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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,349 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer McMahon Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A chilling story that keeps the suspense on high throughout...There is never a point where it’s comfortable to put this book down; each chapter will have you wanting more...This is a book that is sure to be on top of many people’s lists.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Haunting and harrowing...A richly poignant tale of the families we’re born into and the ones we build ourselves.”

    Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me

  • “[A] haunting work of literary suspense...Grippingly plotted, this intricate, character-driven story seamlessly shifts time.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “McMahon scores a solid touchdown in this creepy but engrossing thriller...Readers will find themselves unable to turn the pages fast enough.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title” in January 2013
  • A 2014 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee
  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Narrator of the year

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rebecca Anderson-brown | 1/31/2014

    " I had high hopes for this book. It started out well, good pacing and interesting characters, but by the end of the book it had dissolved into something of a mess. Clues and red herrings rained down from the sky at random and even when the mystery was solved I was left with too many questions and "uh, I don't think so's" All in all, pretty unsatisfying read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen Avila | 1/18/2014

    " This is a great mystery-thriller to read. What I really liked about this story is the back and forth between the grown up Reggie & the young Reggie. I have read books in this same format that didn't work so well but for this novel, it worked perfectly. The main plot of this novel is that Reggie's mom is the last victim of the infamous serial killer, Neptune and her body is never found. Years later, Reggie's mom is found at a shelter and brought back to her childhood home. What Reggie doesn't know is what happened to her mother or why she was never found. As she tries to solve her mother's mystery she learns that the killer was too close to her family and is after her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathleen Crowell | 1/5/2014

    " guessed who Neptune was early on but it was a good read and I enjoyed the interesting characters and the 1980's setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heather | 1/1/2014

    " The story line was just okay and I found it somewhat predictable. I must say the editing was poorly done. "

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