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The One I Left Behind

A Novel

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 22, 2012 – At the start of this haunting work of literary suspense from bestseller McMahon (Don t Breathe a Word), Vermont architect Reggie Dufrane receives a startling phone call her idolized mother, Vera, who was snatched by the notorious serial killer known as Neptune when Reggie was 13, has been found alive. Flashback 25 years to 1985 Brighton Falls, Conn. Even before her mother s severed right hand, like those of Neptune s other female victims, shows up on the police station steps, followed by lurid revelations about Vera s life, the fatherless teen has been struggling as a vulnerable outsider, far too enmeshed with fellow outcasts Charlie, the detective s son on whom she has an unrequited crush, and Tara, the daring goth. Now, for the first time in decades, mother and daughter return to Brighton Falls, where they discover, to their peril, that Neptune may be back. Grippingly plotted, this intricate, character-driven story seamlessly shifts time as McMahon explores such favorite themes as dark familial secrets, flawed relationships, and the potentially destructive power of sex, all anchored in a vividly evoked suburban Connecticut landscape. You won t soon forget Reggie, fierce yet fragile, but likely to stick with you even longer is the central conundrum of the extent to which our pasts enslave us and how much we can set ourselves free.

Customer Reviews

Another amazing book

It all started a few years ago when I read Promise Not To Tell and ever since then was hooked. The One Left Behind is gripping and suspenseful as all her other books. Just when you start guessing who is behind it all more secrets unravel. I recommend this book and all her other books to anyone who likes a great mystery or enjoys reading.


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Not a Good Read

This book was so disappointing. Story line was a hot mess and flipping back and forth from the 80's to 2010 made the story disjointed. Finished it only because I wanted to know if it all came together, and that would be a big NO!

The One I Left Behind
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Jan 02, 2013
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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