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Island of Lost Girls by Jennifer McMahon
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Jul 17, 2008

it was amazing
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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 incident, Rhonda can only watch—paralyzed. Afterward, Rhonda’s guilt thrusts her into the middle of the hunt to find the little girl. As she gets closer and closer to the truth behind the bizarre kidnapping, she’ll also uncovers deep secrets—and another mysterious disappearance—from her childhood.

What McMahon is able to do so well, is keep the reader guessing while at the same time drawing them into the drama of Rhonda's childhood circle of friends, who have never been completely honest with her. Equally adept at writing beautiful imagery and enduring characters, while still building dramatic tension as she uncovers the crime, McMahon deftly handles difficult subjects such as kidnapping and child abuse while still keeping the reader turning the page.
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