And She Was

A Novel of Suspense

Fiction - Thriller - General
384 Pages
Reviewed on 02/22/2012
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Author Biography

Alison Gaylin's debut book HIDE YOUR EYES, was nominated for an Edgar Award in the Best First Novel category. Her critically acclaimed suspense novels have been published in such countries as the UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and Japan.

Her new book, AND SHE WAS, comes out in March 2012 from Harper Collins -- the first in a new series featuring Brenna Spector, a private investigator blessed (and cursed) with perfect autobiographical memory.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

Brenna Spector is a missing persons investigator gifted with the ability to recall every detail of her own past. She has a "tape recorder mind" and has been written about in a book by her psychiatrist. Brenna uses this ability to psyche out clients and the people around her. Brenna and her "colorful" assistant Trent are drawn into a case by Tarry Ridge, New York Police Detective Nick Morasco. A missing woman's wallet has been found in the long-empty house of the Neff family whose young daughter Iris disappeared on Labor Day of 1998. What is disturbing is that Brenna's name and telephone number are found on a slip of paper inside that wallet. Brenna, Nick and Trent are drawn into this old cold case, chasing down a deadly killer who drives a blue Subaru Vivio and has ties to wealth and power. Was this the same person who kidnapped Brenna's sister Clea years ago? Will Nick Morasco be able to save Brenna as she finds about Iris' death and confronts who caused a series of needless deaths?

"And She Was" is a well-written, well-edited thriller that will keep the reader glued to each page as main character Brenna seeks the truth about a little girl's disappearance. The plot flows smoothly to the story's conclusion with the twists and turns expected in a thriller. All characters, both major and minor, are believable and complex making "And She Was" a first rate read. A strong point is that Brenna still has ties to her former husband who left the marriage as he did not like Brenna's risk-taking career. I would like to point out one thing, the author has stereotyped the librarian. Having been a librarian for many years I would like to to assure the author that we no longer seen as grouchy women that spend their time telling people to be quiet. That a sequel is coming out to this remarkable book is extremely good news for the literary world.