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At this time, (3/17/2020), I have read every single Emma Griffin book by Rivers, and while they are not the best, I enjoy them. I'm out of Emma Griffins for now, so I turned to Gone Woman. This book was stellar. Levels beyond the Emma Griffin novels and just as entertaining. The characters are interesting, dynamic, the mystery just as interesting as the others but perhaps more original, more complex. Though sometimes the book could be a little confusing, once again Rivers flaunts her writing tal...
Suspenseful story This book was very hard to put down. Well written story of deceit upon deceit. Mary is trying so hard with the help of her husband Charles to remember who she is after a terrible accident left her with no memory. All hell breaks loose when she does start to remember!
Book Review: Gone Woman by A.J. RiversRating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Genre: ThrillerPublished: 12/20/19Summary: In a peaceful small town, a young woman disappeared from her home without a trace. But when the truth is discovered, Marys life could be at stake... It;s the holidays and Mary Whitman has the perfect life. A beautiful home built just for her, and blissful marriage to her adoring husband. But a terrible accident left her with no memories of her past and a lifelong illness. An illness that keeps her
It took a little to get into this story, but about 1/4 of the way in, I started really getting into it.Mary Whitman has the perfect life. A beautiful home built just for her, and a blissful marriage to her adoring husband. But a terrible accident left her with no memories of her past and a lifelong illness. An illness that keeps her confined in her home. She's plagued by nightmares and haunted by a face of a woman and an empty nursery.As memories start to resurface of people she shouldn’t know a...
3.5*This stand-alone book begins with a script type prologue, like the start of a screenplay, which moves quickly into what might have happened to a few women by an unidentified male with no time frame about when, where, or even the year. From chapter one and beyond the story is told through the 3 main characters and their perceptions of what happened within their time frame. One is still not exactly sure of the year those incidents occurred, 1955, present day? I needed to pay attention to the s...
Far FetchedFrom the beginning I saw exactly what was going on. I don't know if that is by choice of the author. Some have done it very well. But it only really works if the book is a true suspense/thriller. "Charles" is just insane. It is blatantly obvious who Mary is.The first half of the book is repetitious. The story flips from one character to another, but it is the same dialog the last three times the story flipped back to whatever character you were reading at any given moment. I wanted to...
Charles / Alex s a screenwriter / psychopath who is married to Mary. Nick works for Charles and is struggling with the disappearance of his wife Liza, seemingly by her own will. Mary / Liza has amnesia and thinks she is married to Charles, until her memory returns and she discovers she is really married to Nick. She has been living on a movie set carefully designed to fool her.Sounds confusing, but the storyline flows and there was enough suspense to keep me reading. I gave this book 3 stars onl...
Gone in kind of plain sight.I held an open mind as a psychopath poses as the husband of an amnesia victim surrounding her with what appears to be compassion and love. As her life is compressed to the inside of their home, never leaving or able to even look out the windows, it quickly becomes apparent her protector is in fact a manipulator. No description of Mary's "accident" that left her unable to remember any little clue as to who she is or where she came from left me at a loss to connect to t...
You Say It Really Isn’t 1955A woman with brain trauma that has no memory of her past is lovingly taken care of by her husband in 1955. Slowly she starts to unravel the truth about herself and the man that claims he has been her husband for the past three years. Subtle clues are discovered by this woman that it is not 1955 and that she is not who her husband claims she or he is. A thrilling trip through a woman’s fight to regain her memory and discover the truth about her life.
Money and insanity!This book gives you the creeps almost from the beginning. You know something is wrong. It feels like something is out of place. As the picture becomes clearer you realize this man is truly insane. Thankfully his final victim comes awake and fights back. Together she and her real husband save each other. And the ending is good. You feel like justice may have been served.
I'm telling you I devoured Gone Woman! I'm not usually a very fast reader, but I just had to keep going and going until I could figure out what in the world is going here??? The only thing that stopped me (only briefly) was when I slowly began to realize that Gone Woman has some significant ties to Edge of the Woods by A. J. Rivers, and I had to take time out to try to figure out the connections!!
A Taut and Tense ThrillerGone Woman is more than it seems. It's Gone Girl meets Jason, with a healthy dose of Ozzie and Harriet. The suspense builds and builds, and the climax is gratifying, and comes much too quickly. A.J. Rivers creates multi- dimensional characters and can turn a lyrical phrase. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of her Emma Griffin series, and Gone Woman carries on Ms. Rivers ability to tell one hell of a story.
Lost in timeThe first time I read a page with a date in 1955, it was startling. Then, when Mary was described wearing crinolines, it fit the time period. All the details, such as television shows, also fit, but something still felt out of time (pun intended). I kept waiting for the calendar to move, literally. When it did, it moved in one great rush. Great attention to details with a little Stepford Wives thrown in.
Great mysteryI liked the mystery and the storyline. Didn't take me too long to figure it out. As much as I like the author and characters there is too much elaboration on the thoughts and reasoning of the characters, some more than others. I end up skipping a lot of paragraphs to move along. So people that like that will love this author. I am anxious to read the continuing saga of the camp and the mystery surrounding it though.
Chilling!This book will keep you up nights if you let it. You really cannot believe everything you read or can you? A well known businessman and his wife who had amnesia. Does she? No spoilers, read it for yourself and see what you think about it. A.J. Rivers knows how to write a horror story.
Thoroughly enjoyable! I believed I figured out early on who "Mary" really was, but I was so engrossed that I read on. The characters were believable, the dialog true, and the plot was nice and thick! I've plowed through five of Ms. River's books in succession, and will look for another one immediately.
Twisted TaleThe author weaves a tale of madness through several characters and creates a page turning story of deceit and morbidity in the pursuit of what the leader in character calls a perfect life. Very interesting foreshadowing and small clues help the reader come to the conclusion as the story peaks and ends. A good read..
Another amnesia story!I hate to say it, but these amnesia stories of the women who can never remember a thing in their last lives are redundant. If you read one, then you recognize an amnesia kidnapping from the first page! So, I will say I read very quickly from chapter four thru the end because I didn't want to waste my time.
This stand alone novel by @a.j._rivers is a great psychological thriller. Mary and Charles are married but Mary has had an accident and can not remember anything about her life and she has agoraphobia and is trapped in the house. What happens when she starts to remember the truth is what nightmares are made of.
Bizarre plotAt first I struggled through probably half of this book, it was difficult to follow, and didn’t hold my attention. BUT THEN... things began to click and I started to realize Mary and Liza are connected. I was committed to finishing it to find out how. This is a bizarre story and the latter half was so good. I’m glad I stuck it out to the end.
Engaging story for the first half of the book, but boring at times when "Charles" interacts with "Mary". Story line picked up but the conclusion was far too obvious. This was a so so entertaining read, it went quickly and a bit different than A.J. Rivers other books. Basically, I would rather have gotten this from the library instead of paying money for it.
This is the 1st book I've read from this author and it was....interesting. I guessed the whole plot very quickly. There wasn't anything surprising and it seemed to drag on even though it was just over 200 pages. However i was interesting in reading it so that's something. I mite try another book from this author in the future.
This is the second book from this author I have tried to read. This particular series is so tedious and boring I stopped at chapter 7. I kept thinking it would get better as I had enjoyed another series from her , but I’ll never know. There is such a thing as too much information and this one has it in spades! I probably won’t read anything else she writes.
Previously released?As I started reading this story it sounded so familiar. I realized I had read this book some time ago, but it didn't stop me from rereading it. It was a good read then and is was a good read now. Psychological freaky but good.
ConvolutedStory flipped between characters and time lines. Even with that it was easy to figure out what was going on but felt that why it happened was flat. No explanation that was worth the build up.
WOWAnother great read by a talented writer. This story kept me guessing as prehistory unfolded. Great characters, lots of suspense that kept me turning the pages. Can't read enough by this author
Gave this work a try after finishing the Emma Griffin series. Quite different, but, very engrossing. I believe I may give this one a thumbs up over Emma. Really enjoyed.Definitely look forward to more from Ms Rivers.
UnusualGood book however, it could use some clarification. One had to follow it closely to determine what was really happening. That's really not a bad thing, I guess I was just feeling lazy. Anyway, good job A.J. Rivers!
ConfusedThat's what's I felt reading this book. I'd give it 2 stars but I really like this author. Nothing made sense until about midway through and the ending is just creepy. Not a book I will ever recommend to anyone.
OMG best book ever!I have read so many books by A. J. Rivers but this really has been the best one yet! I got absolutely nothing done today because I could not put this book down. You totally need to read it.