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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  9,833 ratings  ·  300 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.
Paperback, 496 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Pocket Books (first published 1990)
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Tan It is extremely violence.. Actually never read a book with so much blood

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Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
What did I just read? That was insane! A crazy ride to crazy town and then some. Thanks for recommending this Mort 😊.

The opening scene hits you like a sledge hammer and it never lets up. Mary Terrell aka Mary Terror was part of a radical left wing group in the 60s called the Storm Front. Their raison d’être was to kill the agents of the Mindfuck state (ie the ‘pigs’ and others in authority) Well, they were pretty high on drugs, acid mainly and any number of other things most of the time. Their l
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I believe this is McCammon's most captivating novel; it's a crazy tense suspense thriller that (forgive the cliché) is very difficult to put down. The characters seem over-the-top by description, but parents will be more easily able to understand and sympathize. The 1960's-era philosophies are not as widely understood now as they were when the book appeared, but I believe their presented sympathetically and coherently. McCammon presents fear as well here as well as anyone, and shows that the hum ...more
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
Titas (I read in bed)
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Patrick Kiernan
From start to finish this was fast paced, for a nearly 500 page book it kept my attention the whole way through. I think I've found an author I'm going to like.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-list-2018
This book was amazing! Another winner from Mr. McCammon! Tense from the first page and only rockets forward from there. I don’t think I’ve ever been this stressed reading a book, and I mean that in the best possible way! It’s a shame Mr. McCammon’s books are so hard to find in print. This guy should be a household name.
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
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 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dierdra McGill
Dec 29, 2011 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 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ha-tbr-2017
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.
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 another good read by this author, can't wait to read some more!
Daniel Corey
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Annie Wilkes: meet Mary Terror. I think you two are going to be good friends!

Wow. Just ... wow. What a relentlessly twisted and ruthless monster of a woman. Mary Terror is one of the most terrifying and despicable villains I’ve come across on the printed page. This book offers a fascinating dual character study: an in-depth look at the inner workings of an utter psychopath, and a woman who goes from living a life of comfort to being completely thrown into a nightmarish cross-country life-or-deat
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have no words for this book other than this is easily the best book i have read this year.

McCammon shows the reader a psychopath like no other. Even the devils in Hell will fear her. My heart is still racing a day after finishing the book.
Kevin Lucia
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's easy to see how Robert McCammon eventually felt called to writing historical fiction. This isn't just a cross-country thriller, it's a treatise about those who'd gotten caught up in the turbulent sixties - those who'd dreamed big and dreamed of freedom, and those caught up in the often violent radicalism of the time - and how they felt left adrift in the consumerism and materialism of the late eighties/early nineties. In anyone else's hands, that would've been lost in the violence of Mary T ...more
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
More known for his works of horror in the 80s, McCammon strikes for a pure thriller here in 1990 and hits at least a triple. Mine has two main leads-- Mary Terror, an ex (or not so ex) radical from the 60s and Laura, a former flower child and now a new suburban housewife/mother. We know from the back cover that Mary will steal Laura's child and Laura will go after her, and the last 300 pages or so involve that chase (and oh, what a chase). McCammon really drives you along here and while the book ...more
Casey Bartsch
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Lance Dale
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is just another in the list of solid books by Robert McCammon. He always delivers. Speaking of delivering, if you are expecting a baby in the near future, you might want to steer clear of this one.
R.J. Roles
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books
Really enjoyed this one, as always, Mccammon delivers a fantastic story.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 - One of the most brutal villains McCammon as ever created. The ending is a little long winded but still a solid novel.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Solid enough little horror
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Robert Rick McCammon was a full-time horror writer for many years. Among his many popular novels were the classics Boy's Life and Swan Song. 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.

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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.” 15 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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