Island Of Lost Girls: A Novel

Paperback | April 22, 2008

byJennifer Mcmahon

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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.

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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...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:April 22, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061445886

ISBN - 13:9780061445880

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprised I totally had the wrong villain picked out in this! It was a page turner and I finished in one day of marathon reading! Loved it
Date published: 2014-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lost girls..... Very good intriguing book!
Date published: 2013-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy! I thought this was a good read, definately a page turner. I thought at times it was really similar to her previous book "Promise Not to Tell" but it was still really good. It took you on a series of twists and turns throughout Rhonda's life and the characters around her. The end had a big twist that I wasn't expecting, I like how she takes the least suspected character and does something with it. At the end she pulls everything together nicely, so everything makes sense. I also like how she goes back and forth between the future and the past but making it very clear when she does, it really gives you some insight. The characters seemed real and she has a great style of writing. I will keep reading her books if she keeps writing them. Overall a good read!
Date published: 2008-06-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Intriguing Mystery This is McMahon's second novel, but the first I've read. And what a good read it was. Rhonda Farr pulls into her local Mini Mart for gas before a job interview. She is struck speechless by the sight of a giant bunny rabbit coaxing a young girl out of her car and into the rabbit's car. It happens in the blink of an eye and as they drive away, Rhonda realizes that she has just witnessed an abduction and is horrified that she did nothing to stop it. The little town is galvanized into action. A small command post is set up by Pat, the owner of the Mini Mart. We get to know Rhonda and her childhood friends, Lizzy and Peter. Their families were inseparable as children. The present day story is just as much about the hunt for missing Ernestine as it is about the relationships and lives of the now grown children. The story flips from present to past, about 15 years ago. The childhood days of Lizzy, Peter and Rhonda are exposed in alternate chapters. Although their childhood appeared idyllic, there were unsettling undercurrents. Most chilling are the brief, disturbing thoughts from the rabbit. Suspicion seems to fall upon Peter and Rhonda is determined to find the real culprit as she believes it cannot be Peter. The more she digs, the more the past seems to be catching up with her. McMahon's characters are well written and real, crackling with believable emotion. The reference to rabbits could have gone overboard, but doesn't. McMahon handles the flashback stories well, capturing the feelings and sentiments of children. Island of Lost Girls is a tense thriller, but also a fascinating look at how the past affects the present. McMahon's mystery is straight from today's headlines.
Date published: 2008-04-21

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“[McMahon’s] smart mystery-thriller grabs you by the throat and won’t let go....making this a page-turner you’ll neglect sleep for.” (3 ½ Stars)