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The Book of James

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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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Jan
Feb 16, 2016 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
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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Maxine  (Booklover Catlady)
Yawn...

Right, review done.


This book really took a lot out of me as I persisted with it thinking it had to rev up at some point.

It has a steady pace but a very slow start after Nicks death unveils secrets of his past. I was being so hopeful.

The plot should have been brilliant but it fell flat, I skimmed bits in the middle and the reveals at the end were terribly predictable.

As for the main characters. Cora is well written as a mean spirited spiteful woman. I found Mackenzie to be insipid and weak
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Jemma
May 14, 2015 Jemma rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 03, 2015 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review
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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Ellen J.
May 25, 2015 Ellen J. rated it it was amazing  ·  (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
Carol Ann Tomko
Aug 05, 2015 Carol Ann Tomko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riveting

Could not put the book down! I could feel the environment! The characters so palpably real! I'm still reeling from the outcome!
Ellen
Aug 31, 2015 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just before he dies from his injuries from a car accident, Nick whispers to his wife McKenzie: "As soon as they know I'm dead, they'll come after you. Don't trust any of them. Find the house. The only way to end this is to get to them first. Find James."

The Book of James has everything a great gothic novel should have---an innocent young widow whose life has been upended and needs to get answers about her beloved husband, who apparently had been keeping lots of secrets. The answers to her questi
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Jason Schneeberger
May 29, 2015 Jason Schneeberger rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 04, 2013 Sandra Tober spahr rated it liked it
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
Kim
Jun 30, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, net-galley, 2015, n
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
Dec 28, 2013 Gabby rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 14, 2013 Harold Kasselman rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 09, 2012 Dianne rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 08, 2012 Marissa rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 22, 2014 Debbie Sweeney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 13, 2015 Janet Martinez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Denise
Jun 14, 2015 Denise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.0 out of 5 stars -- Melodramatic attempt at suspense is overwrought and mostly irritating. I picked this because I thought the synopsis sounded interesting and I like a good mystery. This story was so implausible on many levels, but the worst part was that I hated the character of Mackenzie. I just wanted to shake her as she floundered from one peril to the next while investigating what had happened all those years ago when her recently deceased husband lived in the house. Many readers will fi ...more
Justin Robinson
There was absolutely nothing wrong with this book. It was more a situation where I was expecting one thing and got another. In this case, what sounded like Raymond Chandler ended up being VC Andrews. This isn't the fault of the book, or the writer, but it's nice to know what you're getting beforehand. No one wants to take a nice big spoonful of vanilla pudding only to find that it's mayo.

The plot construction was quite good, the steady revelation of secrets well done. The writing itself was work
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Evi
Aug 04, 2015 Evi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in one day. Absolutely could not put it down. After a devastating car accident, Nick whispers his last words to his wife ... "As soon as they know I'm dead, they'll come after you."

What's not to like: a creepy old stone mansion, a mother-in-law you were told was dead, and a massive inheritance.

Harriette Orr
May 04, 2016 Harriette Orr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
The book starts off with an accident and a last request from a husband for his wife to find James. As the wife starts her exploration into her husbands past she finds that their life as she knew it was based on lies. He had kept his true early life from her.
It is a slow plot with weird characters . It was a good read with lots of description.
The ending only becomes predictable as the plot is slowly revealed.
Solitairerose
The Book Of James was not the kind of novel I normally read, but since it was so well reviewed and a Kindle Prime choice, I decided to give it a try. The book is a flawed, but passable suspense novel that takes a long time to get started, and seemed too much of a formula driven book to fully engage me. I don’t mind formula if the characters or prose is compelling enough, but there is very little here that elevates it above the average.
The book is a “puzzle plot”. A woman’s husband dies in a car
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Judi
Nov 30, 2015 Judi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First read for this author and loved the way she writes. Will definitely be adding to my "to read list"

McKenzie and her husband (Nick) were traveling to a night out at a ballgame, but plans are never as they seem. A car crashes into them, ending the life of her husband. Before Nick dies, he tells McKenzie to find "James" and never trust anyone.

After leaving the hospital and burying her husband, McKenzie delves into what Nick told her. When a lawyer from Nick's hometown contacts McKenzie, she fi
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Bookreaderljh
It has been quite a while since I have read a suspense mystery novel and this story kept me enthralled. And I really didn't see the ending coming but it so made sense when it was revealed. The story revolves around a woman who has recently lost her husband in an auto accident. Before he died though he told her to go back to his childhood home and find James. Of course it wasn't that clear to her as first - for one thing she thought both of his parents were dead - but when she finds out that not ...more
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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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Nikki Spears
So very disappointing. One of the dumbest books I've ever read. All over the place, so many holes, characters that made no sense. Oh my gosh!!! Find James??? Why? He already knew where James was …stupid. I kept reading thinking that it could turn into something interesting. Nope.
Ally
Feb 02, 2016 Ally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read some of the reviews for this book after I had started reading it. I had gotten about 2 chapters in and wasn't pleased with what I had read so far, it was just so slow. So i decided to see what others thought before going any farther. A lot of the reviews I read were not very good. I ALMOST put this book down but I have a weird issue with not finishing a book I've started even if I absolutely hate it. So I kept going. As it progressed, I got more and more sucked in and I almost felt reliev ...more
Su
Oct 22, 2015 Su rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I haven't been motivated to read lately and all I wanted was a book that would captivate me, or something that would trigger my desire to read again. When I saw this book's description, I thought, "This is it. This is going to be the one."

But it wasn't.

It was just a very long book with boring details and not-so-memorable characters. The main character was even more on the annoying side from my point of view. I usually love mystery books so much. Even when I can't stand the characters, I still
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Charlotte Faulk
Jan 25, 2016 Charlotte Faulk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was agony to get through. Boring. Predictable. Seemed penned by a high-schooler. I can't believe the average rating is so high. It's not exactly my favorite genre, but I did read 52 Nancy Drew books as a kid, and those were riviting compared to this book. I would've stopped halfway, but I'm one of those that has to complete what I start. I also wanted to be fair with my rating.
Diana
Oct 27, 2015 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really, 2.5. This book had a lot of promise, and didn't really deliver. The irony is that the worst character in the book is actually the best crafted. Cora reminds me a bit of Norman Bates--seemingly normal one second, then psycho the next, and scarily able to shift back and forth with ease. Ginny was the only other character I felt was well crafted. The others--meh. If Mackenzie were a real human, she would have been so livid with her lying, dead husband, and so mortified by her monster-in-law ...more
Kim Greenhalgh
Jun 14, 2015 Kim Greenhalgh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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