Friday, January 11, 2013

Review - and she was

Title: and she was
Author: Alison Gaylin
Publisher: Harper; Original edition (February 21, 2012)
Format: Paperback; Pgs 384
Genre: Suspense
Source: Amazon Vine
Series: Brenna Spector #1

Wow. Just as you are trying to sort out each character and their relation to the story, you are confronted with weighing their good and their bad and does any good that they have done, justify the bad that they were ultimately responsible for.

I can sit in the middle of a very loud area and read a book, usual distractions do not bother me, but when I sat down with this book, I needed absolute quite. I was so intent on the story and the revelations that I did not want to miss a thing. When you begin this book, you have no ideas the ride that the author is taking you on and when you reach the end, you are left shocked at where it had started has lead you to this point.

Since the disappearance of her sister Clea in 1981, Brenna Spector, a missing person’s investigator, has developed Hyperthymestic Syndrome, which gives her perfect autobiographical memory – every word, every moment, every detail. Something that has come in very handy in her daily work.

Brenna is still trying to put the pieces together that surrounded Clea’s disappearance, so when she is asked to look into the disappearance of Carol Wentz which ties into an eleven-year-old case of Brenna’s involving the disappearance of six-year-old Iris Neff. Old memories and new facts involving the missing bring unresolved pains and new hurts together on a collision course.

When Carol disappeared, her wallet was found in the abandoned home of Lydia Neff, the mother of the missing little girl. Instantly, upon the phone call from Detective Morasco, Brenna is thrown back into her recollections of trying to find a little girl that just disappeared one day from a neighbor’s barbeque. As the story unfolds, intermingled with the memories of her older sister’s disappearance, the reader hops onto Brenna’s roller coaster that immerses the reader in a wild ride of secrets and deceptions that envelope anyone that had ever known Iris or Carol or Lydia.

This novel of suspense will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. By the time you put this book down, you will be shocked and mortified. How could something so mundane in the mind of a bitter individual lead to this outcome. A phenomenal book by a phenomenal talent.

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