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3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  7,669 Ratings  ·  202 Reviews
Adrift in the 1980s and slowly losing her mind, a heavily armed former '60s radical kidnaps a baby with the hope, deluded as it may be, of returning her life to simpler times. The child's mother, though, isn't about to take it lying down and, along with a tracker, begins a cross-country chase to get her child back.
Hardcover, 442 pages
Published April 1st 1990 by Pocket Books (first published 1990)
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
“Rain fell on the roofs of the just and the unjust, the saints and the sinners, those who knew peace and those in torment, and tomorrow began at a dark hour.”

I had mixed feelings about this one. Since it was a Robert McCammon, it was written well, and the story leads the reader through a bizarre mix of betrayal, insanity, murder and kidnapping. The story is split into two viewpoints - an unstable woman consumed with the past clashes with a woman whose world has been shaken by personal betrayal
P.Q. Glisson
Jun 05, 2010 P.Q. Glisson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I read this book years ago and it enters my thoughts, unbidden, to this day. McCammon takes you into the mind of a psychopath unlike any you have ever encountered. You will be glued to the pages until the very end. It's just another masterpiece by a wonderful but underrated author. Anything by this man is amazing!
Adam Light
I've read most of McCammon's books published in the 80's and early 90's, and this one was so damn good it gives Swan Song a run for it's money. This book was so intracately plotted, detailed, carefully drawn, that I forgot I was reading. It was as if the author was speaking the story straight into my brain. I highly recommend this thriller (with touches of horror throughout) to anyone who loves McCammon, and those who love a good thriller written by one of the masters. Brilliant! Thanks to Jon R ...more
Jun 17, 2007 Loosechanj rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: 2007
Holky fuck, that was a ride. I just finished the last 200+ pages in one marathon 3 hour sitting.

One night after we'd got done doing the floors of the grocery store, and hanging out in the parking lot getting smashed, one of the managers was telling us about this book his brother had given to him. He told us about a book, Stephen King-ish that he really didn't think he'd like, this story about a woman waking up to a baby's crying, how she tried to comfort it and such, and finally losing her cool
Flash forward from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. Gone are the days of hoping to change the world with love-ins and by wearing flowers in your hair. Head shops, roach clips, bongs, lava lamps, black light posters, Woodstock - all more or less fallen by the wayside. For Mary Terror, former member of a radical student group, moving on is a little more difficult. She is marking time until she can be reunited with her love and present him with ‘their’ baby. Mary is crazy, there is no baby - until she sna ...more
Feb 15, 2015 Titas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't tempt a mother!
Mine is a story of two mothers, Laura and Mary. Laura is a successful journalist whose last hope of happiness is her new born son David and Mary is a survivor of the radical 1960s who still haven't let go of the hallucinatory world of memories, guns, and above all, murderous rage. But when Mary steals David from Laura, with almost no help by her side Laura sets out on a cross-country trip to reclaim her son. To win her son back, Laura might even have to become the monster th
This is a horrifying book. First, imagine your child stolen from a hospital. Then imagine your child stolen by a homicidal madman. This is the situation that "Laura", the mother of "David" finds herself in. The book starts off with a bang. Enough so that I was unsure if I was going to be able to continue reading it. Violence against children upsets me so the first time I saw Mary with her "baby" my stomach knotted.

The action was fast and relentless leading to me reading late into the night. The
Paul Nash
Dec 28, 2016 Paul Nash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror, thriller, suspense fans, Koontz and McCammon fans
Shelves: horror
What a great, fast paced, rush of horror and suspense! This book was non-stop, with never a dull moment or a boring page.
For all you Mothers out there, what lengths would you go to if your 2 day old new born was stolen from you at the hospital by a maniacal, amazon of a woman named Mary Terror. Read this to find out the mother, Laura's, story...and what she did about it.
Of all the McCammon's I've read, this had an old school Dean Koontz vibe, which isn't a bad thing here. McCammon fans would enj
Jun 08, 2012 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Wow! McCammon’s first foray into non-supernatural thrillers is certainly a successful one! Despite approaching five hundred pages, the pacing never once lets up and the pages literally fly by! The sheer suspense never lets up! Mary Terrell, or Mary Terror, makes for a truly frightening villain, but one who feels chillingly possible in her psychotic state of mind. McCammon really does a wonderful job of capturing this imbalanced woman as we follow along Mary’s cross-country rampage with plenty of ...more
Jan 31, 2012 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do you call a psychopathic still living the dream of her radical days of the '60's? An amazon of a woman named Mary Terror. McCammon has created one of the most believable human monsters, who really believes after kidnapping a newborn, that is is her baby. Then add Laura, the new mother, who finds out what a mother will do to protect their child, in this case, trying to get him back, from Mary before she totally snaps. This is a non-stop roller coaster of action and suspense, in this well w ...more
Randolph Carter
First off: this is a TERROR novel not a HORROR novel. In my book horror has to include something supernatural or at least the intimation of something supernatural even if it doesn't turn out to be supernatural. The supposed apparitions of Morrison and Jack don't count because Mary is a psycho crazed burned-out acid-fueled hippie and McCammon never implies they are supernatural. Plus at the time she starts hallucinating she is a severely injured sleep deprived jacked up schizo. As good as this no ...more
Jan 11, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 another good read by this author, can't wait to read some more!
Mar 02, 2017 WendyB rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ha-tbr-challenge
This story may have had more of an impact when it first came out but after so many years all the stuff about '60s radicals just doesn't translate well in this millenium.
Also, the story was soooo incredibly bloated. Entire chapters could have been removed and the story would have been improved by making it move along faster.
I've really like some of McCammon's recent books but his earlier stuff just doesn't work for me.
Jul 19, 2012 Jared rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Mine, by Robert McCammon, is one of the top three most frightening books I have read in my entire life. And that's counting the fifty-odd Stephen King, ten-odd Dan Simmons, and twenty-odd Dean Koontz novels I've also completed. From the very beginning, Mine moves at breakneck speed, showering the reader with visceral details that made even me, a die-hard horror fan, shiver in his chair. Never before have I hated a character as much as I hated Mary Terror; she is a drug-addicted, delusional, sadi ...more
Sep 28, 2012 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I don't even know where to begin with this book. I thought it was amazing. I have never had to put a book down in the first five pages because I was disturbed by the content of the book. I did just that with this one and contemplated whether or not to continue reading it. After thirty minutes of thought I picked it back up and couldn't put it down.

I got so involved with this book, I had to remind myself to breathe and tell myself it's only a book. My heart was beating out of my chest and I
Rebecca McNutt
Not just a thriller but also a crazy adventure and a battle between two women for a child, Mine is as entertaining as it is creepy.
Casey Bartsch
Jun 10, 2017 Casey Bartsch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, as all McCammon tomes, is exceptionally well crafted and written. There is no fluff in one of his books, which is something I can’t say for many notable horror/thriller authors. Every plot point has meaning, and every detail, a purpose.

Having said all of that, for me, the book lost steam at around the midpoint. The beginning is so good, with details of Mary terror, Storm Front, and Laura’s marriage – I was absolutely hooked. Mary Terror may be one of the most interesting villains in l
Rj Roles
Mar 30, 2017 Rj Roles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
Really enjoyed this one, as always, Mccammon delivers a fantastic story.
Mar 21, 2017 ElleEm rated it really liked it
The character that McCammon creates in this novel is terrifying. Mary is disturbing and I had to put the book down a couple of times to get away from her. Mary Terror is a character that I won't soon forget. The subject matter in this book is disturbing as well so this book may not be for everyone but if you like a dark and disconcerting tale then you should try it. There were a few things toward the end that stretched the limits of credibility but I can forgive that since it was so well written ...more
My first McCammon book in years, this novel has me re-thinking my opinion of the author. For the better. Mine is a rough ride through the edge of madness, full of intensity, mayhem, and betrayal. It is a race between two feverishly determined women who cross the country trailing a wake of blood and bodies. My favorite character is the antagonist, "Mary Terror," who belonged to a radical and violent anti-government faction in the 1960s known as the Storm Front. She was young, idealistic, in love ...more
Dierdra Byrd
Dec 29, 2011 Dierdra Byrd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This book overall is about what Laura does to save her newborn David from a woman who stole him from the hospital. Very creepy in parts and overall a good on the edge of your seat story. I enjoyed the story line and unlike some people I really didn't have a problem connecting with the characters. The problems I had were that some parts were just to unbelievable for me. One instance is all the things that David a newborn goes through but gets hurt a tiny bit once!? Ok this newborn, a few days old ...more
Mar 30, 2013 Devonta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mine is one of the most intense reads you are likely to come across. There are points in the novel where the story works up to a pace so frantic that your palms will sweat. At its core, the book is about a mother’s love for her child and the lengths parents will go for the ones they love. This is the center of all the tension throughout the book. The reader will cringe as Mary Terror attempts to care for poor baby David in her own unique way and they will certainly be on the edge of their seat a ...more
Camilo Guerra
Aug 25, 2014 Camilo Guerra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror
Te sales Robert, te sales...

No había leído un libro de drama/acción/terror en que los personajes principales fueran mujeres...y que mujeres, desde Laura, que pasa de ser la esposa bobita a una fuerza de la naturaleza, Bedelia, como una ex terrorista de armas tomar y Mary...oh Mary, que gran personaje, un villano de temer, un villano que haria pasar pesadillas al Joker.

Pd: Un par de las mejores persecuciones automovilisticas desde CHRISTINE.
Jaime Contreras
I have been a huge McCammon fan for years. But I have to be honest when I say that I finished reading this book with a sense of "It could have been better if . . ." This is a very good psychological terror ride but the author held back a bit. I always had a feeling that a door was slightly closed on me. I felt toyed with by the author. I have never felt that with a MCCammon book.
Jan 17, 2013 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could not put this book down! Loved it!
Apr 20, 2012 Gabby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: second-reads, horror
Read this one twice so far. It's one of my favorite MCammon books.
Tobin Elliott
Oct 31, 2015 Tobin Elliott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, horror, fiction
There was a point where I really thought I wasn't going to like this novel. It was about a third of the way in, and not much was happening.

Then McCammon kicked it into gear. Overall, there were points where I thought, Damn, I'd love to see what King would have done with this.. After all, King's playground is so huge, other authors can't help but end up playing there, but McCammon seemed to more than most. I don't think it was ever by design, but still it happened frequently.

This, to me, is the t
Mar 04, 2014 Darren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm pushing myself to read a lot more this year. I was shocked to see the low number of books that I finished in 2013. I'm also trying to clear a pile of books that had been sitting around for a while. Mine by Robert R McCammon was one of those. I had begun to read it last year but had put it down after one and a half chapters not really getting into it. However, I picked it up again and...

... having got past the first couple of chapters, I was hooked. I will not use the cliché that I couldn't p
Sade Agbaje
i'm rating this book 3.5 stars. just cos i think this is unbelievable at best. don't get me wrong book had an engaging story line and Mary Terror was definitely bat shit crazy enough to be a believable character but no way do i think Laura's character could have pulled it off.

First off, this Laura lady just up and left her house and nobody came looking for her?? i mean nobody?? unbeliveable!! Basically this book is like you can go against a seasoned "bat shit crazy have got no qualms about blow
Димитър Цолов
Според читателското ми тефтерче това е четвъртата книжна среща с МакКамън. Предишните -"Границата" (харесах), "Стингър" (харесах не чак толкова) и "Момчешки живот (обикнах). Тук съм някъде между "Границата" и "Стингър" - интересна история, добре развита фабула, пълнокръвни герои, кръв се лее доволно и напоително... (романът е спечелил "Брам Стокър" за 1990), ама... явно съм се разглезил с по-динамични екшъни и трилъри, та нещо ми вървеше мудничко или пък не уцелих точния момент... Което няма да ...more
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Robert Rick McCammon was a full-time horror writer for many years. After taking a hiatus for his family, he returned to writing with an interest in historical fiction.

The sixth book in his Matthew Corbett historical fiction series, Freedom of the Mask, was published in May 2016.

The second book in the Trevor Lawson I Travel by Night series, Last Train from Perdition, will be published in October 20
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“Rain fell on the roofs of the just and the unjust, the saints and the sinners, those who knew peace and those in torment, and tomorrow began at a dark hour.” 13 likes
“Sergeant Pepper was dead. G.I. Joe lived on. George Bush was president, movies stars were dying from AIDS, kids were smoking crack in the ghettos and the suburbs, Muslims were blowing airliners from the skies, rap music ruled, and nobody cared much about the Movement anymore. It was a dry and dusty thing, like the air in the graves of Hendrix, Joplin, and God. She was letting her thoughts take her into treacherous territory, and the thoughts threatened her smiley face. She stopped thinking about the dead heroes, the burning breed who made the bombs full of roofing nails and planted them in corporate boardrooms and National Guard Armories. She stopped thinking before the awful sadness crushed her.

The sixties were dead. The survivors limped on, growing suits and neckties and potbellies, going bald and telling their children not to listen to that satanic heavy metal. The clock of the Age of Aquarius had turned, hippies and yippies had become preppies and yuppies. The Chicago Seven were old men. The Black Panthers had turned gray. The Grateful Dead were on MTV, and the Airplane had become a Top-40 Starship.

Mary Terror closed her eyes, and thought she heard the noise of wind whistling through the ruins.”
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