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Posted April 19, 2012
An engrossing, fast read. I started this book and stayed up half the night to finish it. If you live near Philadelphia there are some really good descriptions of the city. Suspensful, engaging and thought provoking.
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Posted October 16, 2012
I loved this book it is now one of my new favorites. I have added it to my collection and have reccomended to all of my friends. I intend to read it again. A good read well written it held my interest from cover to cover. In my opinion The Book of James would be a great movie.
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Posted July 19, 2012
"The Book of James" is a startling and absorbing read. I started reading it weeks ago just before I changed computers, and then lost it in the shuffle! It was like a punch to the solar plexis because I loved the book and couldn't get to the ending....like watching "Rosemary's Baby" and not being able to find out what happened! Not that I'm comparing this book to that one...just the idea of a fabulous gothic suspense/mystery that rivets you and won't let you sleep at night until you get to the final answer. That's the stuff of this book. It's just a page turner from the start. PS: I did get another copy of the book and was able to finish it! LOL
While the gothic and mysterious is a huge draw of this book, one of the central keys to making this a top shelf novel is Ms Green's writing skills, absolutely, stand alone. She is brilliant in creating suspense and dialog. Her story starts with a crashing bang from the get-go and it doesn't let up. Characters are illusive and beautiful and her ability to manipulate them to create atmosphere and mystery are indicative of a gifted writer. I was thinking of strong writers such as Patricia Cornwell and Lisa Jackson and others while I was reading this book. Although, Ms Green has a wonderful style of her own that is edgy and gothic which is a delight to my heart, personally, to add to the mix.
The central character, Mackenzie, is the woman we all know we'd be in the similar situation. She's feisty and strong-minded. I loved her bravery and brains from the beginning of the tragedy of losing her husband to her eventual discovery of all his secrets. The opening scenes of losing her husband were stellar and rang clear to me as a widow who nearly lost my husband in the blink of an eye. Ellen Green knows shock and grief and many more of the emotions Mackenzie and others of her characters experience throughout this book. She not only knows them, but she can translate them to words and make you feel them which is also the sign of a gifted writer.
I can only highly recommend "The Book of James" to you as one of the finest gothic suspense novels of this year. It's a book that should be jumping off the book shelves if it were in paperback. For now, you can find it in ebook format. I think we're sure to be hearing more from and about Ellen J. Green in the future. I'm one of her biggest fans!! Go get a copy of this one for a night this weekend. You'll be up all night reading.... :]
Posted July 15, 2012
If you like mystery-thriller, this is a must read for you. I have to admit, mystery- thriller is right up my alley and I absolutely ate this one up! Once I started I could not put it down. And yes, I lost sleep reading it! Enough gushing….onto the meat and bones!
Mackenzie Weichmann had lost her husband due to an auto accident. His final words to her were to find James. It was the only way to save herself. Thus begins the mystery.
In the five years she had known her husband, Nick, there had been no knowledge about Nick’s past except that he had no living relatives. But at death's door he had warned her of impending danger.
When a lawyer in Philadelphia contacted her to meet with him, he assured Mackenzie he would answer all her questions. Imagine MacKenzie’s surprise to find out Nick’s mother was indeed alive, and Nick was worth millions. Millions? When they were living like paupers? What’s up with that? In addition, Weichmann was not even Nick’s last name; he was born a Whitfield.
Did she know her husband at all? Obviously he had a very private life she knew nothing about. Meeting with the lawyer left more questions than answers and it was soon obvious, he wanted very little to do with her. Her business was soon turned over to Dylan McBride, the lawyer’s son.
MacKenzie needed to contact Cora Whitfield, Nick’s mother…thus begins the thriller.
This author presented a very original work in my opinion, releasing small amounts information as she wove her tale of abuse and torture, trauma and suffering. Her characters were well developed, believable and easy to relate to. I felt their angst and their fears. MacKenzie and Cora were well matched opponents. MacKenzie was facing the loss of a five year span of deception; Cora faced losing the secrets of a lifetime.
If you want a great mystery thriller, this is the book for you! You absolutely have to read it and lose some sleep to finish it. For a first work, it is beyond Awesome. Well done Ellen J Green! Well done!!
Posted July 8, 2012
Wow, this was a thriller, let me first say that. The story/plot blew me away; it was creatively well written and well thought out. There were twists and turns, and the story seemed unpredictable at times, which I liked, as it created even more suspense, and I definitely was flipping the pages, as I wanted to immediately know more. The characters were well developed and seemed realistic. Some have gone through horrific upbringings, and you will read which characters(s) those were. Mackenzie to me seemed realistic, as it seems through the story, the man she had known and married for almost five years seems like someone else, and as you read, you will know what I mean. There are secrets at Nick's childhood home, and Mackenzie wants to know, and her new friend, Dylan, helps her solve some of the mysteriousness that the Mansion portrays, the mansion where Nick was brought up. All around, this was simply a good suspenseful, mystery read, and if you like those genres, you will very much so like this Novel. I recommend it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 6, 2012
Reviewed by Jean Brickell for Readers Favorite
"The Book of James" begins with Nick dead, killed in a car wreck while Mackenzie was driving. It was not her fault, but that did not stop the guilt she felt. As Nick lay dying, his last request to her was to "find James". The suspenseful book starts with the search for James and she has no idea who she is looking for and why. Mackenzie is led to an old house full of tunnels under the house, locked doors, and a woman, the mother of Nick, who is cold eyed and would have made me turn and run, but Mackenzie is driven to find answers. She has help from Dylan, the handsome young lawyer and her friend Samantha. Dylan calls her Nancy Drew because of her digging for clues and for what has happened in years past that must be kept secret by Cora, Nick's mother. So many questions to ask, so many clues to dig up. Mackenzie finds herself in hot water because of the information she "digs" up.
What a book! I found this a most scary book because of the realism of it. "The Book of James" is full of events that can seem logical when mind control and degradation of people are at play. This is a read all night book, and has a bit of romance but the ongoing premise is the question, will our heroine come out alive? She is driven by the request her dying husband asked of her, to "find James".