Stolen Things by R.H. Herron

Stolen Things

A sensational crime, a missing teen, and a mother and daughter with no one to trust but themselves come together in this shocking debut thriller by R. H. Herron.“Mama? Help me.”Laurie Ahmadi has worked as a 911 police dispatcher in her quiet Northern California town for nearly two decades. She considers the department her family; her husband, Omid, is its first Arab American chief, and their teenaged daughter, Jojo, has grown up with the forc...

Details Stolen Things

TitleStolen Things
Release DateAug 20th, 2019
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Suspense

Reviews Stolen Things

  • Amy Imogene Reads
    3.5 starsA 911 dispatcher receives a call. It's her daughter. What would you do?Writing: 1/2Concept: Reveals: Suspense: Have you ever had a thriller where the writing was so good, so intense, that you enjoy yourself even as the plot takes off in odd directions? Yeah, that's Stolen Things.Laurie is a 911 dispatcher. Her husband, Omid, is the local police chief. One day at work, the woman on the other end of the line isn't a stranger—it's Laurie...
  • Kendall
    So, let me start out by saying I read A LOT of psychological thrillers and suspense novels. It's my favorite genre what can I say? :)Stolen Things definitely starts out with a bang with that action. Let me tell you! You're definitely kept on your toes from the start. There is a lot going on in this novel. The author brings up a lot of sensitive topics... murder, rape, police brutality, race issues, and class. I feel like the story dragged on to m...
  • Amy
    4.5/5Thrillers and I have not been the best of friends lately, to say I’ve struggled with the majority of them is putting it mildly, so while I was definitely intrigued by the premise of this one, I was very hesitant. Thank god I set my hesitation to the side and gave this a fair chance, because it was excellent y’all! It’s much more than just a synopsis that sounds good and doesn’t actually deliver, what’s described is actually the tip...
  • Jenna Bookish
    My thanks to NetGalley and Dutton for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher.This book was a bit of a mixed bag for me. It's compulsively readable and fast-paced, but the twist at the end is a bit much to swallow. I loved the alternating perspectives. "Mom who is practically married to her job" alternating with "teen daughter who the mother doesn't ...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    This story starts strong and never lets up on the pacing. I felt like something new and WTF was happening at every turn. But it wasn't overly done and felt eerily real. There's no one in this story without any guilt - well maybe except for a couple of characters... but like with humans in real life, we all have faults. There's an outstanding feeling of realness here - the family bonds.. how you think you really know someone and then you're forced...
  • Frank Phillips
    3.4 Stars or so rounded down. This was a pretty good mystery read, although a bit predictable. I enjoyed the representation of the queer and Asian and black communities. I think sometimes we take for granted the privilege we have and in a roundabout way this book made me realize this. I did predict the end so that took a little bit away from my overall enjoyment of this one. Definitely going to continue reading this author!
  • Shelby
    For nearly two decades, Laurie has worked as a 911 dispatcher. Her worst nightmare suddenly becomes a reality when she gets a 911 call from her 16-year old daughter, Jojo, who has no idea where she is and what happened to her. The last thing she remembers is hanging out with a friend of hers—Kevin Leeds—a much older, pro football player that Laurie had no idea about. Laurie’s husband, Omid, is Chief of Police and is the first to arrive at L...
  • Anne OK
    I confess that I am a major fan of psychological thrillers and crime novels. Suspense draws me quickly into its web of evildoers and their heinous ways. I may be a little unbalanced myself – or maybe just a bored old lady!For seventeen years, R.H. Herron worked as a 911 fire/medical dispatcher, and this book is loosely inspired by actual events. In her debut suspense novel, the author grabs your attention with a multi-layered and very busy plot...
  • Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    In a time when thrillers are a dime a dozen, it’s really refreshing to find one that stands apart - fortunately, this was the case with RH Herron’s Stolen Things. What starts out with 911 dispatcher Laurie receiving a call from her daughter in trouble, things only escalate - from police tension, kidnapping, sexual assault and murder, Stolen Things leaves no subject untouched and will keep you on your toes in the process. This fast paced thril...
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  • Lisa Jordan
    4 stars!Fantastic debut!I loved the two pov's and they they are told from the mother and the daughter.I loved the diversity in the cast.There were some "twists" that I saw coming early, but it didn't detract from the overall enjoyment because I was invested in the characters.Cant' wait to see more from this author.
  • Angela
    Stolen Things is a book about a dispatcher and policeman wife/husband team and their 16 year old daughter. The story showed promise in the beginning, as suspense builds regarding a crime the daughter is involved in. But soon the writing became repetitive and almost juvenile. I was disappointed it was so poorly written but continued reading to find out what happened. It got worse as cliches were used regarding police brutality. The ending was so i...
  • Rissa
    Jojo was raped. Her best friend found dead. Another gone missing. Who did it? Who would be this violent? Jojos mom is a 9-1-1 operator while her dad works at the police station she should have been safe. Been protected. Knowing the ending its hard to write a review without unintentionally spoiling who did it. But what i will say is that i really liked this and the who done it fooled me. I also really liked that the author was previously a 9-1-1 o...
  • Sonica
    Thank you Penguin Random House Canada for my copy of Stolen Things by R.H Herron. This title released August 20, 2019.August was possibly one of my worst reading months - we had a flood in our home just after the long weekend and the first half of the month was spent dealing and thinking of that with little to no motivation to sit and read. It's amazing how life can do that sometimes. It also seemed that every book I tried to pick up during this ...
  • LeTresa Payne
    My review of Stolen Things by R.H. Heron5/5 stars I was just granted a wish to read this book 7 hours ago and I read it in one setting! This is most definitely a 5 star read. This book was superb! Action packed from the very first page with scenes that knock you out of your seat. You'll feel as if you're at the movies while reading this. I simply couldn't put this book down. I kept wanting to know who had hurt Laurie's 16 year old daughter, JoJo,...
  • Cathi - LovesBooksMore
    Book Review Stolen Things by R.H.Herron4.5/5 StarsThis book was very emotional as a thriller and the physical toll it puts on the victims of sexual abuse. The central mystery kept me guessing the entire book and I was entrenched in reading every spare minute I had. I felt like I was reading an episode of SVU - it was so intense with rape, murder, police drama, corruption and LGBTQ discussion. Herron deals with each of them throughout the book and...
  • Tina Meyers
    While well written for the most part, it will really take many out of their comfort zones. The authors bio at the end literally ruined a book I was kindly given a net galley arc to read. As it appears, this pseudonym person is totally against police even having worked for them. Quite a shame because except for certain things I chose to overlook in the book, it was worthy of higher praise but I don't believe political views need to be used
  • Shakila_Marie
    This was a fast paced, exciting book! Who did it? Where is Harper? Are "they" really that corrupt? Wooooo chile!!! Rape, murder, kidnapping, heart attacks... so much going on, but I loved it!
  • Alex
    I couldn't focus on book due to the author's clear hatred of cops.
  • Megan Dial-Lapcewich (iowabookgirl)
    Stolen Things is one of several ARCs I’ve read coming out on August 20, and it is ah-may-zing. Thanks so much to the author, NetGalley, and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!Stolen Things starts off full steam ahead. Laurie works as a 911 dispatcher in a small Northern California town. The entire law enforcement department is an extension of her own family: her husband is the police chief, and their teenage dau...
  • Barb Lie
    Stolen Things by R.H. Herron is a suspense thriller that was so very well written. This is the debut novel for this author, and after reading this story, I will most definitely read her again. Stolen Things started with a bang, as we met our heroine, Laurie Ahmadi, immediately. Laurie has worked as a 911 police dispatcher for 20 years (she is a former cop), and picks up a phone call that is every parent’s nightmare. The person on the other end ...
  • Donna Hines
    "Mama? Help me." When Laurie the 911 dispatcher receives the urgent call from her daughter JoJo she leaps into action but could her call actually be Pandora's box?What looked far too simplistic turns into an entire town flipped upside down, a gossip mill running rampant, and a young teen heartthrob and football star being accused of rape.Kevin it turns out is also a vocal advocate for CapB (Citizens Against Police Brutality) and ironically Omid J...
  • Anne
    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel that was part mystery, part thriller, and all parts relevant! As a 911 dispatcher, Laurie get a call that all parents fear: her sixteen-year-old daughter, Jojo awakens in a strange bed and suspects she's been roofied and raped. Police chief father, Omid responds and Jojo is found but there's a dead man in the room next to her and it's later discovered that her best friend Harper (who was with her that night) is mis...
  • Katie Katieneedsabiggerbookshelf
    Laurie is a 911 dispatcher who generally enjoys her job, until the night she answers a call from her own daughter. Jojo has been drugged, and raped, while someone else in the house slept, and the other one was killed. Jojo can’t remember anything that happened or how she ended up in Kevin’s house. Kevin is immediately arrested, but Jojo’s friend Harper is still missing. Jojo starts a deep dive into Harpers social media and discovers that Ha...
  • Randi (randi_reads)
    What would you do if you are a 911 dispatcher, answer the call and it's your daughter's voice on the line? That's how this thrill-of-a-ride book starts out. It was fast paced and intense, at times. Laurie is a tough as nails ex-cop and mom. She would do (and did) anything to protect her daughter, Jojo. Her actions seemed a little crazy and over the top at times, but she is a mother trying to find out who hurt her daughter. I, also, love that we g...
  • Megan Mills
    A can’t-put-down, woke thriller with a great cast of characters.
  • Pam
    A page-turning crime thriller with bad ass mother daughter heroines.
  • V_Nerdbooks
    🅽🅰🅸🅻 - 🅱🅸🆃🅸🅽🅶🅻🆈 🅶🅾🅾🅳I am so happy to bring you a review for the audio of this amazing debut thriller, get this one on your TBR's guys, you won't be sorry!Laurie Ahmadi lives with her husband Omid and her 16 year old daughter Jojo (Joanne) She is a 911 dispatcher and has been for nearly 20 years, she loves her job and the people in her department, and thinks of them as her family.The rest of the depa...
  • Donna McCaul Thibodeau
    The premise for this one sounded intriguing. A 911 dispatcher gets a call from her daughter and they try to figure out what happened to Harper, JoJo's best friend. One of the problems I had was that I just didn't like Laurie, the dispatcher and JoJo's mom. The other was that the plot seemed rushed, like the author was running out of time and needed to tie things up. A three star read for me.