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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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Most Helpful Critical Review

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 July 22, 2012

    highly recommended

    I'd never heard of this author, but read a brief review in Woman's World Magazine. I was captivated by the story from almost page one. It was a true page turner and one of the best books I have read in a long time. The lead character was intriguing with her "total recall" memory and I like the way the story ended knowing that there will be a sequel and that maybe we will get more of an insight into her sister's disappearance -- it will be a long wait until 2013 when that book is released.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    Recommend

    This is the first book I have read by Alison Gaylin. I will definately read more of her works. There are two main story lines. One was completed in this novel and the second she has just hinted at, so of course I will be impatiently waiting for the sequel which is planned for release in Winter of 2013. However, Ms. Gaylin has also written 4 other novels which I have put on my reading list.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Good read

    Lots of good twists and turns

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Attention Grabbing

    I found the plot of "and she was", to have a unique twist on a common storyline. The main character,Brenna, has a background that helps her stand out as a female PI, which has become a well used theme for today's thrillers.

    The book is well written and the characters well developed. I am looking forward to seeing where the next books in the series takes Brenna.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Good Read.

    Exciting book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Kept me guessing

    I enjoyed the journey to the conclusion of the story. Brenna is an intriguing and sympathetic main character. I will definitely buy the next book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Good read

    I liked this one and the sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Great story with a fresh perspective

    Great story with a fresh perspective

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  • Posted April 22, 2013

    Great book, well-written. Alison Gaylin's style of writing is w

    Great book, well-written. Alison Gaylin's style of writing is wonderful. I loved the characters and the plot was suspenseful and intriguing. Great read. I will definitely be reading more of her work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    You'll like it.

    A great read that is quick-paced, and a good story/mystery.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    good read

    This was an good read but I felt the ending was a bit of a letdown in dealing with the culprit. Main characters unresolved issues also made it obvious this would have a sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Aminatoure

    I think this book is a really good mystery but i wouldent say its the best mystery book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Good read

    Good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Great Read

    Definite page turner!! A must read for those who enjoy mystery thrillers. I am very much looking forward to Alison Gaylins next book Into the Dark.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Great Book!

    This book was really good. It was exciting and it all came together at the end. I wish the ending would've been a little better and that it would've tied in a few more things but otherwise a very good read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Interesting story

    Good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Really enjoyed it!

    I couldn't put this down and finished it in a day. It's not an unforgettable book, but i'd definitely recommend it!

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