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Product Details

  • Series: P.S.
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062084801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062084804
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sophie Shepard’s life drastically changes the day she gets a call bringing her to Clearfield, Virginia, where she is supposed to meet a dying stranger, Arthur Cubeck, who has knowledge of her past. Unfortunately, Sophie arrives too late, and Arthur has already passed away, leaving her clueless as to why an older man on his deathbed sent for her. Discovering the truth becomes more frightening as she stays with a newfound bubbly friend, Jesse, and Jesse’sson to figure it all out, while falling for the handsome Dr. Drew McCarren. To make matters worse, the rest of the town gets involved in this eerie journey; some start disappearing while others show up dead. Sophie shakes up this small town by not only bringing up her own dark past pertaining to her biological parents and Arthur’s role in her life, but also by stirring up the residents’ secrets as well. McComas (What Happened to Hannah, 2012) delivers a powerful story about life’s challenges and how people come together even in the most troubling times. --Carissa Chesanek


“Engaging characters, deadly secrets, and a plot with plenty of twists all make for a compelling read in this new suspense by Mary Kay McComas. Set against the background of a seemingly quiet Southern town, it will keep you guessing until the very end!” (Jess McConkey Author of LOVE LIES BLEEDING and THE WIDOWS OF BRAXTON COUNTY)

More About the Author

Mary Kay McComas was raised in the Great Pacific Northwest city of Spokane, Washington. Third of six children. Mary Kay went to college, and for ten years after that she worked as an intensive care nurse in a hospital.

Then she met her future husband, a lawyer, and her Prince Charming. The couple moved to the Shenandoah Valley in Northern Virginia, and raised four wonderful children.

After Mary Kay's children came along she didn't think things could get any better. But guess what, they did! On a dare from her husband to "write a better novel than that," Mary Kay took a stab at writing something longer than a letter and more fun than a college term paper.

It was not Mary Kay's intention to start a third career as a writer. However, as luck would have it, she was fortunate enough to find an encouraging agent and helpful, supportive editors. She hopes her stories will bring a little happiness into your life!

Customer Reviews

The romance is so cliche that neither of the characters seem particularly into either.
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I found it to be a bit slow and hard to get in to but the desire to find out what was behind the mystery kept me going.
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Highly Recommended - this is a pleasant read and would actually would be a great vacation novel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Burian-Mohr TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 6, 2013
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Arthur Cubeck, beloved small town minister with a deep dark secret, is dying. Sophie is a perky kindergarten teacher, adopted as a baby, and raised by loving parents in a town far from Arthur's little town. For reasons not understood by Sophie or almost anyone else Arthur's town, he has summoned Sophie to confess something to her. But before Sophie arrives, Arthur is smothered to death by someone who clearly does know the secret.

This is probably when Sophie should have made a big U-turn and headed home. But she's a happy friendly little thing so she checks into a bed and breakfast and tries to understand what happened. There she meets Arthur's doctor, the handsome Dr. Drew McCarren. And Arthur's attorney requests that Sophie stay for the reading of the will... in which she inherits Arthur's mansion. Relatives stomp out in a huff muttering threats.

Then people start being maimed and murdered, including one who was stalking Sophie. Sophie and Drew quickly fall for each other, and Sophie gets to meet his family - a dysfunctional wealthy crew. Sophie sticks around trying to understand why Arthur left her the house and the town starts to look like the aftermath of the OK Corral.

But here's the thing. The book is marketed as mystery/crime/thriller.

It's not.

It's a love story where secrets are unraveled and people are injured and murdered and some nut job is on the loose with a stun gun. But in terms of building tension and a killer with an agenda... this isn't it. For those who need some grit in their reading material, look for a book that doesn't spend part of each chapter with characters looking deep into each others' eyes and counting each others' freckles.

It's a fast read with an intriguing secret to unravel...but you might need insulin.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany A. Harkleroad VINE VOICE on April 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
Sophie has always known she was adopted, and never really cared to learn about her biological parents. But when a mysterious stranger contacts her asking to meet with him to discuss her birth mother, curiosity gets the best of her. She arrives at his bedside a little too late to hear his deathbed confession, but his will, and her role in it, pushes the curiosity even further. Suddenly, people are being harmed, all because of the secret of Sophie's biological mother.

While this is a mystery book, it feels very untypical of the mystery genre. Sure, the book opens with a murder, and the secret that murder is protecting, but I found myself focusing much more on the characters than the mystery. I was really enchanted by Sophie as a character, and her desire to be, as she repeatedly states, flint. It is clear that she is protecting herself, and anticipates emotional trauma, despite the fact that she has a fairly happy life. I am also fascinated with the concept of motherhood that Sophie is tangling with. Her adopted mom died, and her biological mom is such a mystery, Sophie is left without maternal guidance, like a ship without a captain.

The story itself, in terms of mystery, seemed a tiny bit slow to me. The action was just not enough to draw me in, but luckily the characters more than made up for it. I cared more about Sophie's personal relationships that who was behind all the nefarious deeds. However, because I was less invested in the mystery, the revelation came as a big surprise to me, which I loved. I do feel like the story had good resolution, in every sense, and even despite my lack of connection to parts of the plot, I still consider this a good solid book.

The book will appeal to mystery fans, particularly female mystery fans, as well as fans of psychological thrillers.

I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book of Secrets VINE VOICE on June 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
SOURCE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The premise of SOMETHING ABOUT SOPHIE had me intrigued. I can't resist a story full of dark secrets. After finishing this book, I'm left with mixed feelings about it.

The protagonist Sophie Shepard travels to a small Virginia town at the request of a dying man she doesn't know. He has something important to tell her, and Sophie assumes it has to do with her birth parents. She was adopted as a baby and doesn't know who her biological parents are. Unfortunately, the man dies before she arrives, but Sophie finds out he's left her something significant in his will. There must be a good reason why a stranger would write her into his will, and Sophie believes if she finds out the answer, she'll uncover clues to her mysterious past.

It took a long time for me to get into this story. The first half of the book moved slowly, and I had a hard time connecting with the characters. I also struggled with the writing style, maybe the dialogue between characters was awkward? A lot of their interactions felt forced. However, in the second half, the plot picks up speed and things really get exciting. Some interesting twists popped up, and when the secrets were finally revealed, I was very surprised. I was hoping the thing Sophie inherited would become significant to the mystery, but it really didn't.

SOMETHING ABOUT SOPHIE also had a sweet romance blended in with the mystery that I liked, as well as a quaint small town setting. Though the book as a whole didn't grab me, I was pleased with how Sophie's story concluded. 2½-stars.
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