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Library Journal Review
Truth and fiction blur a bit in White's latest novel featuring psychologist Alan Gregory when 14-year-old Mallory Miller goes missing from her Boulder, CO, home on Christmas, eight years to the day after a six-year-old girl (JonBenet Ramsey, unnamed here) was kidnapped from the same neighborhood. Soon others go missing, revealing connections to Mallory and her family, including possibly the untimely death of Hannah Grant, a colleague and close friend of Alan's partner, Diane. Doctor-client privilege is a staple in this series, but it has never proven more complicated than here. Rest assured, Alan's integrity remains intact, his wife's MS is no worse, daughter Grace is developing delightfully, and detective Sam Purdy is divorced and slimmed down. With an emphasis on mental illness, this installment is sadder and a little less suspenseful than others in the series, but the pleasure is in seeing these well-developed characters in action again. That alone makes this essential. [See Prepub, LJ 11/1/04.]-Michele Leber, Arlington, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Bestseller White's 13th Alan Gregory thriller gets off to a fast start with the psychologist's discovery of the corpse of his social worker colleague Hannah Green at their shared offices in Boulder, Colo. But the case that propels the narrative is that of "another little girl [who] has disappeared on Christmas night in Boulder." The echoes of the JonBenet Ramsey murder are unmistakable (if never mentioned explicitly), but this time the "little girl" is a teenager, Mallory Miller-and she may simply have run away. Her entire family is dysfunctional: her schizophrenic mother, for example, moved to Las Vegas to indulge her obsession for attending other people's weddings. Then others begin to disappear: Diane, another colleague of Alan and Hannah, who was in Las Vegas searching for Mallory's mother; Bob, one of Gregory's patients with an obsessive interest in Mallory's disappearance; and the mysterious man who lives next door to Mallory. The events are all linked, of course, and Gregory doggedly pursues their connections while juggling his many professional and family responsibilities. The novel wallows too deeply in therapy ethics, and the plot isn't nearly compelling enough to justify its complexity, but as usual the author, himself a psychologist, uses his professional knowledge to paint a convincing backdrop of the world of clinical practice. Expect another bestseller. Agent, Lynn Nesbit at Janklow & Nesbit. Author tour. (Mar. 7) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Eight years to the day after JonBenet Ramsey was murdered, her childhood friend and neighbor, Mallory, winds up missing. At first, her disappearance seems unconnected to the disappearance of Diane, one of Boulder (Colorado) psychologist Alan Gregory's colleagues, or the apparent murder of Diane's friend Hannah. But nothing is coincidental in a White murder mystery, and once again, he expertly places the good doctor in the middle of one doozy of a whodunit. Alan's wife, Lauran, a prosecuting attorney, suffers from MS, and it's getting worse; with all the tragedy around him, he's feeling much more protective of his children, yet his attention is drawn elsewhere as two of his patients are implicated in the kidnappings, the murder, or both. While White draws his characters with an uncommon depth and richness for the mystery genre, he paints no character better than the city of Boulder itself: the mountains, the sudden gusty weather, the bustling city center--all play a role. Although White is himself a trained clinical psychologist, one gets the feeling he empathizes with the city more than with Dr. Gregory. Another fine addition to a popular series. --Ray Olson Copyright 2005 Booklist
Kirkus Book Review
Eight years after the unsolved real-life killing of a preteen beauty queen from Boulder, Colorado, psychologist Alan Gregory (Blinded, 2003, etc.) has to deal with the disappearance of one of her classmates. Mallory Miller, 14, vanishes on Christmas Day without any indication of foul play or any footprints in the snow surrounding her family's house. It's just a week after the death of Hannah Grant, the therapist Mallory took it upon herself to consult after her parents split up over a psychosis that drove her mother to attend weddings she hadn't been invited to. What was Hannah doing in her psychiatrist neighbor Mary Black's office? Why had she left her purse in the middle of her own office floor? And why was her blouse pulled up to bare her midriff and tucked neatly into her bra? These are hard questions, and White provides plenty of time to mull them during a remarkably slow opening movement. Alan is devastated by his discovery of Hannah's corpse and even more disturbed by a series of hints from Bob Brandt, a long-term schizoid patient, that he knows something about Mallory's fate. Strapped as usual by the need to keep his patients' confidences, Alan needs all the help he can get. But his friend Diane Estevez, a social worker who goes searching for Mallory's delusion mother in wedding-rich Las Vegas, disappears. So does Bob Brandt, driving off in his vintage Camaro after leaving behind a long typescript he asks Alan not to read. With the exasperated help of Detective Sam Purdy and Diane's determined husband Raoul, Alan will eventually get to the bottom of all those disappearances. Be warned: The solution is just as complicated as the multiple riddles. A fictional echo of JonBenet Ramsey (constantly invoked but never named) buried beneath reams of ethical quiddities, criminal cross-purposes, and mind-boggling coincidences. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.