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And Then There Was One: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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One is the loneliest number.Nine years ago, Katie and Scott Monroe were blessed beyond their wildest dreams with identical triplets, Sammie, Alex, and Jackie. Three beautiful daughters and two adoring parents formed the picture-perfect party of five. But this tight-knit family unravels when the three little girls go to see a movie, but only one emerges from the darkness of the theatre. How could Sammie and Alex vanish without a trace? Plunged into the abyss of a parent's worst fear, Katie and Scott hang by a ...

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Overview

One is the loneliest number.Nine years ago, Katie and Scott Monroe were blessed beyond their wildest dreams with identical triplets, Sammie, Alex, and Jackie. Three beautiful daughters and two adoring parents formed the picture-perfect party of five. But this tight-knit family unravels when the three little girls go to see a movie, but only one emerges from the darkness of the theatre. How could Sammie and Alex vanish without a trace? Plunged into the abyss of a parent's worst fear, Katie and Scott hang by a thread-waiting, worrying, not knowing, and confronting the terrifying realization that the kidnapping may not have been a random act.Who took Sammie and Alex? Why? Where are they? When will they be found? And what if they're never found, or not found alive? When Jackie, the remaining triplet, crumbles under the weight of grief and survivor's guilt, Katie and Scott struggle to hold out hope and hold on to what remains of their family.Until-or unless-Sammie and Alex are found safe, this picture-perfect family can't be put back together again.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of this gripping suspense novel from Gussin (The Test), two out of three identical girl triplets, nine-year-olds Sammie and Alex Monroe, disappear from a movie theater at a suburban Detroit mall after leaving their sister, Jackie, and a cousin, who go to the theater next door. An FBI team quickly steps in and works closely with the triplets' sports commentator father, Scott, and his African-American wife, Katie, a physician who investigates child sexual abuse. The red herrings multiply as Scott and Katie try to recall who would want to harm them by taking their daughters. The fear and anguish the Monroes feel as they search for their missing children will resonate with many readers, but others may have trouble with some clumsy prose ("The evil he'd seen in human beings defied logic and exceeded the worst horrors that most people could not even dream"). (Oct.)
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Gussin's first suspenseful mystery earned her a Thriller Award nomination for Best First Novel.

Rocky Mountain News said Gussin's previous work has "flashes of Scott Turow's fine storytelling."

"And Then There Was One reaches deep into the heart of any parent's nightmare, then ratchets up attention five or six notches." Lisa Gardner

"And Then There Was One will snatch you away as deftly and completely as a kidnapper in the dark." Laura Benedict

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Kirkus Reviews

A psychiatrist and a former Yankee catcher are devastated when two of their triplet daughters are kidnapped.

People always turn to look at the Monroe girls, whether because of their good looks—a charming blend of their petite African-American mother and their strapping white father—or because identical triplets are so rare. But someone who's looked at them with more than just curiosity snatches Alex and Sammie from a movie theater while their sister Jackie watches a different flick with their older cousin Danielle. FBI Special Agent Tony Streeter is hell-bent on finding out just who has the girls. Is it Katie Munroe's old flame, Keith Franklin, making a desperate bid to get her back? Sexual predator Maxwell Cutty, who wants to keep forensic psychiatrist Katie from testifying against him in court? Cliff Hunter, who blames Scott for ruining his major league career? Someone with a grudge against biracial couples? Or an anonymous middle-aged woman who may have been spotted at the mall with Alex and Sammie? As Streeter and his FBI colleague Ellen Camry hit a series of dead ends, the Monroes decompensate, slipping pain meds into each other's drinks to help themselves cope. Even the six-figure reward offered by Scott's sister, songstress Monica Monroe, doesn't seem to be enough to flush out a kidnapper whose motive isn't clear.

Instead of weaving together threads, Gussin (Twisted Justice, 2007, etc.) crams together plot chunks in this convoluted, stagnant thriller.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933515823
  • Publisher: Midpoint Trade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/4/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 3,594
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Patricia Gussin is a physician who grew up in Grand Rapids, MI, practiced in Philadelphia and now lives on Longboat Key, FL. She is also the author of Shadow of Death, Thriller Award nominee for Best First Novel, Twisted Justice, The Test, and And Then There Was One. She and her husband, Robert, are the authors of What's Next For ... You.
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  • Posted October 6, 2010

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    Another Good One By Patricia Gussin

    The story stems from the disappearance of two (of three) nine year old sisters - triplets from a local theatre / mall. It makes the news and there are a lot of angles it takes. The story focuses primarily on the investigation of the two girls and how it affects not only the family of the two girls but also the families of the investigator and families of some of the suspects. With little to go on, it is unclear through most of the investigation why the girls were taken. Katie who is the mother is a forensic pediatric psychiatrist. Inspite of her professional statis, she finds it hard dealing with the situation now that the shoe is on the other foot. She and Scott (the father) do not understand how and why the two daughters disappeared. Jackie, the sister not taken, ends of in a coma as a result of trying to deal with the guilt of being the one that is safe and worrying for her sisters and parents. So why were the two girls taken? There are several angles followed by the investigators led by Agent Streeter of the FBI. Was it a family member? Was it somebody from the parents personal or professional lives acting out of revenge? Was it a hate crime influenced because of the mixed race family? For the most part, the motive is unclear most of the investigation. The author uses a nice blend in telling the story - using the news aspect - primarily through the use of news headlines at the beginning of each chapter. She also blends in a few current events in order to give the flavor it has. I'm looking forward to more by this author.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    Suspensful Summer Read

    Psychological summer read. An upper class, bi racial couple who has family members in the spotlight is plunged into worry, then terror when two of their triplets are kidnapped. The emotions of the different family members flavor the story. Author weaves a suspenful tale, will look to be entertained by more of her stories.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2010

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    Filled with twists and red herrings, readers will enjoy And Then There Was One

    In Detroit, the nine year old Monroe triplets go a movie theatre at the nearby mall. Sammie and Alex attend one picture at the multiplex while the third sister Jackie and her cousin see a different picture. After the movies end, only Jackie goes home as her sisters vanish without a trace.

    The FBI leads the investigation with the full cooperation of the father sports commentator Scott and the mother physician Katie whose focus is on sexual abuse of children. As time passes, Jackie is falling apart mentally from survivor guilt and her parents struggle to be there as they fear the worst and wonder if they are the cause.

    Filled with twists and red herrings, readers will enjoy And Then There Was One. Children being snatched impacting parents are frequent mechanisms in literature, but the profound effect on a sibling is rarer especially a twin or triplet; perhaps the fantasy movie The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising is the nearest and that is a stretch as the hero was unaware he had a twin until deep into the film. The key to this strong abduction thriller is the reactions of the three remaining family members who each go through the stages of grief in their own ways; as they know that the family picture is incomplete without Sammie and Alex. This is a super psychological suspense thriller due to the reactions of the trio waiting with each breath one step closer to a self-customized hell.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

    It Should Seem More Exciting than It IS

    Triplet nine year old girls are kidnapped. Mom is a psychiatrist, and Dad is a former Yankee baseball player. THere are several suspects who might have some resentment toward the parents. The FBI is involved. THe kidnappers seem quite amateurish, but manage to elude a number of people. This book would be for an adventure reader, who doesn't require a lot of action. I would not bother to read any other books by this author, and I certainly would not recommend this for book club discussions. There is one character who is a pedophile, and I felt the ugly part of that was not necessary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    good story

    Every parents nightmare comes true in this book. It revolves around the kidnapping of two children. You see the emotions that impact this family as a result. I liked it. Good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    It was OK

    I have to say that this book was lacking alot of reality stuff. I don't know if Ms. Patricia was trying to get a certain audience for her book, but it was just an ok book to read, you know, one of those books that if you need to read something at the beach you can. I didn't like her style of writing. One minute I was reading about something, and the next paragraph I was in another scene. I don't like that type of reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Great Read

    This was a good book..Kept you guessing what could happen next. Could not put the book down until I finished this story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Highly recommended!

    This was one of the best "nook books" I have read, held my attention, could hardly put it down. If you like a fast paced mystery, you will like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Fire and lce

    At saz res 1-10, or even longer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Silver tipped cities

    At cities res 1 and on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Starrykit Writing Contest rules

    There were a few issues with the last contest that I would like to address.
    1. No eroticism, lewdness or lasciviousness allowed. (And if you have to look up those words, this probably doesn't apply to you.)
    2. No one can enter more than one story at a time. If you want a story to be read and reviewed, post it or its location at the writers' circle at 'writers circle' all res.
    3. Singles are preferred, but series are not prohibited. Series are better left for the writers' circle.
    4. Boyfriend/girlfriend stuff and kissing is discouraged, but from-a-distance crushing is okay.
    5. Nothing too frightening or gory. Lord of the Rings-style fighting and bloodshed is good.
    6. Please spread the word about these contests! I can't do all the advertising by myself, I have a life.
    Thank you for participating and adhering to the rules. I enjoy reading your stories! &star &starf &star

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    It was "okay"

    Not horrible but just okay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Slow to start then took off.  Great read

    Slow to start then took off.  Great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Thrilling

    a must read

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