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After Her - Joyce Maynard
After Her
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It's the summer of 1979, and a dry, hot, northern California school vacation stretches ahead for Rachel and her younger sister Patty - the daughters a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome and chronically unfaithful detective father who loves to make women happy, and the mother whose heart he... show more
It's the summer of 1979, and a dry, hot, northern California school vacation stretches ahead for Rachel and her younger sister Patty - the daughters a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome and chronically unfaithful detective father who loves to make women happy, and the mother whose heart he broke. Left to their own devices, the inseparable sisters spend their days studying record jackets, concocting elaborate fantasies about the life of the mysterious neighbor who moves in down the street, and playing dangerous games on the mountain that rises up behind their house. When young women start showing up dead on the mountain, the girls' father is charged with finding the man responsible, known as The Sunset Strangler. Seeing her father's life slowly unravel when he fails to stop the murders, Rachel embarks on her most dangerous game yet: setting herself up as bait to catch the killer, with consequences that will destroy her father's career and alter the lives of everyone she loves. It is not until thirty years later that Rachel, who has never given up hope of vindicating her father, finally smokes out the killer, bringing her back to the territory of her childhood, and uncovering a long-buried family secret. As with her novel, Labor Day, Maynard's newest work is part thriller, part love story, Loosely inspired by the Trailside Killer case that terrorized Marin County in the late seventies, her tale delves deep into the alternately thrilling and terrifying landscape of a young girl's first explorations of adult sexuality and the loss of innocence, the bond between sisters - and into a daughter's tender but damaged relationship with her father, and what it is to finally trust a man.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780062257390 (0062257390)
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Roving Book Club
Roving Book Club rated it
3.0 After Her by Joyce Maynard
Read by Angela B: This story is based on the true story of California's Trailside Killer in the late 1970's. Written through the eyes of 13 year old Rachel, who has a strong bond with her sister and a strong sense of adventure. It is based around the killing of women on the mountain near their famil...
A Book and A Review #2
A Book and A Review #2 rated it
3.0
Read my full review: http://bit.ly/15h1zNPMy opinion: I have to say that I was incredibly conflicted in my review of this book. I LOVE Joyce Maynard's writing and have read a good chunk of her books. The writing in this story was somewhat "cheesy" and that drove me absolutely nuts. On that note, it...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
3.0 After Her
I re-call reading "The Good Daughters" a few years ago and thought that though it was written well the story tended to drag at times. I have the same feeling about "After Her". Though this was a well-written novel it drags a lot. Also some parts of the story do get confusing or there is no real reso...
ellaminnowpea
ellaminnowpea rated it
This is a coming of age tale set in San Francisco Bay area in the late seventies. Rachel and her younger sister Patty live near the mountains where a serial killer has begun to kill young women and leave their bodies behind. Their father is the detective in charge of the investigation. Maynard is a ...
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