Past Meetup

The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon

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Thanks to everyone who joined our first 'spin-off' book club. It was fun even though the book wasnt as 'light-hearted' as I intially thought it would be.

After much discussion on a date as well as books we have chosen this Tuesday and Jennifer McMcMahon's thriller. Hope to see folks there.

Reggie has told almost no one about the summer of 1985. She was thirteen, awkward, her only friends the school outcasts -- Charlie, the shy son of a local detective, and Tara, a goth kid who harbors a dark secret. That summer a serial killer known as Neptune began abducting women in their sleepy Connecticut suburb and leaving their severed hands on the steps of the police department. Exactly five days later, the women’s bodies are found. When Reggie’s mother, Vera -- an ex-model with many “boyfriends” and a thirst for gin -- disappears and her hand shows up at the police station, Reggie, Charlie and Tara plunge into a seedy world of dive bars and pay-by-the-hour motels trying to find her. But after five days, there’s no body, and the murders stop. Both Vera and Neptune seem to have vanished.

"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." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"McMahon scores a solid touchdown in this creepy but engrossing thriller.... Readers will find themselves unable to turn the pages fast enough in this perfectly penned thriller." - Kirkus (starred review)

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