This is a great mystery/suspense! Ive had it in my TBR pile for months now, and once I started reading it, I finished it in one setting. I loved the characters, including Juless deceased husband, Jason, a police officer killed in the line of duty. Though he is never alive in the story, Gutteridge does an ample job at developing his character through the memories and recollections of others.
This story is set in a small coastal town in Maine. It is a contemporary mystery/suspense novel, which is not my favorite genre, yet this is one of my favorite reads this year. I read over a hundred books per year, so counting it as a favorite is not something done lightly. I truly enjoyed the story and am fast becoming a Rene Gutteridge fan.
Rene Gutteridge in her new book, Misery Loves Company published by Tyndale House Publishers introduces us to Jules Belleno.
From the Back Cover: Dont tell me its terrifying. Terrify me.
Filled with grief, Jules Belleno rarely leaves the house since her husbands 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 . . . and recognizes him as her favorite author, Patrick Reagan. Jules gushes and thoroughly embarrasses herself before Regan graciously talks with her.
And thats the last thing she remembersuntil she wakes up in a strange room with a splitting headache. Shes been kidnapped. And what she discovers will change everything she believed about her husbands death . . . her career . . . and her faith.
If someone were to kick you exceptionally hard in your shin then you might have a bone bruise. The bone doesnt break or fracture but it does bruise. Now here is the interesting part, the outside skin will heal within two weeks, bone bruises take much much longer. My point is that the outside is healed but not the inside. That is the way with trauma. After a while we heal visually to others but on the inside we are walking wounded. Thats the way it is with both Jules and Patrick. Jules suffered trauma from the death of her husband and Patrick has his own traumas. Jules shrinks from the outside world while Patrick resorts to kidnapping. Jules really didnt care much about life after the death of her husband but when her own life is at stake then she pushes aside her pain and feels the need to survive and live. Misery Loves Company is how you define exciting! Misery Loves Company is a thriller with all kinds of excitement and danger. Rene Gutteridge knows how to weave a captivating story with wonderful characters that breathe. I enjoyed reading this book.
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I had a hard time getting into the story at first. The author switches back and forth between characters each chapter. One character being Jules Belleno, a police officer's widow and blog writer and the other is Chris her husband's old partner determined to find her after she mysteriously disappears. After I figured out the characters and her kidnapper the book made more sense and I was able to get into it and wanted to know what happened to Jules.
Although some of the things that happened were a little unbelievable, I found Misery Loves Company to be a fascinating book. Rene Gutteridge has a nice style of writing, and can hold the reader's attention. She did a good job of showing that our first impressions of people are not always correct.
The plot of this book was so implausible. A famous author kidnapping a widow who he had been blog stalking for the last 2 years? Really? Now, by the end of the book, I can understand what was going on and why he did that, but still, there seemed to be much better ways of going about this--ways that would have drawn less attention to himself and to Jules, the main character. But it's fiction and you can do anything you want with fiction so why am I fussing? I would like to read another of Rene's books and see what that is like. She definitely knows how to create great suspense.