Missing Mandy by Shirley S. Simon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Review of Missing Mandy
“Missing Mandy” is a novel of suspense and romance, and is wildly mysterious and imaginatively original. At first I wasn’t even certain who the “Mandy” of the title would be, because the author lays background and endears us to the protagonist, Danny, a recently-divorced painter (henpecked by his long-suffering mother). To get away from Mother and to recuperate after the painful end of the marriage, Danny buys a cottage near the tiny village of Ankleton, and nearly immediately odd and even suspicious events occur. Danny has some horrible nightmares—the kind that catch a hold and linger on—and he is bombarded by the bizarre scent of oranges, where no oranges are. As he gets to meet neighbors around the nearby lake, and the villagers, he sees and soon meets a lovely young woman—who turns out to be Mandy. The problem is: Mandy has been missing for months, and Danny is the only one who can see her. Debut Author Shirley S. Simon works this suspenseful mystery out to a satisfying conclusion, leaving the story and characters to linger on in the reader’s mind.
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