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The One I Left Behind Audiobook

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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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

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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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    Lana Lee Plum PORTLAND, OR, US 05-12-16
    Lana Lee Plum PORTLAND, OR, US 05-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Secrets can keep you imprisoned."

    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.

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    Jay South Park, PA, United States 02-19-16
    Jay South Park, PA, United States 02-19-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Overall another great mystery by McMahon"

    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!

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    Mindy fangedmom Janicke Freeport, IL, United States 02-17-16
    Mindy fangedmom Janicke Freeport, IL, United States 02-17-16 Member Since 2014

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    "I love this book!!!"

    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!!!!

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    ematnau 02-06-16
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    story and dialogue. It had me guessing right till the end. The narration was amazing as always.

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    Engrossing right from the start, and to the very end. I totally enjoyed it. Highly recommended.

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    Carol Cocchiarella 08-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    Quite a mess of a story. Moved slowly, jumbled minor details, & jumped around in nonsensical sequence.

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    anne RICHMOND, CA, United States 05-30-15
    anne RICHMOND, CA, United States 05-30-15 Member Since 2011

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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.

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

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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.


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