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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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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.

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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
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
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
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
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.
Edith Green
This is one of those books that seemed long at first, but then I didn't want it to end. The ending was satisfying, couldn't have been better. I personally loved the main character. She was strong, determined but also very vulnerable. I'd recommend this book to anyone that loves suspense.
Erica Sendros
So predictable

I almost stopped reading at several points throughout this book. It was very predictable and Mackenzie wasn't a very captivating protagonist. The book redeemed itself a bit at the end though.
anna Valenzuela Goldthwaite
Greedy,lies and murder

The book had so many things to say what some families are capably of when it comes to hiding the the past. I will recommend that 16+ could read this book
Rachel
The tone and suspense carry this book through to the end. The alternating points of view made the book more interesting. I loved it. I'd highly recommend to anyone that loves suspense.
Ellen J.
Jan 23, 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
Hollyh
Very good suspenseful mystery! Didn't want to put it down.
Nina Norstrom
Looking for a Chilling Thriller and Mystery all in one, this book is it! Awesome, it is a must read. The author does a great job in presenting the story line. I read it all in one setting so intriguing I couldn’t put it down. Well done Author - Ellen Green. Great presentation of the story – what will you come back w/next????? Guess, we have to wait and see!
Deborahazzi
I would definately recommend this book to anyone. There were twists and turns that you won't see coming, and it keeps you wanting to read more.
Joyce Gosciniak southers
This book was thrilling, scary at times, but kept me intrigued throughout! I highly recommend.
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