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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle; First Edition edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786016418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786016419
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Overburdened by a full cast of characters and an unnecessary amount of detail, this new suspense novel from Corsi Staub (after She Loves Me Not) starts out agonizingly slow, but it manages to keep readers in the dark about the killer's identity until the final pages. The idyllic community of Woodsbridge, N.Y., represents everything Kathleen Carmody didn't have growing up: love, stability and normalcy. But when a young teen disappears and a mysterious figure begins lurking around the field where Kathleen's 13-year-old daughter, Jen, plays soccer, Kathleen fears that her past may have come back to haunt her—and her daughter. Kathleen's big secret remains hidden for much of the book, which is a cause for some confusion. The constant narrative shifts—from Kathleen, to Jen, to their neighbor, to one of Jen's school acquaintances and then to some possibly shady characters the reader knows nothing about—only compound the problem. Still, Corsi Staub throws in several credible red herrings, and though she doesn't deliver nail-gnashing suspense, this competent mystery offers a challenging puzzle and some eerie chills.
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"An exciting suspense thriller that will keep readers turning the pages."

More About the Author

With the upcoming release of her twenty-first thriller, THE PERFECT STRANGER, New York Times bestselling suspense novelist Wendy Corsi Staub will have published more than eighty novels over the course of her distinguished career. Wendy has twice (2011 and 2013) been nominated for the Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark award and is the recipient of the RWA Rita Award, the RT Bookreviews Award for Career Achievement in Suspense, the RWA/NYC Golden Apple for Lifetime Achievement, four WLA Washington Irving Awards for Fiction, and numerous other honors. All of her adult thrillers and in-print backlist are available on Amazon and most are--or will soon be--available as e-books and audio books as well. Check out the book trailers for THE GOOD SISTER, NIGHTWATCHER, SLEEPWALKER, and SHADOWKILLER, her latest Harpercollins Suspense trilogy, on this author page. For more information visit her author website at www.WendyCorsiStaub.com, her reader community site at www.WendyCorsiStaubCommunity.com, and her author page at www.facebook.com/pages/Wendy-Corsi-Staub/43054289209 and follow her on Twitter @wendycorsistaub. Wendy is also a bestselling novelist with the chick lit and romantic comedy published under the pseudonym "Wendy Markham." Please watch the book trailer for IF ONLY IN MY DREAMS below.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Christiansen on July 13, 2004
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I just finished "Kiss Her Goodbye" by Wendy Corsi Staub. This woman can flat-out write! She cunningly weaves the mystery throughout the book and keeps you guessing as to the identity of the killer, as well as turning the pages.
Someone in Woodsbridge, a suburb of Buffalo, New York, is targeting young teenage girls who look a lot like Katie Carmody's daughter, Jen. But who? Is it the husband of Stella Galinski, the woman Jen babysits for? An elderly priest? Jen's father? A young drug dealer? And Katie has a secret of her own -- something somebody else knows which has to do with mysterious baby cries in the night and a gift-wrapped pink baby bootie left on Jen's pillow.
This isn't the first book I've read by Staub and it certainly won't be the last. They get progressively better with each one. She's as good as Mary Higgins Clark USED to be and has my vote for the new "queen of suspense!"
The only downside of the book were some obvious editing mistakes I picked up on -- like saying the family was from Ohio on one page and then saying Indiana on the next, and also that Stella Gattinski's twin daughters had her blonde hair and then saying their hair was red. Come on! I thought professional editors were supposed to do a better job than that!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By lisatheratgirl VINE VOICE on June 4, 2004
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I'm a big fan of Wendy Corsi Staub. I may have grabbed the first copy of this book. In general, she's great at building suspense and atmosphere--for instance, she will make you want to get up and check that your deadbolts are locked. You may find yourself looking out the window to be sure no one is watching you. She is a master at throwing in plot twists. You think you just got a clue to who the killer is, and she throws you a contradiction. You end up suspecting just about everybody in the book. This time, however, I not only guessed the killer but also some other things before they happened. I gave this a 4 rather than a 5 because the story was just a little too neatly wrapped up as well as highly unlikely to happen the way it did in real life. Part of the fun of mystery/suspense/horror stories comes from things happening to ordinary people in ordinary situations, i.e. this could happen to you. I enjoyed the book, read it straight through (with some interruptions like going to work) but I think the plot could have been better. A lot of it seemed out of the 1950s rather than the 21st century. I'll be anxious to see what others think.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shanyeah on March 4, 2005
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Staub does it again by creating a thrilling, heart-pounding page turner. This book had me captivated from the first page till the very end. A very well written plot and developed characters, Staub has a unique way of grabbing your attention and holding it till the last page is turned. I have enjoyed all her books and have yet been disappointed in any of them. I just purchased All the Way Home and I am looking forward to reading it and staying up all night to do so. It is really hard to put her books down. Way to go, again, Staub!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dianna on October 22, 2004
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Such a great read! Kept me up well into the night. Highly recommended read. Staub has the ability to write a well thought out mystery that keeps the reader guessing until the end.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 10, 2004
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This is the second book I read by Staub. It was one of my recommendations from Amazon.com, because I purchased the Mary Higgins Clark books. Keep those recommendations coming! I could not put this book down, and it kept me guessing until the end of the book. It's also a good adult book for young adults, and I will be recommending it to my 8th and 9th grade students who like Clark. I did pick up on some of the editing mistakes mentioned by another reviewer, but the action and suspense more than made up for them.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 3, 2004
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Wendi Corsi Staub's KISS HER GOODBYE is a clever, if somewhat overwrought, mystery. It's a little too long, and the shifting narratives and POV's keep it from being as effective as it could have been.

One of the main problems is Jen Carmody, the focal teenager. Once she finds out she has been adopted, she is unnecessarily cruel to her adoptive father, Matt. Surely the girl after 15 years should know whether or not her father loves her. Her reactions, while questionably comparable to a 15 year old, make her a very unlikeable character, and it's hard to feel any real fear for her.

Staub does well in keeping you guessing as to who the culprit is, throwing in a few red herrings along the way. The characters of John and Lucy, while an integral part of the storyline, are never really fleshed out enough to feel sympathy for them, either.

But, the bottom line, is: did it keep me interested? Yes, and it's ending is a surprise, even though you'll slap your head and say, "I Should have known." That's what makes Staub's books so interesting---she does surprise you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 19, 2010
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This was the first Wendy Corsi Straub book I had ever read, and I was not disappointed. The writing style is nice and concise, with a interesting mix of characters and minor conflicts (aside the major one, of course) make for a very interesting tale while you wonder about just who some of the characters are and their motives.

I felt bad for Jenny because she lost her friend, but this was a rather thrilling book. I could not stop reading it and finding out just who was behind all the crap that was going on, and just who on earth would want to hurt poor Jenny. The person who is after her... well, I don't want to spoil it for you folks, but it certainly wasn't anyone I would have *ever* expected, that's for sure. A solid, thrilling and enjoyable read, two thumbs up!
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