The One I Left Behind

The One I Left Behind - Jennifer McMahon The premise of this book was so intriguing that I knew I had to read it. This book follows Reggie Dufrane, who at age 13 had her mother taken from her by a serial killer known as Neptune. It is now twenty-some years later and Reggie's mother is found living at a homeless shelter. Reggie now must return home to stop Neptune from killing again.This book alternates between 2010 (present day in the book) and 1985. This book uses 2010 and 1985 to not only reveal to readers who Neptune is but also to reveal another dark secret from her past which is the reason why she no longer speaks to her to childhood friends, Charlie and Tara.One part that I really loved about this book was the relationship between Reggie and Tara. I just loved how sinister Tara was. At times she annoyed me to death but she really drove the story for me. I just wish there could have been more revealed about her past and what she did during the twenty years since she had last seen Reggie.This book does a lot of building up suspense and tension towards a big climax/reveal at the end. I couldn't wait to find out what exactly happened in 1985 that by the time I finally reached the revealing it seemed somewhat of a letdown.This is a great book for someone who has the patience to sit through all the build-up before the explosion at the end. For me it felt like not enough of an explosion in terms of all that it took to get to the end (I still did enjoy it though).(I received this book from a Librarything Early Reviewers giveaway, that in no way affects the content of my review.)