Island of Lost Girls

By Jennifer McMahon
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061445880, 272pp.)

Publication Date: May 2008

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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.

About the Author

Jennifer McMahon is the New York Times bestselling author of Don't Breathe a Word, Dismantled, Island of Lost Girls, and 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, and homeless–shelter staff member, and she has worked with mentally ill adults and children in various capacities. She lives in Vermont with her partner, Drea, and their daughter, Zella.

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  1. When the rabbit kidnaps Ernie, Rhonda finds herself unable to act because she's so completely caught off guard by what she sees. Have you ever been so surprised (or overcome with any emotion) you were paralyzed?

Praise For Island of Lost Girls

?eoeIsland of Lost Girls is an unsettling account of the secret lives of children, told in unexpected twists and turns, as if Alice had fallen down the wrong rabbit hole and lost her childhood. McMahon never flinches, but her readers will at every dark secret.?e
-Keith Donohue, bestselling author of THE STOLEN CHILD

?eoeHaunting . . . McMahon expertly shifts between pivotal events in the past and present-day action, building tension to a resolution both poignant and shattering.?e
-Publishers Weekly

?eoeAs in her assured debut novel, PROMISE NOT TO TELL, McMahon offers a moving if bittersweet portrait of childhood . . . readers will be hooked on both the mystery element and the coming-of-age aspects of this atmospheric novel.?e

-Kirkus Reviews

?eoe[McMahon?e(TM)s] smart mystery-thriller grabs you by the throat and won?e(TM)t let go....making this a page-turner you?e(TM)ll neglect sleep for.?e (3 ? Stars)

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