Sunday, August 18, 2013

Misery Loves Company by Rene Gutteridge

It is every book reviewer's nightmare.

Jules Belleno had read Patrick Reagan's latest book and it was just not as good as his previous ones. She wrote a critical review. “Everything from the plot to the dialogue seemed to fall flat. I felt like grabbing the book by its jacket cover, shaking it, and saying, 'Don't tell me it's terrifying. Terrify me!'” (9)

The day after the review is blogged, Jules goes missing. She has been kidnapped and drugged by Patrick. When she awakens, her eyes drift to the ceiling. She gasps as she reads, DON'T TELL ME IT'S TERRIFYING. TERRIFY ME.

This is another great novel from Gutteridge. The action is constant, the characters are well developed, and the scenes are done so well I felt like I was there, waiting to be terrified. I was especially impressed at the dual development of the plot lines. Jules begins to understand why she is where she is at the same time Chris Downey, policeman and best friend of Jules' murdered husband, uncovers the same information. It is a clever way to reveal the plot.

A great novel, well written and full of suspense.

Rene Gutteridge is the author of nineteen novels. She and her husband have two children and live in Oklahoma. Find out more at

Tyndale, 354 pages.

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