At Bay (An Alex Troutt Thriller, Book 1)

At Bay (An Alex Troutt Thriller, Book 1)

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by John W. Mefford

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"An irresistible…protagonist has hit the scene."

"Well-crafted suspense thriller! Baldacci and Coulter fans should enjoy this book."

"Mefford hit another home run; not only did I enjoy the novel but I immediately took to Alex' character."

Alexandra Giordano never knew she had it so


"An irresistible…protagonist has hit the scene."

"Well-crafted suspense thriller! Baldacci and Coulter fans should enjoy this book."

"Mefford hit another home run; not only did I enjoy the novel but I immediately took to Alex' character."

Alexandra Giordano never knew she had it so good. Until it was all gone in an instant.

As she begins her daunting quest to uncover the black spots on her memory, what she finds isn’t sweet or charming or even pleasant. And that’s when she begins to question everything, including herself.

Her work as a Special Agent for the FBI is only a distraction, serving as a mental metronome…anything to crank the gears of her feeble mind.

And then it happens—a bizarre, ritualistic murder. She loses herself in her work, fully immersed in the investigation. Unable to recall even her own kids, she’s somehow able to formulate coherent theories on what type of person could pull off such a sickening act.

As her mind slowly plugs a few memory gaps, her emotions are scrambled by the reality of her worlds colliding. And the resulting explosion tears her in two.

Can she pick up all the incendiary fragments to solve the twisted crime while she clings to some semblance of sanity?

One woman can only keep so much…AT Bay.

Books in the Alex Troutt Thriller Series:
AT Bay
AT Large
AT Once
AT Dawn
AT Dusk
AT Last

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John W. Mefford
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Alex Troutt Thriller , #1
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At Bay (Alex Troutt, #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced and hard to put down
Anonymous 9 months ago
The main character is unbelievable and that takes so much from the story. The physical punishment she endures ... near fatal car accidents, sniper fire causing broken glass injuries, another car accident, a brawl with a drug crazed man...yet she can perform her regular duties?! Wow...just wow.
Red1948jas More than 1 year ago
John Mefford + At Bay + Alex Troutt = A WINNER. This is the best thriller that John Mefford has written, in my opinion. I have read some of the Booker series and thought they couldn't be beat. Boy was I wrong. This is an action packed thrill ride with a strong female lead character, Alex Troutt. She wakes from a coma with no memory at all and the excitement just begins. It never stops. This book had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I can't wait for the next book in the series, At Large. Mefford definitely has started one of the best mystery series out there. He is one of my favorite authors. Mefford's thrillers are definitely at par with Lee Childs, Vince Flynn or anybody else.
Cece56 More than 1 year ago
Alex Giordano wakes up and doesn't know who she is. She has suffered head trauma along with some bumps and bruises in a car crash. She finds that she is married with two children. Alex is also an FBI agent. When she leaves the hospital with Nick, her former partner, she accompanies him to a scene of a horrific murder. They find the victim is married and has been cheating with several women. As Alex works the case, she is also reviewing her cases to see if there is some reason she had been run off the road. When she finally makes it home, she wonders about the disconnect she feels coming from her husband. Alex's memory slowly starts to work as she continues working cases and putting herself in danger. John W Mefford writes a fast paced mystery with many twists and turns. He leaves you guessing until the very end. I found this book engrossing and hard to put down. Mystery, intrigue, family and infidelity are all present. I can't wait to read the next mystery with Alex.
dcriley More than 1 year ago
OMG!!! This book is great!!! Alex works for the FBI when she is in a car accident and has lost her memory. She starts working on a case and it was like riding a roller coaster. Definitely had non stop action. This book keeps your interest till the end of the book. This book is first in the series and I will surely continue to read this series. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review
AngelaMc1 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to start the series. I liked it a lot. Alex is an FBI agent that does not remember anything, not even who she is. She wakes up in the hospital with people around her telling her she is an agent. As she moves on with no memories she is having a hard time but some of them slowly start to come back to her and she is put on a case. She has to solve some murders even though she still is unsure of who she is. I really enjoyed getting to know her and loved reading this thriller. I can't wait to get into the second one!
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
I haven’t read anything by John before .. oh my goodness I think I have been missing out!! This is the first in a new series & if the rest are in this calibre ‘wow’ is all I can say. It’s very rare indeed that I pick up a book & want/need to read it all the way through without a break (I struggle to stay awake on morphine) but this one kept me riveted & eager to finish it but at the same time not wanting it to end because I knew I would feel bereft. it starts in a fairly typical fashion .. Alex wakes after a car crash .. but she is without memory, what unfolds next as she continues her job as an FBI agent is quite remarkable. How can you possibly seek a serial killer if you don’t even know your own name. Trying to piece together her life keeps the reader on their toes. Fabulous characters, edge of your seat writing from beginning to end .. eagerly awaiting the next in the series. In the meantime I will be seeking out all his other books! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
hbrown83 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I really enjoyed reading this book. It's a suspenseful thrill ride that you just don't expect coming! The start of the book involves Alex being in the hospital after a car crash, you figure okay this could be a long drawn out story about her being stuck in the hospital, but your wrong. She leaves the hospital and start on a crazy thrill ride of a story that just keep throwing things at you. It's fun, it's can't put it down and it's amazing how into the book you can get. I'm really looking forward to the next book in this amazing new series!!!
ItsMySideOfLIife More than 1 year ago
*I received the following product(s) to review . I was not required to write a positive review no other monetary compensation was given . Any and all opinions are my own. My Review - Imagine waking up in the hospital and not remembering how you got there, or even who she is. That is exactly the position that Alexandra Giordano is in. Being told she is an FBI Special Agent, yet with no recollection of anything it all seems so far fetched, so beyond what could be true in her eyes. Everything is a mystery, herself, her husband, her children, everyone she works for. Struggling to put a puzzle together in which only everyone else knows the pieces too Alex is left to try and find herself in a world or chaos. Memories start to return slowly and her skills are put to the test as she is teaming up with a former partner to solve a murder. While she can't recall her own family life she snaps to attention with a serial killer on the loose, able to dive right into work as if she were made to do it. Doubt creeps up on her, with how little memories actaully have any focus on her very family, and all center around work. How can that be? With doubt and faded memories, Alex must try to piece together not just a murder but her own life before it all spirals out of her control. Can Alex balance out the questions versus reality of her own life and find a killer? Or will she succumb to the memories she's unfolded and let a killer walk as it consumes her whole? You'll have to pick up At Bay and read to find out! I have only just begun to read John F Mefford , and I must say he really knows how to write a suspenseful thriller like no other. Love how as soon as you start to read there's no turning back, that is unless you are doing a double take on a serious curve ball thrown into the plot. This is exactly what is needed to keep readers going, something that you never saw coming, twists and turns that make you question till the very last page. I've enjoyed a couple of Mefford's books so far and cannot wait to dive into the rest of this series ! If you enjoy a great suspense, crime thriller I highly recommend Mefford's books. At Bay is the first in this series, check out some other of his books below and don't forget to enter the giveaway while you're here! Enjoy!
Aiesa1 More than 1 year ago
If you have followed me long, you know I just fell in love with John;s Booker Series. I am so glad we now have another exciting saga with Alexandra Giordano - Alex Trout Thriller. Alexandra has become a woman without a past. Without memory of her family and life prior to waking up in the hospital. She also is an FBI Agent. As she starts to remember her picture perfect life, she realizes it was far from perfect. When she gets back to her job, she is on the lookout for a killer and maybe, just maybe she will find her true self. I love getting to know this new and spectacular character. Hoping for many more adventures in this series.
BookMomto6 More than 1 year ago
I have read and reviewed another book by John W Mefford. I was unsure how I would like this one with a different lead character but Mefford has made a very believable Alex in this book and I am glad I got started at the beginning of the series. I would not want to play catch up. Let's start with I love a good mystery. This one led me to jump to all kinds of conclusions, trying to guess what was coming next, but I never got it quite right until the very end. Next, Boston is one of my favorite cities in the country. I will read a book just because it is set in Boston. I am not at all disappointed by the setting of this first Alex Troutt mystery in Boston. I love everything from the museums and coffee shops described to the various water spots to the Back Bay. I am waiting with bated breath to see what is next for Alex. Pick up this and start reading so that you are ready when book two comes out.
Missy Tanner More than 1 year ago
At Bay by John W Mefford Want a story that not only keeps you on the edge of your seats wondering what’s going to happen next? Want a story that has interesting twists and turns? At Bay by John W. Mefford will keep you guessing. I’m not typically a suspense-reader. I like romance. But, New Year and New Experiences! I really enjoyed this book. It took me a little bit to get into it, but I think it was just because of the type of story it is. Once the plot took hold of me, I couldn’t put the book down. Mefford knows how to grab his reader and get them so into the story that you forget what is going on around you. This story has a plot line that you can believe that it could be happening in real life. For a good suspense book with detectives and memory loss, you’ll want to read this book, At Bay, by John W Mefford.
LadyStephM More than 1 year ago
Alex wakes up in the hospital to find that she doesn't remember the 3 men in her life surrounding her in her room. Alex has a sneaking suspicion that her accident was all but an accident and tries to retrieve her memory by reworking her last 2 active cases with her former partner. As gaps in her memory slowly return, Alex not only learns about the progress she was making on her cases, but more about herself. A chilling start to new series by Mefford, this book features a strong heroine with a sharp mind and tongue.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I bought snd read the first two books of this series. I found both of them extremely boring.