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Seven Minutes to Noon [Kindle Edition]

Katia Lief
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"A gripping story that pulls you in and doesn't let go until the end."
—Book Review Café


On a day that seems perfectly ordinary, Alice Halpern waits for her best friend at the playground where they always meet with their children in their comfortable Brooklyn neighborhood. But when Lauren doesn’t come home, then fails to pick her son up from school, a normal day turns into a nightmare—and Alice begins to realize that nothing will ever be ordinary again.


The police desperately search for Lauren, who is nearly nine months pregnant. Alice, herself pregnant, realizes she’s being followed and has the creeping fear that she and her unborn twins are in danger. As the investigation intensifies, Alice is shocked as her familiar world begins to unravel. And as new life grows within her, she must fight to save her family—and herself…


“Mesmerizing.” --Lisa Gardner

“Nail-biting suspense." —Richard Montanari

“Brilliant.” –Suspense Magazine

“Exhilarating.” –The Mystery Gazette

“Taut, clean storytelling.” –Publishers Weekly

“Readers will want to read more of this talented writer's work." —New York Journal of Books

Editorial Reviews


"From its brief but memorably creepy prologue to its haunting conclusion...a chilling look at how just a few minutes can turn very ordinary lives upside down." --Toxic Universe

"In Seven Minutes to Noon...[Lief] takes the fears every mother has for her children and exploits it to a terrifying degree." --Reviewer's Choice

"You'll startle at every strange sound as you read [Katia Lief's] book. Best not to be alone when turning the pages of Seven Minutes to Noon." --Bookloons

"A gripping story that pulls you in and doesn't let go until the end." --Book Review Café

From the Author

All of my international bestselling novels--Five Days in Summer, Seven Minutes to Noon, One Cold Night, and Here She Lies--are now available as ebooks as well as in beautiful new trade paperback editions.

If you like series, take a look at my most recent thrillers, You Are Next and its sequel Next Time You See Me...which Suspense Magazine called "diabolically brilliant."  A third installment is on the way.

I have also written literary, humorous, and young adult novels.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451215796
  • Publisher: Blue Table Books (May 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z1G4OG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,831 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner August 3, 2005
By Gale Z
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This mass market paperback looks no more remarkable than the hundreds of others on the shelves at your local bookstore. But in this case, looks can be deceiving. Go ahead and pick it up. You won't be able to put it down.

In the prologue, a young girl sees a fairy floating in the murky canal that runs through the town. But of course, the reader knows that it's a really a dead body. This gives the reader a sense of omniscience about the outcome of the missing woman. Sometimes this ruins the fun in a mystery, but Kate Pepper creates such believable, interesting characters that you just keep hoping that you're wrong.

The story is told primarily through the eyes of Alice Halpern, a happily married woman with two children who is now expecting twins. It is her pregnant friend, Lauren, who is missing. Alice and Lauren are just part of a very close circle of friends who enjoy backyard barbecues and play dates with the kids. When Lauren disappears, the suspicion eventually falls on a very powerful person who may have a reason to want to make Alice and her unborn children disappear, too.

The police take a very keen interest in this case and a female detective is available to Alice at all times of the day and night. Since this story takes place in Brooklyn, New York, I found this to be a rather questionable phenomenon. But this book has such engrossing plotlines that I was willing to forgive a little uncharacteristic behavior.

This would be a fantastic book to take someplace where you have a long, boring wait. The time will just fly by.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a frightening mystery, well written.... June 22, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This mystery suspense thriller is one of the best I've ever read. I could not and did not set this book aside until I'd finished it! Through Pepper's skill, reality becomes far scarier than supernatural hauntings could ever be.

Alice Halpern, Lauren Barnet, and Maggie Blue are close friends, closer than sisters. They live in a cozy Brooklyn neighborhood of tidy brownstones, shade trees, flower gardens and well kept parks. Folks can walk from place to place, visiting small businesses and eateries without fear. Alice and

Lauren are both pregnant and excited about the prospect, moreso because the experience is shared by friends. Alice and Maggie co-own an upscale shoe store. Life is good, until a horror none of them could possibly imagine wrecks their comfortable world.

When Lauren fails to meet Alice in the park or pick up her son from school, Maggie and Alice are excited. They just know Lauren has gone into labor. Excitement soon gives way to dread when Lauren can't be found in area hospitals. One day passes, then two and three with no word from their friend. Where could an almost nine month pregnant woman be? Maggie and

Alice are on hand when Lauren's decomposing body is pulled from a nearby canal. Her baby has been surgically removed through an amateurish incision in Lauren's abdomen. The sight of her friend's dead body and the missing baby haunts Alice. Who would kill a mother in plain sight and take her baby? And why?

Alice imagines a seedy stranger is following her. She fears for her unborn twins. That fear is shared by detectives with the Brooklyn Police Department because Lauren is not the first pregnant woman to die in such a way. Clues are few and far between.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't read this fast enough! May 5, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is like a car accident that you pass on the road. You want to hurry yourself along to be able to see what happened, and even though you know it's going to be bad, you can't stop your curiosity. The story is about three women friends in NYC who live and work together, intermingling their husbands and kids in a cozy tableau of life. Two of the women, the narrator Alice, and her friend Lauren, are pregnant. When Lauren goes missing on her way to a Pilates class in the 9th month of her pregnancy, you know she didn't just hit her head and suffer amnesia. The harrowing journey into the unknown, the fear of losing a friend who is more like a sister, and the grief that comes when her body is found, resonates strongly in this story. Even though the plot is one that is fairly transparent, what surprised me about this story was the beautiful way with words this author has. She has the ability to deftly draw parallels with lovely word choices, so much so that I almost find myself holding my breath until the next great image comes into focus. A solid book that I enjoyed very much. I'll go back and read this author's first book, and eagerly await her third book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow & Labored Plot May 12, 2006
By dessert
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rather slow & labored plot to give you the feeling like the protagonist, Alice who is heavily pregnant, carrying twins in her tummy. Quite a banal plot that did not build up to a climax, fell rather flat. It started promisingly where you think it could be one of those hold your attention till the end but degenerated to one of domestic details rather than a murder inquiry.

Gaping holes in plot like father & son who went abroad were not thoroughly investigated by the police when father deposited son back home. Police could have gone thru immigration procedures to check on which flight they had returned to follow up on clues. Also the build up of an earlier murder victim, Christine, with similar characteristics was no where in sight when Lauren's murder was solved. Even bigger gaping holes here!

The ending may not satisfy some readers as there are loose threads hanging.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 7 Minutes to Noon
What a horrific ordeal this was for Lauren who was due to have her long awaited baby. After her disappearance the dedication of her also pregnant friend to find out where Lauren... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Serena Habben
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed it
Published 5 months ago by Lynn
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Published 6 months ago by Brooklyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-Written - Good Author
Katia Lief is a great author. All of her books keep you hooked and you want to keep reading and reading. This book had a few too many characters for me though. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joan
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Mystery
This was an interesting book. It was hard to stop reading at the end of a chapter. The next chapter always continued with more mystery. That was great. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Her Books
This is another great reading, but a little scary...I've read all there is and waiting for the next one...if you like suspense, this is the one you're after... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Katherine
5.0 out of 5 stars My opinion
Great incredible read, did not in any way see the ending. Would recommend if you like suspense reminded me of a Lisa Gardner read.
Published 11 months ago by Trish Grell
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good Author
Like her books and this one was not exception. Page turner and exciting ending. Keeps you guessing. Must read this one
Published 12 months ago by Rheba Cooper Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This was the first book I read by the Author Katia Lief, but it won't be the last. Great character development, suspenseful, perhaps suspected "who did it", but it was not... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jean Turicik
5.0 out of 5 stars very good read
i really liked this book--it was a very good read--kept me interested and wanting to read --just one more page
Published 17 months ago by Darlene Parker
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