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The One I Left Behind | [Jennifer McMahon]

The One I Left Behind

The summer of 1985 changes Reggie’s life. An awkward 13-year-old, she finds herself mixed up with the school outcasts. That same summer, a serial killer called Neptune begins kidnapping women. He leaves their severed hands on the police department steps and, five days later, displays their bodies around town. Just when Reggie needs her mother, Vera, the most, Vera’s hand is found on the steps. But after five days, there’s no body and Neptune disappears. Now, 25 years later, Reggie is a successful architect who has left her hometown and the horrific memories of that summer behind.
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Publisher's Summary

The summer of 1985 changes Reggie’s life. An awkward 13-year-old, she finds herself mixed up with the school outcasts. That same summer, a serial killer called Neptune begins kidnapping women. He leaves their severed hands on the police department steps and, five days later, displays their bodies around town. Just when Reggie needs her mother, Vera, the most, Vera’s hand is found on the steps. But after five days, there’s no body and Neptune disappears. Now, 25 years later, Reggie is a successful architect who has left her hometown and the horrific memories of that summer behind. But when she gets a call revealing that her mother has been found alive, Reggie must confront the ghosts of her past and find Neptune before he kills again.

©2013 Jennifer McMahon (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Yvonne 01-11-13
    Yvonne 01-11-13

    Vonne

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    "Good Listen!"

    keeps you guessing right up to the end! I enjoyed it a lot! Decided to try something new and very happy I did = )

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    anne RICHMOND, CA, United States 05-30-15
    anne RICHMOND, CA, United States 05-30-15 Member Since 2011

    Artist, publisher/editor

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    "Intricate but I was bored"

    This was a nicely woven story with all the makings of a dark mystery. For me though, the author didn't delve into the real heart of darkness I feel the story required, especially given the rich material in the relationships between girls and their mothers. So much rich potential there yet emotionally, motivationally it all fell flat. Too often if felt Nancy Drew meets Judy Blume and even then it felt very surface. Seemed McMahon was reaching for something deeper with the different subject matter but didn't get there. I liked Whelan's narration in other audible books but here her 'voices' went sideways sounding more like cartoonish mimicry when not reading the part of the main character and there are a lot of different characters in this. I only finished it because I bought it, but from about a third of the way in, the ending was no surprise. I wish I could be kinder with this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Port Ewen, NY, United States 01-08-15
    Kim Port Ewen, NY, United States 01-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Leave it behind."

    This book was very slow moving and difficult to finish. Poor narration and story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pissaris THORNHILL, ON, Canada 10-07-14
    Pissaris THORNHILL, ON, Canada 10-07-14 Member Since 2014

    The best part of my day is relaxing and listening to my audiobooks.

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    "GREAT SUSPENSEFUL LISTEN!"
    What made the experience of listening to The One I Left Behind the most enjoyable?

    There were a lot of twists in the book. It was suspenseful and interesting from start to finish.


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    Julia Whelan's performance was excellent. She portrayed all the characters very well. I purchased this book because Julia Whelan was the narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 09-22-14
    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 09-22-14 Member Since 2010

    Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.

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    "You never know what other people are thinking"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The One I Left Behind to be better than the print version?

    Can't say only listened to the audio.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I was kept intrigued and interested.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, although the male interpretations were kinda odd.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and No


    Any additional comments?

    A good story, had me guessing but it also left a lot of things hanging at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa California, United States 09-10-14
    Melissa California, United States 09-10-14 Member Since 2013

    My parents told me that my very first word was...BOOK! That was no surprise to me. I have always been surrounded by books.

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    "Just enough suspense to keep me listening"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would not call this book a waste of time because it was an easy listen for my long commutes. The story line tended to drag at times, but there was just enough suspense to keep me listening.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jennifer McMahon before, how does this one compare?

    I recently listened to another book by this author, Promise Not To Tell. I liked Promise more than this book.


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    Julia Whelan has enough "whine" to her voice to bring life to the teenage characters; however, her attempts at male voices are amusing.


    Did The One I Left Behind inspire you to do anything?

    Not at all.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Bruns Colorado 06-30-14
    A. Bruns Colorado 06-30-14 Member Since 2014

    Gramma Ann in CO

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    "Not predictable, nice listen"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Good "who done it" book. I didn't suspect the ending. This book will not be a re-listen but I enjoyed it once.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Very surprised by the twists, more than one.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first book by this author. I might listen to another one.


    Do you think The One I Left Behind needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This is a good stand alone book.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration is good and clear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon United States 10-20-13
    Sharon United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another good mystery/thriller from McMahan"

    I've read several of her books. Some are better than others, and this is one of the better ones. I'm looking forward to more from this writer.

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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 10-12-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 10-12-13 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Exciting Mystery and a Real Page Turner"
    What did you love best about The One I Left Behind?

    What I liked best about The One I Left Behind was truth of who a serial killer is. A normal guy, living a normal life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about this story was that its characters were well developed. There were three friends, Reggie, Charlie and Tara who were the outcasts during their school years. Then there was Reggie's mother, Vera, who was never at home but going to a theater to act in plays that never existed. Tara's mom was always gone and she spent a lot of time at Reggie's home. There was Reggie's aunt Lorraine who kept things quite stable and homey at Reggie's house. Stu was Charlie's dad, who was a policeman and was the only normal,(I often ask, what is normal?), parent in the bunch but he too didn't spend much time at home. There were more character's and all of those became well known to me as the story developed. The listener listened intently as it wound its way toward its conclusion. Jennifer McMahon, the author, constructed her story to run smoothly but I never quite knew who the serial killer was. That is what a good mystery is supposed to do, keep you guessing until the end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scenes took place in the tree house, that was never quite finished, where Reggie, Charlie and Tara spent a lot of time together. The tree house was in a secluded spot in Reggie's yard. They would talk together and share all the kinds of things that kids share when they are young. They were a good trio of friends who I learned to understand and know during the time they spent in that not quite finished tree house.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I wanted to take my time so that I could learn to know and understand how the character's played their parts in the mystery. What secrets would be discovered about each of them made for a longer listen.


    Any additional comments?

    The novel started good and made me want to continue to listen to more. The book was not what I expected at all. However, once started, it kept me contented, sitting and listening. It was time well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 07-09-13
    Catherine 07-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would!"

    While not great literature or anything, this is a good story with interesting characters and quite the mystery! It isn't a typical potboiler, nor is it a formula type mystery, it's just a well paced story that draws you in. I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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