On Borrowed Time

On Borrowed Time

by David Rosenfelt
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On Borrowed Time by David Rosenfelt

On Borrowed Time

David Rosenfelt

Everything is going right for magazine writer Richard Kilmer. His girlfriend, the beautiful Jennifer Ryan, has agreed to marry him. The happy couple celebrates with a romantic drive up to Kendrick Falls. Even as dark clouds begin to gather, Jen and Richard press on.

The freak storm sends Richard careening off the road and throws Jen from the vehicle. Richard seems to be fine, but he can't find Jen anywhere—neither can the town's police. The storm has disappeared and with it every trace of the future Mrs. Kilmer.

Richard remembers her so vividly, but no one he knows can confirm that Jen ever existed. Could he be crazy? Did he dream her up? After weeks of nightmares, therapy, and unanswered questions, his life is still in pieces. But just as Richard begins to completely unravel, so do the secrets behind Jen's disappearance…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410437563
Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 482
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Rosenfelt is the Edgar and Shamus Award—nominated author of eight Andy Carpenter novels and two stand-alone thrillers, Don't Tell a Soul and Down to the Wire. He and his wife live in California with the twenty-seven golden retrievers they've rescued.

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On Borrowed Time 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Lynie More than 1 year ago
Richard Kilmer meets and falls in love with Jennifer Ryan, the girl of his dreams. On a visit to her mother and father they find themselves in a terrible dark windstorm and Richard loses control of his car. When the dust settles, Jennifer is nowhere to be found but that's not the worst of it. Returning home to Manhattan, none of Richard's friends know who Jennifer is, even though they've met her before. There's also no sign of her in their apartment; it's as if she's vanished into thin air. Returning to Kendrick Falls where Jennifer's parents live is even worse. No one knows anyone named Jennifer Ryan and nothing is the same; not the house that was supposed to be Jennifer's childhood home, nor her family. A writer, Richard writes his story for Manhattan Magazine. Because of the article, he's contacted by Allison Tynes, a woman who could be Jennifer's twin, whose own sister Julie is missing. Soon more strange things begin to occur and Richard isn't sure if Jennifer actually existed or is a figment of his imagination. The PI who has done research for Richard's stories in the past intimates that Richard was working on a major story that he felt was Pulitzer worthy, but which Richard has no memory of. He visits Dr. Garber, a psychiatrist who insists that Richard has been there before. While Richard and Allison continue to search for Jennifer/Julie, the story soon degenerates into a bizarre and absurd mind control plot. Is it just me or was this the strangest book Rosenfelt has ever written? Although I've long been a fan of David Rosenfelt's books, ON BORROWED TIME while entertaining, stretched the credibility factor to the realm of ridiculous. Lynn Kimmerle
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Imagine you find the perfect girl, meet her parents and propose to her. Then while driving to a favorite childhood spot of hers, a quick dark storm comes, you have a car accident and when you get yourself together, you can't find your love. Soon things aren't as they were or you begin to wonder, did she ever exist or is it a conspiracy? This is the premise of On Borrowed Time, and Richard Kilmer spends the whole book trying to find his girlfriend Jennifer before he gores truly crazy. I found this a pleasant mystery but not suspenseful enough.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
The book begins like a Twilight Zone episode (Think Richard Long as David Guerny, whom nobody could remember existing). Richard Kilmer is in love with a woman (Jen) and while staying with her at her parent's house he proposes. She accepts and to celebrate she wants to take him to the Falls to see something interesting. On the drive there, a storm seems to come out of nowhere and forces Kilmer to lose control of the car and it tumbles off the road. Kilmer is out of the car relatively fast and unsuccessfully tries to locate Jen. He takes the police back to her parent's house and find's Jen's mother doesn't know him or Jen and her husband has been dead for about 20 years. The house looks different inside too. Richard tries talking to other people that knew Jen and finds that nobody ever heard of her. He goes back home and his friends seem to not remember Jen and Richard's apartment looks the way it did before Jen had moved in). Also, there are things that have transpired that Richard cannot remember. Did Jen really exist? Richard writes a magazine article about his experience with a sketch of Jen, hoping someone will remember her. A woman who looks just like Jen (Allie) comes looking for Richard saying that the sketch of Jen looks like her twin sister Julie who mysteriously vanished. Allie and Richard start looking for Jen/Julie and the more Richard spends time with Allie, he realizes that she says and does many things exactly the same as Jen did. Could Allie be Jen. Meanwhile all of Richard's moves are being watched by a guy who works for someone named The Stone. Apparently, the Stone has used Richard in some way and wants Richard to help get him rich. As Richard and Allie start investigating, some people they talk to end up dead. The reader is kept guessing until pretty much the end of the book before all will be revealed. The author does an excellent job confusing the reader throughout and make it difficult to guess what is really happening. When Richard narrates his chapters he kind of sounds like Andy Carpenter , the wise cracking lawyer that appears in many of the author's other books. I did not give the book a full five stars because I felt that some loose ends were not fully tied up and some of the explanations of what had transpired are a little sketchy. Overall it is an well above average mystery.
StaCa More than 1 year ago
I love the intelligence and humor in all of Rosenfelt's books! There is not a line of dialogue in this book that does not resonate perfectly with it's characters...something other authors strive for but most often fail to achieve. I am a true fan, and would reccomend this author to anyone. The only thing missing for me was the requisite mention of a Golden Retriever. Another brilliant work, Mr. Rosenfelt. Thank you!
Kevlin More than 1 year ago
David Rosenfelt stands away from his award winning Andy Carpenter novels to put out this stand alone novel that was Fantastic!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great style and fun to read, really will keep you interested but it could be a bit thick on the plot at times, with too much going on to the point where I lost the characters a little bit. Never boring, though so I give it 4 stars.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Manhattan based reporter Richard Kilmer and his lover Jennifer Ryan drive from their apartment on the Upper West Side to her hometown to meet her family in Kendrick Falls. He plans to ask her to marry him. However, they have an accident, but eerily somehow before they finish the two hour drive, Jen vanished. Stunned with no clues as to his beloved's whereabouts, Richard meets the family he thought would be his in-laws. Shocked further after meeting her family when they insist she is not their kin; her friends deny knowing a Jennifer Ryan. Finally even his friends claim they never met her. As a catharsis, Richard writes articles for a magazine about his recent trauma. Allison Tynes comes from Wisconsin to New York to meet Richard as she insists she is Jen's identical twin; leaving the journalist further bewildered. This suspense thriller grips the reader once the car accident occurs and never let's the audience go even after the climax as the audience will ponder what happened to the key characters especially the beleaguered protagonist who sadly muses that he entered the Twilight Zone. To David Rosenfelt's credit and writing skills he never ventures in to the Serling realm. With Andy Carpenter on respite, fans will still relish this taut thriller as like Kilmer will wonder what is going on. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 4 months ago
I love the Andy Carpenter series. This did not disappoint.
B00kl0verFL More than 1 year ago
David Rosenfelt writes about places near where I used to live and whether he is writing the mysteries involving dogs or books like ON BORROWED TIME, they cannot be put down until finished.
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Shar-Pei-Man More than 1 year ago
Interesting but not up to snuff in his typical Andy Carpenter Series.
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