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Island of Lost Girls

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  11,064 ratings  ·  1,217 reviews
While parked at a gas station, Rhonda sees something so incongruously surreal that at first she hardly recognizes it as a crime in progress. She watches, unmoving, as someone dressed in a rabbit costume kidnaps a young girl. Devastated over having done nothing, Rhonda joins the investigation. But the closer she comes to identifying the abductor, the nearer she gets to the ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2008)
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Diana It took a while to get good, but the way it wrapped up pushed it to 5 star for me.

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The initial premise of this novel seems quite intriguing and promising but it very quickly degenerates into a very clichéd and mundane story. This is a book of two stories, the first that of a little girl abducted by someone dressed as a rabbit. The witness has a second story of her childhood experiences when another adult who dressed as a rabbit disappeared, along with his daughter. The story of the modern day abduction felt incredibly contrived and extremely far-fetched, and it felt like the a ...more
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Edited to change misinformation. While it did not change from first to third person it still was not written well and the story was not done well.

That should only be 1.5 stars and that is being generous. The main character, Rhonda, is just annoying. She's been pining away after Peter, her childhood friend since she was eleven, but she's twenty three now and has made no move to get a life. She's just graduated from college and is getting gas when she sees a person dressed in a bunny suit abduct a
Pete Sikora
Sep 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: book marketing people
When you walk into some restaurants, you know they're designed by consultants. That's this book's feel - assembled from a marketing menu.

(reader note: I am revealing a plot detail - stop now if you care) Just like with a restaurant consultant bringing in mini-burgers, we get the short chapters... we get the carefully designed cover... we get the molested kid. And we get the faux-suspense, with a set-up for twists at the end. Alas - the last fifty pages suck too.

The two minutes it will take you
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: April 22, 2008
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

This book was pretty good, although after reading the blurb I was expecting a bit more. You see, the blurb leads you to believe that this story is going to be insanely creepy (i.e. a person in a rabbit costume kidnaps a girl...) but I felt a little let down because it honestly wasn't creepy at all. Instead, we are taken on a "hunt" with the heroine and trying to figure out the pieces not only to this one disappearance, but some that have tak
Dec 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book was just as awesome as the other one I've read from Jennifer. I would recommend these books to anyone who likes a good mystery, since both times I thought I had it figured out but then I turned out to be all wrong. And I love it when that happens!! Hopefully she will continue to come up with such amazing stories.
May 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sandra
I recently read a positive review of this novel and picked it up at a local bookshop. The main character, Rhonda, is filling her car with gas at a local gas station and witnesses a person dressed in a rabbit costume abduct a 6 year old girl while the girl's mother is inside the station buying lottery tickets. Riddled with guilt over her failure to take action, Rhonda becomes obsessed with aiding in the search for the little girl and does an investigation of her own. At the same time, Rhonda conf ...more
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
This book is a bit hard to rate. Parts of it were good, parts were... not so good. The description led me to believe that there would be some sort of strong tie-in between two separate disappearances, but it hardly even got into one of them. I was certain of at least part of the conclusion from nearly the beginning, though a part of it surprised me. Two of three twists/surprises I had figured out from a few chapters in. The last left me feeling meh. And I did have a major problem with part of th ...more
Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm just starting this book but I'm finding myself stuck on this: "Trudy's nails were no joke. They were two inches long, filed to points, and showed off a fresh coat of reddish orange that reminded Rhonda of a bleeding Creamsicle."

Ummm... What? is that supposed to be a real person?


This was a quick and easy read for me. The plot was not terribly simple and only slightly predictable. This is certainly not a piece of literary art. However, it's interesting enough to be a good way to
Sandi Van
Aug 20, 2008 rated it liked it
This book was hard to get into at first, but it ends up being a decent little mystery that I couldn't put down for the last 50 or so pages. A young woman witnesses a kidnapping but does nothing to stop it. Her guilt sends her on the quest to find the kidnapper (who happens to be dressed as a rabbit) who she worries might be her childhood love. The book alternates between the present (2006) and the past (1993), to a memorable summer that slowly unravels clues to the mystery. There really are two ...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
This is a story of memories and filling in the blanks, of giant white rabbits, yellow submarines and Neverland. I really enjoyed the novel, perhaps not quite to the extent of The Winter People, but my second favorite of what I've read by McMahon.

Some Favorite Passages:

"You did nothing!" Trudy called back. "You sat on your fucking fat ass and watched my little girl get taken away!"
". . . I'll be damned if that little twat is going to sit on her fat ass eating my sandwiches thinking she's
Sara Strand
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Now, I've reviewed another book by this author and I was blown away. I will say that this book captured me right away and I really like how this author creates a story line and builds characters. I may not always like the character (and truth be told I felt like punching Rhonda for being a whining baby about everything and is just too "woe is me" for me to like her.) but I like the role they play in the story.

I felt this book really captured the fascination of child abductions and it made you fe
Jul 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-harper-books
Luckily, there's no sophomore slump here. If anything in her new novel, Jennifer McMahon's writing is even more assured. She brings back many of the elements of mystery and memory that made her debut PROMISE NOT TO TELL such as success.

Rhonda Farr never expected to get caught in the middle of a crime. On her way to a job interview, sitting in her car at the gas station, she watches as someone in a big white rabbit costume grabs a young girl from a nearby car. Confused by the absurdity of the inc
Cristine Mermaid
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Addictive with it's twists and turns. At first, there were way too many characters to keep straight but that may have had to do with the fact that I wasn't able to read without massive interruptions. The characters were interesting, complex and almost exaggerated but in an appealing way. The book seems to be about one thing, "who is the bunny who kidnapped the girl" but was more about the main character's journey to self and understanding her past and her present. I did figure out the BIG SECRET ...more
Dawn G
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I believe this is my favorite book of 2015! McMahon established herself as a story teller with this one; not all authors, even some of those whose books I have also given 5 stars, are worthy of that title. Intricately woven plot, good character development and surprise after surprise made me finish this book in two sittings. Were there a few things that made me scratch my head and say, "What the....?", yes. However; it was in the way McMahon revealed the story, like peeling back layers of an oni ...more
Babus Ahmed
Sep 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Somehow this kidnap thriller mystery mostly missed the mark for me. I didn't find it awful but just wasn't interested or invested in the characters enough to really like it. I could feel the intrigue but the lacklustre characters did not set off the story like I hoped.

This read definitely has a few twists but overall seemed a mediocre and sometimes laborious read.
Dec 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to get a galley of this thoroughly engrossing novel (scheduled for release in May.) It is the best kind of mystery, one that explores not only the who dunnit, but probes deeply into the dark questions of the human heart.
”We believe what we want to believe, even when the truth is right under our noses.”

First things first, let’s get this conspiracy theory out of the way…
And after reading this book, I’m firmly convinced of that theory. This book will do to the Easter Bunny what Stephan King did to clowns. You’ll never look at those suckers the same way ever again.

Poor Peter Cottontail!! He doesn’t deserve this!

Rhonda Farr can hardly believe her eyes when she observes an abduction of a child by a person… in a b
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Jan 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
I read another book by McMahon, 'Promise Not to Tell' and from what I remember, as it was quite some years ago, I enjoyed it. So I thought I would give this one a try too. I wish I hadn't.

Rhonda is sitting at a gas station, waiting for her car to fill up, when she sees a 6' tall, white rabbit abduct a little girl from the back of a car. She doesn't realize what really happened in front of her until it is too late. Now ridden with guilt, she dedicates her time to helping find this little girl, al
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Alice in Wonderland" was a book that I enjoyed in my childhood, but that somehow creeped me out. There is something very unnatural about someone named the Mad Hatter, who, by the way, will be played by Johnny Depp in an upcoming version (run to your local theater and see "Public Enemies"). While some kids (and adults) just fell into this world with no problem, the analytical side of me did not really want to read about a cat who smiled all the time and about two creatures named Tweedledum and T ...more
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
So, this is the last McMahon that I had put on ereserve (whew). This was better than Don't Breathe a Word, about the same as Winter People (but different). I still maintain that Promise Not to Tell is the best. The rest of these are just middling-murder books. On a side note, my 12 year old is just loving them.

This one was still not quite believable (I thought the whole Pat as the Rabbit was just unrealistic) for the whodunit, but the overall story was compelling. I wasn't sure why Peter didn't
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book was a bit of a mess. In my quest to find another author of a good thriller I stumbled upon this book which I was assured was on the same level as a Chevy Stevens novel. Let me assure you that this is indeed not anywhere near that level. In fact I suspect that Chevy Stevens could write a more thrilling grocery list than this. I should have known anything that starts with someone being kidnapped by a dude in a bunny suit just doesn't have the makings of a good thriller. I was willing to ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Jennifer McMahon seems to be one of those writers who gets better with time or age. Since I have been reading her books out of chronological order, it's a bit disorienting, but her debut novel was an ok read, this sophomore effort a bit better and Dismantled was significantly better, which, of course, leaves a reader excited to watch this author's progress and looking forward to new books. McMahon has a schtick that works for her and her books are all a variation of the tightly knit circle of fr ...more
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
For me this book started a little slowly -- lots of characters blurred between two time periods so I slightly lost track of the main plot line. About a few chapters in I was hooked and read the rest of this tangled web of a mystery in one sitting. Overall, a pretty good read, but the hurried, early peaking ending of one of the plot lines seemed an amateur way to segue to the ending. I kept thinking it should have been better!
Jacki Potratz
May 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
I really wanted to like this as much as her first book Promise Not to Tell (2007), but I was kind of disappointed because it wasn't difficult to figure out the twists and turns of the plot. It's not fun to read a 'whodunit' if you know who it is by page 30...
Jul 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
I am so scared of kidnappings and that sort of thing, but then I read books like this. Picked this up at one of those read and returns at the airport. It was ok
May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
McMahon does for the Easter Bunny in Island what Steven King did for clowns in It
Sep 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Rhonda Farr, the protagonist of Jennifer McMahon’s second novel Island of Lost Girls, has stopped at the Mini Mart for gas when she sees something that sends her reeling back through her past. A gold VW Beetle pulls up next to her, a car she recognizes, but instead of being driven by the eccentric Laura Lee, it’s being driven by a large, white rabbit.

…when the rabbit got out of the car, there in the Pat’s Mini Mart parking lot at quarter to three on a Monday afternoon, it didn’t occur to Rhonda
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
If it is possible to say for a mystery thriller style book but this was a fun read! Being such a short book, it certainly does pack a punch and fits in quite a lot of twists and turns along the way.

There are two separate main time lines in this story - one is back in the past and the disappearance of Lizzie and one is the disappearance of a new girl. Both had mention of a rabbit in some way - either they were in the woods with a rabbit or was taken by someone dressed as one. This is one of those
Melissa Newhauser
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love all of Jennifer McMahon's books and this one is no exception.
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I'm the author of nine suspense novels, including Promise Not to Telll, The Winter People, and most recently, The Invited. I live in central Vermont with my partner and daughter, in an old Victorian that some neighbors call The Addams Family house.

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