Book Review: And Then There Was One

Gussin takes parents worst nightmares of child abduction and turns it into a tight, attention-grabbing thriller with some unusual twists starting with the use of triplets. Nine-year-old identical triplets Sammie, Alex and Jackie Monroe along with their cousin trot off to see a movie at the local multiplex. Sammie and Alex who choose to enjoy one movie while Jackie and cousin decide to see a different one. When Jackie is the only one to return home her parents, Scott and Katie, their lives are thrown into the emotional wringer. As a physician who works with sexually abused children, Katie has seen more then enough to leave her terrified for her daughters and Scott isn’t faring much better. Jackie, who has long harbored a desire to be an individual, not one of three identical sisters, is overwhelmed by extreme survivor’s guilt, grief and self-blame.

Narrated over the course of a week, this riveting tale is as much about the emotional toll a family endures as it is a suspense ride. Family bonds and the stress of two missing children become the predominant thread in this finely wrought, multilayered story with a heart-pounding climax from this promising author.

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