Sunday, March 1, 2009

island of lost girls by jennifer mcmahon

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.

i don't have much to say. your novel was entertaining and a solid read. it's like jodi picoult meets tana french's in the woods. yet, i didn't become obsessed with your story the way i do jodi's. she's my guilty pleasure reading. i think maybe because your mystery wasn't as strong, it felt a little forced. when the "bad guy" is revealed i kind of went, huh. didn't see that coming. and not because you'd given so many great, and possible, red herrings. it just felt like a stretch. lizzy, peter, tock, and rhonda have a great, and creepy story. i got a lot from them. not so much from ernie. she felts like a random victim and the motivation for her kidnapping wasn't as good as it could have been. i also didn't really care about her, or finding her. she was just a meaningless name. a girl on the milk carton.  but i will say that you are good with the twists. oh! and your warped inclusion of fairy tales and childhood stories, like peter pan was pretty awesome. 

you shall remain on my list of authors to keep around. perhaps some of your other books deliver the "who donnit?" better. i have faith in you.

dutifully yours,
a lone reader

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