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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  772 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Women are missing . . .

Is the rising number of abused women who've gone missing a statistical anomaly? Or is a serial killer targeting this vulnerable group of women?
When the Milwaukee Police Department refuses to investigate because no bodies have been discovered, Lisa Rayburn, the clinical psychologist who discovers the anomaly, is drawn into an investigation to discover
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Paperback, 364 pages
Published February 2012 by Createspace (first published June 2011)
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The Holy Terror
Aug 01, 2012 The Holy Terror marked it as will-never-read
Shelves: think-about
I pressed the book to my forehead and all signs point to me not liking it. Oh well, on to the next book ... ...more
Sarah
I was struggling with how many stars I wanted to give this book. The idea of the story was excellent but I felt there was too much going on to make the book great. The author had too many people in the book who's story she was telling. I also hated the fact there were two different crimes that was taking place against the women in the book and neither one really got any closure.

Overall, the book had to much going on for one story. The author just had too much going on for me to connect to any of
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Stefanie
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Donna Glaser
Who is more vulnerable than a group of abused women? Author Marla Madison examines this question in her debut suspense novel, "She's Not There." When clinical psychologist Lisa Rayburn discovers an anomoly in the statistics re: missing women and one of her own clients goes missing, her curiousity leads her to look deeper. Joining her in her search for answers is an eclectic group of peers: two husbands of missing women and a quirky PI named Teal Peacock, as vivid a character as her name suggests ...more
Michele Drier
A good, solid read! Ms. Madison has written about a topic close to my heart--women who've been victims of domestic abuse. Lisa is a psychologist who counsels these victims at a group of shelters. She discovers a statistical anomaly in the reports; several of the women have disappeared. When she take her information to the cops, she's ignored so she and a group of friends take the investigation into their own hands. They stir up enough that it puts the investigation, and them, into danger. Throug ...more
Marie Fostino
This was a wonderful suspense book that I really enjoyed. I love to watch the TV show Criminal Minds and as I read this book She's Not There from Marla Madison, I felt that I was reading instead of watching a show with suspence, and criminals and drama of people trying to solve the mystery of the disappearing women. My interest was taken as I found out why this group of people took it upon their selves to find the killer or killers. Not going to give the story away. The twists on this book I had ...more
Tiramisue
I'm sorry to say that this book left me really disappointed.

Though the rough plot was good in my opinion, the execution of it, wasn't. The pace felt off for one thing, then there's the fact that most of the diaogues started with "he said/she said", which really bothered me after a while. Focus was put on things which seem really irrelevant in the end-though I guess parts of it was to intentionally get the readers off track, which is fine-while other things/aspects that would have been interesti
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Bob
I liked this book in spite of some pretty glaring faults. The story revolves around a small group of friends who notice a problem in the statistics involving missing women in the milwaukee area. There are simply too many to accounted for by the usual reasons. The conclusion they come to is that there may be a serial killer targeting abused women. Their disappearances were then written off as either escapes from the abuse, or in rare instance, murder by the abusive spouse even if it's unproven. I ...more
Kelsey D Lexow
I like the song better...

I like the song better...

I would give it 2.5 stars if I could. It was fine. Not great, not terrible. I was a bit put out by the amount of time given to ancillary characters that are dropped a few pages after their detailed descriptions are given. If the only purpose a character serves is to provide exposition & further the plot, I don't need to know he/she is So-and-so's mother's brother's cousin's veterinarian who enjoys badminton on Thursday afternoons & can da
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Heather
I read this book without looking at the posted reviews here on Goodreads. I am so glad I did because I don't understand the lower ratings. I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down! If I had had enough time to finish it in 2 days I would have. I read half of it in one day because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next.

I do agree with some of the criticism: there are, at times, a lot of characters. In a few sections, I wasn't remembering who certain people were. There was a l
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Paula
I won this book through Goodreads.

I liked the plot of the book but there were a lot of characters to keep up with and I didn't feel they were fully developed. I had to go back and find a name occasionally and see where they fit into the story. Because of so many characters, I didn't feel attached to them.

I think Marla has talent and I would give another book a try.

T. Gilbert
I got this book for free on Bookbub so I feel compelled to write a review. I usually like mysteries that are more interesting than this one. This seemed like an ordinary mystery on an average whodunit TV show. At a little past the midpoint in the book the amateur sleuths realize who the serial killer is but they don't tell any of the three separate police departments they are working with and decide to try to expose the killer themselves. That almost made me stop reading the book because of its ...more
Darlene Payne
Here's the premise of this book. A psychologist realizes that there are abused women going missing, and she teams up with a former cop turned PI. They decide to investigate, and that it may be dangerous, so they better keep it to themselves. Then they proceed to tell the husband of a missing woman, a man who works for the police, a guy wrongly accused of his wife's murder, the mother of a missing woman, and the woman who works for a man who has an office in the same building as the psychologist. ...more
Julia
3.5 stars really

Basically it is about a group of people who come to realize a large number of abused women in the area have gone missing, a lot more than the national average. The police won't listen to them so they start investigating on their own. The wives of two of the men in the group have gone missing and have been accused of hurting them although there is no proof. The women have been in not so great relationships themselves. The group takes many risks and find someone stalking them. Mayb
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Kathryn Flatt
I don't read that many books, mainly because, as an author myself, I'd much rather be writing than reading. But of late, I started looking into the works of other writers that I learn about online--Twitter, etc.--and the title, "She's Not There" caught my attention. It's a favorite song of mine, and the plot summary intrigued me. I started reading it as soon as I downloaded it to my PC, but as so often happens, I got distracted by inspiration and working on my own books. When I tried to pick up ...more
Rachael Phillips
'She's Not There' is a gripping story with a bit of something for everyone. I am a big fan of crime novels and you need to have strong central characters so you care about them succeeding. The two main characters, TJ and Lisa, are very different but equally likeable and together they form a group who try to do what the police are not. Two become four; all sharing the same ultimate goal and linked by unfortunate life events. Marla Madison has created strong characters that I would happily read mo ...more
Rabid Readers Reviews
From a construction standpoint, there’s nothing wrong with this novel. The characters are well- written and the story-line well-plotted. There are certain aspects that ring true. Madison is clearly an author who knows a lot about the psychology of abuse. It would have been nice if, in the heavy atmosphere of the subject matter, some of the characters had put aside their personal issues for the extent of the story-line. Just put them aside (an example of an author who does this well is John Sandf ...more
Sandy Wolters
She's REALLY Not There!

There are so many reasons why I enjoyed SHE'S NOT THERE by MARLA MADISON. It is a suspense filled, believable tale of abused women disappearing. Lisa, a psychologist working with abused women in a women's center comes across a statistical anomaly that tells her abused women are coming up missing in higher and higher numbers. She becomes aware of this fact, just as one of her own patients goes missing without a trace.

Lisa takes this information to the police, but there is n
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Nancy Silk
This is the second crime-solving mystery that I've read by Author Marla Madison. It is fantastic! I followed all the twists and turns and am amazed at her creativity. The story is about missing women, those who had been possibly abused by their husbands. A young college woman reveals to a psychologist statistics she had gathered for her thesis which reflects a substantial increase of missing women in their local Milwaukee area. The psychologist takes these statistics to the local detective unit ...more
C.V. Hunt
Marla Madison’s debut book can be described by its title, She’s Not There: A Novel of Suspense. Suspense is exactly what the author dishes out.

Lisa Rayburn is a psychologist, in the midst of researching and writing a book on abused women, she becomes concerned about the absence of one of her clients. On further investigating the hiatus in her patient’s treatment, she finds that Jamie Denison has gone missing. Lisa becomes alarmed after looking at the statistics of the number of missing women in
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Lisa
Enjoyed the story but needed a better editor

I thought the story was interesting and liked most of the characters but it definitely needed a better editor.

The main gripe with the story was that they would not mention a character for a long time then just casually mention them. There were a few times I couldn't remember the person they were talking about and would have to go look for the last and only other time they had been mentioned.
Maxie
She's Not There by Marla Madison

She's not There is a book of many characters and a storyline that reminds the reader of a couple of TV shows. Unfortunately, there are too many women who are abused and missing with heartbroken hearts.
I found the message throughout the book She's Not There powerful;could this happen to anyone you know? This story reminded me to change patterns that are predictable to and from work.
Bethany Mapes
Quick Read With A Local Setting

I liked this book because it was a quick read and therefore was able to keep my attention, along with the fact that it is set in Wisconsin which is where I'm from. However, the characters in the book came and went and changed names so fast it was hard for me to follow all the time. Overall it was worth the small amount of time it took to read it, but some what lacking in areas.
Kemya Scott
Page turning suspense filled with intrigue

The suspense filled me with anticipation. I love the way it starts, it weaves in flashback scenes and neatly integrates them into the story line. I could see and feel the characters as if they were sitting in front of me. The story is just so believable. But the twists, oh the twists! There are a few jaw dropping moments in here!
Lavada
For a debut novel this author did pretty well. Started a little slow but by the time I was in about quarter of the way I was hooked! The book is about psychologist who has discovered that abused women are disappearing and gets involved with a PI and the husbands of 2 missing women.Follow them as the try and track a killer and convince the police at the same time. I will read another book by her as it kept my interest.
Patricia Rinkevich
I was intrigued with this book until I was about halfway through the book. I got involved with the characters and thought I could predict what was going to happen. That's when things started to fall apart. The plot takes an unexpected twist and veers off into an unbelievable turn of events. The problem in the story was never adequately resolved and the ending was disappointingly abrupt.
Linda Stock
Highly recommend!

I read book 2 in this series yesterday..... it was a free offering and I didn't realize it was the second book in a series when I ordered it. It was so good I bought book 1 which is this book. I could not put it down until it was finished .. it was that good!! Not sure if there are more in this series but if there are, I will find them!!
Theresa Burkel
Good read

I enjoyed this book immensely. The characters were believable and the story developed at a good pace. I found myself not wanting to put this book down. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery. The only thing I wasn't sure of was the ending.I think it also makes you think that it truly was not the end of the story.
Douglas Wickard
I downloaded Marla Madison's book on my Kindle, and because of the mass amount of books now on rotation, it took some time to get to it...shame on me! Marla had me completely captivated by her storyline, characters, setting and tension. I guess that's why she is the guru of independent suspense novels. The twists and turns in this novel kept me guessing and as I read some of the other reviewers, I had to agree that Marla does introduce many characters into the storyline, which...can slow down th ...more
Lisa Godina
So what am I doing up at 2:40 am well I blame Maria Madison. Whos is Maria Madison you ask well she's the author of the book that I couldn't put down until I finished it. The book is titled She's Not There. After finishing Lords of Rainbow I thought I would start another book, read a couple chapters, and go to bed. But no chance once I got started. The book is about a serial killer in Milwaukee, Wi which is practically in my backyard so to speak. The book follows a group of people trying to get ...more
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Marla Madison currently works doing arbitration for the State of Iowa and the Federal Mediation Service.

Hard at work now as an author, she is writing her third novel of suspense. Her first, She’s Not There, has just been joined by her latest release, Relative Malice.

At home in Northwestern Wisconsin, Marla lives on Prairie Lake with her significant other, Terry, a beloved shelter-dog, Skygge, and
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