A Minute to Midnight

A Minute to Midnight

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"My sister was abducted from here nearly thirty years ago. The person who took her was never found. And neither was she. Her abductor nearly killed me. So I'm back here now trying to find the truth." Atlee Pine has spent most of her life trying to find out what happened that fateful night in Andersonville, Georgia. Her six-year-old twin sister, Mercy, was taken and Atlee was left for dead while their parents were apparently partying downstairs. One person who continues to haunt her is notorious serial killer, Daniel James Tor, confined to a Colorado maximum security prison. Does he really know what happened to Mercy? The family moved away. The parents divorced. And Atlee chose a career with the FBI dedicating her life to catching those who hurt others. When she oversteps the mark on the arrest of a dangerous criminal, she's given a leave of absence offering the perfect opportunity to return to where it all began, and find some answers. But the trip to Andersonville turns into a roller-coaster ride of murder, long-buried secrets and lies. And a revelation so personal that everything she once believed to be true is fast turning to dust.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781538761601
1538761602
Characteristics: 418 pages ; 24 cm

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Adult Fiction #4

In this #1 New York Times bestselling thriller, FBI Agent Atlee Pine returns to her Georgia hometown to investigate her twin sister's abduction, only to encounter a serial killer.


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CL_kcls
Feb 10, 2021

I'm rating 'A Minute to Midnight' a solid 3 stars, a boring, middle of the road, unimpressive C, a great big 'eh'. I did not enjoy it, but neither did I suffer through it . . . much.

I think the most interesting passage is in chapter 18, about the internet and social media.
". . .It's all about the collection of data. Data about all of us. It's the greatest scam ever perpetrated. And even now that we know it's a scam, people won't give it up. They're like drug addicts. You remember way back when when people would always light up a cigarette, no matter what they were doing: driving, eating, sitting, drinking? Now what do you see everybody doing? Checking their smart phones, Young, middle-aged, and old. Cradle to grave. The world is hooked. Big Brother is getting fed terabytes of data every millisecond. And they don't pay a damned cent for it."
"That's a scary thought," said Blum.
"Not scary enough, apparently, to persuade most people not to to do it. Hell, it's already too late. The world is a slave to this. There's no going back. There's too much money to be made and influence to be had."

The premise of the book started out fine and interesting but then it seemed like Baldacci must have put the writing aside for a while, and when he returned to it had forgotten where he left off and went on these crazy wild tangents and ridiculous resolution.

Nor am I a fan of Atlee Pine. I'm not sure how one creates a character who is wildly three dimensional in her depth and at the same time as flat and boring as wet paint. We get it, she's a lost soul determined to find and resolve, or at least reconcile, her past, but does she have to have absolutely no personality whatsoever? Evidently so.

3 stars with a PLEASE just leave Atlee in her canyon office and bring back Memory Man, Robie, Puller, the Camel Club and/or King & Maxwell, anyone with personality and about whom we can care.

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nain8
Jan 01, 2021

The storyline was great, this book was written very well and always leaves you with a bit of mystery. Throughout the entire story, you feel tense because of what's happening, I was anxious to find out what happened. I do recommend this book if you're into mystery and sort of storytelling. Regardless, if you're not, still recommend giving it a read, a really good book.

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Ginamarguerite
Nov 16, 2020

I was on the fence about book 1 of this series but thought I'd give book 2 a try. I'm glad I did! I liked the Atlee character and REALLY liked the Blum character and was hoping she'd not only be in future books but in a fuller role. Baldacci does just that. He takes two terrific characters and makes them even better. The story starts out with some page gripping action before changing gears. Not that there isn't action, but it moves at a different pace that keeps you up late at night turning pages...just not holding on so tight.

Atlee is given the opportunity to see if she can find out what happened to her twin sister thirty years ago. Not one to be left out of the action, her assistant, Carol Blum, joins her on the trip to Georgia. While there a series of murders begin to occur that, given the small local police department, Atlee is asked to assist. It isn't long before here own mystery becomes entwined with what could be a current day serial killer.

From the moment they arrive in Atlee's home down there are some twists and turns you just don't see coming. I started it one day and finished it late at night/early in the morning just as day two broke. I can't wait for book 3.

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confidential_me
Nov 02, 2020

Would be happy to read more Atlee Pine, but think the sister thing should be wrapped up in the next book - it's a good storyline but want answers.

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tgroverme
Oct 14, 2020

It is surprising how a male author can actually get inside the head of a female leading character, but Baldacci has that gift. This one was very unlike any of the other novels I've read from him, and I really enjoyed the read. Tough to put down.

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0007548100dmw
Oct 02, 2020

Baldacci is a master story teller. This may not have been one of his best but, still very good. Baldacci books are always entertaining and filled with tension and excitement.

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Bookworm1136
Aug 09, 2020

4 -4 /2 read. The second book in Baldacci's Atlee Pine series was a very good read. Atlee returns to her roots to try to discover what happened to her sister Mercy all those years ago. When she gets there, people start getting murdered. Is the serial killer connected to Mercy's abduction or something else entirely? And why does Atlee have the feeling that everyone in town is keeping secrets from her about that abduction? An interesting read and a good set up for book #3 in the series.

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gloryb
Jul 02, 2020

I was more interested in the storyline involving Agent Atlee Pines's search for her abducted sister than the murders in her hometown which she ended up investigating after returning to her hometown to re-visit her old home where the abduction had taken place when both children, twins, had been 6 years old. That storyline remains unsolved and most likely will be the kernel plot for the next title in the Atlee Pine series. Just as I was losing interest in the second storyline, about 3/4's way through reading this novel as no clues seemed to be forthcoming to its solution, the action picks up - car chases, chases on foot, shoot-outs, child abduction, house explosion, personal risks - but the motives of the bad guys, when they are quickly put forward towards the conclusion, just seem to be over the top - too much detail too late in the story. These characters had not even been presented as dark quirky, possible suspects until the very end. If you don't have time to read the whole book, just read the first couple of chapters and the last couple of chapters - you'l get the essence of the novel.

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LuvReadingStuff
Jun 19, 2020

I love this character Atlee Pine. This was a very entertaining read. I look forward to the next Atlee Pine novel.

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Jlkramps5923
Jun 18, 2020

I’ve already read, can I cancel it?

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