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Annabelle was seven years old when it first happened. She arrived home to find the suitcases packed and her parents fleeing. Now, aged 30, Annabelle has finally settled in Boston and is happy with her life. Until the bodies of six girls are discovered, one of them said to be her. Detective D.D. Warren investigates.
Annabelle was seven years old when it first happened. She arrived home to find the suitcases packed and her parents fleeing. Now, aged 30, Annabelle has finally settled in Boston and is happy with her life. Until the bodies of six girls are discovered, one of them said to be her. Detective D.D. Warren investigates.
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    Starred review from November 27, 2006
    In bestseller Gardner's first-rate follow-up to Alone
    (2005), Bobby Dodge, once a sniper for the Massachusetts State Police and now a police detective, gets called to a horrific crime scene in the middle of the night by fellow detective and ex-lover D.D. Warren. An underground chamber has been discovered on the property of a former Boston mental hospital containing six small naked mummified female bodies in clear garbage bags. A silver locket with one of the corpses, which may be decades old, bears the name Annabelle Granger. Later, a woman shows up at the Boston Homicide offices claiming to be Annabelle Granger. Her resemblance to Catherine Gagnon (whose life Bobby saved in Alone
    ) helps stoke a romance between her and Bobby both subtle and sizzling. The suspense builds as the police uncover links between patients at the hospital and long-ago criminal activities. Through expert use of red herrings, Gardner takes the reader on a nail-biting ride to the thrilling climax.

  • AudioFile Magazine Annabelle Granger spent her childhood on the run without ever knowing why. Years later, when six bodies are discovered on the grounds of an abandoned mental institution, a silver locket identifies one of the victims as . . . Annabelle Granger. A plot as intricately crafted as this one deserves a natural unfolding of events and motives. Unfortunately, in this abridgment there are too many passages of explication. The upside is a superior performance by Maggi-Meg Reed. Reed is expert at revealing every nuance and subtlety of character and plot. She makes the tense moments riveting. A smart director, an excellent story, and a winning performance almost make up for a clunky abridgment. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine
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