Beware Child Abduction Fiction

Is the child abduction novel the 21st century equivalent of orphan stories (though I suspect those were concocted to scare children, not adults)? Have there been more child abductions in real life? Are parents more fearful for their childrens’ safety than they have been in the past? Are they the ones buying these books? Or is abduction of children simply the most alluring subject in general — and if that is so, who is reading them and why?

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