All the Way Home

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Lake Charlotte. A quiet little town in upstate New York. People still talk about the summer ten years ago when four teenage girls mysteriously disappeared. No one remembers that summer more vividly than Rory Connelly. Her older sister Carleen vanished from her bed in the middle of the night, never to be seen again. When she left Lake Charlotte, she vowed never to return. But now, ten years later, Rory Connelly is coming home.. "It's only supposed to be for the summer. Rory has to cope with her mother's slow ...
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Overview

Lake Charlotte. A quiet little town in upstate New York. People still talk about the summer ten years ago when four teenage girls mysteriously disappeared. No one remembers that summer more vividly than Rory Connelly. Her older sister Carleen vanished from her bed in the middle of the night, never to be seen again. When she left Lake Charlotte, she vowed never to return. But now, ten years later, Rory Connelly is coming home.. "It's only supposed to be for the summer. Rory has to cope with her mother's slow descent into insanity and her rebellious teenage sister Molly. The arrival of Barrett Maitland only makes things worse. The handsome stranger knows too much about the past and is constantly asking Rory questions.. "Then, on the anniversary of the very first disappearance, another teenage girl vanishes. Once again, Lake Charlotte is gripped in fear, and for Rory, it's the past nightmare revisited. Only this time, her own life is in jeopardy. For walking through the streets of the town, wearing a familiar face, is a cunning killer with a chilling personal message:. ""Welcome home, Rory. You've been gone such a long time, but now that you're back, you're never going to leave Lake Charlotte again....".
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Editorial Reviews

Toby Bromberg
Filled with nail-biting suspense, danger, and surprise, All The Way Home is a delectable read. Staub is a master at creating scary situations and the spookiest of characters. You’ll find yourself looking over your shoulder long after the last page is turned.
Romantic Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Survivors of a long-ago crime in upstate New York relive the terror when teenage girls start disappearing once again in this suspense novel from the prolific Staub (Fade to Black). After Rory Connolly's father dies, she goes home to Lake Charlotte, N.Y., to care for her rebellious 13-year-old sister, Molly, and their disturbed mother. But Rory can't shake her memories of the four girls who vanished 10 years ago--among them her older sister, Carleen, and her best friend and next-door neighbor, Emily Anghardt. Rory calls in her mom's old friend Sister Theodosia, but the dour, aged nun only casts more gloom. Molly proves to be an obstreperous handful who provokes Rory into revealing the secret surrounding Molly's birth. No wonder Rory leaps at the attentions of handsome Barrett Maitland, who may or may not be a crime writer doing research. The Anghardt house's current occupant, Michelle Randall, is about to give birth, and Molly babysits for Michelle's toddler, Ozzie, fearing every creak and thump from Ozzie's room. Crisis hits when Molly's best friend, Rebecca, disappears on the anniversary of Carleen's abduction, and the horrified townspeople direct renewed attention to Michelle's house. Staub's scary plot expertly mixes teen and adult perspectives and themes, but too often buries the action under passages of extended exposition that dull the tension and slow the pace of the narrative. The characters are well drawn, however, and the atmosphere is suitably gothic. Staub keeps readers guessing through a series of believable red herrings and clues. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
One long-ago summer, four girls mysteriously disappeared in the upstate New York town of Lake Charlotte and were never heard from again. Among them were Rory Connolly's older sister, Carleen, who may have had her own reasons for fading from sight, and Rory's best friend and next-door neighbor, Emily Anghardt. Rory's mother, Maura, dropped into deep depression; a year later, her husband dropped dead of a brain aneurysm. Maura skipped her meds and wavered on the brink of insanity while Rory's younger brother, Kevin, took over the household. Rory went off to college at Berkeley, graduated, traipsed about the country, now is being called home by Kevin. He's just graduated from college; Rory must care for Maura and their independent young teenage sister, Molly, while Kevin goes backpacking across Europe with his new girlfriend. Not surprisingly, the old fears Rory has buried arise, for it was ten years ago this week that the first girl disappeared—and of the four girls who vanished, not one body was ever found. When a new teenage girl vanishes, all Rory's nightmares erupt. Heavily plotted from page one, Staub's second builds suspense more slowly than her feverish but unpromising Fade to Black (1998). The resolution here is more focused and believable, although stock characters and dialogue prevail throughout.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420100389
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 523,552
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.94 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Staub
Wendy Corsi Staub is the author of ten novels of suspense, including the New York Times bestsellers Don't Scream, Most Likely To Die, The Final Victim, and She Loves Me Not. She is currently working on her next suspense novel.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2000

    A definite page turner---I couldn't put it down

    From the start, this novel will grab your attention and keep it. With many twists and turns it will definetly keep you guessing. I read this whole book in one sitting--which is just how i like it. I think you will too!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

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    Another exceptional read by Wendy Corsi Staub. This author ALWAY

    Another exceptional read by Wendy Corsi Staub. This author ALWAYS knows how to thrill her fans. In this one, readers are taken on a chilling ride. No one will figure out the killer until the very end. It is VERY unexpected. I can't wait to pick up some new books by the author!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2007

    Great Thriller!

    This was my first Staub novel and I was very pleasantly surprised! It was highly suspenseful, fast-paced and thoroughly entertaining! I had to sit home and finish it in one day - biting my nails until the surprising conclusion! Great read!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    Awesome Read!

    Suspenseful and page turning. Loved it and loved the characters with lots of twists and turns. Highly recommend!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

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    Remarkably Chilling

    Let me start off by saying Wendy is one of my absolute favorite writers. She writes those creepy thrillers like nobody's business. I love that she sets her books in our home state of NY. So, I'm a tad biased there.

    I think of Wendy as a Gothic scribe for the now generation. Yep, no heaving bosoms, no heavy garb & no men treating her heroines like children or a fragile bird... puh-lease!

    Wendy takes her heroines to the next level where the protagonist is in charge. Yes, the ladies are confident, intelligent, powerful, engaging, witty, attractive, and authentic! They don't need a man to survive in this world... they have them to add extra flavor to their lives. If they want their bosoms to heave that is the heroine's choice to bare her assets. Unfortunately, danger & suspense looms wherever these ladies go. Love it!

    Rory is an incredibly drawn character. I felt all of her emotions & held my breath in some scenes. I'm still waiting for her to return somewhere... someday. Hint :]. Rory is one of my favorite empowering leading ladies. She felt like family. I warmed to her instantly.

    When I want to sink my teeth into top-notch suspense, Wendy always delivers the goods.

    Wendy knows how to create characters that are entertaining. She doesn't let up when her characters get pulled into the spookiest of situations. She doesn't overkill the menacing plights either. She writes all of her characters w/ an in depth look into their psyche & you see where the characters are coming from. Wendy doesn't "tell" she shows.

    I especially enjoy reading Wendy's books when there is a thunder storm raging.

    Psst! I stash a new book away for just that occasion. Really!

    Barrett was an engaging addition & was well thought out.

    I felt the charm & macabre of Lake Charlotte wash over me.

    All The Way Home is a remarkably worthy chilling tale.

    Mary Higgins Clark may be the Queen of Suspense, but Wendy Corsi Staub is the Duchess!

    Wendy Corsi Staub is skilled @ delivering astonishing endings. Her shuddersome killers are often concealed in plain sight. However, Wendy does an expert job of keeping them disguised until the exact second that she has chosen to unmask them. Voilà! Crazy eerie.

    If you like your thrillers to really put a fright in you, All The Way Home is the book for you. Wendy Corsi Staub is scary scribe extraordinaire.

    All The Way Home is definitely a page turner & it is brimming w/ red herrings!

    Wendy's trademark is ominous suspense w/ an sinister twist.

    Quick! Grab a copy of All The Way Home before the thunder claps.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2006

    Better than Mary Higgins Clark

    I was a huge MHC fan but I am now gearing towards WCS. She takes it futher with her killers in detail what was behind their minds. Other authors will write the killer has victim & then they are saved, where WCS will write what happened to the past victims so you know what that person did. That to me is a good suspense mystery. I am finding since this is her 3rd novel & I am reading in the order she wrote that she repeats herself. In Fade to Black there was a couple & the wife thought her husband was cheating on her same with this book & now I am reading her 4th novel The Last to KNow & again there is a stay at home mom who wonders what her husband is doing while he is away at work. Other than that I will say I have been very pleased with this author's writing & I hope my review has helped make a decision on whether or not you want to read her books.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2000

    Superb!

    Ms. Staub just keeps getting better and better with her writing talents. This story was no exception. It had a fast-paced and exciting plot that grab readers' attention from the very first page to the last. I couldn't keep it down. Highly recommended.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

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    Yes I would recommend this book.

    I like the way this author writes, no repeating plus keeps it really interesting. I will be reading the rest of her books

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Amazing!

    This isn't the type of book I usually read, but I'm so glad I bought it. It was simply amazing. I suggest everyone read it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    Slow moving

    A good concept but the book never picked up speed until well after page 100. Its not fast paced at all. I did end up finishing but it took a couple of tries.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    highly recommended already did

    great read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Loved this book

    Kept you on the edge of yourr sit, till the very end!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Page turner!!!

    You will no be able to put this book down! This is the first book I have read from this author and a loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2002

    An Awesome Book

    Once I started reading this book I could not put it down. It all started years ago when four girls disapeared one summer from Lake Charolette NY. Now Rory has come back home to look after her crazy mother and teenage sister. She isn't welcomed by open arms by her family, but soon that doesn't matter because girls start dissapearing again, including her sisters best friend. This was a really creepy book, without going into a lot of gory details which I really liked. The secondary characters are well developed and likeable. Great book from a great author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2014

    Hally

    Lays down bored looking at ceilung

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    I tried

    After reading such rave reviews for this book, I bought it and had high hopes. However, it was just okay. When the truth comes out in the end, it's just so unbelievable and over the top. Possible spoiler: someone mistaking a 13 year old for a 21 year old? Just unbelievable. By the end I was flipping pages without even reading to find out who done it. This reminded me of a Lifetime movie. Decent for a boring night in but nothing to get excited about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    Wonderful

    Great read. Suspenceful, horrifying at times, addicting, had me guessing the entire time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Great!

    I have to admit that I had a hard time getting into this book. Around the 60th page, I started getting hooked! It was a super exciting read after that! I never knew who the kidnapper was!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Awesome

    This book will have you on the edge of your seat. Very intense!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Force

    Im a medcat

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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