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"Jack's in charge, said his mother as she disappeared up the roadto get help. I won't be long. Now eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters wait on the hard shoulder in their stifling, broken-down car, bickering and whining and playing I-Spy until she comes back. But their mother doesn't come back. She never comes back. And after that long, hot summer's day, nothing will ever be the same again. Three years later, Jack's fifteen now and still in charge . . . alone in the house. Meanwhile across town, a young woman called Catherine While wakes to find a knife beside herbed, and a note reading I could of killed you. The police are tracking a mysterious burglar they call Goldilocks, for his habit of sleeping in the beds of the houses he robs, but Catherine doesn't see the point of involving the police. And Jack, very suddenly, may be on the verge of finding out who killed his mother."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018
ISBN: 9780802127747
Characteristics: 335 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 21, 2019

2018; Atlantic Monthly Press/Ingram Publisher Services
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I am definitely in the minority on this book, at least among my fellow friends and reviewers, that I found this book okay. I listened to this one on audio and it was a bit slower paced for me and I found my mind wandering at times. I would read some other reviews on Goodreads as I was just lukewarm to this novel. I did love Bauer's [book:Rubbernecker|16071656] which I also listened to on audio and am absorbed in the story.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

Jan 13, 2019

This was compelling and heartbreaking. It begins with 11 Jack in charge of his two sister after the car breaks down and pregnant mother goes to call for help. she is killed, father has a breakdown and disappears leaving Jack to keep the kids out of the hands of social services. He does so by breaking into homes and at one home sees the unique knife that killed his mother in one of the homes.

Dec 31, 2018

I was ready to write good things about this one up until I finished it anyway. The first 98% was a good mystery that stayed away from the action/thriller category but the ending was not good at all. Nothing was completed, it just ended. I have no idea of the final outcome of the investigation or who did what to whom. It sort of seemed like she was setting things up for Snap Part 2 or something. One odd thing was that some conversations between the 2 main cops were almost comedic at times. If you remember Smokey and the Bandit, it reminded me at times of conversations between Sheriff Buford T. Justice and his son, Junior. It just ended up being a strange book.

Sep 15, 2018

Disappointing. May be on the Booker long list, but I found this
really quite boring. I love Val McDermid's work, and she apparently
thought this book was wonderful.
Sadly, I did not.

Aug 21, 2018

I don't usually go for police investigation novels, and there are plenty of obnoxious police characters in this book, but the story of the brilliant 14-year-old burglar, Jack, caught my heart from the very beginning and is so engaging that I couldn't put this book down for long. All the characters in this book are flawed and damaged and real. Don't let anyone tell you that if you loved Girl on a Train you will love this book. This book is far superior in my opinion.

Jun 28, 2018

This book surprised me. From the tragic beginning to the quirky characters and dark circumstances, this book is full of twists and turns and moments of humor. We see Jack Bright persevering -- trying to be the one in charge of his family at the age of fourteen. Alongside of his story is that of Catherine While. It takes a bit for us to comprehend how their narratives are intertwined and then we are hooked. A very unusual investigation and full of surprises.


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