By Beth PerryJennifer GarciaDavid ChiuJONATHAN DURBIN and JOANNA POWELL
Updated May 19, 2008 12:00 PM

by Jennifer McMahon |



From the moment a hulking white rabbit abducts a schoolgirl from the parking lot of Pat’s Mini Mart, this smart mystery-thriller grabs you by the throat and won’t let go. Rhonda, the only witness, is so guilt-ridden by her dumbstruck failure to intervene that she launches her own hunt for the child. As with McMahon’s debut, Promise Not to Tell, time shifts artfully; Rhonda’s search leads her to revisit buried family secrets and explore the fate of her childhood pal Lizzy, another missing girl. Echoes of Alice down the rabbit hole persist right through the spellbinding conclusion, making this a page-turner you’ll neglect sleep for.