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Five Days in Summer

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,059 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews


Before the long drive home from vacation on Cape Cod, Emily Parker made a quick run to the grocery store...and disappeared. When her car is found abandoned in the parking lot, her husband, Will, turns to a retired FBI profiler named John Geary for help. As her family scours the Cape for her, Emily's thoughts are not o
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 6th 2004 by Onyx (first published 2004)
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Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
The ending was a surprise but not justified.

This was really good. When you think you knew who the bad guy was you were proven wrong. Emily, wife and mother of 3 heads to the grocery store. And doesn't come back. Will, the husband finds himself in the worst possible nightmare once he finds out about his wife. The story is told over a period of 5 days and every chapter , leaves you yearning for more. The only thing I was a bit off on was the ending. But even then, I still liked the ending. If you like crime, suspense and a good story telli
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mother disappears while on a grocery shopping errand. Involves dad, grandma, two children and some unlikely cops. Keeps you turning the pages, but the grandmother was a little too stupid for my taste.
Bad Girl Bex
Actually this was pretty good. Started it assuming I wouldn't like it or care about the woman in it (can't say I really thought much about her at all anyway) but none of that mattered really. This book was mostly about guys. The guys in the missing woman's life - her husband and two sons (grandma was a dull old bag, daughter just a whiny baby), the police officers and FBI agents and the perp (who I did actually have pegged). Sure there's a female cop helping to drive the investigation, but all I ...more
Edward Melendez
Ich weiß nicht, ob ich es nicht so gut gefunden habe, weil ich lerne Deutsch gerade (aber ich habe fast alle verstanden) oder weil das Buch nicht ausgezeichnet ist.
Ich meine, es ist gut aber nicht so gut. Das Ende war eine Überraschung. Trotzdem war das Rest des Buches nur eben, flach.
Kaum Spannung, keine Angst vor dem Täter als ich gelesen habe.
Keine Ahnung, vielleicht war nur ich, vielleicht ist das Buch.
Scarlett Haymore
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome!!!!
Gloria Feit
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The events in the book take place, as the title implies, over a five-day period. As it opens, on September 3, 2001 [and that specific date is significant], Emily Parker, a young wife and mother, has left her children - - a one-year- old girl and two boys, ages seven and eleven - - with her mother to run a small shopping errand. She never returns from that chore, and there is no clue as to what has happened to her. Vacationing in Cape Cod, the family had been scheduled to return to New York City ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It isn't very often that I read a book that I have to put down and walk away from in order to collect myself emotionally before continuing to read it. However, with this book, I found myself only able to read about 15 pages before having to set it aside and go kiss, love and squeeze every single one of my children--and yes that includes the dog! LOL. I'm not sure what it was about this book that made me feel this way, it isn't as though I've never read books that follow this same basic plot line ...more
Sara Townsend
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
On a hot September day in 2001, Emily Parker goes to a grocery store in Cape Cod and never comes home again. Her husband reports her missing, but he feels his pleas are not being taken seriously, with Emily being dismissed as another wife who’s left her husband.

Only one man appears to show an interest – retired FBI profiler John Geary. One of Geary’s unsolved cases involved tracking a serial killer, who struck every seven years in September. The killer would always target a mother. First the mo
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Katia Lief (also known as Kate Pepper) has written lots of books but I quite enjoyed her book Hide and Seek which was released in 2010. This new stand alone (in the US published under the Title Five Days In Summer) sounded interesting and I was looking forward to reading it. Emily Parker is enjoying time with her three young children and decides to make a quick run top the grocery store. That is the last time her children see her, and pretty soon it becomes clear to her husband Will and mother S ...more
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had a lot of promise, but fell short of my expectations. Where the writing crackles in one scene (and it really can be excellent), it fizzles in the next, overwrought and inevitably pointless (in terms of plot, that is; paragraphs of detail on the young cop's heritage or the elderly mother's past do not help me solve mysteries). The mystery element of the book, especially the ending, was unsatisfying for me as I felt the reader was hand-fed clues so it was inevitable and still kind of ...more
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a mind blowing read. Kate Pepper the author captures you from the first page this is a real talent. The characters were so well written and believable. Emily the mother, her two boys David and Sam and baby daughter Maxi have been holidaying at their gran's a beach house. Now it is time to take the kids home as they will be starting school. Before she goes she decides to pay a call to the supermarket to stock up the groceries. While she is in the supermarket she encounters a strange man ...more
Jan 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
After a lot of thought and trying my best with this one, I admit to defeat and have given up with it.

This is just not as gripping as her previous books.
I have been reading this for 5 days now and still only 170 pages into it.
I unfortunately just can't get into it and cannot get the enthusiam to even pick it up to continue reading.

It's very unlike me and I hate to give up on a book but I cannot continue reading when I'm not enjoying it.

The story is extremely slow going for my taste and once the
Christine bonner
Emily Parker and her 3 children are on a holiday at her Mother's place, While Sarah her mum looks after the children, Emily goes to shop to top up her mums cupboards, she buys some corn but a funny man who she calls the corn man is touching all the corns he is behind her at the checkout and put the corn on in lots of.
Emily goes to the car park and put all the shopping in the car. she talks to her Husband Will on the phone and that the last any one see's of her. When she don't come home Will driv
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: darkish, read-in-2008
Sometimes I need a week for a book, not only because I don't have enough time to read but also because a story doesn't interest me that much or it is interesting but strenuous to read. This one here I read in something like 28 hours (so two evenings, a lunch break and even at the breakfast table!)

It was a gripping story, one of the kind where you can easily imagine yourself being the victim. That makes it even more creepy! As the story unfolds we're presented with the viewpoints of different ch
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, 2012
This is an excellent thriller. It's dark, disturbing, pure psychological and suspenseful. On a typical summer afternoon, Emily Parker disappears in Cape Cod. A madman abducted her. We're warped inside her head as a hostage for the next five days and a search start for her. We see how her family reacts and panics, when they learn about the serial killer. Enter a former FBI profiler, John Geary, and his best friend, Roger Bell to solve the case, while we learn about Emily's family and the people i ...more
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book. Truly. That said reading this book was aggravating. I have never just wanted a book to be over before. I'm never one to simply give up and close the covers prior to reaching the end but it was difficult to hold onto that resolve this time.

The prologue was promising and had me hooked and anxious to see what was to come. I am sad to report that if you enjoy the prologue, do not expect the rest of the book to follow through. I had a hard time caring about any of
Gracy DSouza
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great start in the beginning, full of suspense and thrill with the race-against-time factor! However, somewhere in between the plot starts to fall apart losing some of its pace and thrill. Characters lack depth, and even the cops and the FBI profiler John Geary could not weave in any magic to keep the suspense elevated in between. It could have been a great cop-killer chase story, but unfortunately it wasn't. Also in between there were some flashbacks of martial art and meditation nonsense happe ...more
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book was not for me, so my review isn't so much about the quality of the book as it is the content. Too violent and too disturbing. Not really the kind of thing I would choose to read for fun (it was a book club selection). I prefer my beach reading to be romantic or funny, not gory and shocking.

It's a page-turner for sure, but there were a lot of parts that gave details that were clearly not relevant to the plot (lengthy descriptions of random FBI agents or scenery) that I was too impatien
Lindsay Allen
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a page turner! I'm so glad I was recommended this author. As a fan of thrillers and super quick reads, like anything by James Patterson, Katia Lief kept me on edge. I finished this book in 3 evenings, one in particular that kept me up past 2am!

Story is solid, ending was an unexpected twist. Started reading this in the spring so it made me look forward to the summer, in a bizarre way.

If you like quick, nail-biting reads, this is your book. Just be prepared to be up all night trying to
Feb 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young mother is snatched from the parking lot of a Cape Cod supermarket. Police and family have not a single clue as to why or who could have perpetrated the crime. Enter a retired FBI agent and a soon-to-be retired professor/author who have a theory that this kidnapping might be part of a serial killer's plan. Suspenseful, great setting, a nice beach read, which is just what I was looking for.
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the reviews and the prolouge, I figured i'd give this book a shot, and I am glad I did!
For me this book was intense! I liked how you get a glimpse into the killers mind. You also get a sense of how close this family is and their background, not just on the family, but the main characters throughout the book as well.
This book is a total page turner, intense, and keeps the readers interest. Definitely a book I recommend! I look forward to checking out more books by this author.
Laura Turner
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fourth book in a row by Katia Lief that I have read and I am now disappointed that I have no more by her to read :(

What a great thriller!! Unlike her three previous books surrounding Karin Schaeffer, this one focused on Dr John Geary. With an amazing fast paced plot, it was difficult at times to actually take a break from reading and with an unexpected character turning out to be the killer - I can say for the fourth time ... Katia Lief again has not failed!
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. This is the second book I've read by Katia Lief and I've loved both of them. Quick, exciting reads. These are not great works of literature by any means, but they are well writing crime novels that usually keep me up WAY too late at night because I can't wait to find out what happens. I'd highly recommend them to anyone wanting a good, quick read. And many of her books are only $.99 for the Nook at Barnes & Noble, so you can't go wrong. ;)
Apr 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Carrie K.
Shelves: 2008-reads
I'll admit after reading the first two paragraphs, with the main character held captive pumped full of a muscle inhibitor that paralyzed her but left her fully aware, I put the book down. Too afraid to read more.
But luckily (for me at least) the book doesn't spend a lot of time on what happens to Emily beyond that.
What unfolds is an excellent book, full of twists and turns and secrets.
A good thriller. A super fast read. Excellent if you are on the beach at the Cape.
Jen Blood
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written, compelling, expertly plotted. Lief's ability to get inside her characters' heads during an incredibly tense and disturbing case means that her readers have a front-row seat through the twists and turns of a mother's abduction by a serial kidnapper/killer. The characters are well-drawn and believable, the pacing is tight, and the plot itself is a nail-biter, to say the least. Highly recommended to anyone who appreciates a well-crafted mystery.
Kayleigh Slater
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This thrilling novel was full of suspense and twists at every turn. Right when you think you have things figured out and the killer pinned, the author throws in a new clue for your mind to grasp. The middle was a bit slow, but when the ending comes around, the middle makes more sense and it all comes together smoothly. This was one of my favorite crime novels I have ever read!
Cherie Reeves
another one of my bargain books. I enjoyed this story. A woman is kidnapped after making a quick trip to the grocery store. A retired FBI takes interest in her case, and discovers her captor is a serial killer....not of the mothers, but of the young sons. Fast paced, emotional, roller coaster ride of a book. Boy I wasn't expecting the ending. Fooled me.
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I actually did like this book, but at the same time it was just too disturbing for me. Maybe because I have four boys, including a 7 year old son, and it was just too horrible to even imagine. If I had known it would be about mothers watching their children be cut apart I would not have read it.
Nicolle Franchot
This book had me torn on several occassions to walk away from it. I had to keep reading to find out what happened next. In the ending chapters, my heart was racing, very anxious, and found myself skipping ahead a few lines because the suspense was overwhelming only to find out my suspected killer was wrong! Great book!
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