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Mrs. John Doe: A Thriller

Mrs. John Doe: A Thriller

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by Tom Savage
USA TODAY BESTSELLER • In this adrenaline-laced novel of suspense from Tom Savage—hailed by Michael Connelly as “a master of the high-speed thriller”—an American actress in Europe races to find the truth behind her husband’s mysterious accident. What she uncovers makes her the target of a shocking


USA TODAY BESTSELLER • In this adrenaline-laced novel of suspense from Tom Savage—hailed by Michael Connelly as “a master of the high-speed thriller”—an American actress in Europe races to find the truth behind her husband’s mysterious accident. What she uncovers makes her the target of a shocking conspiracy.

Nora Baron’s life is perfect. She lives on Long Island Sound, teaches acting at a local university, and has a loving family. Then one phone call changes everything. She’s informed that her husband, Jeff, has died in a car crash while on a business trip in England. Nora flies to London to identify the body, which the police have listed as a “John Doe.” When she leaves the morgue, a man tries to steal her purse containing Jeff’s personal effects. Clearly, all is not as it seems.

At her hotel, Nora receives a cryptic message that leaves her with more questions than answers. She follows the message’s instructions to France, where a fatal encounter transforms her into a fugitive. Wanted for murder, on the run in a shadowy landscape of lies, secrets, and sudden violence, Mrs. “John Doe” must play the role of a lifetime to stay one step ahead of a ruthless enemy with deadly plans for her—and for the world.

Praise for Mrs. John Doe

“This is a rare spy thriller, smart, beautifully written, and stay-up-all-night enjoyable!”—Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassins

“It isn’t easy to blindside a fellow suspense author, but Tom Savage manages to fool me every time. A clever, compelling, and cinematic page-turner in which nothing is as it seems, Mrs. John Doe opens with a twist I didn’t see coming and closes with a satisfying bang. This longtime Savage fan ranks Mrs. John Doe right up there with Precipice.”—Wendy Corsi Staub, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Widow

“Tom Savage’s Mrs. John Doe races a fictional path somewhere between Alfred Hitchcock and Agatha Christie, a modern heroine-on-the-run spy thriller dealing with some of our time’s deadliest challenges.”—James Grady, New York Times bestselling author of Last Days of the Condor

“Savage twists the plot in two startling ways, and Nora’s transformation from wealthy home-focused wife to clever investigator holds up brilliantly. . . . I enjoyed each page, gasped at the swift twists, and came away with a hunger for more of the same, whether it be thrills, France, or books by Tom Savage.”—Kingdom Books

“If you like books that make your pulse pound, where the images conjured up by your mind while reading are better than the best ‘action’ movie, Mrs. John Doe should be on your shelf.”—Back Porchervations

“Cloak-and-dagger suspense, dark, shadowy figures, secret agents, and a diabolical terrorist plot that must be thwarted combine to create . . . a shocking, heart-pounding, unrelenting thrill ride.”—The Book Reviews

Praise for Tom Savage

“Savage knows the mystery novel inside and out, and it shows on every page.”—James Patterson

“A master of the high-speed thriller.”—Michael Connelly

“A very gifted writer who creates living, breathing characters, wonderful dialogue, and mesmerizing tension.”—Nelson DeMille

“Savage writes with fierce energy, piercing holes in the shredding fabric of our society, where no one is safe, no one is free from harm.”—Lorenzo Carcaterra

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Meet the Author

Tom Savage is the USA Today bestselling author of seven previous novels and numerous short stories. His books have been published in fifteen countries, and his bestselling novel Valentine was made into a Warner Bros. film. Raised in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, he now lives in New York City, where he worked for many years at Murder Ink®, the world’s first mystery bookstore.

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Mrs. John Doe: A Thriller 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catches your attention in first few pages. Many twists and turns . Great story and characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it, you will like it. ...mc
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entirely engaging, subtle plot twists
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters. am I the only one who felt that Tom Savage might be a woman? That IS a compliment, by the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read for a wintry week ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Miss Marple explanation near the end was unecessary. Took longer than necessary to develop plot lines.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Wow! This story starts out our protagonist, Nora, is home alone. Her daughter is off to college and her husband is off one one of his many business trips. Then she gets a call from her husband's business partner. Her husband is dead. She needs to fly from the U.S. to the U.K. to identify his body, which she does. Next thing I know, she's going to Paris to look for her husband after receiving a note from a stranger which she knows is written by her husband. I quickly check my meds, yeah, I've taken the right dosage. I then reread a few pages and say "alrighty then. . . The action starts non stop from there. Nora has got so many bad guys after her, its like everywhere she looks, they are after her. Bad guys everywhere, reminds me of my dating days. She's not sure who she can trust and who she can't. And she is just so sure that her husband is still alive because the body she and her husband's business partner identified is not her husband. (Creepy ghost noise here) Nora evades abductions, being shot at, being chased, being trapped and being followed all on a path to find her husband and uncover a plot wherein someone is selling WMD to the enemy. This book was so good that I could NOT put it down and those pages were just turning like crazy. Forget the blood pressure monitor with this one. Your gonna need an EKG with a defibrillator nearby. It was seriously that good!! Thanks Random House and Net Galley for the free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I totally recommend this book. The entertainment is well worth it. It was a fantastic read!
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
This is a perfect spy thriller. The main character is an actress, not an agent, but she undergoes a series of events to truly test her will. The action continues non-stop, and there are curves around every corner. The writing is superb. There is heart-pounding action and new surprises on every page. Even knowing the ending you want to read it again. It is that good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book based on the reviews and was very disappointed. The main is worried about her makeup as she is being chased by spies. The story events were unbelievable. Don't waste your time reading this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot, kept me guessing up until the end.
Diane_K More than 1 year ago
Mrs. John Doe is a different kind of spy novel. Rather than the actual spy going through the intrigue, twists, turns and suspense, the wife, Nora Baron - actress, does. Is her husband, the spy, dead like she has been told or is he alive, hiding vs. captured by "the bad guys." Who are the bad guys? Who are the good guy? Who can she trust? Nora has to figure all of this out while following clues that take her to France and England. She desperately wants answers and has to see this through to the end no matter what the consequences. Tom Savage has written a great novel which is fast paced, full of misdirects as well as forceful, strong characters. The pages keep turning because the reader has to find out what is in Nora's future. I found myself while reading rooting for Nora and trying to direct which steps I thought she should take and what to or not to do next. In my opinion, any time a writer can draw the reader in to that extent he has done an incredible job. I received this book free through Netgalley.com for review purposes. For more information on Tom Savage please check here: http://tomsavagebooks.com/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It does keep moving and pulls you along! Very hard to follow all the twists and turns. Who is good? Who is bad? Just enjoy the ride.
1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! Will add him to my favorite author list.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Nora receives a phone call. Her husband is in France on a business trip. The man on the other end of the phone tells her that her husband has been killed in an auto accident and that she needs to come. She had been expecting this phone call, but it still took her breath away. Arriving in Paris, she is taken to the morgue where she identifies her husband. But is he really dead? This book has it all ..... dead people who may not be dead ... secret decoded messages from beyond the grave, arms dealers, terrorists, spies, people working for companies that have no name, friends who may not be your friends, enemies who might be the one to trust, and dead bodies of really dead people falling all around. Having never been to Paris, I really enjoyed the descriptions of landmarks there, the beautiful gardens, museums, out of the way cafes that serve scrumptious foods, bed and boards. I loved it all. The character of Nora is complex. She's a retired actress, now teaching acting classes. Basically she's a wife, mother, happy with her life .... until she's pulled into something she doesn't understand. She becomes an almost super woman ... carrying a gun, ditching a car that's obviously following her, barely missing being shot by a sniper..all while keeping her cool. There is lots and lots of action... running, jumping, climbing, car chases, train chases...following people who may or not be trustworthy wearing disguises. I was out of breath and needed a nap by the time I got to the last page. My thanks to the author / NetGalley / Random House Publishing Group - Alibi for the digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Jarina More than 1 year ago
Mrs. John Doe is Tom Savage's sixth suspense novel, and not the first to have a very strong female lead character. Nora Baron had been expecting the call. After more than twenty years as the wife of spy Jeffrey Baron it was just a matter of time. The plans had been made, she knew just what to do. But still, when the call came she was not ready. The call was from Bill Howard, Jeffrey's British counterpart. There had been an accident. Nora was needed to identify her husband's body and make arrangements. She put things in order at home, told her daughter she was going to London to join Jeffrey, and flew to Heathrow where she was met by Bill Howard. Once her things were settled at the Byron Hotel, Bill took her to the morgue to make identification and collect personal effects. When Nora returns to her hotel she decides to walk to her favorite little park as the late afternoon fog begins to settle. It is in this foggy atmosphere that the mid eastern man (was it the same one from her flight?) tried to steal her purse containing Jeffrey's things. A young jogger comes to her aid and accompanies her back to her hotel. And the most eventful week of Nora's life begins. A story of clues and intrigue, Nora is led by her instincts as she wonders if there is anyone she can truly trust, especially after the cryptic message telling her to trust no one and using the special name only Jeff knew. And what are the stakes if she is unsuccessful? Is there really a security leak and a plan to sell to terrorists? What would Jeffrey want her to do? Mrs. John Doe is intricately written with surprising plot twists and character turns. The reader will be swept away in the adventure, picturing every occurrence and anxiously following the events as they are described. A real page turner, I highly recommend Mrs. John Doe