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All the way home
Staub, Wendy Corsi.
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New York : Kensington, [1999]

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327 pages ; 24 cm
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From Wendy Corsi Staub, the acclaimed author of Fade to Black, comes a masterful new work of domestic suspense.

A quiet little town in upstate New York, Lake Charlotte is the perfect place to raise a family. Or is it? People still talk about that summer ten years ago when four teenage girls mysteriously disappeared. No one remembers that summer more vividly than Rory Connelly. Her older sister Carleen vanished from her bed in the middle of the night, never to be seen again. The fear and uncertainly of Carleen's fate destroyed Rory's family and her only escape was college. When she left Lake Charlotte, she vowed never to return. But now, ten years later, Rory Connelly is coming home.

It's only supposed to be for the summer while her brother's away. Until then, Rory has to cope with her mothers slow descent into insanity and her rebellious teenage sister Molly. The arrival of Barrett Mailtand only makes things worse. The handsome stranger knows too much about the past and is constantly asking Rory questions.

Then, on the anniversary of the very first disappearance, another teenage girl vanishes. Once again, Lake Charlotte is gripped in fear, and for Rory, it's the past nightmare revisited. Only this time, her own life is in jeopardy.

Author Notes

Bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub grew up in rural New York and knew as a young child that she wanted to become an author. After graduating in 1986 from the State University of New York at Fredonia, Staub moved to New York City and worked as a book editor and advertising agency account coordinator.

She has written for both adults and young adults and published over 70 books in the following genres: thriller, psychological suspense, horror, romance, and biography. Staub has also ghost-written for several celebrities. She has used the pseudonym Wendy Markham and writes the young adult paranormal Lily Dale series.

Staub is the recipient of the 2007 RWA-NYC Golden Apple Award for Lifetime Achievement and the 2008 RT Award for Career Achievement in Suspense.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

These two thrillers about how families cope when bad things happen to their children provide enough terror to spook even the most grounded of parents. In Staub's All the Way Home, Rory has successfully escaped her hometown by attending college across the country. She doesn't want to go home for the summer, but guilt makes her do it. Being home means facing her past, and vivid memories of the summer 10 years ago when her sister and her best friend disappeared continue to haunt Rory's every moment. Equally troubling is the condition of her mother, who was traumatized by the disappearances and never quite regained her mental stability. Rory spends the summer trying to forget the past but is forced to relive it when someone wants to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the disappearances with more child abductions. Although the novel occasionally adopts an awkwardly lighthearted tone given its gory subject, it succeeds as an engrossing, suspenseful thriller. Even grittier is Fox's Cradle and All, about a mother trying to do the right thing. Kate is an emergency room social worker whose day-to-day experiences ought to have hardened her to all forms of trauma. Not so, she finds out, when her 10-month-old son wakes up with mysterious injuries. Ironically, Kate soon finds herself in the position of many of her patients: being investigated for child abuse. Kate knows she did not and could not have done such things to her own baby, and we want to believe her. But there's something in her past that looms like a storm cloud over this seemingly stable, happily married woman, and the author artfully keeps the reader guessing as to what it might be. Finally, as the events of the past come to light, the story winds and curves to one more surprising twist. A well-crafted suspense novel. --Mary Frances Wilkens

Publisher's Weekly Review

Survivors of a long-ago crime in upstate New York relive the terror when teenage girls start disappearing once again in this suspense novel from the prolific Staub (Fade to Black). After Rory Connolly's father dies, she goes home to Lake Charlotte, N.Y., to care for her rebellious 13-year-old sister, Molly, and their disturbed mother. But Rory can't shake her memories of the four girls who vanished 10 years agoÄamong them her older sister, Carleen, and her best friend and next-door neighbor, Emily Anghardt. Rory calls in her mom's old friend Sister Theodosia, but the dour, aged nun only casts more gloom. Molly proves to be an obstreperous handful who provokes Rory into revealing the secret surrounding Molly's birth. No wonder Rory leaps at the attentions of handsome Barrett Maitland, who may or may not be a crime writer doing research. The Anghardt house's current occupant, Michelle Randall, is about to give birth, and Molly babysits for Michelle's toddler, Ozzie, fearing every creak and thump from Ozzie's room. Crisis hits when Molly's best friend, Rebecca, disappears on the anniversary of Carleen's abduction, and the horrified townspeople direct renewed attention to Michelle's house. Staub's scary plot expertly mixes teen and adult perspectives and themes, but too often buries the action under passages of extended exposition that dull the tension and slow the pace of the narrative. The characters are well drawn, however, and the atmosphere is suitably gothic. Staub keeps readers guessing through a series of believable red herrings and clues. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved