"I told myself I was going ot scare the pants off my children," quipped Hoffman, who spoke at Books & Books Tuesday night. "And I am going to make sure they never want to go on their own Facebook or MySpace [pages]."
The South Florida mom said her new book, which details the disappearance of Coral Springs teen, made her fluent in the language -- and acronyms -- associated with youth culture.
"It was such a frightening and relevant topic I felt I had to write a book about it," she said. "You constantly see children who have either been abducted of they have met people from MySpace, Facebook, chat rooms -- and sometimes parents look the other way."
Hoffman worked for both the Miami-Dade State Attorney's office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and has authored three additional thrillers.