Where Are the Children? Book Summary and Study Guide

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Nancy Harmon was a housewife who took her two children, a boy and a girl, to the store to get some things and deciding she would only be in the store a minute, just left them in the car. When she came out of the store, her car was gone and so were the children. They were found days later in the water with plastic around their heads. Nancy was accused of murdering her two children and was eventually acquitted because the main witness came up missing. Nancy moved across the country trying to escape the reporters and prying eyes of the public, and she wanted to start a new life. A new life without her children. She plead her innocence but no one believed her so she just started over.
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Nancy had started to get on with her life. She remarried, had two more children and the pain of losing her children was starting to go away when the horror was starting over again. Her children were outside playing one morning and when she went to check on them they were gone. Again. This time she was determined to find who was behind this but that was harder than she thought because everyone believed that she was guilty again. Nancy tries to unravel the secrets and has to face the horrors of her past to find the answers to whose behind this once and for all.
The review of this Book prepared by amy blaine

    Nancy Harmon, mother of two, once "almost" convicted of killing her two small young children, is hauntingly reminded of her past when her young children go missing.
    She'd run from her past and created a new life for herself in Maine, but when her children are stolen from their backyard, reality hits hard and Nancy finds herself wondering what she could be doing wrong.
    Telling the police all she knows, and confessing to her past, only causes more red tape and there isn't time to accuse, her children need to be saved before they meet the same fate as her first two.
The review of this Book prepared by Lorna

Nancy Harmon is wrongly convicted of murdering her two children, Peter and Lisa. After fleeing to the east coast, she relives the agony with her two new children, Michael and Missy.
The review of this Book prepared by Jenny W.

Nancy had to change her life to get away from a past she would like to forget. She starts a new life with a new husband and two beautiful children. Then suddenly the past comes back to haunt her.
The review of this Book prepared by Sherrie L. Jones

This is the story of a man so obsessed with the control he had over his wife and two children that he killed his two kids and faked his death to better torture his wife.
The review of this Book prepared by Martine

Nancy Harmon is trying to get away from her past-and the death of her kids. She and her husband move, and try to begin new lives with their new children. Then, history begins to repeat itself when her kids are kidnapped and time is running out to find them before they are killed too.
The review of this Book prepared by Allison

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 11.7%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   drowning Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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