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And She Was
by Alison Gaylin
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Harper, 2012 (2012)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The first of a new series, this story introduces missing persons investigator Brenna Spector, who suffers from hyperthymestic syndrome. This is a rare neurological disorder which gives those who suffer from it perfect autobiographical memory.

The disappearance of a local woman, Carol Wentz, seems to be associated with a missing child case that dates back over a decade. Six year old Iris Neff disappeared from a Labor Day barbecue and apparently Carol was trying to learn what happened to the child.

For Brenna the case is a little too close to home since her own sister disappeared and she's relived that loss over and over again in her head. Now Brenna discovers not only ties between these three individuals but also other residents of the town where she lives.

Alison Gaylin was nominated for an Edgar Award for her thriller Hide Your Eyes. She may well find her name again mentioned for the prestigious mystery writer's award for this latest effort.

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