Title: Island of Lost Girls
Author: Jennifer McMahon
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: April 22, 2008
Paperback: 272 pages
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.
Island of Lost Girls by Jennifer McMahon is a mystery suspense novel where fairy tales, imagination and plays, trademarks of innocent childhood, are intermixed with not one, but two disappearances of little girls in Pike’s Crossing along with a person in a rabbit suit, the first occurring in 1993 and the second, witnessed by Rhonda Farr in 2006. Separated by a span of 13 years, could this be a bizarre coincidence in Pike’s Crossing or is there a connection between the 1993 disappearance of Rhonda’s best friend and her witnessing the 2006 abduction of Ernie Florucci? Maybe more important to ask oneself, why did Rhonda watch a person dressed as a white rabbit walk up to the Florucci’s car, which was parked in Pat’s Mini Mart, and abduct Ernie without anyone, especially Rhonda, trying to save Ernie? While the answers to these questions would constitute spoilers, by about halfway through the book, I had lost a sense of desire to discover the answers. Perhaps it was the number of unlikely coincidences, or simply the trite bunny references in many of the character’s names that swayed my opinion, however I am glad I did continue reading on, as the ending was well done. McMahon’s writing captures the innocence of childhood beautifully, her characters are plentiful, although not altogether enjoyable, which is not necessarily a bad thing, and yet I was surprised by the Island of Lost Girls as I truly enjoyed McMahon’s previous novel Promise Not to Tell and am anxious to begin Don’t Breath a Word. I recommend that readers seek other opinions on Island of Lost Girls as this one simply was not what I was hoping it would be.
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. She grew up in suburban Connecticut, and graduated from Goddard College. Over the years, she has been a house painter, farm worker, paste-up artist, pizza delivery person, homeless shelter staff member, and has worked with mentally ill adults and children in a few different capacities. Currently, she lives in Vermont with her partner, Drea, and their daughter, Zella.
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