What did she know???

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At the beginning of this book, Rachel Jenner lets her 8 year old son, Ben run ahead of her in the woods and he disappears.  I was a little disappointed with this one. I had read so many wonderful reviews, but the book did not live up to my expectations. The first 200 pages of the book really dragged.  I did consider a couple of times possibly not finishing, but a little over halfway into the book the pace picked up.  I never did figure out exactly, “what she knew.”  I am not a big reader or fan of mysterys or thrillers, nor do I have any children of my own to compare Rachel’s loss with, so maybe that’s why I just wasn’t that crazy about this one. Don’t let my review stop you from reading the book though, because plenty of other people out there just loved it!

 

Behind Closed Doors

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Another thriller that I could not put down. Grace meets Jack in the park one day and they fall madly in love. He seems so perfect: Handsome, charming, kind, wealthy and so accepting of Grace’s sister who has Down syndrome. The couple marries and then things start to change. Do they have the perfect marriage or not? What goes on behind closed doors? How well do we really know what goes on in other people’s private lives?? I couldn’t wait to pick up this book and find out what this psychopath was doing next! A little disturbing at times, but a very suspenseful read!

the good girl by mary kubica

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Mia Dennett, a 24 year old art teacher and daughter of a wealthy Chicago judge is kidnapped and taken to a secluded cabin by her abductor, Colin. When she returns home, three months later, she suffers from amnesia and a sort of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The book alternates from the perspectives of Mia, her distraught mother (Eve) and the dedicated detective (Gabe) assigned to her case. The book switches back from past to present and it takes a little while to get used to it. You learn about Mia’s troubled past with her self absorbed father and a little about the other characters in the book as well.

 I can’t say a lot without giving away the book. I really enjoyed this one. One of the best thrillers I have read.  I could not turn the pages fast enough. I even cried a little.  The ending is a jaw dropping shocker and it really makes you revisit and re-examine everything you just read.

All the Missing Girls

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Nicolette (Nic) travels back to her hometown in the mountains of NC to help her brother prepare their father’s home to be sold.  Soon after she arrives, a woman goes missing.  The missing woman stirs up lots of old feelings and memories from the time when her best friend Corinne went missing ten years ago.  So it begins and we have two mysteries of missing women to follow. Are their disappearances related? What really happened when Corinne went missing all those years ago?

All the Missing Girls was definitely a page turner. The more I read, the more I just had to know what happened to the missing girls! After we find out another woman is missing, the book goes back two weeks before and goes back each day until the current day. At first, I didn’t like this technique, but in the end it was necessary in order to reveal the mystery. This is the first book in a long time that I actually stayed up past my bedtime reading because I just had to find out what happened.

“Missing girls had a way of working their way into someone’s head.  You couldn’t help but see them in everyone-how temporary and fragile we might be.  One moment here, and the next, nothing more than a photo staring from a storefront window.”
“There is nothing more dangerous, nothing more powerful, nothing more necessary and essential for survival than the lies we tell ourselves.