Friday, October 1, 2010

And Then There Was One by

Book Description
One is the loneliest number.
Nine years ago, Katie and Scott Monroe were blessed beyond their wildest dreams with identical triplets, Sammie, Alex, and Jackie. Three beautiful daughters and two adoring parents formed the picture-perfect party of five. But this tight-knit family unravels when the three little girls go to see a movie, but only one emerges from the darkness of the theatre. How could Sammie and Alex vanish without a trace?
Plunged into the abyss of a parent's worst fear, Katie and Scott hang by a thread-waiting, worrying, not knowing, and confronting the terrifying realization that the kidnapping may not have been a random act.
Who took Sammie and Alex? Why? Where are they? When will they be found? And what if they're never found, or not found alive? When Jackie, the remaining triplet, crumbles under the weight of grief and survivor's guilt, Katie and Scott struggle to hold out hope and hold on to what remains of their family.
Until-or unless-Sammie and Alex are found safe, this picture-perfect family can't be put back together again.

My Thoughts:
This was a scary book! I started it and just couldn't put it down. Katie is a psychologist that specializes in victimized children. Scott is a retired baseball player, now baseball announcer. Jackie, Alex and Sammie are the identical triplets of Katie and Scott. The three girls go to the movies with their cousin Danielle but decide to split up and go to different movies. When Danielle and Jackie come out to wait on the two siblings, they never emerge from the theater and have just disappeared!
I enjoyed this book, it scared me senseless! It is a very real look at a family's attempt to survive and stay together during a tragedy. At first, I was a little annoyed with how protective Katie was, almost smothering to the girls, but it is understandable. Especially if you factor in her job and the fact that her husband is a public figures, her protectiveness makes sense, but in the end isn't enough. Jackie has horrible survivors guilt and you can feel the emotions from each of the family members, but most especially Jackie. I felt so terrible for the cousin that 'lost' them, Danielle! Scott, the father, is very likable and relatable. The story unfolds quickly and the characters are realistic and very well developed. There is stressful suspense and a few unforeseen twists. I will be reading this book again soon because I'm sure there are more things to be learned from this book!
This book is a 4/5. If you are a parent it will terrify you! If you just want a good suspenseful read, this is it.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinion stated above is 100% mine.


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