SAC Elspeth Kendry has combed the service’s ranks to find young agents who closely resemble Abbie, Ken and Caitie, the idea being that the decoys will confuse and divert anyone harboring bad thoughts for the McGill kids. The plan works only too well. Special Agent Carrie Ramsey is kidnapped by a gang who think she’s Caitie McGill.
In no small way, and with some legitimacy, Caitie blames herself for the abduction. She’s determined to help the special agent regain her freedom. That’s something McGill is reluctant to do at first. Then Carrie’s parents come to McGill and plead with him: Help save the life of a young woman who was ready to sacrifice hers for Caitie.
Reasoning doesn’t get any more compelling than that. McGill goes all out. Even to the point of wangling an FBI badge for himself.
What I liked: I really had to stretch my memory back since the last book in this series released almost a year ago. The good part, Mr. Flynn’s characters are so memorable, I pretty much had no problem diving back in. Actually, the problem was with the bad guys. That’s good right?
In The Daddy’s Girl Decoy, there is of course more than one plot line going on. The head of the Secret Service Presidential Protective Detail, Elspeth Kendry, has a bad feeling so she institutes “doubles” for McGill’s kids. If you didn’t remember, McGill’s second wife,Patricia Darden Grant, is the current President of the United States and there have been multiple threats not only against her but McGill and his previous wife and their kids.
Speaking of kids, I can’t believe how much they’ve grown since the start of the series. Caitie, is now 19. Where did the time go? I think she is my favorite of the three children although they are each unique in their own way. They are very secure in the dual relationships with their stepmom, the President, and their stepdad too. I really take my hat off to Mr. Flynn for showing the good relationships between the two families. They (the parents/step-parents) all work together when making decisions concerning the children. There’s no bickering, back stabbing, or huge drama, just adults working together to ensure the safety of the children. Although, the children are technically adults, when it comes to their safety, they are more than willing to work with the parents. Okay, the worse does happen and the decoy for Caitie, the youngest McGill child, is kidnapped. Special Agent Carrie Ramsey now has to maintain the character or risk being murdered.
Everything is centering around keeping the children safe but the President has other responsibilities. She wants her Vice President, Jean Morrissey, to win the nomination and take her place at the top. The other side is of course trying to sabotage a continuation of another female president of the opposing party. Chief of Staff, Galia Mindel, is playing for keeps and throws wrench after wrench at the other party.
There are so many plots surrounding the major characters it was impossible to put the book down. I especially like the characters of the Vice President and her fiancée, Byron DeWitt, the Deputy Director of the FBI. He and McGill have a lot in common, they don’t care for all the politics and just want to do their own thing. DeWitt is planning on leaving his job and work with McGill Investigations on the West Coast but first he has to help his fiancée get elected. That’s another thing I like. The Vice President belongs to the Cool Blue Party and one of their mandates is that their Presidential candidates, if elected, will do one and done.
Mr. Flynn’s writing style is very enjoyable. It flows well, the pacing is perfect, at least for me and the plot lines are pretty current. He knows how to keep the reader invested in the story even if some of the antics are over the top.
What I didn’t like: I discovered Mr. Flynn’s books after he had several already published so I’ve never really had to wait for a book before. Guess what, I didn’t like it. He writes three different series and they all interconnect so you feel like you’re touching base with all the characters while reading each book. And to the over the top plots, yep, some are unbelievable but then I’m not a Washington insider so have no idea how that whole play for power thing works. What did work was Mr. Flynn’s imagination and ability to keep me reading.
If it hasn’t been plain, you need to read this series in order. Sure you could just skip here and there but seriously, you’ll miss some amazing characters and their development!
On a side note, if you are a Kindle Unlimited member, you can read The Daddy's Girl Decoy for free. If not, the $4.99 to buy the e-book is money well spent.