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The Book of James

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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  536 ratings  ·  73 reviews
A terrible car crash sets things in motion for 31 year old Mackenzie when her critically injured husband, Nick, whispers warnings that someone from his past may attempt to harm or kill her after his passing. He urges her to travel to Philadelphia to his childhood home. Find James, he insists. It's the only way out.

His last words are pushed to the side in the aftermath of h
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Published (first published March 10th 2012)
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Jemma
I am definitely still reeling from this book. ‘The Book of James’ is one of those rare novels that ensnares you from the first word, and keeps you there until the last; I actually finished it all in one sitting. You know a book is good when you have barely moved in a few hours, and it is past midnight when you next check the clock!

The plot speaks volumes for itself and the author delivers all of the mystery and intrigue that is promised from the description – truly this book will not let you do
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Erin
ARC for review.

First, this book was about seven times longer than it needed to be.

Second, when I find out my dead husband has lied to me about his entire history, remind me to simply take my fifteen million dollars off and console myself with that money, while leaving the rest as a bad business that really doesn't concern me, but does concern a lot of bat-shit crazy people. Also remind me that I ALREADY HAVE THE MONEY so there is absolutely no reason for me to go into Nancy Drew mode while sta
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Jan
4.5 stars
How well does anyone know the man they are married too?

Mackenzie's life turns upside down when she loses her husband from complications of a horrible car accident. On his death bed, he whispers to her to go to Philadelphia and find James...but in the whirlwind of his passing and her grief she writes these words off as delusion, his brain playing tricks on him from his injuries.
All this changes when she gets notification about a will that she didn't know existed. Being overseen by an att
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Ellen J.
May 25, 2015 Ellen J. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
This is a story that developed in sections. I did not expect this to come together the way it did. My goal was to write not just a whodunnit or a what-happened, but for the reader to truly understand why the characters made the choices they did. (and some of those choices were horrific.) I hope I was successful in this. I was as happy as I could be when it was finished but could have spent a lifetime making changes here and there. I'm giving it 5 stars because it was a labor of love and that lov ...more
Jason Schneeberger
I received this revised edition from Amazon Publishing and NetGalley for an honest review. The official release date is June 30th 2015.

Murder. Madness. Betrayal. Greed. Deception. All of these things play a huge part in the mystery that unfolds in THE BOOK OF JAMES.

I loved the way the story unfolded, in that you get bits and pieces of the mystery revealed to you with each chapter, pretty much right from the beginning. As the lead in the story, Mackenzie, realizes that she never really knew her
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Sandra Tober spahr
Listening to the audiobook version... Ugh. This may be a great story, but one would never know as the horrible narration is just killing it. It sounds like it's being read by en elderly drunk lady, sorry. Regrets that maybe this woman has suffered a stroke or has some type of disability, but this person should not be narrating this book. I have listened to books by various narrators with even the strongest accents, & this is far more difficult to listen to. Shame on me for not listening to t ...more
Rosee
As Nick lays dying in his wife’s arms, he tells her that once people know he’s dead, they will be coming after her. Confused and grief-stricken, Mackenzie travels to Philadelphia for the reading of her husband’s will and gets a shock. Nick’s mother, whom he told her was dead, is very much alive. Cora is rattling around, alone in the family’s two hundred year old mansion. Cora begs her daughter in law to stay for a visit, and hoping to uncover the truth about the man she was married to, Mackenzie ...more
Kim
A thriller that starts when Mackenzie’s husband is in a bad car crash. He tells her she must go to Philidelphia and find James and that she may be in danger from someone from his past. She discovers that his mum is still alive and that she really didn’t know her husband at all. His mum seems desperate to keep the secrets from his childhood well hidden- but Mackenzie wants to solve everything.
She finds photos that suggest a dark history and finds hidden messages in his bible in the Book of James.
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Gabby
The Book Of James by Ellen Green is a tightly crafted story about how much we really know about the people closest to us, in particular, the spouse in a relationship. Mackenzie is married to Nick, and while she feels he keeps his distance from her emotionally as well as with details from his past, she really has no idea how much about Nick she doesn't know. Until she and Nick are involved in a traffic accident which Nick barely survives. Mackenzie was driving the car, and while the accident was ...more
Harold Kasselman
This is an extraordinarily well written mystery thriller about a family's secret. It's hard to believe that this is the author's first novel. The abundant descriptions of the characters and the locale make the reader feel like they are on location. The intricate plot revolves around the courageous efforts of the protagonist Mackenzie to untangle the riddle of her dying husband's last wish.
That quest brings her to Chestnut Hill and the prestigious old moneyed Monroe mansion, the home of Mac's fo
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Dianne
Recently, I've been reading young adult novels nonstop. For months, I read nothing but YA and now, I feel saturated. I signed up for this book blog tour because the synopsis got me interested. I thought to myself that maybe I should take a break from YA and get back to my usual reads. If I'm not reading YA, I read mysteries and thrillers. I wasn't really sure what the tone of the book will be but the synopsis really got to me and so I started reading it. And boy, I would never regret doing so.

I
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Marissa
Wow, this was a thriller, let me first say that. The story/plot blew me away; it was creatively well written and well thought out. There were twists and turns, and the story seemed unpredictable at times, which I liked, as it created even more suspense, and I definitely was flipping the pages, as I wanted to immediately know more. The characters were well developed and seemed realistic. Some have gone through horrific upbringings, and you will read which characters(s) those were. Mackenzie to me ...more
Debbie Sweeney
The premise was very intriguing and knowing the setting,well, I just had to check out the book. The story took quite a bit longer to develop than I would have liked, in that, as soon as the suspense was building, the chapter drops off into a totally different scene, which I would liken to a commercial. There is a hefty amount of dialogue which makes this book ready for a screenplay plus repetitions in the story made me skip through some of the explanations. On the up side, the twists and turns w ...more
Janet Martinez
I bought this book because of the title, but it wasn't what I thought it would be. It's an excellent mystery with engaging characters and a terrific plot. The basis of a plot is a secret the main character has to find out about to fulfill her dead husband's final wish. I thought I had it figured out a couple of times, but when I got to the end, I was totally wrong. I highly recommend this book and I'll be looking for more from this author.
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The Book of James – Ellen J Green 4 stars
Secrets taken to a death bed.
Mackenzie Weichmann is driving her husband to Boston to watch a baseball game when their car is struck by a truck. Mackenzie’s escapes reasonably uninjured, but Nick is critically injured. He’s rushed to hospital and just before he dies has a few lucid moments and mutters “They’ll come after you. Hurt or even kill you. The only way to end this is to get to them first. Stay there. Find James.”
She’s still puzzling over these la
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Jacqui
How well do you know your husband? Mackenzie Weichmann has no need to ask herself this question until her husband Nick dies in a car accident and it becomes apparent that she really didn’t know him at all.....

In his ramblings as he is dying, Nick asks Mackenzie to ‘find James’, describes a house she must find and warns her that ‘as soon as they know I’m dead, they’ll come after you’. Shortly after he dies, Mackenzie becomes aware that Nick had a family she knew nothing about and had millions of
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Kim Greenhalgh
I've been hooked on murder mysteries lately and The Book of James carried on the trend for me in fine fashion. What seemed such an innocuous story - a wife looks into the early life of her recently deceased husband to answer a number of questions about his past - turned out to be a real treat full of mystery, deceit, greed, anger, hatred and even murder.

I liked Mackenzie a lot as our heroine and found her sleuthing pretty good for someone looking to investigate an alter life led by her husband.
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kozettekaysmith
Loved Loved Loved it A Must Read !!!

I have read a lot of books and have my favorite Author's, looks like I just found another favorite. E.J. Green Wow I never saw this coming. The story of McKenzie is what I call this because it's mostly about her. The other character's are so real and Miss Green pulls you into each character as if you are in the room with them. This had me from the first page I honestly couldn't stop reading for long. I don't like to give away what the stories are about but I w
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Helen
Good read, great house with inner tunnels and mysterys , menacing characters and tragic outcomes , did guess the story a bit ,but that's just due to having read a lot and not that it was badly written or nessarily obvious though I did see the signs , found the romance tad twee but I never one for mixing romance and mystery thrillers just personal opinion that an prob tad harsh just not my thing ,
Intrigue and actually a lot of it made me feel sad throughout as the backstoryare of children that h
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Kathy
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

WOW!!!! This book is an amazing read! I absolutely loved everything about it. Generations of family secrets, betrayals, love gone wrong (or love sought in the wrong places), madness, pride, greed; what more could a mystery lover want? Fully drawn, relatable characters? Check! A story told in alternating voices that discloses just a little bit at a time? Check! A story that sucks you in immediately and keeps you turni
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Pat
This was a good, solid but not great book. I enjoyed reading it and it was written quite well. I guess, and I knew this going in, with this premise the story was always going to be a bit predictable. And it was, down to where you are willing our chief prototagonist, Mackenzie, to just give the whole thing up and go back home (you know, get out of the haunted house dummy). Also, she was finding out all this stuff about her husband that she didn't know. I'm not sure I could marry someone with all ...more
Beth Cutwright
If you like mystery-thriller, this is a must read for you. I have to admit, mystery- thriller is right up my alley and I absolutely ate this one up! Once I started I could not put it down. And yes, I lost sleep reading it! Enough gushing….onto the meat and bones!

Mackenzie Weichmann had lost her husband due to an auto accident. His final words to her were to find James. It was the only way to save herself. Thus begins the mystery.
In the five years she had known her husband, Nick, there had been n
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Jenn ~ Nemirdis
Book of James is one of the most well written books that I’ve read this year as far as grammar, sentence structure, point of view, character development, word flow, language, and story line. It’s brilliant. The writing is clean and easy to read and Ellen Green draws you into her web and keeps you there, reading until the very last sentence. I would have finished this book in one sitting, had I not had plans for the night that I started it. This was one of those stories where I had to know what h ...more
Tanya Brough
This book propels you forward from the start and leaves you with the overall question - how well do we really know someone? Mackenzie's husband dies in her arms with the message that " they will be coming for her". From then her life is never the same again as she discovers more about her husband than she ever thought possible. The book grips you with the underlying question - will she end up like her husband. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and cant wait for the author's next one!
Irene
Book provided by Netgalley and publisher for review. Mackenzie's husband Nick warns her just before he dies not to trust anyone. She discovers that not only is his mother still alive, but that she never really knew him at all. I didn't expect to like this but found that actually I did! It follows the usual format for this type of book but that didn't matter at all with its easy reading and flowing style of writing. I enjoyed it and think it would be a good holiday read.
Valerie
A terrible car crash sets things in motion for 31 year old Mackenzie when her critically injured husband, Nick, whispers warnings that someone from his past may attempt to harm or kill her after his passing. He tells her to find James back in his home town where he grew up. Mackenzie travels to his home town and meets his mother, she offers Mackenzie to stay. During her stay she realizes that Nick's mother has secrets that she doesnt want and hopes no one will find out. She also realizes that h ...more
D.L. Kaiser
Not A Feel Good Story, But Addicting Suspense

The suspense was the best feature in this story. The main character was great in that she is determined and strong.

I would have to say that this is not a feel good story, and the characters are almost all sick in the head. If you want a sad story that is also suspenseful, this is it.
Julie Marsh
Couldn't put it down

This book had me hooked from page one. This is not my usually genera but I was looking for something different. I thought I had it all figured out halfway through....boy was I wrong. This book takes some crazy twists. I just wish we could of seen Coras reaction to the real "truth"
Sharon Chaisson
I love this book

I started this book one quiet morning and couldn't stop reading. I was drawn in to the characters and the suspense that did not end until the last page. I recommend this book to all who enjoy the experience of visualizing mentally the picture that is painted by a gifted author.
Gina
A wonderful surprise

I went into this book sceptical not sure what I would find. What I found was a book I could not put down . From the first chapter your hooked and you think you know what will happen but your wrong. A book to be placed on your reading list for sure.
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“I should have felt overwhelmed by emotion. I should have felt something. But despite my tears, I was numb. As if that black hole that would envelop my husband’s body forever was really inside me. I was the black hole. Hollow, echoing, empty.” 0 likes
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