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Posted July 4, 2012
H.D. Gordon continues to surpass what I expect in her books and Joe is no different. Her writing grows by leaps and bounds with every page turning book she writes.
Joe is a quiet clairvoyant that tugs on your heart strings. She says she is no hero but I strongly disagree. With all the hardships in her life I think most of us would end up in the fetal position. While she is nothing like Gordon's heroine Alexa, from the Alexa Montgomery series. She is just as much the warrior, maybe not the trained bad-ass, but a warrior none the less. This quiet girl with a stutter feels responsible for every vision she has and takes it upon herself to do everything in her power to stop her premonitions from coming to life.
This book is written from eight different perspectives so that you get to know every character and silently root for them to make it through the majorly horrific encounter they might face. "The Decider" is the psychopath they will potentianlly face when he decides he will try to accomplish the largest body count ever in a school shooting. "The Decider's" point of view is chilling and I can't believe how real his scenes were, it was truly like seeing into his psychopathic nature. I found myself rooting for every character that this Psycho plans to slaughter. Six of these characters you can identify with, could even be you, and I prayed that they would all make it.
The ending was utterly enthralling and I could not put it down, Gordon's "running scenes" never have I seen anything like this done before, never before have I read anything like this and was absolutely enthralled. If you read any other book this year... read this one. This heart pounding paranormal thriller has it all and it utterly magnificent.
Just stop reading whatever you are reading and pick this up immediately.
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Posted July 8, 2012
OMG....THIS WAS EPIC.
Joe is the type of person that sticks to herself, she has not lived the easiest life and on top of that she can see snippets of the future. Sometimes, she sees a major event. This is the story of one said event, a student at her university is going to shoot up and bomb the school. This book chronicles how she handles this information, it also tells of a bit about the people who are also affected by this event.
Likes and Dislikes
-Okay, so my copy had a couple of errors...a name messed up here and there, but I think this was just due to calibre conversion.
-Also, I didn't really care for Marion's side of the story. I kinda skimmed over it.
--EVERYTHING ELSE was great. The writing poured emotion out of me, I cried at the ending. The author did a great job eliciting those emotions.
--Joe was an amazing person and I felt connected to her while reading. I wanted to scream at the author and tell her to make Joe's life easier.
--Michael, while this is not a romance story in the slightest, with Michael you know there is possibility and I sooooo badly want for that quiet romance, where the characters grow into each other. So in my minds eye, this is what happens after the book is over.
READ THIS BOOK!!!
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Posted November 2, 2014
As Joe begins we make certain panicked assumptions about how this story will unfold. Each chapter is written with the aim of increasing our fear, making turning the page both addictive and unbearable.
For readers in the UK who remember the awful tragedies of Hungerford or Dunblane and those in the US who shared in the sadness of Sandy Hook or Columbine, H D Gordon’s story is particularly poignant. However, she attempts to present the facts about the controversial issue of gun crime, without swaying her reader’s opinion.
When we are first introduced to ‘The Decider’ his horrifying intentions are clear and though we know he is a psychopath there are no obstacles to him obtaining guns or bomb-building materials. H D Gordon also reveals how easily personal details about previous infamous gunmen can be obtained on the internet, suggesting that these atrocious crimes are too highly publicised, rather than appropriately condemned.
Although Joe clearly offers the reader this social commentary, H D Gordon counteracts the sense of realism with Joe’s clairvoyant power.
As the title suggests Joe is the story’s main character, even though its events actually revolve around Danny’s actions. Aside from her ‘talent’ Joe is thought of as strange; she has a stutter, prefers her own company and her black hair and silver eyes mean her appearance is striking,
H D Gordon takes a different approach with the novel’s narrative, composing it of internal thoughts of a group of characters who are all connected by what is to come. It would be easy to become confused by everyone’s identity, but each one has a very individual ‘voice’. As the story progresses we feel as though these characters are sharing important parts of themselves with us. This only helps to increase our sense of trepidation because we become aware that each person is looking towards an event in their near future.
Apart from Joe, whose ‘present’ story is told in the first person, there is a third person narrator. The chapters from Joe’s perspective are written in a stream of consciousness style; she procrastinates with herself, asking multiple questions. On the other hand, Danny’s narrative is written in short sentences and cuss words are frequently used. All of H D Gordon’s techniques affect how we react towards these characters and help direct our emotions.
By the point at which I reached Monday in the story I was honestly unsure whether I wanted to read on because of my own fear. Although I was tempted to skip to the end I stayed with the story, not knowing what an emotional wreck I would be at the end.
As the pace of the story quickens the chapters merge into one another and each character’s feelings overlap, increasing our need to continue reading. I reached a point where I was aware of myself shouting ‘NO’, but by then I was so lost in the plot that this was genuine horror.
Joe is clever, moving, distressing and awesome. As soon as I recovered from the book’s aftershock and my sobbing, I purchased its sequel. This is definitely a recommendation but prepare to be sucked in and spat out by the tornado H D Gordon creates. This is simply a masterpiece!
Posted September 24, 2014
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The cover art is what attracted me first and its phenomenal! Based on cover alone, we have a ***** read!
The dedication left me with goosebumps "For everyone who has ever been haunted or misunderstood".
What I really enjoyed about the book is the detail that has gone into into each of characters. I felt like a shape shifter really, I could feel and think from each of the 8,YES 8, character's perspectives! BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN!!
The Decider, Joe, John, Claire, Merion, Eric, Mina, and Michael ~ Each of these characters have their own tale to tell, but they all have one thing in common.....Monday....the day of the planned massacre....
Joe is extremely well written, and there were times when I forgot the plot and got so involved in the characters and what was happening.
The ending was out of this world and pure genius! An "awespicious" eight star read, one for each character! I definitely would recommend this with a spine chilling smile!
Reviewed by Heidi
Posted September 17, 2014
I am only rating this a 4 fang because it really was a contradiction every single page. I wavered from loving it to hating it to loving it again.
So I really liked the premise and the author's writing. H.D. Gordon knows how to craft a good book. The premise deals with a young woman who can see the future and when it is specifically bad she draws it. It has only happened three times in her life and this time is a doozey.
The book starts with 1st person and then goes to 3rd person and then goes back to 1st person. As there are honestly 6 story lines all leading up to a specific event it can get a little confusing, especially with they intersect and you are reading about a character from 1st and then from 3rd.
The other thing that frustrates me is that around the 50 percent mark there is a lot of foreshadowing. I get that she is pushing the story line, but this book doesn't need it, I mean this is a strong book on its own and it just frustrates me that the author believes that she needs to push it faster with foreshadowing and italicized words like "feelings" and "intuition"
Overall it is a good book about what the mind can do and what someone who wants nothing to do with what her mind can do does when it affects those that she cares about or that she knows. What she has is more of a supernatural ability than paranormal in my mind, and even the decider plays a role in her future.
Posted July 31, 2014
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Full Disclosure: This was a review opportunity through Xpresso Book Tours where you receive a book in exchange for an honest review. I also bought this book via Amazon.
I won't rehash the blurb as I tend to do that a lot. So you go ahead and read the blurb first. Go on! I'll wait.
Okay, so...this book is told from multiple points of view over the course of roughly three days. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in April 2012. Joe Knowe is gifted, or cursed depending on your point of view. She stresses over and over that she is not a hero. But of course she is. She is brave. I won't say fearless because you can't be brave AND fearless. Courage comes in the face of adversity, when you take action despite your fears. And THAT is Joe Knowe. She is amazing.
I really wasn't sure that I was going to like this book in the first few chapters when we switch points of view. It's not just two or three! There's Joe, there's Michael, there's John, there's Mina, there's The Decider, there's Eric, and there's Claire. All of their lives are connected via being students at UMMS. That is a TON of viewpoints and, frankly, I was approaching it with a frown, sure that I would get annoyed with it.
Instead, I was ensorcelled by H.D. Gordon's words and utterly mesmerized, with a constant ache in my stomach that indicates anxiety. Joe knows a massacre is coming and it's up to her to stop it. The Decider views himself as better than his idol, Hitler, and that he will achieve a new world order by killing thousands at his school and then off himself. As the tension built, I realized I was nearly 85% in and this was it...here it comes...
Gordon takes these view points and melds them together, each character picking up a thread from the other, and man...it was POWERFUL. It will leave you saying, holy shiitake! And at the end, I must say, I did not realize just how emotionally invested I was as tears formed in my eyes for Joe and the others affected. Amazing.
I'll be buying the next book for SURE and checking out H.D. Gordon's other books. She won me over in a couple hundred pages, easily, as a new fan!
Posted July 14, 2014
I very much enjoyed this novel, and would both recommend it AND am excited that it's a series (and that book two is already out - no waiting around, hooray!) Joe Knowe is a likeable character - quiet, reserved, and precognitive. She wants to do the right thing, but her fear of failure (and guilt from past failures) is almost crippling at times.
The book is titled "Joe," but this isn't just Joe's story. The author weaves eight different perspectives throughout her narrative and alternates the POV between these characters who are all connected. Some of the connections were fleeting (two of the characters are lab partners; one of the characters is a student of the professor's) while others were more in-depth (like Michael and his interest in Joe). Joe herself is very likeable and appeals to readers who don't quite "fit the mold."
I did have a little difficulty keeping the various characters straight at first, mostly because I wasn't expecting the multiple perspectives. I hadn't read any reviews of this book beforehand, just the blurb and excerpt, but I think if I'd known ahead of time that the story is told from multiple POVs they would have been easier to keep track of. I also would have liked to have seen an unlikeable (although not evil) character amongst those featured in the novel. All of the characters whose lives come together in the final conflict are good, decent people; a less-than-admirable character whose life would also be affected by the upcoming potential bloodbath would have provided a nice contrast.
The author does get a lot right, however. This novel provides interesting insight into the mind of a psychopathic would-be mass murderer as he outlines the steps for his plans to propel himself into infamy. The pacing as the story moves towards the climax is almost spot-on; as the conflict draws near, the chapters get shorter which really helps to speed up the action and heighten the tension. Ultimately, as the conflict itself is happening, the chapters not only shorten but actually merge into one another, with the thoughts of one character blending into the thoughts of the next as the author shares each person's view of the events. I really liked this technique and thought that it worked very well. Also, the author has no qualms about "killing her darlings" – literally.
This fast-paced supernatural thriller is definitely worth reading.
Posted July 14, 2013
A dark tale about clairvoyance and murder
A dark, chilling tale that centers around one special girl, Joe, and her quest to stop a wanna-be mass murderer. Joe is a 21 year old college student at the University of Midwest Missouri State (UMMS) who, in her own words, is "...no exceptional beauty." She pretty much stays to herself and doesn't speak often, due to a pronounced stutter. She doesn't truly fit in, nor does she want to. You see, what makes Joe special is that sometimes she can see the future. Not like a Madame Zara fortune teller, but rather in snippets of events that will come to pass. She sees the mundane, she sees the somewhat serious, and in some situations, she sees the truly dreadful, horrific future...cataclysmic, huge events. Those types of events are preceded by an itching in her left palm, followed by an almost trancelike state where she unconsciously draws a depiction of the event with the No. 2 pencil that she always carries.One morning as she sits in her American Literature class she has one of these episodes, and when she glances down at what's been drawn, she sees a gruesome depiction of a mass shooting. Even worse than that, she recognizes the location as being on her campus in an area called 'The Quad'. Joe knows that this event will come to pass in just a few short days...unless she can find a way to stop it. But how?The narrative bounces back and forth between several characters who inevitably play different parts as the story unfolds. One of these characters is the would-be mass murderer himself, and we get a glimpse into the mind of a crazed psychopath. Fueled by his desire to have 'the largest body count' of any school shooting in history, he pushes himself to think of and plan for any contingency. But what he doesn't plan on is the clairvoyance of Joe, the raven-haired girl.This story gripped me from the very beginning, when I was first introduced into the mind of the killer. The characters are well developed and likable, and the plot kept me guessing until the very end. I would recommend this book for mature readers 16+, for some disturbing material.This book made it to my favorites shelf! Kudos to author H.D. Gordon.
Posted August 12, 2012
Joe’s gift is like that of ‘Isaac Mendez’ in Heroes, who could paint the future. That said, in Joe you are not reading just Joe’s story but that of the Decider, John, Claire, Marion, Eric, Mina, and Michael as well. A lot, right? I knew it would all tie up together and at the end it did, but still…to how many characters are you supposed to get attached in just one book? A killer for me right there.
Another killer: Joe’s constant complain (at nauseam) that she is not a hero (when obviously she is), that she is a failure and a fool. I mean, I don’t look like Jennifer Aniston either but I don’t complain about 24/7. And how many times can you read “the raven-haired girl”? Her hair is black. I got it the first time, thank you.
What I liked: the Decider. Have you ever wondered what goes in the mind of rampage killers (Aurora, Oak Creek – recently)? The Decider gives you a close idea.
Posted July 22, 2012
Joe is a strange girl who struggles with visions of the future.
This story is told from multiple points of view, but it couldn't flow more smoothly. I loved that you got to see what was going on with multiple people that would be involved the day of the shooting. I really loved Mr. Landry.
Joe receives a vision of a shooter standing in the middle of a massacre at the college she attends. This is the only piece of the puzzle she receives though and she needs to figure out when this horror will happen and how to stop it. She has received visions in the past, but has not been very successful preventing them. Will she be in the right place in enough time to help the potential victims, or will she fail yet again?
HD Gordon's writing just gets better and better. I've read all of her novels and they just can't come fast enough. I received this book for review from the Goodreads group Pulp Fiction. Thanks for the opportunity to review!
Posted July 18, 2012
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H.D. Gordon tackles a serious subject without seeming too sentimental or movie-of-the-week, populating this rather mature work with astoundingly realistic characters and superb writing. "Joe" is one of the most suspenseful books I've read in awhile, rapidly building tension as the book proceeds, right up to the stunning conclusion. Emotionally satisfying (I admit it - I cried), this is a book that haunts you long after the final page.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 17, 2012
Joe is not the usual type of book I read, but I heard so much about it that I had to see for myself. It is a thriller written from eight different points of view. The author does a good job of developing each character and weaving them into a compelling story.
Joe has a gift/curse of seeing the future. She never knows when these visions will come to her. This gift, coupled with her stuttering problem, has filled her life with ridicule and rejection. While attending college, she gets one of her visions and will have four days to try and prevent the coming massacre.
I enjoyed this story even with the eight points of view. I would definitely recommend it to adults looking for a gripping thriller.
Posted July 13, 2012
I won’t rehash the blurb, it tells what you need to know about what this book is about. I was glued to this book, all the way to the very climatic end. I will however say that it is told from eight point of views. This was definitely intriguing and different. Not many books are written this way. You get in the heads of key characters of the book. Knowing of their possible impending doom makes for a gut wrenching read, especially the role of the Decider. Definitely not for the light hearted or those searching for a light read. I did however, not care for the eight point of views. It felt a little jumpy to me. It was definitely done well though, like a massive web woven together expertly to pull together at the end and make one breathtaking story.
When I say that I found this book seriously disturbing, I mean that in a good way. Not that being in the head of a psychopath is not disturbing, but I found Joe’s prospective even more so. Her life is haunting. One would akin it to a horror story almost. I won’t give anything away but I found her absolutely fascinating in how she has dealt with her life and all that has happened or been given to her, even in the darkest times of her life. She is a brave person if I ever saw one. Even portrayed as a quiet, reclusive and does her best to fade into the background due to her gifts and her ever present stutter. I understood her demeanor well but it also made it seem so lonely. I kept rooting for her the whole way through.
Definitely not your everyday read, I highly recommend this book, it’s stomach twisting, intriguing and makes you hold your breath a little too long. A must read.
Posted July 10, 2012
Okay, so I finished this yesterday. I'm still struggling to review Joe by H.D. Gordon for a few reasons, but the main is this is not my normal read.
I go for rainbows and sunshine, which this book had very little of. I'm a huge fan of H.D. Gordon and I still am. Although I did not like much of this book, I felt emotion throughout the whole thing. When I say I didn't like it, what I'm saying is I don't like to know the inner workings of a psycopath. I did not like being in his head. He was one major mess job, and that is the beauty of this book. Ms. Gordon has once again created characters that feel real.
She has infused this story with tension and flat out horror if you ask me. I felt many things while reading Joe...sick to my stomach first thing...sorry for Joe...sorry for other characters...frustration for some of them...anxiety for all of them up until the end.
I pretty much figured out what was going to happen before it did, but that didn't matter because it played out like a nightmare almost. Especially the climax where Joe has to face the Decider. That scene is written so well that it makes me gasp to think about it.
Great job, Ms. Gordon...now I want more of Alexa Montgomery. LOL. She is more to my taste, but this was a book I will remember for a very long time.
I do want to leave a warning here, though, this is not a book for children. 18+ in my opinion.
Posted July 9, 2012
I had never read anything from this author in the past, but I wanted to review it after noticing a few people writing about it on their blogs, as well as being attracted by the kind of plot it deals with. It turned out to be quite the gripping novel in many aspects, and I found myself drawn to it more and more with each page.
The themes perused in the book are of the kind that tend to hit home. Enjoy life while it lasts, because you never know what will happen tomorrow. Don’t put back what matters until tomorrow, because tomorrow might just not come. It’s when you’re about to lose your life that you finally understand its worth. And, of course: if you were able to foresee such a terrible event as presented in “Joe”, what would you do? Would you face it, even knowing there’s no chance to win? Or would you run away, saving your life at the cost of that of dozens of people? Perhaps such themes will seem overrated or hackneyed to some readers, but to me, they always provide perspective and questioning, and I like that. I like being confronted with such conundrums.
The eight people whose points of view we follow through the story all have questions and/or problems of their own to deal with. The almost-retired teacher with only two months left before she is ‘free’ from her job at last. The depressed student who’s taken a terrible decision. The kid who can’t wait to meet his teenage-years sweetheart. The single mother wondering if she should allow herself a new chance at loving, and find a new father for her children. The young man estranged from his family because of one mistake, with a fierce desire to get a new start. The killer—the Decider, with his cold point of view that will send shivers down your spine. And, of course, Joe herself, struggling with her insecurities, her power that may or may not be a curse, the decision she will have to make. All of them I found interesting to follow. All of them I wanted to see survive in the end. But from the start, you know that in such a story, not everyone will get a chance at life again. This inescapable conclusion is absolutely heart-wrenching.
As a side note, the “eight POVs” aspect didn’t bother me. I’ve read stories with even more POVs than that, and here I think the voices of all those characters were introduced clearly enough each time (if only because their names are mentioned) to make them flow nicely. Also, the way they were used near the end was a clever addition, giving the feeling of cut scenes interweaving into each other. I quite liked that. The only thing I couldn’t determine until well into the novel was: why make Joe’s point of view the only one in the first person? I couldn’t decide if it was justified or not, because I feel the story would have worked just as well had it been in the third person. In the end, though, I chose to view it as a good point. It marks the centre of the whole web, gathers all the threads together, while setting Joe apart, which is also justified if we consider her odd ability that has always made her different.
Posted November 4, 2012
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Posted July 10, 2012
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