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Book By Author:  R. K. Avery

Be Careful What You Wish For
 Be Careful What You Wish For
 Brighton Publishing




Bunting Valley, North Dakota -- a scenic and picturesque town where nothing dreadful every happens -- is a place where people feel safe leaving their doors unlocked and their cars running in the driveway.  So when beautiful, blue-eyed, three-year-old Maggie Taylor mysteriously vanishes, the Bunting Valley Police Department begins a kidnapping investigation that uncovers unthinkable crimes spanning many years—not only in Bunting Valley, but also in surrounding communities.
Bea Miller is a penniless widow, living a meager existence among the town’s residents with her four young, rambunctious boys. Her entire life, she wished and dreamed of having a little girl of her own. When everything she did to have one of her own failed, Bea takes matters into her own hands, and lives by the chilling words of her estranged father, “If you want something, take it.”
She and the boys visit a local beach and find the little girl of her dreams. She snatches the girl and they disappear in seconds, only to leave the parents bewildered and devastated.
Through the handwritten journals of Bea Miller, she takes you on a journey into the mind of an individual who believes you can make your own wishes come true—at
any expense; and sadly, at the expense of others.
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A unique kidnapping thriller where the root of evil runs deeper than you think.


Be Careful What You Wish For by A. K. Avery is written from a unique perspective.  The author herself was kidnapped as a child and this is a novel about a little girl that is kidnapped.  Sounds simplistic at first, but what is different is that it is written from the kidnapper perspective.  It was fascinating moving through the novel and reading the thought processes of the kidnapper and her four sons. 

The novel focuses on Bea, the mother, who is a widower and kidnapper.  She twists her reality around to get her own way but does it so that you actually start to feel sorry for her.  The reader is pulled into the realm of her personal journal.  These are her innermost thoughts from childhood and we start to see why she is so twisted.  That is also where you begin identifying with her and those feelings of empathy kick in.  Avery touches on the kidnapping from Bea’s oldest son David’s perspective.  He is almost 19 years old and seems like a decent kid.  As a reader I seriously questioned why he went along with the kidnapping and did not call the police or tell someone.  The other sons are too young to really know better and completely wrapped around Bea’s finger.  David is the character that seems to know right from wrong.

I enjoyed this novel and found it a quick read with a rapidly moving pace.  There were some surprising twists in the plot and root of evil in Bea runs deeper than you think.  The character development was weak at the beginning but strengthened when the Bea’s journal was introduced.  The conclusion opens up the door to the next novel called Not My Mother’s Son.  Who knows what is coming next.  Will David continue in his mother’s evil path?


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R. Avery Author:  R. K. Avery


R. K. Avery, a recent graduate of the Institute of Childrens Literature, discovered one thing during her coursework she loves writing adult fiction! Having been kidnapped from a beach as a small child, she has pondered time and time again what her life may have been like if her story didnt have a happy ending. R. K. Avery lives in Macedonia, Ohio, with her husband, two kids, and three dogs. Please visit her at