- Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books (May 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671739441
- ISBN-13: 978-0671739447
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.5 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 120 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robert McCammon asks, "What happened to those children of the sixties who learned the language of hatred, who swore oaths upon their bloodstained manifestos and vowed to never surrender?" Most went on to other lifestyles. But Mary Terrell, a.k.a. "Mary Terror," did not change. Her insanity deepened into schizophrenia, and in the late '80s she still calls herself "freedom fighter for those without rights in the Mindfuck State." Hallucinating, heavily armed, and possessed by the delusion that an infant son will restore the good ol' days with her ex-lover, Mary steals a baby. But the child's mother is a strong, resourceful woman, and she recruits an ex-radical to help her. What ensues is a hair-raising chase across the American Midwest in wintertime, toward a final confrontation in which both "mothers" proclaim, "He's mine." Not only is Mine an intense horror novel (winner of a Bram Stoker Award), but refreshingly, all three main characters are women.
From Publishers Weekly
A psychotic leaves a trail of murder victims in her wake after she kidnaps a newborn child and goes off to join a revolutionary group to which she belonged during the '60s. Although McCammon portrays his left-wing characters as motivated by adolescent rebellion rather than by radical politics, "he delivers an expertly constructed novel of suspense and horror," said PW.
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This starts out fairly slow but builds up the pace and drama as we follow our 2 main characters in a chase across the country to a final heart thumping conclusion. If you have never read McCammon, this would be a fine start but I would also recommend the books mentioned above if you are also a fan of the supernatural or science fiction.
For those of us with the strength of heart to read this book, it was a roller coaster ride from the first page to the last. When you reached the last page you will gasp because you can finally breathe again, it's over, one way or another. I don't exaggerate, many times throughout the book I would forget to breathe. At times, I wanted to climb into the pages and turn the events to a quieter. better time.
I don't have to mention that Mr. McCammon is a fantastic writer and his earlier works are always worth reading again. I don't think I will read this one again but it was worth it once.
All this said, I would recommend this book for a fun read. It moves along at a good pace and the characters are well defined and believable. And if you read and enjoy this one, you'll enjoy his other works as much.
Mary's psychotic state is well-balanced by Laura, the baby's mother. Her character really develops over the course of the novel, and really comes vividly to life. Along with the cast of minor characters, too. McCammon is at his finest here with this gripping tale. And though it covers a relatively short frame of time, there is something almost epic quality to it with the various locales and the backstories of Mary and others. And though a bit abrupt, the ending feels very satisfying. It now ranks among my favorites of McCammon's novels.
The only downside that does slow the pacing a bit lies with the shifts in perspective. With a predominantly female cast of characters, "she" is thrown around quite a bit, and though in the beginning Mary and Laura dominate separate chapters, as their stories converge the back-and-forth between them can become a bit confused. Overall, this is a remarkably tense book and one that is nearly impossible to put down.