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Misery Loves Company by Rene Gutteridge

Misery Loves Company

by Rene Gutteridge

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Don't read it based on my rating. It was "ok", but I'd base a recommend on a "2" rating, simply because it just didn't seem my "style" . . and there are so so so many other books that I'm much more eager to read.
The initial premise is extremely interesting premise. The story line, had some things that took a stretch to wade through and some was a bit redundant - the drinking Dad, the partner of her murdered cop husband. They're the same in every book.
Some extraneous religion thrown in - bit heavy and preachy on the God references- and they were just shoved in to make it "Christian".
Look it over, it's not a bad book and very different premise - I enjoyed reading it, but wish I'd chosen something else. ( )
  CasaBooks | Mar 14, 2014 |
  caroljels | Sep 12, 2013 |
Misery Loves Company by Rene Gutteridge is a very intense story that grabbed my attention on the first page and with each following chapter the story became even more intense. Jules Belleno lives in seclusion since the death of her policeman husband and spends her time writing book reviews on her blog and posting comments on FaceBook. She only leaves her home to make short trips to the grocery store. On one fateful day when she is at the grocery store, she meets her favorite author and that is the last thing that she remembers. Jules wakes up in a strange bedroom and sees written on the ceiling the exact words that she used in a review of a book written by her favorite author, Patrick Reagan. She realizes that she has been kidnapped by Patrick and everything that happens in the days that follow causes Jules to question her husband’s death, to question her life in general, and to even question her faith in God. Colonel Jim Franklin, Jules’ father, and Chris Downey, her husband’s best friend and fellow policeman, are the only two individuals that take her disappearance seriously. Chris even goes against authority in his search for Jules and as a result he uncovers things that endanger his own life as well as the life of Jules.

The author did a very good job of keeping the reader hanging on every word and wondering what was going to happen next. The characters were extremely well developed to the point that I could feel Jules’ pain and almost feel sympathy for her alcoholic father. During the entire time that Jules was in the cabin with Patrick, I felt as if I were right there in the room with them for the author did an excellent job of portraying the emotions of both characters. There were many twists and turns in the plot line and just when I thought I had everything figured out the author would surprise me. As all the action was taking place in the last half of the book, I could feel the tension in the air and the danger lurking behind every corner. The author’s description of all the scenes were very realistically done and while reading I could picture everything in my mind and see and feel exactly what was happening. I wish that the author had written exactly how Jules was kidnapped rather than just writing that she was at the grocery store talking with Patrick Reagan and that was the last thing she remembered. But I am sure the author had a reason for not elaborating on the kidnapping. I really like the way that the author kept God foremost in Jules’ life and how she was able to influence others.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who like a very suspenseful Christian novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next.

For anyone interested in information about the author visit this Tyndale site or check out the author’s webpage.

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. ( )
  deanna13 | Jul 22, 2013 |
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"Filled with grief, Juliet Belleno rarely leaves the house since her husband's death while on duty as a police officer. Other than the reviews Jules writes on her blog, she has little contact with the outside world. But one day when she ventures out to the local grocery store, Jules bumps into a fellow customer . . . then recognizes him as her favorite author, Patrick Reagan. And that's the last thing she remembers--until she wakes up in a strange room with a splitting headache. Jules realizes she's been kidnapped . . . but what she discovers about her abductor will change everything she believed about her husband's death, her career, and her faith." -- p. [4] of cover… (more)

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