When Is The Right Time To Give Up?
Welcome to our featured book of the week blog for The Wrong One.
Is there ever a right time to give up searching for a missing child? A child everyone swears must be dead, because it's been six months, five years, a decade or more since they were seen?
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is the best non-police resource for those who have had their kids disappear, but even they can't give the reassurance the child will return home.
How long is too long?
The Wrong One focuses on that little detail. Kyle won't give up on finding his best friend. A teen named Kim begins to wonder just who she is, and why her "family" continues to call her Wrong One.
Fourteen years after Lyssa Winders disappears in a van with three men, Kyle Tinker still searches for her. The active search has long since been abandoned, but he can't stop until he brings his best friend home.
Kyle suffers from the same problem many people do when a person disappears. He can't accept that his friend is gone forever. He won't give up, but the police have, and in his estimation that's wrong.
Is it wrong? Police resources are very limited. There are other crimes to investigate. They can only do so much with the information they have available.
Many types of searches begin the moment a child disappears. The most well-known is an Amber Alert, but information needed for this might not be complete, or even available. In The Wrong One, Kyle was four when Lyssa was kidnapped. He was the only living witness. His best description of the men involved was their names, or rather the names he attached to them, since he didn't know them – Growly, Mean, and Shifty Eyes. They drove a van, but the make, year, color, and license plate were beyond his ability to grasp.
Crime scene searches usually provide clues, but the crime scene in The Wrong One would give an adult nightmares, let alone a small child, and the clues were few and far between. Door-to-door searches might have helped to identify the van or men, or even the direction they went, but beyond that, no other information was available.
These factors made a grid search, a land, sea, or air search, or a roadblock search mostly a waste of time. All that could be done is continue to look as new leads poured in, and hope for the best.
This is a parent's worst nightmare – their child gone and no clues as to where they are. Lyssa's parents were killed that night, so it was up to Kyle to keep looking, to never give up, to remember the laughing, happy friend who challenged him to step outside his safe zone.
Does he find Lyssa? Read the book and find out for yourself. The Wrong One is a young adult novel with a strong psychological thriller element.
There are many ups and just as many downs, but there is one central theme running throughout – enduring friendships never fade away.
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KC Sprayberry started writing young, first as a diarist, and later through an interest in English and creative writing. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now in his senior year of high school.
Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories. She has four books that are Amazon best sellers: Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama's Advice. Her other novels available are: Take Chances, The Ghost Catcher, Family Curse … Times Two, Secret From The Flames, Where U @, The Wrong One, and Grace.