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Seven Minutes to Noon

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  482 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
"A gripping story that pulls you in and doesn't let go until the end." -Book Review Caf


On a day that seems perfectly ordinary, Alice Halpern waits for her best friend at the playground where they always meet with their children in their comfortable Brooklyn neighborhood. But when Lauren doesn't come home, then fails to pick her son up from school, a normal d
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 3rd 2005 by Signet
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Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would have been 5 stars if the ending hadn’t been so horrible and abrupt.

A thriller about a group of friends whose friend goes missing and is very pregnant. They soon find out her missing case is similar to that of another pregnant woman who went missing. The group of friends and their children are soon drug into a ring of deceit, lies, and bone chilling revelations.

Honestly a great story until the epilogue. The ending so needed to be different.
Jan 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
A mediocre mystery/thriller. The police were busy but never really solved anything to completion. The story was sordid and pitiful. The author throws out so many red herrings that I thought I was swimming in a school of fish. The best scene in the book is the one where our main character talks to the butcher in the walk-in freezer, that was tense and creepy. The most realistic mystery/horror element in the book is the price of housing in Brooklyn.
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, drama
Katia Lief is one of my favorite authors right now. I found her books to be affordable on Barnes and Noble and I have purchased all that she has written. (I love affordable Ebooks!). This book is very good in the "oh my gosh, what if this happened to someone you know" feeling. I could not help but to actually feel scared for the characters and hope that all turned out well for them in the end. Can you imagine if your wife/husband never returned home one day? How your entire life would turn upsid ...more
Oct 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
3 friends who had children, went to the park together. 2 of whom owned a business. 2 were pregnant at the same time. One of the pregnant women was reported missing. She also had a husband and a 5 yr old son. 2 days later, she was found dead. Her unborn baby was stolen from her as well.
UGH!! How could anybody do that? Crude C-section!! Give me the shivers just thinging about it. Was this a black market scam or what? Did one of the friends--wives or husbands-- commit such a violent acts?? Definite
Jul 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
I found this book interesting in the way it made me suspicious of first one character, then another. I always like mysteries that I can't figure out right away. This story is told from the point of view of a pregnant woman friend of the first victim rather than from the detectives who solve the crime, so we never know completely what the detectives know. The plot was maybe a little far-fetched, but it was good escapist summer reading.
Oct 13, 2008 rated it liked it
I don't usually read thrillers, but a friend of mine from college wrote this book, and I'm glad she did. It takes place in the familiar neighborhood of Carroll Gardens, in the familiar social network of a certain type of woman with young children in such neighborhoods, and the victim is one of our own... creepy. But "Kate Pepper" evokes this world with a sureness of touch and ample detail. I guess I'm a sucker for books that take place in Brooklyn.
Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Karen by: Rochelle Hadad
Shelves: entertainment
I learned that I don't like suspense. Once, I watched "wait until dark" starring Audrey Hepburn. and literally jumped out of my seat and ran in to the other room... I should have known that reading suspenseful books would be worse :) Otherwise a good read.
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was third or so Katia Lief book and my last. Didn't enjoy the characters, storyline was hard to believe and ending was abrupt and because I hate to finish a book, found myself skipping through to the end.
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I love this book, your interest is peaked after page 2 and you can't put it down!!!
Nov 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a goos suspense novel.
This was an "edge of your seat" suspense novel. I really enjoyed it. This was the second book I've read by this author. So far she is two for two.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
In 'Seven Minutes to Noon', Alice's worry about her friend Lauren's failure to meet up like they always do escalates when her whereabouts remain unknown. Lauren is due to give birth anytime soon and as Alice herself is expecting as well, she begins to fear for her own safety. What has happened to Lauren? Will Alice suffer the same fate or will she have the happy ending she longs for?

This book started off promising only to progressively go nowhere, thanks to the uneventful chapters, long-winded s
Bev Taylor
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was the time that lauren was murdered and her baby ripped from her womb

her body was found in the canal 3 days later and an artist was the last person to see her alive crossing the bridge.

alice and maggie r her best friends and like sisters. their families stand together as the investigations continue but then alice has the feeling that she is being followed. add to that she is being evicted - as lauren was - and she is understandably stressed

it also transpires that a 9 month pregnant wom
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
„Seitse minutit enne keskpäeva“ , selle pealkirja taga on õõvastav lugu armukadedusest, petmisest, suhetest perekonnas. Põnev mõrvalugu. Seitse minutit enne keskpäeva on Alice õe Laureni surma aeg. Lauren, nagu Alich isegi, oli viimast lõppu rase. OLI, sest ta mõrvati jõhkral moel. Tema beebi aga jäi kadunuks. Seesama beebi, kes jõhkralt laibast välja lõigati.
Kes küll sellise jõhkruse suutis toime panna. Ja miks? See selgub suhteliselt raamatu lõpus. Nagu ikka kahtlustatakse kogu aj
Dec 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Singletary by: yard sale, I got taken
WARNING: May contain a spoiler!

I wish there were an option for no stars.

This is a really horrible book. The author blathers uncontrollably with drivel. I had a hard time keeping characters straight. Probably because I lost interest in the story so many times. As for Sylvie, I still don't know who she was, or Analise, for that matter. Was one of them really Judy's daughter?
Now, the thing that makes this SO unbelievable...A little background first. Lauren is a friend of Alice. They are both preg
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disconcertingly cosy view of Brooklyn - that also never mentions Manhattan.
It was OK - especially since it cost all of 50p - but curiously uninvolving and certainly never scary.
My main gripe (trivial though it is) is that on my eReader I only ever get the option of small / medium / large font & always go with small but in this edition the small font is too large - barely 2 paragraphs per page. It wasn't as bad as when you accidentally pick up a large-print book & it shouts at you but it
Tracy Santoria
This is a hard book to review. I read it on a recommendation from someone. I wanted something other than the romance novels that were filling up my nook so I figured why not.
I know it's going to be a great book when I have a hard time putting it down. Unfortunately I was able to put this one down. Don't get me wrong, the book was good but it dragged in areas and failed to keep my attention.
The concept of the story was great but the presentation could have used more work.
I rated this 3 stars b
Vanessa Mellor
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katie Lief is very talented, the way she writes brings you into the story like your there in the middle of it all, the small attention to detail makes her stories so real life. Found it very hard to stop reading as was dreading but excited about what was to happen next. You won't be disappointed I promise. Great read (as all her books)
Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
lamish, not all that suspenseful, hard to relate to people who describe others as greedy while trying to buy a 1.2 million dollar home, weirdly neglectful of the children while deifying pregnancy
Ruby Regnier
Apr 01, 2008 rated it liked it
This is a mystery book; It has an attractive female detective an FBI profiler and the author makes it all a very "sit on the edge of your chair" type of book.

The reason I read mystery books is to try & figure out the clues to solve the mystery.
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das erste Buch was ich von Kate Pepper gelesen habe und war gleich sehr zufrieden damit. Eine Schwangere Frau und ein Mörder, der Schreibstil einfach sehr gut umgesetz in der Geschichte. Hat spaß gemacht zu lesen.
Leonie Byrne
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic little novel from Katia Lief this one however disappointed me in some ways purely for the fact it was quite predictable and a not quite as fast and intense as some of her other novels but overall a good read!
this was a good book. it had many twists and turns. but could have had a better ending.
Jun 11, 2009 rated it liked it
An okay mystery
Dennis Cook
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: katia-lief
Another really great book. It was full of twists and unexpected outcomes - - I would recommend this to any reader who likes a mystery suspense.
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the story. The characters were believable and the story was full of twists and turns. It was a good mystery with just enough suspense...
Lindsay Allen
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great page turner that kept me on edge through the ending!
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommend reading, not for the faint of heart.
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Slow-paced and too long drawn-out. I found myself just scanning the second half of the book, trying to get the big mystery. And when it came, it was a little underwhelming.
Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction, kindle
An interesting story with an overly involved plot and very little action. I found the author tended to waffle at times making some passages overly long.
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book up until the last chapter. Terrible ending. It was pointless. If the author wasn't going to properly explain then she should've just left it out.
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