Reviewed by: Brittany Carlsen, Circulation Staff
Rating: 5 Stars
Sometimes you choose a book and other times, the book chooses you. In the case of Jennifer McMahon's thriller "The One I Left Behind", I went to put it back on the shelf and promptly took it back off and checked it out to myself. Something about the cover intrigued me, called to me, and I decided to take a chance on an Author I was unfamiliar with- I am so very glad I did.
Our plot revolves around Reggie, an amazing architect haunted by a past full of unsolved questions. In 1985 when Reggie was a young girl, a severed hand was found on the steps of the local police station; five days later the strangled body followed. For a quiet town where everyone knows one another, such brutality was a shock and the town had hoped it was a one time occurrence...until the pattern was repeated over and over again.When the final hand found belongs to Reggie's own mother,and five days later no body followed, it left her and the rest of the town wondering why her body was not left in the open as all the others where, who was this savage killer, dubbed Neptune. When Reggie gets a phone call years later telling her that her mother is alive, she rushes back to her hometown to try and solve the cold case that has haunted her dreams for so long.
Normally, I would not be interested in this type of book, but McMahon ensnares you with her vivid characters and leaves you unable to put her book down until you have finished. This was a very good read, that kept me guessing until the very end and left me with a sense of urgency to find every other book Jennifer McMahon has written as soon as I can get my hands on them.