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.
Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star
I can easily see why Jennifer McMahon has bestsellers on her hands. From start to finish, The One I Left Behind kept me enthralled and kept me guessing. This does not amount to an easy task as a lot of plot lines seem to be quite predictable to me so I really enjoyed the twists and turns of this story. The characters also seemed very well thought out and developed, not leaving me questioning any of their actions or finding their thoughts or words contrived.
The One I Left Behind alternates between the past and present which I often do not like as I find it interrupts the flow of the story but again McMahon executed this perfectly, providing just enough detail in each chapter to keep the story flowing and to keep the interest level at the maximum. The author was able to include a lot of facts in the story that I didn't realize but was able to verify later on, which only serves to make the detail that much more interesting for me.
The story was just incredibly written with interesting facets to it in every way that I could barely put it down and almost didn't want it to end. I would definitely recommend this masterful suspense novel to anyone who loves that genre but also to anyone who loves a great read.
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