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She's Not There (TJ Peacock & Lisa Rayburn Mysteries #01)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  1,400 Ratings  ·  157 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
Paperback, 364 pages
Published February 2012 by Createspace (first published June 2011)
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The Holy Terror
May 07, 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 ...
Mar 27, 2012 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 16, 2013 Stefanie rated it did not like it
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Donna Glaser
Jul 28, 2011 Donna Glaser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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
Darlene Payne
Aug 17, 2014 Darlene Payne rated it did not like it
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
Michele Drier
Jul 20, 2011 Michele Drier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 21, 2012 Marie Fostino rated it really liked it
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
Dec 21, 2012 Sue1958 rated it liked it
Shelves: purchased-books
I just struggled with this book no matter how I tried to enjoy it.
The actual story was a good one where missing abused women were being taken and used and killed, the concept was laudable, however, the book ran so slow it took me 5 days to even read half way through and not be eager to pick it up to read more.

so for me, my conclusion is, great idea for a storyline, needed more punch with pitch, power and pace seeing its a thriller.
Aug 20, 2015 Megan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've lost track of all the questionable ways I've acquired kindle books, so who knows where I got this one. I'm beginning to wonder how lucrative it might be to pursue a second career as book editor, given how easy it seems to be to let any old mess cross your desk and proceed into publication without a thought to plausibility or fact-checking. I'm off to finish the Goldfinch but I might at least look for a review with spoilers to see how this one ends.
Apr 03, 2012 Paula rated it liked it
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.

Jul 26, 2016 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book was good and will read the sequel, Trespass, but I guess I thought the characters strayed their investigation to worry about romance. A serial killer on the lose and a group of people unite to find him when women go missing.
Sep 17, 2016 Dharma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Some interesting characters. A bit obvious and trite in places but where it wasn't it was engaging.
Jan 06, 2017 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth the read

I enjoy series, but also prefer series books that can be read out of order without being total loss for the reader if they have not read the previous books. That being said, this book left me wanting to read the next, to answer questions that I still haf
Patricia Hankins
So many are not there

Taking a special interest in abused women almost gets them killed,. And the catalyst for this clandestine investigation is still missing,
One By One

I gave this book a three because I really don't like to go below that.I guess I usually think about the time, energy, and hoplefulness (is that a word?) That the author puts into the book, however I couldn't wait to get through this book. Too many subplots, characters didn't have any depth. I'm sorry but I disliked this book terribly. It will go on on one of my top ten books this year that was a waste of my time reading!
Kathryn Flatt
Jul 03, 2013 Kathryn Flatt rated it liked it
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
C.V. Hunt
Sep 26, 2011 C.V. Hunt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Thom Swennes
Jan 14, 2016 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alas, domestic abuse is securely woven into the fabric of society. Abused women are particularly vulnerable especially when children are involved. Their abuse causes many feelings to the surface such as guilt, shame, low self-esteem, bordering on inferiority complex and unattractiveness. They naturally explore logical explanations for their situation.
When a graduate student discovered a remarkable number of missing domestic abuse victims and showed her results to Lisa Rayburn, a psychologist sp
Mar 26, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it
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
Mar 06, 2015 Bob rated it liked it
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
Sandy Wolters
Feb 10, 2012 Sandy Wolters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy Silk
Jan 25, 2013 Nancy Silk rated it it was amazing
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
Rabid Readers Reviews
May 08, 2013 Rabid Readers Reviews rated it it was ok
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
Rachael Phillips
Feb 04, 2013 Rachael Phillips rated it really liked it
'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
Apr 24, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the TJ Peacock and Lisa Rayburn Mysteries series. This book introduces TJ, Lisa and several other characters. Lisa learns that there are abused women in the area disappearing at an alarming rate and TJ joins on to help find out why. They try to find the truth and convince the police that there is something more sinister going on.

A few times, I felt that there were a lot of characters and it got a little confusing. I persevered and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the twist(s)
Maureen Mccabe
I am listening to it on Audible more than reading it. Not really my kind of story in so many ways, I got it on Kindle free or dirt cheap. Decided to listen to it on Audible when I realized it is set in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Pewaukee, Oconomowoc etc. the area where I grew up. Love to hear the woman who is reading it pronounce a couple of the names. The reader doesn't always pronounce "Oconomowoc" the same. I think it is bizarre that the writer is so focused on southeastern Wisconsin geography. I r ...more
Douglas Wickard
Aug 16, 2012 Douglas Wickard rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 05, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it
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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Marla Madison currently works part-time doing arbitration for the the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Hard at work now as an author, she is writing her sixth novel of suspense. Her first series, the TJ Peacock & Lisa Rayburn suspense series, has three editions out, the third, Girl Undone, has just been released. Marla is currently working on the third novel in her second suspense s
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TJ Peacock & Lisa Rayburn Mysteries (3 books)
  • Trespass (Peacock & Rayburn, #2)
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“research and is going to look up the women’s spouses and boyfriends to see if any of them are currently in jail.” “I suppose if any of them are, they’ll need to be interviewed, too.” He sipped his coffee. “I should probably be the one to do it. I think they’d open up to me because of my background.” He’d started making decisions already. “That may be true, but we’ll need to discuss it with the others when we meet tomorrow.” “You’re right. I already irritated TJ when I insisted the two of you not do interviews without Jeff or me. She thinks of this as her project, you know. I do like to humor her. Although I can’t deny it’ll be hard for me to sit back and act like a worker-bee.” Lisa had to respect his openness. “You’re right about TJ, but I’m sympathetic to her resistance regarding our agreement of never going out alone. I made these appointments Thursday night. One of the women” 0 likes
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