By

Read By

Julia Whelan

Length

Audiobook Review

The One I Left Behind

Jennifer McMahon

Overall
Performance

Tragic, Horrifying, Fascinating

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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects

STAR RATINGS GUIDE

THE BIRDICT

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A psychological thriller about a long dormant serial killer who may strike again. The story of a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship. A coming-of-age retrospective. A slowly simmering horror. There are so many layers to this story, so many rabbit holes. And they work together seamlessly.

As always, McMahon develops a compelling story rich in detail, dramatic events and characters with complex motivations to match. Only then does she indulge in her trademark twists, turns and elements of horror, allowing them to emerge organically.

In other words, by the time the creepiest, scariest elements of this tale came out to play, I was already fully invested in Reggie's difficult upbringing. I already felt simultaneously sorry for and infuriated by Vera. I held a deep dislike for Tara and was intrigued by Neptune. All of this together is what makes McMahon the queen bee of her genre.

SQUAWKING THE TALK

My everlasting love of Julia Whelan endures. Yes, it is the Whelanator (I'm still working on the moniker) herself who narrates this audiobook, giving it that wistful, thoughtful yet personable touch. The Whelan Factor, if you will. Beautiful performance.

SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO...​​

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This is such a hybrid of a story, it's hard to find a good comparison. Here goes: Take the toxic friendships in The Craft and add every character played by Constance Langdon in American Horror Story. Mix in a serial killer cold case and a Stranger Things retrospective. Top off with a twist as creepy and unexpected as The Sixth Sense. I think we're in the neighbourhood of this now.
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The One I Left Behind

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