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"'Jack's in charge,' said his mother as she disappeared up the road to 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"
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018.
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9780802127747
Characteristics: 335 pages ; 24 cm


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Bauer’s Booker-nominated crime novel is a gripping tale that merges intriguing story lines. Jack and his young sisters, Joy and Merry, were instructed to stay by their broken-down car while their mother set off to find a telephone to get help. She never returned and was found murdered days later.... Read More »

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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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