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And She Was (Brenna Spector, Bk 1)
And She Was - Brenna Spector, Bk 1
Author: Alison Gaylin
On a summer afternoon in 1998, six-year-old Iris Neff walked away from a barbecue in her small suburban town ... and vanished. — Missing persons investigator Brenna Spector has a rare neurological disorder that enables her to recall every detail of every day of her life. A blessing and a curse, it began in childhood, when her older sister st...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061878206
ISBN-10: 0061878200
Publication Date: 2/21/2012
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 68 ratings
Publisher: Harper
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed And She Was (Brenna Spector, Bk 1) on + 2586 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
To me this was 'blah', it just takes forever to get it started and then it mostly just about investigation, after about 150 pages I started just skipping and skimming pages to see if it ever hit a point of something happening to make it a 'thriller' and to me not even 'suspense' is a word I'd use, I found it to be rather boring
reviewed And She Was (Brenna Spector, Bk 1) on + 169 more book reviews
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Where are all these missing people? Carol Wentz, Iris Neff, Iris's mother, Lydia, and Brenna's sister, Clea? They all are missing from the same town within years of each other. Iris was last seen getting into a possibly blue car, just like the car that Breena's sister Clea had gotten into years before she disappeared.

In this story Breena has been hired to investigate the disappearance of Carol Wentz who was one of the last one's to speak to Iris before she disappeared.

Breena, the main character is a private detective and she has a strange condition: its name is hyperthymestic syndrome. She forgets nothing at all; some would say "a memory like an elephant". Name a date, and she can tell you where she was, what she was doing, and she'll be seeing and hearing everything as it happened then. This is a real condition where the person has autobiographical memory and remembers everything detected by their senses for every moment of their past. Obviously, it makes Brenna having a normal life nearly impossible with the past memories always interfering with her daily life. If she happens to see a face or a number or an address once it's in her mind forever. Such a memory condition has several pluses for someone who is a detective, but the remembered images don't automatically add up to solving the crime.

What I love about this book is the times that Brenna experiences a peculiar memory that reminds her about her own past, usually at the worst possible times. I could really identify with Breena's character through her thoughts and feelings about her own past. Don't we all at times think about things we would've done differently? Only Brenna cannot possibly forget things she'd like to!

This novel also has a few other interesting characters. Including, Brenna's assistant Trent who is a big techno-geek who has so many piercings that some people think he's auditioning to be a fishing lure. Another character is Brenna's daughter, Maya, who constantly manipulates Brenna and her father (Brenna's ex-hubbie).

And then there is Detective Nick Morasco. He's a cop, but he and Brenna are, she thinks, on the same wavelength. Detective Morasco is also working through his own guilt that he has from not listening to Breena when she called in a tip about Iris' disappearance.

This is a good suspense story in which the pages rarely read slowly. I found myself drawn in from the first chapter. All the characters could very well be someone you know or work with, they are very realistic. There is a surprising, yet a logical conclusion awaiting you at the end.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I would definitely read another novel from this author.
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Helpful Score: 1
I was going to put this book down at the beginning, but stuck through to about 300 pages. After that, there were just too many characters to keep track of and I realized I really didn't care what happened to any of them.
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reviewed And She Was (Brenna Spector, Bk 1) on
I loved this book - sounds great to be able to recall every single minute in exact detail but the reality of such a condition (and control of it) isnt the same. Truly looking forward to the next installment - not a romance story just a good suspense novel. Thought I had it figured out and threw me for a loop at the end.
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I really did enjoy this book - and recommend it as a good one to read
reviewed And She Was (Brenna Spector, Bk 1) on + 23 more book reviews
First Gaylin book and I really enjoyed this. If you're looking for a good solid suspense, I highly recommend but be warned there's not much in teh way of romance. Some but not much. I personally prefer little to no romance with my suspense tho so it worked for me!