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All the Way Home

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  1,406 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
A quiet little town in upstate New York, Lake Charlotte is the perfect place to raise a family. Or is it? People still talk of that summer ten years ago when four teenage girls mysteriously disappeared. Now the nightmare has returned.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Zebra (first published April 23rd 2000)
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Mandy Crider
Feb 02, 2016 Mandy Crider rated it liked it
Wendy Corsi Staub is by far one of my favorite authors. I know every time I pick up one of her books I won't be disappointed. I listened to this novel on Audible and I wish I would have read it because I get so caught up in what the narrator is saying and their tone that I forget to listen to the words. It was definitely a good murder mystery and I continued to wonder about who the murderer was and why he or she was targeting young women. The end totally caught me off guard and I liked that. Pre ...more
Jan 13, 2016 Marca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had every character that makes me twitch: bitchy hormonal pregnant woman, shadowy husband, whiny toddler, TSTL flirty young woman, obnoxious teenager, mentally incapacitated mother; they are all there, plus a few more. TSTL Rory returns to the home from which her older teenaged sister disappeared one night ten years ago. Three other girls also vanished during that time and were never found. Rory is worried about her youngest sister Molly (obnoxious teen) who still lives with a non-func ...more
I don't understand how the ratings for this book are so high. I kept reading it and getting through it because I figured it HAD to get better with such a good overall rating. I wish I had put it down. It wasn't for me.

The story wasn't believable. The characters were corny. I absolutely hated how much "thinking" there was in this book. 75% of this book was different characters' inner thoughts. A little of that is great. However, this one was mostly inner thoughts. For example, someone would dial
May 10, 2013 Patty rated it it was amazing
All The Way Home
Wendi Corsi Staub

My "in a nutshell" summary...

Four young girls disappear...some from their very own beds...the crime is never solved.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Mysterious and thought provoking from the start...this is one of those books that will make a car trip or a plane trip or sitting out by the pool or on the beach fly by. I could not stop reading because I had to know what happened and what was still happening. The appearance of the mysterious stranger at the
Jan 14, 2015 Dorsi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Wendy Corsi Staub and I found it wanting. The characters were cliche and annoying as can be. The pregnant woman in the story nearly drove me to over the edge. She was whiny and overly paranoid. So many things in the story were unrealistic and ridiculous. The main character supposedly couldn't stand the sight of blood and nearly passed out from a scant amount. However on two other occasions when she encountered blood, she had no reaction. There were many eye rolling moments for ...more
Una Tiers
meh. Although I finished, meh.
Oct 25, 2016 AndiLee rated it did not like it
very long for the amount of interesting occurrances. suspense never built. heroine weak.
All the Way Home by Wendy Corsi Staub was originally published is 2007. It has recently been reissued in digital format.

When Rory was child her older sister, Carleen, disappeared. In short order, her best friend also disappeared as well as several other girls in their town. Then Rory's father passed away, leaving her mentally ill mother behind. Rory couldn't handle it and left to become an artist. Her brother Kevin took care of her younger sister, Molly, and their mother for years. Now, Kevin an
Rachael Quinn
Aug 05, 2014 Rachael Quinn rated it really liked it
I finally did it, you guys. I finished a book! For a while there I was tearing through them fast and furious. Then life happened. But today is a day of getting stuff done!

Actually, this was a pretty enjoyable read. I don't usually go in for the whole thriller/mystery thing. It's not the subject matter so much as the writing style that usually turns me off. One book that EVERYBODY read and EVERYBODY loved turned me off by page 10. I don't want to feel like I am reading something that was written
Jul 19, 2013 Julianne rated it liked it
I 'read' this as an audio book and at first listen, was a bit put off by the reader in that the way she read seemed not quite comfortable with the story or, more so, the characters. She didn't understand the way each spoke, nor was able to effectively pull off character voices, making one sound contrived and then one too much like another.

The story itself was nice and twisted with several believable red herrings. However, I felt throughout the beginning, the sentence structure wasn't quite as h
Diane Morasco
I think of Wendy as a Gothic scribe for the now generation. Yep, no heaving bosoms, no heavy garb & no men treating her heroines like children or a fragile bird... puh-lease!

Wendy takes her heroines to the next level where the protagonist is in charge. Yes, the ladies are confident, intelligent, powerful, engaging, witty, attractive, and authentic! They don't need a man to survive in this world... they have them to add extra flavor to their lives. If they want their bosoms to heave that is t
Mar 06, 2012 Tamara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
My first Wendy Corsi Stuab book and definitely not my last. The story takes places in a small town in upstate New York, which I loved because I am from NY. The town is like most towns in the area but all is not as peaceful as it should be. The Connolly's who are the main characters in the book have been dealt a heavy blow, when their daughter Carleen goes missing many years ago. Her sister Rory gets hit the hardest when her best friend also goes missing shortly thereafter. Rory , returns home to ...more
Jun 07, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: slmta
The Anghardt house's current occupant, Michelle Randall, is about to give birth, and Molly babysits for Michelle's toddler, Ozzie, fearing every creak and thump from Ozzie's room. Crisis hits when Molly's best friend, Rebecca, disappears on the anniversary of Carleen's abduction, and the horrified townspeople direct renewed attention to Michelle's house. Staub's scary plot expertly mixes teen and adult perspectives and themes, but too often buries the action under passages of extended exposition ...more
Apr 10, 2009 Louise rated it really liked it
Very good suspense!!!

"Lake Charlotte. A quiet little town in upstate New York. The perfect place to raise a family. Or is it? People still talk about that summer ten years ago when four teenage girls mysteriously disappeared. No one remembers that summer more vividly than Rory Connelly. Her older sister, Carleen, vanished from her bed in the middle of the night, never to be seen again.

Now, ten years later, Rory is returning to a family that is falling apart...and to a fear she knows all too well
Teresa in Ohio
Feb 02, 2010 Teresa in Ohio rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
In a small town four teenage girls go missing one summer, no clues are every found and the mystery shrouds the town. Ten years later Rory returns home to tend to her mother and younger sister, so her brother can go live his life. As she tries to connect with Molly and deal with her mother's mental illness, memories are stirred up and that summer is happening all over again. Staub writes a good tight psychological thriller which keeps the pages turning. I couldn't read fast enough to get to the e ...more
Jul 07, 2007 Krystal rated it liked it
In starting this book, the thing seems so familiar...I have a feeling I got another double book...that is to say, bought a book I had previously bought and read. This is where this site will come in handy...I've literally read hundreds of books I can't begin to remember. Sucks that I prefer to buy than check out from the library, but serves me right for cutting out the middle man I guess.
Will keep reading to reaquaint myself with the story. If I remeber correctly I liked all right the first time
Jun 19, 2013 Naomi rated it really liked it
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3.5/5 Stars

My opinion: I have heard Wendy Staub referred to as a "beach read" author and I would agree. This book was a good read, but pretty light in its mystery and in depth writing. I must admit that she did throw in a nice twist at the end that I TOTALLY did not see coming, but it was a pretty predictable ride up to it with a bit too much drama for my liking. I would agree that I would consider this to be more of a light, beach read versus a deep mys
Rory Connolly returns for the summer to the home & memories that she ran away from years before & 4 unsolved cases of missing teenage girls. Two of them her older sister Carleen and her best friend Emily. It's been 10 years with no new leads and with her return, the small town of Lake Charlotte has once again become the focus of its horrid past. When a novice author shows up on her family's doorstep requesting information for a true crime book he's writing about the missing girls, Rory c ...more
Mar 28, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Wendy Corsi Staub that I read and I plan to read more. Honestly I never suspected who the killer was and I ended up being surprised because it wasn't what I expected. I couldn't put the book down because I wanted to know who did it. There were so many people on my suspect list, even the best friend of Rory's mom who was a nun. I just wanted to find out what happened to Rory's sister Carleen after she mysteriously disappeared.
Jennifer Foulks
Aug 11, 2012 Jennifer Foulks rated it liked it
While this book wasn't the best thriller ever, it did entertain me (which is the point, right?). I felt the author took too long to get to the point. She tried to have too many unanswered questions and thought provoking scenes. I felt it made the story a bit cheesy at points. Some of the characters were unnecessary and really had no point to the story. Other scenes seemed too contrived. All in all, I wanted to find out what happened, but I was irritated by the delivery.
Sep 24, 2013 Sueann rated it liked it
This is my first book by Wendy Corsi Staub and although I have only given it 3 stars this hasn't deterred me from reading other titles by this author.

Adequate suspensful mystery that kept me engaged and speculating, the draw back for me was that it seemed to take an awful long time to warm up and by the time it did get going it then appeared to rush to the end.

All in all an enjoyable read and worth the bargain Kindle price tag.

Aug 27, 2013 Mary rated it liked it
A creepy book with lots of twists and turns told in incredibly thrilling page turning suspense. Years ago, girls started to disappear in Rory's small New England town - including her sister and her best friend. Now Rory is back after years away and girls start to disappear again.
This reminded me of a Mary Higgins Clark in that it read quickly and was filled with potential suspects and has a headstrong but vulnerable heroine. Great beach read!
Jul 12, 2015 Everydayreader1 rated it it was amazing
All the Way Home by Wendy Corsi Staub is one of those books that keeps you reading, trying to fit the pieces together. And like any good mystery, the pieces don't fit together until the very end.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and recommend it to anyone who likes intrigue with romance and family relationships all mixed together.
Kristin Danko
Feb 11, 2016 Kristin Danko rated it it was amazing
Ten years after her sister has disappeared and their father has passed away, Rory returns home to upstate New York to help take care of her family. After she arrives, strange things start occurring on the block. Children start going missing, as well. Before it is too late, Rory must get to the bottom of what is happening.
Feb 16, 2012 Cactuskid rated it really liked it
A really good mystery and not full of all kinds of trash. Nice to read something so well written, easy to follow and not full of sex or foul language and yet not able to be able to figure it all out until the end. A quiet town in upstate New York where 4 teenage girls go missing, then 10 years later it seems to be happening all over again. I will look for more books by this author.
Aug 27, 2014 Renee rated it it was amazing
This was a really suspenseful book, about 4 teenage girls that got abducted in a small town. 10 years later Rory, a sister of one of the victims, returns home and to find herself in the same situation, where another girl is abducted. It is a story behind the scenes of how a family manages a tragic experience, how a family copes with a loss and how they move forward.
Sep 23, 2014 kozettekaysmith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super Read !

I just replaced one of my favorite Author's, Mary Higgins Clark, Wendy C. Staub is my thriller story teller. A story that keeps me on the edge, can't wait to get to the next page. This was so entertaining and really kept me guessing, loved the character's and I would recommend this book. Can't wait to read another.
Nyssa Hoerner
Aug 12, 2013 Nyssa Hoerner rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this! I like mysteries and this one was better written than many. I'd never read any of her stuff before, and I think this was a good intro. Her writing style reminds me of Alice Hoffman, which I think is a very positive thing. I hope if you decide to read this you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
This was an okay mystery. I read it via audiobook and am wondering if this affected my degree of likeability? The reader was very sing-songy and I wondered the entire book whether she was even paying attention to the dialog or just trying to make it sound as if she were? Probly missed out on lots of book while thinking about the manner of speaking I was listening to?
Christy Clemins-mccumbers
Oct 23, 2015 Christy Clemins-mccumbers rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I just could not put it down! This was one of those that kept me guessing right up until the end! I love a good Mystery and especially when I can't solve it! Too many times I read a book and can predict what is going to happen next! Not this one! Great twist!
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New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than seventy-five published novels and has sold more than four million books worldwide. Under her own name, Wendy achieved New York Times bestselling status with her single title psychological sus
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