“The One I Left Behind” (HarperCollins, $14.95) by Jennifer McMahon is a creepy but totally engrossing suspense story.
Reggie is 13 the summer of 1985, when her life changes forever. Her only friends are the school outcasts — Charlie, a detective's son, and Tara, a Goth with a definite dark side. A serial killer nicknamed Neptune begins kidnapping women. He leaves their severed hands on the police department steps, and, five days later, their bodies are found, nude and posed in public places.
Then Reggie's mother disappears, and it is her hand that is discovered on the police department steps. Her body is never found.
Skip to 2010. Reggie is a successful architect. She has left her past behind her.
But when her aunt calls saying Reggie's mother has been found alive, Reggie has to go back to her hometown. Shortly after she arrives, Neptune strikes again, and Reggie is the only person who knows how to find him.
This is one of those mystery stories that is hard to put down. It's a quick read that is highly entertaining.
— Betty Lytle