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A 2014 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee

A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title” in January 2013

One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Narrator of the year

The summer of 1985 changes Reggie’s life. An awkward thirteen-year-old, she finds herself mixed up with the school outcasts. That same summer, a serial killer called Neptune begins kidnapping women. He leaves their severed hands on the police department steps and, five days later, displays their bodies around town. Just when Reggie needs her mother, Vera, the most, Vera’s hand is found on the steps. But after five days there’s no body, and Neptune disappears.

Now, twenty-five years later, Reggie is a successful architect who has left her hometown and the horrific memories of that summer behind. But when she gets a call revealing that her mother has been found alive, Reggie must confront the ghosts of her past and find Neptune before he kills again.

Editorial Reviews

“A chilling story that keeps the suspense on high throughout...There is never a point where it’s comfortable to put this book down; each chapter will have you wanting more...This is a book that is sure to be on top of many people’s lists.”

RT Book Reviews

“Haunting and harrowing...A richly poignant tale of the families we’re born into and the ones we build ourselves.”

Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me

“[A] haunting work of literary suspense...Grippingly plotted, this intricate, character-driven story seamlessly shifts time.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“McMahon scores a solid touchdown in this creepy but engrossing thriller...Readers will find themselves unable to turn the pages fast enough.”

Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

Jennifer McMahon is the author of Dismantled, the New York Times bestseller Island of Lost Girls, and the breakout debut novel Promise Not to Tell, among other works. She lives in Vermont with her partner, Drea, and their daughter, Zella.

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Julia Whelan, winner of twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and was twice a finalist for an Audie in 2015. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer. Her audiobook credits include memoir, nonfiction, romance, supernatural thrillers, young adult, and adult fiction.

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