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And She Was (Brenna Spector Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Great story line - kept me guessing.

Alison Gaylin is an exceptionally good mystery writer. Characters are interesting and believable. I really liked the twists and turns of the plot. Looking forward to her next release.

posted by cohlie on February 29, 2012

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6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

The book blurb reminded me of the TV show Unforgettable, where D

The book blurb reminded me of the TV show Unforgettable, where Detective Carrie Wells remembers everything she sees. In fact, that's one of the reasons I wanted to read this one! Brenna Spector is a little like Carrie, only her memories don't seem to be as controlled an...
The book blurb reminded me of the TV show Unforgettable, where Detective Carrie Wells remembers everything she sees. In fact, that's one of the reasons I wanted to read this one! Brenna Spector is a little like Carrie, only her memories don't seem to be as controlled and she can sometimes drift away into the past. While fascinating, this ability also sounds like an incredible burden. Some things are better left to hazy recollections, softened by time.

Brenna is an investigator who specializes in missing persons. While I kept comparing her to Carrie Wells at first, she soon became her own person. She seemed more vulnerable than Carrie, maybe because she had less control over her memory? While reading, I wasn't sure if I liked Brenna or not, but wound up liking her by the end and wanting to learn more about her and her life!

The mystery itself is rather strange. Carol Wentz blames herself for the disappearance of a little girl eleven years ago and has been obsessing about it ever since. That didn't ring true for me, as it wasn't really Carol's fault and I didn't believe that she would do some of the things she did. Then Carol disappears, and her wallet is found in the missing girl's old house. Curiouser and curiouser....

Found myself more interested in Brenna, her struggles with living with her Super Memory, and how it affected both her personal and professional life than in Carol's disappearance. I didn't really like Carol, Carol's husband, or any of the other characters involved in the disappearance and just wanted to get back to Brenna. Because of that, I gave this one a 3/5 as while I liked it, the main plot kept getting in the way! Really liked the main character, but didn't care about the mystery. Does that make sense?

posted by alexia561 on April 1, 2012

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

    Not so good

    This wasn't my usual type of book but I thought I'd give it a try--I,m sorry I did. It wasn't completely horrible but it dragged and really didn't have anything that made me want to keep reading past the first few chapters. I finished it because I just can't not finish a book but as soon as I was done I deleted it from my nook--it was that bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Gripping

    Sounds scary!!!!!!!!!!

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