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When Laurie Kenyon, a twenty one-year-old student, is accused of murdering her English professor, Allan Grant, she has no memory of the crime. But at the scence of the homicide, her fingerprints are everywhere, on the door, on the curtain, and on the knife used to stab him to death. Shocked and bewildered, Laurie is arraigned on a murder charge.

Kidnapped at the age four and the victim of two subsequent years of abuse and incarceration, Laurie has developed multiple personalities. The host personality,Laurie, is unaware of the others....especially "Leona", who has written crazed loved letters to Allan Grant and has secretly entered his home. Laurie sister Sarah Kenyon takes up her defense in court and brings pyschiatrist in Multiple Personalities Disorder Justin Donelley, to help Laurie unlock her memories of her two lost years. But her abductors is still obsessed with her... and determind to avoid exposure.
The review of this Book prepared by Jayla



College student, Laurie Kenyon has been accused of murdering her English professor. She claims to have absolutely no memory of this, and is at a loss to explain how her fingerprints are all over the murder scene and the murder weapon.

Laurie's sister is an attorney and she brings in psychiatrist Justin Donnelly to help with the defense. Justin learns that Laurie was kidnapped at age four and reunited with her family two years later. Those two years have been lost to Laurie as she has repressed horrible memories.

Laurie begins to suffer strange emotional states and unexplained anxiety attacks since beginning her therapy. Nearing a breakthrough, Laurie begins to fear she may have actually killed the English professor. Justin Donnelly feels Laurie's lost years can unlock the present mystery. He is close to uncovering the truth but it may not be in time to save her from life in prison.
The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray



Laurie Kenyon is a college student who was kidnapped at the age of four, and then returned two years later. Due to those two years she develops multiple personality disorder (dissociative identity disorder for those wishing to keep up with the ever-changing terminology) in which she is completely unaware of the others. This is best shown when Laurie is accused of murdering a highly respected professor at her college, and she has absolutely no recollection of anything dealing with him. Her sister attorney Sarah takes up her defense in court, and along with psychiatrist Justin Donnelly and PI Brendan Moody, Sarah is determined to find out exactly what happened those two years she was without her little sister and find out if Laurie really did and was even capable of committing murder...so much easier if the couple that kidnapped Laurie would quit their show and just leave them alone...
The review of this Book prepared by Christine Gipson



Laurie Kenyo,n a twenty-one-year-old college student was kidnapped and abused when she was four years old. She has been abondened by her kidnappers two years later and suffers from amnesia during the time she lived with them. Now at twenty-one after her parents have died, she can't stop blaming herself for everything that went wrong in her life. She is doing things she can't remember, but when finally a college professor at her school is killed and Laurie is put on the charge of murder the last straw is drawn. Now Laurie has several personalities living inside of her that she never knew existed, and her sister will do everything to prove that Laurie was innocent or that one of her 'alter' personalities had done it.
It's a thriller from beginning till end, and as you get to know Laurie's alter personalities and sympathize with her you also find a great hatred boiling up inside you for the kidnapper who returned to hurt Laurie with his obsession...
The review of this Book prepared by Jenni



All Around the Town is about a young woman who was kidnapped and sexually abused for two years when she was really young. She was returned home but was never the same. Because of the pain of those two years Laurie developed a multiple personality disorder. This was never really a problem until the death of her parents. Then her alter personalities start to become active again. One of her alters, Leona, is madly in love with a professor at her college. She writes him crazy letters and then he is found dead and Laurie is to blame. Though she has no memory of the murder, she and everyone else is convinced that she killed her professor, or rather, one of her alter personalities did. She goes in to counseling to try and find answers.
The review of this Book prepared by Kristian Herron



Laurie Kenyon, a twenty-one year old college student stands accused of slaying Allan Grant, her professor. Although Laurie has no memory of killing him, her fingerprints are all over the crime scene, and on the knife used to stab him to death.

Laurie was kidnapped at age four, and sexually and physically abused. Although she doesn't know it, she has developed multiple personalities.   Including one named Leona who had written crazy love letters to Allan Grant.

Laurie's sister, Sarah Kenyon, a talented attorney, and gentle psychiatrist, Justin Donnelly, struggle to defend Laurie. But her abductor, who was never caught, is now a famous evangelist, and is determined not to let Laurie reveal his identity.
The review of this Book prepared by Megan








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/deal with prison General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Amnesia story?    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   rapist If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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