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Annabelle has had many names in her life - Sally, Cindy, Lucille. Though her father moved her from city to city from the age of ten, changing names, houses, careers and histories every few months, Annabelle never knew what they were running from. Now in her thirties, with both parents dead, she's settled in Boston. But old habits die hard and she still looks over her shoulder when she leaves her apartment, still blends in with the crowd on the subway. Then at the Boston State Mental Hospital a multiple grave is discovered. Six young girls left to die in an underground chamber decades ago, while their captor looked on. When her original name appears in the paper, wrongly identifying her as one of the dead girls, Annabelle finally knows. This was the work of the monster her father fled from. But the killer is still on the loose. And he's looked for her for a very long time. Bobby Dodge has been haunted by the Catherine Gagnon case for years. It nearly cost him his job and his sanity. As a child, Catherine was also held prisoner underground, like the victims in this latest case. But Catherine's captor was in prison when these girls were taken. Yet the similarities are too numerous to be just coincidence.
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Khaleeka
Apr 16, 2015

I haven't had the time to read more fiction, lately.

A few weeks ago, I was on the phone with my bookaholic mother and she shared with me how she was reading this great book with awesome plot hooks and unexpected occurrences...that's my kind of story! I pulled it up on my library website while she continued to describe it and I begged her not to spoil it for me, just as I successfully got a copy via Overdrive (God Bless technology)!

It was hard to pull away from it; I enjoyed it so much that I now want to read all her other books.

Artpenr Jan 23, 2014

omg im in the library and i just heard a women mention this book and now i am interested

Mindy04 Aug 09, 2012

This was a great book. I had a hard time putting it down. I was always trying to solve the mystery.

deVichi Mar 14, 2012

This is my first Lisa Gardner novel and I wasn't disappointed. The story development was well done and I enjoyed the characters, their personalities, and how they fit into the story. The twists and turns in the story always kept my interest and I was never bored. I found this book hard to put down and I thoroughly enjoyed the pace. I found myself asking how all the pieces fit together and in the end it was explained well. I was able the guess the "bad guys" in the book, but that didn't take away from seeing how it all played out in the end by the author. I'd definitely consider another Lisa Gardner book and recommend this one for a fun read.

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Abby0429
Dec 30, 2011

one of the best mystery books I've ever read. I probably changed my list of suspects at least six times, the new secrets plucked from the story keeping me hooked. Every time you turned a page another unexpected event happened. Definitely not predictable, and a book I couldn't stop reading, at times I felt like I was reading dreadfully slow because I just needed to know what would happen next, in a good way though. Recommended.

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MeReneG
Feb 28, 2011

My first exposure to Gardner, and I plan to read more. Interesting, suspenseful plot with lots of twists leading to unexpected outcomes. Storytelling style also different: partly in the third person (with respect to the police and other characters), partly in the first person (with respect to the main character, who spent her childhood on the run with her family).

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elmoskippy
Feb 15, 2011

I've enjoyed reading many of Lisa Gardner's books, but this one is my favourite. From beginning to end it's filled with suspense and twists and turns that keep you guessing till the surprising ending. Love the Dodge and Warren characters that Gardner has created in this series.

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lysar
Oct 17, 2009

Gardner's got to be one of the creepiest writer's I've ever read. She sends chills down my spine and has me constantly double checking locks and turning on lights.

What makes Gardner so creepy? Is that it's all realistic. She doesn't give 'imaginary' monsters she gives you the ones that make the news, can terror a city and cause the images and events to last with you forever. Let's face it, the human monster is a lot scarer then any ghost story and when the monster is after children? Makes it even more terrifying, especially if you're a parent. Plus, Gardner never holds back when it comes to details and description, you feel like you're there.

Gardner threw so many red herring's into this book but all of them felt plausible, got to love that. I honestly had no solid clue who it was. I bounced around from person to person and the climax of this book still had me wide eyed and shocked. She's brilliant. The style of her writing and how she gives but still lives you chilled is awesome. You're convinced you know the killer but then things shift and while you haven't fully given up your idea you're left unsure.

Annabelle is such an amazing character. Definitely one of my favorites. She lost her childhood and she didn't even know why, which is even more heart breaking because as you are piecing together the events you get to watch her reaction to all the events unfolding. Loved the strength she possessed but was still so fragile. So broken but not in a whiney way.

I need to mention how much I love the attention to detail Gardner has. It's not CSI. An autopsy isn't done in 15 minutes with toxicology reports back in minutes and while you want the information because you know it can help the case you don't get it. It's realistic and that just pulls out the tension and curiosity even more because you're constantly left hanging.

While I was reading this I was scared. I read with my back to the wall, turned on lights through out the house and after I was finished reading, around 2 am in the morning as I can't not finish her books in one seating as it scares me too much, I curled up to my husband. I still had horrible nightmares all night but I love when a book can play with you so much. Make you that scared and feel it so much.

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Apr 16, 2015

Khaleeka thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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