Married to a Stranger: A Novel

Married to a Stranger: A Novel

by Patricia MacDonald
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Married to a Stranger: A Novel by Patricia MacDonald

Patricia MacDonald, whose finely honed suspense novels have won her a worldwide audience of readers, delivers a stunning new novel inspired by the headline-making murder case of Laci Peterson -- the chilling story of a young wife and mother-to-be who must confront the possibility that her husband is trying to kill her.

Twenty-six-year-old Emma Hollis has it all -- a fortune she inherited from her father, a job she loves as a counselor at an adolescent crisis center, good friends, and a boyfriend who is crazy about her. Emma met sexy freelance journalist David Webster at a dinner party. Romantic, free-spirited, and a perfect lover, David sweeps Emma off her feet. Now a baby is on the way. Emma expects David to say goodbye, but David enjoys surprises.

At their beautiful, impromptu wedding at a historic inn, Emma and David promise to love and cherish each other for the rest of their lives. The only shadow over Emma's happiness is cast by her stepfather, who is furious that David failed to sign a prenuptial agreement. As the newlyweds set off for their honeymoon at an idyllic cabin in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, Emma has no idea that her life is about to turn into a wife's worst nightmare.

With keen psychological insight and a storytelling style that thrills and surprises, Patricia MacDonald explores the dark, violent impulses that compel people to betray the one person they supposedly love most. Gripping and emotionally powerful, Married to a Stranger evidences Patricia MacDonald writing at the height of her celebrated powers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416510222
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 07/11/2006
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 182,300
File size: 377 KB

About the Author

Patricia Macdonald's darkly hypnotic tales have captivated readers across America, as well as in France, where she is a #1 bestselling author. Her previous novels include Suspicious Origin, Stranger in the House, Not Guilty, and the Edgar Award-nominated The Unforgiven. She lives with her husband and daughter in New Jersey, where she is working on her next novel.

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Married to a Stranger 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DON'T LET YOUR DAUGHTER READ THIS: The heroine reminds me of someone you would see on  the Jerry Springer show.  She rationalizes her new husbands lies and pathological secrecy , which puts her in mortal danger.  In the end, after three serious attempts on her life, she decides to stay with him.  Despite the fact she  is a psychoanalysist she has NO boundaries. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is full of unpleasant characters, ridiculous decisions, and unpolished writing. The heroine is highly educated but is really a whiny, traumatized fool, her husband is a creep, and she might as well be in a soap opera, for the number of times she moans, 'My baby!' She makes immature decisions at every turn, and then rationalizes away the consequences. Her final decision in the book is a perfect example. Also, (editor take note): there is a difference between adjectives and adverbs! A bit more of your red pencil, please. I admire any author just for the sheer effort it takes to produce a book. This one, however, is a bit of a mess.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste good money on this one
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book during the after Christmas sale and what a find! This is the first book by Patricia MacDonald I have read and it will not be the last. It kept me guessing right up until the end. Excellent! --K--
Guest More than 1 year ago
I personally loved this book. It was the first Patricia MacDonald book I have read and I will definitely be back for more. This book kept me guessing until the very end. The characters were engaging and likable -- even the characters who made poor decisions came across as merely human as opposed to flawed. All in all, it was a great book and I couldn't put it down.
acorley84 More than 1 year ago
Married to a Stranger - You're Never Gonna Guess This Ending!! For a more in depth review, please visit my blog, Chorley Chroniclas!  I have to start out by saying that I am absolutely appalled at the current rating of 3.53 (on Goodreads) of this book, because I thought that it was such a good book!!! This was my first read by Patricia MacDonald, but since finishing, I've already sought out other titles that I can pick up by her! Bernadette Dunne is a fantastic narrator, and does this title all the justice in the world! She has such an easy listening voice and keeps it an entertaining read. She has the perfect reading tones and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her! It was quite an easy, quick read/listen! Patricia MacDonald did an awesome job writing this suspense novel and keeping the reader guessing the outcome throughout the whole book. Throughout the whole book, I kept changing my mind as to what the outcome was going to be, only to find out after 6 or 7 guesses, I was still wrong! This is exactly the kind of book that I love!! The plot was well thought out and concise with a nice ending. The characters, although cliche, were good characters to read about! Overall, I am so happy that someone steered me toward Married to a Stranger and the writing of Patricia MacDonald, because I found a new author to watch out for, and found a book that satisfied all of my mystery and suspense needs!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Psychologist Emma Hollis works at the Wrightman Youth Crisis Center whose director Dr. Burke Hunter married her best friend Natalie. However diagnosed as bi-polar, Natalie committed suicide. Emma is hesitant to have Burke serve as her fiancé¿s best man at their small wedding in a few days. Burke insists on facing it because David is a close friend and he introduced the couple to each other. Following the nuptials, David and Emma head to a secluded cabin in the New Jersey woods for a honeymoon.--------------- On their first day, David vanishes while outside chopping wood and a masked man tries to kill the pregnant Emma. A hunter hears Emma¿s screams rushes over to help but the intruder kills the Good Samaritan with David¿s abandoned ax. Emma takes the hunter¿s weapon and the attacker flees just before David reappears. The police think David is trying to kill her especially when she is almost thrown off at a train station even Emma begins to wonder about her spouse.---------------- Fans of Mary Higgins Clark and Nancy Taylor Rosenberg will find MARRIED TO A STRANGER a mesmerizing reading experience. Although the audience will agree with Emma and the cops that David is the prime suspect, others could also be the culprit. As with Hitchcock¿s terrific Suspicion, readers will wonder until the very end whether David wants his wife dead. Patricia MacDonald is one of the top suspense writers of the past few years (see THE GIRL NEXT DOOR).---------------- Harriet Klausner