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“Very slow book. In the beginning I wasn't sure if I would keep reading due to its slowness but I kept at it and I'm glad. The writing is good. Fairly suspenseful. I guess I liked it b/c it told a bit of a different story.”charrod wrote this review Saturday, July 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Liked the story but it seem to stall miway. Speed read to the last chapter.”Judy A wrote this review Monday, July 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Jennifer McMahon is the author of Dismantled , the New York Times bestseller Island of Lost Girls , and the breakout debut novel Promise Not to Tell . She lives in Vermont with her partner, Drea, and their daughter, Zella.
Description: Bestselling author Jennifer McMahon is back with a gut-wrenching mystery about an architect whose troubled mother has been found 25 years after being kidnapped—by a killer who is still on the loose.
The summer of 1985 changed Reggie’s life. Thirteen, awkward, and without a father, she finds herself mixed up with her school’s outcasts—Charlie, the local detective’s son, and Tara, a goth kid who has a mental hold over Reggie and harbors a dark secret. 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—an ex-model with many “boyfriends” and a thirst for gin—the most, Vera’s hand is found on the steps. But after five days, there’s no body and Neptune disappears.
Now a successful architect who left her hometown behind after that horrific summer, Reggie doesn’t trust anyone and lives with few attachments. But when she gets a call from a homeless shelter saying that her mother has been found alive, Reggie must confront the ghosts of her past and find Neptune before he kills again.
With her signature style, Jennifer McMahon portrays the dark side of adolescent friendship and introduces characters who haunt the imagination, along with a disturbing web of secrets, betrayals, and murder.”
“I just LOVE Jennifer McMahon's books and this one did not fail me. Each chapter alternates between the present and the mid-eighties and follows the story of a serial killer in a small town. The main character's mother, the "final victim" of the killer in the eighties, suddenly returns in 2010 making for a very interesting plotline. As always, McMahon's books are a little twisted, but page turners. You should read this. ”Liz P wrote this review Wednesday, May 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a mystery that takes place in both the past and present (1985 and 2010, respectively). Regina "Reggie" is the protagonist, and she flashes between memories of the summer that a serial killer (Neptune, as he is dubbed) is on the loose and murdering a series of women. Before he kills them, Neptune chops off their right hand and delivers it to the vicinity of the local police station. It is known that he keeps his victims alive for a while after the amputation, feeding them a final meal of lobster with butter before killing them and leaving their naked bodies to be found. Reggie's mother Vera disappears the summer of 1985 as well. Her severed hand shows up. But the body is never found. And the crime is never solved. What happens in 2010 to reopen this cold case? Well, I suppose you'll have to read the book and find out.
The reasons I chose to read this book were the following:
1) This is definitely the type of book I like to read: psychological thriller, suspense, strong female lead character, mystery.
2) The reviews that I read on Barnes & Noble's website and Shelfari were extremely favorable.
3) I was in the right mood for something a little bit dark and sinister.
This book satisfied all of these drives and kept me interested. Although I feel that the book could have been a bit better with more meticulous editing (trimming it down 100 pages or so), it was really a great representation of the type of psych chillers I like to read. I was looking for something similar to a Gillian Flynn novel, and while this wasn't quite the same formula, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it if you see your reading palate represented in this review.
“Creepy page turner about a serial killer. ”Lisa wrote this review Thursday, May 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great, quick read, with a nice little twist. I'm really enjoying my discovery of this author!”Heather M wrote this review Tuesday, April 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Release date: January 2, 2013
The summer of 1985 changes Reggie’s life. An awkward thirteen-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, twenty-five 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.