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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The One I Left Behind- Bookish Thoughts #100



  • Title: The One I Left Behind
  • Author: Jennifer McMahon
  • Published: January 2013- William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Source:  Review copy from publisher via NetGalley

What The One I Left Behind is about:

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.

Reasons why I chose this book:
I love thrillers and stories that have a menacing hum throughout the book. This one delivered on all counts and absolutely creeped me out.....and I loved every minute!

Reasons I liked or disliked the book:
I really enjoyed the way the author weaved the story from the present day to the past when the gruesome murders were taking place. The characters were fully fleshed out and I felt that I truly got to know them in an almost intimate manner. This is one of the first times where I let my gut instinct lead me to the killer and I was right!!! 

Recommend? If you enjoy suspenseful stories that border on the edge of macabre, with twists and turns that have you doubting people you "thought" you knew, then this just may be the right book for you.  I think if you like Chevy Stevens or Gillian Flynn, then this would be a good book to add to your reading stacks!


Bookish Thoughts #100
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24 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed this one too! I really, really enjoyed it and I can't wait to read more by this author :) Great review!

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  2. I have this one on my to-read shelf, so glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. I like McMahon's books a lot exactly because she can keep that creepy factor going the whole book, just enough tension that you can't put the book down but never so over the top that you can't stand to read any more.

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  4. Sounds freaky, but not freaky in my way

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  5. I loved Chevy Stevens's books so this may be for me.

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  6. I don't know, I like all the things you mentioned except the "macabre" part! And Chevy Stevens gave me nightmares!

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  7. I'm sold! I may dig out my copy to take to NYC this weekend. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  8. Yup, putting this on my wish list for sure :)

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  9. I like to be creeped out every now and again! I've got this one on the stacks.

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  10. Glad you enjoyed this, but I'm still trying to work up the courage to read Gone Girl ;-)

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  11. Sounds very suspenseful! A good one!

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  12. I've read one of her books before, and while I enjoyed it, I'm not sure I like her style enough to try another one. If I do, it will be because of you.

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  13. You're so funny! My gut instinct never leads me to the killer. I am too suspicious of everyone.

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  14. Mmmm, I like a good thriller every so often, but your calling it macabre is telling me to skip this one.

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  15. I'm on the fence regarding this one. The storyline sounds interesting, but I didn't care for another book I read by this author. Hmmm

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  16. I'm on the fence regarding this book. The storyline sounds interesting, but I didn't care for another book I read by this author. Hmmm

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  17. I was just looking at a book from this author this week at the library (Don't Breath a Word, I think it was?) and another by Chevy Stevens. In the end I didn't bring them home, but after reading your review, I think I will go back soon and give them a chance. Suspenseful stories that border on macabre are my type of things, definitely!

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  18. My gut instinct is telling me I'll love this one lol. Loved your thoughts and I can't to get my hands on a copy :)

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  19. I've only read one book by McMahon, and I was so disappointed after looking so forward to it. That makes me a little apprehensive to try this one.

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  20. I've had this on my shelf since Bouchercon last October. Life sure does have a way of getting in the way of reading!

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  21. Must, must, must read this. Oh, bet it would be great on audio if there is one.

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  22. You've made me really curious about this one!

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