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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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    A. Bruns Nebraska 06-30-14
    A. Bruns Nebraska 06-30-14 Member Since 2005

    Gramma Ann in NE

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 10-12-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 10-12-13 Member Since 2010

    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 Escondido, CA, United States 07-09-13
    Catherine Escondido, CA, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2010
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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.

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    Kristina CIBOLO, TX, United States 06-18-13
    Kristina CIBOLO, TX, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Taken in from the 1st sentence! Great Book!"
    What did you love best about The One I Left Behind?

    Great flow! Interesting from the start, everything in the book had a purpose!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Regina. I loved hearing her view in 1985 and in 2010.


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Julia is my fave narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment when she learned about her mom, the feelings that go along with what you think you know, and the truth that is...can be very emotional.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne CASHION, OK, United States 01-11-13
    Yvonne CASHION, OK, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2007

    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 = )

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