Island of Lost Girls by Jennifer McMahon

77%

6 Critic Reviews

McMahon expertly shifts between pivotal events in the past and present-day action, building tension to a resolution both poignant and shattering.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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 troubling truth about another missing child: her best friend, Lizzy, who vanished years before.

From the author of the acclaimed Promise Not to Tell comes a chilling and mesmerizing tale of shattered innocence, guilt, and ultimate redemption.

 

About Jennifer McMahon

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Jennifer McMahon is the author of Don't Breathe a Word, Dismantled, the New York Times bestseller Island of Lost Girls, and the breakout debut novel Promise Not to Tell. She grew up in suburban Connecticut, and graduated from Goddard College in 1991. Over the years, she has been a house painter, farm worker, paste-up artist, pizza delivery person, homeless shelter staff member, and has worked with mentally ill adults and children in a few different capacities. Currently, she lives in Vermont with her partner, Drea, and their daughter, Zella.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 271 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Island of Lost Girls
All: 6 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average

McMahon’s well-crafted—if formulaic—sophomore effort.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Mar 03 2008

McMahon expertly shifts between pivotal events in the past and present-day action, building tension to a resolution both poignant and shattering.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Jan 22 2011

...ISLAND OF LOST GIRLS caused my heart to race and my breath to catch. I was afraid to keep turning pages, yet couldn't resist reaching the conclusion...

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Bestsellersworld

Good
on Apr 22 2008

From the author of the acclaimed Promise Not to Tell comes a chilling and mesmerizing tale of shattered innocence, guilt, and ultimate redemption.

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Boston.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Hallie Ephron on May 25 2008

...this book is un-put-downable from page 1. The writing is exquisite and often very funny, and themes of childhood and loss resonate.

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Seven Days

Below average
Reviewed by Margot Harrison on Jun 25 2008

While McMahon does pull off a couple of vivid scenes...most of her characters and situations feel like sketches, frustratingly unrealized.

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