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And She Was

book | Fiction | 2012
US → HarperCollins

And She Was was nominated for the best original paperback thriller by the International Thriller Writers Association. 

Brenna suffers from hyperthymestic syndrome, a rare neurological disorder which gives those who suffer from it perfect autobiographical memory. Triggered by the years-ago disappearance of her older sister, the disorder forces Brenna to remember every moment that’s happened since in precise, visceral detail - the good, the bad, the mundane and the tragic. Yet the one event she wants desperately to remember – and solve - grows foggier and foggier in her mind.

In And She Was, a woman's disappearance intersects with a missing child case Brenna investigated eleven years ago – in which 6-year-old Iris Neff walked away from a Labor Day barbecue, never to be seen again. When Brenna is called upon to investigate the disappearance of Carol Wentz, 51, she learns that Carol – like herself – had been secretly obsessed with tracking down Iris, and may indeed have found her.

Reliving life-changing and deeply upsetting memories, Brenna discovers myriad ties between Carol, Iris and other residents of the Westchester County town where they live – and uncovers a shocking web of murder and deception that stretches back more than a decade.

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Laura Lippman, New York Times bestseller
And She Was is a deftly plotted, completely involving novel with one of the most memorable protagonists to come along in years. Laura Lippman, New York Times bestseller
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Jump on to the series now, so you won’t have to catch up later. Joe Hartlaub
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A moody, densely layered mystery whose emotional notes are as affecting as the plot points are enthralling... a model of superb narrative craft.
LA Review of Books

Brenna Spector is a most extraordinary sleuth with an endearing blend of eccentricity and vulnerability.
Iron Mountain Daily News

Gaylin pulls the readers in with colorful characters... and a story that keeps you turning the pages.
Charlotte Observer

Gaylin does a masterful job of building steady suspense with an exceptionally complex case that could have gotten away from a less gifted writer. And She Was received strong advance praise from three of our best crime novelists — Lee Child, Harlan Coben and Laura Lippman — and you only have to read a few pages to see why they’ve raved about the book. It’s a terrific start to a new series.

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Hearst Media Group

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