And Then There Was One

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Oceanview Publishing

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Bronze Medal, 2010 Foreword INDIES
Book of the Year Awards
for Thriller & Suspense


One is the loneliest number.

Nine years ago, Katie and Scott Monroe were blessed beyond their wildest dreams with identical triplets, Sammie, Alex, and Jackie. Three beautiful daughters and two adoring parents formed the picture-perfect party of five. But this tight-knit family unravels when the three little girls go to see a movie, but only one emerges from the darkness of the theater. How could Sammie and Alex vanish without a trace?

Plunged into the abyss of a parent’s worst fear, Katie and Scott hang by a thread waiting, worrying, not knowing, and confronting the terrifying realization that the kidnapping may not have been a random act.Who took Sammie and Alex? Why? Where are they? When will they be found? And what if they’re never found, or not found alive?

When Jackie, the remaining triplet, crumbles under the weight of grief and survivor’s guilt, Katie and Scott struggle to hold out hope and hold on to what remains of their family. Until or unless Sammie and Alex are found safe, this picture-perfect family can’t be put back together again.
  • Mesmerizing! And Then There Was One reaches deep into the heart of any parent’s nightmare, then ratchets up the tension five or six notches more, sending the reader on a roller coaster ride of false leads and fresh suspects that will leave you gasping at the end.

    -Lisa Gardner, New York Times Bestselling Author
  • A taut psychological suspense story that explores family issues. Readers plunge into the middle of the action immediately and keep sweating as false leads and multiple suspects muddle the search. A gripping thriller.

  • Right from the beginning, Gussin brilliantly throws the reader smack-dab in the middle of the conflict. The urgency and intensity is so palpable you’ll feel out of breath by the time you’ve raced your way to the ending.

    -Alex Kava, New York Times Best-selling Author
  • At the start of this gripping suspense novel, two out of three identical triplets, nine-year-olds Sammie and Alex Monroe, disappear from a movie theater. The fear and anguish the Monroes feel as they search for their missing children will resonate with many readers.

    -Publishers Weekly
  • And Then There Was One will snatch you away as deftly and completely as a kidnapper in the dark. Gussin balances the fierce emotion and runaway timing surrounding the disappearance of two beloved children like the pro that she is. Before you open the cover, say a fond farewell to the tense but happy hours you’ll spend reading this terrifying thriller.

    -Laura Benedict, Best-selling Author
  • Gussin is an excellent writer, clearly at ease with her material, and very good at making her readers squirm. And Then There Was One is a gripping mystery that will find a toehold in even the most jaded reader’s psyche. Gussin’s latest is sure to set pulses racing—all the way to the thrilling conclusion.

    -ForeWord Reviews
  • The devastation and fear surrounding missing children will touch even people who aren’t parents, creating tension as the reader waits to see if this family will face the worst life can offer.

    -Fresh Fiction
  • Complex plotting, sure-handed pacing and a grand mix of appealing and detestable characters make And Then There Was One an extremely satisfying thriller.

    -Florida Weekly
  • Gussin has written a top-notch thriller that’s tough to put down, offering an emotional roller coaster ride full of tense suspense

    -Lansing State Journal
  • There is so much to this story that I cannot do it justice. I strongly recommend you try it out for yourself.

    -Mystery Reader Discussion
  • This book delves deep into the psyche and emotional state of almost every character which makes for a fascinating read. And Then There Was One should be read and appreciated by a much wider audience than just those who like to read mysteries and thrillers. It is an important novel on a similar level of quality and emotional pull as Lovely Bones or The Secret Life of Bees.

    -Mystery Maven Blog
  • This one had me galloping through the pages to learn what happened next. Ms. Gussin’s technique of short, punchy chapters which jump between the hunters and the hunted is very effective and adds to the feeling of urgency.

    -New Mystery Reader
  • Gussin’s background gives this taut novel an emotional truthfulness that strikes home. If you like James Patterson, Robert Dugoni, or David Baldacci, you’ll probably enjoy And Then There Was One.

    -Scene Magazine
  • And Then There Was One is a scary jaunt through child abduction. Patricia Gussin touches on the fear of both the children and the parents. She allows us to feel the terror of both. We are there with both the girls and their parents as they struggle through the nightmare. Excellent read.

    -Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine
  • This book delves deep into the psyche and emotional state of almost every character which makes for a fascinating read. And Then There Was One should be read and appreciated by a much wider audience than just those who like to read mysteries and thrillers.

    -Mystery Maven
  • This thrilling and entertaining tale will keep you riveted. And Then There Was One is a fine story.

    -Mainly Mysteries
  • From the very first page until the last, the suspense generated by Patricia Gussin’s And Then There Was One kept me either holding my breath or gasping for air.

  • A highly tense suspense drama which makes you want to read the novel until the end without putting the book down.

    -Literary Media Spot Reviews
  • And Then There Was One keeps the crime fiction buff in that most irresistible of places – on the edge of her seat.

  • Life is not always perfectly wrapped and tied with a bow and in her new novel, And Then There Was One, Patricia Gussin shows how quickly the bow can unravel and the paper become torn and crumbled.

    -TCM Reviews
  • A very real look at a family’s attempt to survive and stay together during a tragedy. If you just want a good suspenseful read, this is it

    -Ashley’s Bookshelf
  • And Then There Was One grips the reader’s interest from the first sentence and doesn’t let go. This fine novel will keep readers on the edge of their seat as the plot unfolds.

    -Mysterious Reviews
  • The multilayered plot is highly suspenseful.

    -Mystery Scene Magazine
  • The book grabs readers on the first pages and holds on as the story unfolds.

    -The Venice Gondolier
  • Themes of family support, survivor’s guilt, job impact on family life, bi-racial issues and child rearing are all sensitively and psychologically explored as the story unfolds into quite a thriller.

    -Rebeccas Reads
  • And Then There Was One is a page-turner with characters that maintain a tightrope balance of emotional fragility and dogged determination. Read it.

    -The GenReview
  • A tight, attention-grabbing thriller.

    -Monsters & Critics
  • Excellently written and will touch the heartstrings of its readers.

    -Reader Views
  • A whodunit that keeps you at the edge of your seat until the very end.

    -The Free Lance-Star
  • The key to this strong abduction thriller is the reactions of the three remaining family members who each go through the stages of grief in their own ways. This is a super psychological suspense thriller.

    -The Mystery Gazette