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
What can I say? I am a huge McMahon fan and this one is as wonderful as the others I have read. Her books do have similar themes and characters, which may be annoying to some people but I have come to appreciate this. Its as if she takes her characters and replaces them in different times and places and different combinations of circumstances to see what they will do. And the answer to this is always very surprising.
Anyway, it's a wonderful edge-of-your-seat-small-town-thriller! Narrator does an excellent job engaging the plot as well.
The story of a women who is forced to unravel the web of secrets which started with her childhood. She had an unconventional family and a collection of weird friends.
I loved this book! I am a huge true crime fan, and it really felt like this was a true crime novel. I had to remind myself that Vera and Reggie weren't real people! Some of supporting characters were never fully fleshed out, but overall the story was just fascinating!
Excellent narration as usual and one of my favorite new authors! Do yourself a favor if you like mystery, suspense, true crime or just a good old fashioned yarn, you will like this book...maybe love it!
I love how the author can write past and present at the same time. I used to hate reading books that are written this way but Author Jennifer McMahon does it REALLY good! This book was amazing. The twists and turns in this book made for a great, edge of your seat story that kept a great pace and kept me wondering through the whole book. I loved this book!!!!
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.
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