid of?

When Reverend Harper refuses to talk, Luka and Leah turn to the only person who he might speak to: his daughter and Luka’s newest detective, Naomi Harper. But Naomi’s childhood in her father’s stark white house up in the mountains was more painful than Luka and Leah could ever have imagined. 

Is it already too late to save the woman and her baby?

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You might also like to visit the meme host, Gilion, over at ‘Rose City Reader‘, where you can share links to the book beginnings from her own reading schedule and that of many of our fellow bloggers.

There are always plenty of new authors and titles to be discovered and you never know where that next ‘must read’ is going to come from!

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Angie,

      There are many different and seemingly diverse strands to this storyline and watching them all come together is really intriguing!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy your weekend 🙂

  • Ooh there are some high stakes there straight from the start! It sounds absolutely intriguing though. I hope you enjoy this one, I’ll definitely be adding it to my TBR pile! I hope you have a lovely week and do drop by my Friday post if you have the time! – Juli @ A Universe in Words

    • Hi Juli,

      Although there is a bit of a backstory going on from the previous two stories in the series, the details are explained clearly enough as you go along, to make this one work fine as a stand alone.

      I really enjoyed the complexities of the plot and how all the different threads came together at the end. This is definitely a high stakes storyline and it was never going to end well for everyone!

      If you are quick and have a NetGalley account, this one is still available to request, I recommend!

      Thanks for visiting today, I always value your support 🙂

    • Hi Anca,

      ‘Jericho and Wright’ are both characters worth investing in, as is one of the other members of the police team, Naomi Harper, who is carving out a good role for herself, even though this story is very personal to her.

      The storyline was really complex, but beautifully structured by the author and this is a series I shall look forward to following in the future.

      Thanks for visiting and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Lorraine,

      After having checked out some of the great eclectic mix of books you have featured in your many posts, I can see you enjoying this one. It has a good strong storyline and some very believable characters, it also works okay as a stand alone story, which is always an added bonus when there are so many great books to read out there!

      I hope that all is well with you and that you have a good weekend 🙂

  • It certainly gets off to an intriguing start. Since I doubt I ever get to it (being part of a series), I’ll just have to wait for your review to know more!

    • Hi Kelly,

      Jericho and Wright really do make a good team and it seems that might also be going to extend to their personal lives as well as in a business capacity.

      I can’t give too much away about the life Detective Naomi Harper has led, however if I were to say adoption and religion, you should get the drift of how complex things have been for her. This case is really quite personal to her, although she doesn’t realise it until it is almost too late and as with so many premises, things may not end well for her, but I can’t say any more than that!

      I think this might be a series worth your while investing in, but I don’t know how you are fixed right now and just how long your wish list is. I certainly aim to follow the series from now on!

      Have a good weekend and thanks for your continued support and friendship, I value both 🙂

    • I just checked out your last few books read and I really like the sound of ‘The Lions Of Fifth Avenue’ and ‘How The One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House’

      Unfortunately one hasn’t been listed on NetGalley and the other has recently been archived, however both are heading onto my ‘wish list’, as both are quite expensive on Amazon.

      Thanks for continuing to share your reading 🙂

      • Fortunately I was able to read both books through my free public library app. ( https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/ )

        I really enjoyed The Lions of Fifth Avenue and would recommend it. It’s our book club choice for May and is also the selection for the “If All Arkansas Read the Same Book” program this year. The director of the program is a member of our book club!


        As for the other book… it was featured in my Sunday newspaper supplement last month and I was immediately drawn to the title. I quickly put a hold on it and was excited to get started when it became available. Sadly, it turned out to be a bleak and depressing story. I can’t say for sure that you wouldn’t like it, but I’m not recommending it to anyone. Just sayin’.

        • I seem to remember recommending a couple of books to you which sounded just as depressing and bleak, so I’m sorry about that! I might still give this one a try, but it certainly won’t be anytime soon, as I have a whole load of Blog Tour Reviews lined up!!

          I must admit that ‘The Lions Of Fifth Avenue’ was my preferred one of the two books, so it was good to hear that you would recommend it. I like the idea of trying to get a whole State to read the same book, is it proving to be very popular do you know? although I have probably answered my own question looking at how long the scheme has already been running for!

          I really should try and use my library a bit more, but to be honest I get so many ARC copies through NetGalley these days, that I am never short of something to read, and I haven’t actually bought a book for a couple of years now!

          I hope that you are reading something good right now and that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Anne,

      Ah! All is not quite what it seems! There are several different strands to this storyline, which are all woven together to as we travel through events and culminate in the devastating finale, so the prologue and chapter one may not be linked in the way you might be imagining!

      It was not so much who was on my suspect list, as who wasn’t – and I still got it completely wrong – just goes to show how you can misjudge some people!!

      Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate your support 🙂

    • Hi Gilion,

      This one is pretty much non-stop action, with plenty of twists and turns in the storyline, some of them very unexpected!

      Thanks for continuing to host this lovely meme and have a lovely Sunday 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      Yes! This strand of the plot seemed a little remote from everything else going on at first and all does not become clear until much later, when the storyline all pulls together and the missing links drop into place.

      This was a really well structured, suspenseful storyline, with some very relatable characters!

      I hope that all is well with you and thanks for visiting 🙂

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