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Girl in Trouble

He gave up his daughter years ago, but now he’ll risk his life to save hers.

Alex Mercer is no stranger to kidnappings. The emotional scars still run deep from his sister’s disappearance years earlier. His daughter Ariana remains safe long after her adoption, and he cherishes the few times a year he gets to see her. The joy is palpable when he takes her on their first one-on-one outing. At least until he pauses to answer a text and Ariana disappears…

Wracked with guilt and determined to find answers, Alex teams up with an unlikely ally at the police department. As the clues reveal a pattern of missing girls, the kidnapping case becomes a race against time to save Ariana. What cost is Alex willing to pay to keep his daughter alive?

Girl in Trouble is the first book in a series of thrilling stand-alone novels spun off from the  USA Today bestselling Gone Trilogy. If you like heart-pounding suspense, page-turning action, and characters you’ll never forget, then you’ll love Stacy Claflin’s engrossing new series.

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The rickety wooden boat swayed slightly as the tall man sat, clutching the edge. He watched as the girl’s body sank lower and lower until it was completely underwater and out of sight.

She hadn’t been the one.

He’d been sure she was, but once again, he’d been proven wrong.

He waited until the bubbles stopped.

It was over.

Until next year.

Then it would be time to find the next girl. Would she finally be the one?

He grew tired. Exhausted, really. Not enough to stop his search, though. He needed to right the wrong from so many years ago.

Next year would be thirty years.


That was a big anniversary.

Perhaps next year’s girl would be the one he’d waited so long for. Year thirty could be when he finally received his big payoff. He was starting to get too old for this. His shoulder ached.

Everything would be made right.

Next year would be his year.

All he needed was just a little patience.

He had a full year to plan everything out.

The tall man glanced back out at the still lake.

Another lake, another girl, another year.

When would all this finally end? Would everything finally be as it should?

Next year. It had to be next year. No, it would be.

He grabbed the oars and rowed back to the shore, already making plans for next Halloween.

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