Gideon: A Novel

Gideon: A Novel

by Alex Gordon


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A modern tale of witchcraft and dark suspense, readers who love the thrills of Preston & Child, the sexiness of Kim Harrison, the modern magic of Lev Grossman, and the styling of Deborah Harkness and J.D. Horn will be drawn into Alex Gordon's edge-of-your-seat, debut supernatural thriller.

When Lauren’s father dies, she makes a shocking discovery. The man she knew as John Reardon was once a completely different person, with a different name. Now, she’s determined to find out who he really was, even though her only clues are an old photograph, some letters, and the name of a town—Gideon.

But someone—or something—doesn’t want her to discover the truth. A strange man is stalking her, appearing everywhere she turns, and those who try to help her end up dead. Neither a shadowy enemy nor her own fear are going to prevent her from solving the mystery of her father—and unlocking the secrets of her own life.

Making her way to Gideon, Lauren finds herself more confused than ever. Nothing in this small Midwestern town is what it seems, including time itself. Residents start going missing, and Lauren is threatened by almost every townsperson she encounters. Two hundred years ago, a witch was burned at the stake, but in Gideon, the past feels all too chillingly present . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061687372
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/06/2015
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Alex Gordon resides in the Midwest. When she isn’t working, she enjoys watching sports and old movies, running, and playing with her dogs. She dreams of someday adding the Pacific Northwest to the list of regions where she has lived. She is the author of Gideon.

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Gideon 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
eagle3tx More than 1 year ago
Liked it a lot and recommend it – better than what I’m going to write below might suggest.  Dark-ish and foreboding, but not emphatically creepy or scary or intense.   The writer does a good job of connecting the reader to the characters and their fears and motivations, and that is enough to drive the story.  There is always the sense of underlying evil, menace and power hunger. The use of magic was well done. The writing fully enabled me to visualize and experience all the scenes and events.  Not truly a -could not put it down- book, never the less I found myself choosing to keep reading each time I got to a would-be stopping point.  The characters were not as fully-realized as I would like, i.e. the only insight into the inner strength of the heroine is a late mention that she had achieved an MBA at some point in her never-explained past.  Comparisons to Deborah Harkness meets Preston & Child are a little over- generous
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An odd twist on the stereotypical Salem-to-modern turn, the book is a fun divergence if you are up for it. The suspension of disbelief for me was why there would be witches in Illinois, and that detail was glossed over for me. A few other spots I found small details that I had to dig back a few pages for the story or allusion to their importance, but certainly not a make or break quality to the book. Engaging, with enough pop-culture references to be clever, well-fleshed out characters, and a world-building skill that makes it easy to buy into, the book is never overbearing or preachy. A side plot, almost-love-story seems like it needed more development but still worked in context, even if it was the only totally unnecessary point. Great book if you're a fan of Katherine Howe's Deliverance Dane and you're looking for a fun, similarly toned witchy romp!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different novel, liked the time era switches..might be cool with say, a pre-quel novel, that develops the older history for awhile.
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CurlUpWGoodBook More than 1 year ago
Some secrets should stay buried...But not this one.... I review for Harper Collins all the time and love all of the books they publish....So when I received this book from an imprint called Harper Voyager then I knew I had to give it a try.... and I am so happy I did. This debut novel called , Gideon, written by Alex Gordon is one of the most intense, suspense-filled, supernatural thriller that I have ever read. Alex Gordon enters into the publishing industry with a BANG.....WOW....Gideon is high on my list of favorites for 2015.... The main character, Lauren, has just lost her father unexpectedly and at the same time discovers that her father had many secrets...and that most of them lead to a small town called Gideon. Lauren is determined to get the answers to her questions so she leaves to visit the small town of Gideon.  "She looked out over the town, the old man's words ringing in her ears. Any reason why we should welcome you? As if he had been lurking in the woods awaiting her arrival. AS if he knew why she had come...." Immediately upon arriving in Gideon...Lauren realizes that this town is not as it seems. The town itself seems dark and creepy and there seems to be a cold feel of dark shadows around every corner of the town. The residents of the town are mysterious and treat Lauren with hostility and suspicion when she first arrives but Lauren does not let this stop her. Lauren's character is so strong, level-headed, resilient, and determined. She does not let the atmosphere nor the people of this evil town stop her from discovering the truth that she seeks.  There are so many twists and turns around each turn of the page in this book. One of my favorite things about the writing of this book is how Alex Gordon incorporated so much history into the story. The Sudden Freeze of 1836 killed many of the townspeople instantly and The Great Fire of 1871 ravaged not only Gideon but the surrounding towns as well. Lauren learns that the town and its people blame her family for their grave misfortunes.  There are centuries worth of secrets, lies, witchcraft, and supernatural forces within Gideon. The residents of Gideon are supposed to be the protectors that guard against the demons that roam the town....but over the years some have decided to follow the light..... "Eliza had suffered from an affliction for as long as she could remember. As a young girl, she had tried to explain it to her parents more than once. But her mother had scolded her for lying, and her father had warned her never to tell other people such tales lest they call her a witch. And you know what they do to witches, don't you, my girl? He had towered over her, dark eyes alight with the truth as he knew it to be. They light them like kindling, and laugh as they burn....." I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an intense, "un-put-down-able" book...Gideon is filled with suspense, horror, and mystery....I literally could not put this book down...I stayed up late into the night just to see what happened next....WOW....Alex Gordon is now high on my list of favorite debut authors......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
to "didbt i read this before" a chop suey book neither one or the other