'Destination Uncertain' is an 80,000 word crime novel set in London.
When an eight year old runs into her office demanding the police, Stella thinks it’s a joke. When he tells her he’s been rescued after a kidnap attempt she thinks it’s fantasy. So when he asks her to take him home she agrees, thinking it should be simple.
Until it becomes clear that being guardian angel to this particular child requires not just faith and hope, but a flaming sword as standard. And that for Hugh, home could be where he’s most at risk.
For now, Stella’s all that stands between the child and his pursuers. Can she evade them long enough to clear a path to the truth? The pair go looking for answers. Their journey is perilous; their destination uncertain.
The difference between what works and what doesn't is best illustrated when I rewrite your first paragraph.
Eight-year-old Hugh runs into Stellas office calling for the police. She thinks it's a game or a joke. He says he's been rescued from a kidnap attempt. She agrees to take him home.
Of course, there is no discernable logic to this because I must tell you if an 8 year old ran into my office I'd be on the blower for the coppers faster than you can say "Rugrats not allowed".
And "flaming sword as standard" WTF???