Chapter 1 takes place in 1953. A girl is kidnapped. She manages to write a note to her friend (they both go to school together but the boy has moved). The letter is destroyed. Her friend is the protagonist. I wanted a good 'hook', which it is, but the protagonist is only 9 years old at the time of the event.
It's quite a long chapter at >3,000 words. I don't like prologues.
Is this acceptable? Has anyone got examples of another author who writes like this?
No, she doesn't solve everything at the end. The protagonist thinks she's dead, but he meets up with the traffickers several times without relation the the original girl.
No one knows where the HQ of the villains is. The protagonist gets involved in several sub plots, but his goal is to dispose of the traffickers.
Finally, in the last few chapters, she manages to escape. It was her first chance and during her captivity. She pretended to be part of them and did all their office work.
Once she escapes, she makes a beeline for the protagonist and only now does he find out where the HQ is so he can take action.
The traffickers are the main antagonists but there are several sub plots all leading to a grand bloody finale.
All I'm asking is the question: Is this a possibility for a story? Assuming I mention the original girl from time to time. From current answers it would seem so.