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The Anniversary

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  194 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Three women reach the edge of terror as the secret past they all share is unearthed and turned against them. It?s been five years since the execution of Steven Gage, a devious, charming psychopath who took the lives of more than a hundred women. In those five years, three women connected with his case have moved on. His attorney has rid herself of the stigma of defending G ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Little, Brown (first published 2001)
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Ryan G
Feb 06, 2010 Ryan G rated it liked it
Before I go on a semi-rant, I should probably let you know that I don't dislike this book. For what it is, a typical thriller, it's well written and I really do enjoy the characters. There was nothing about it that surprised me, but it kept me entertained enough to finish reading it. Who knows, I may even reread it at some point in time.

After reading this book, and comparing it to the various thrillers I've read over the years, I think I'm finally figuring out the problem I tend to have with the
Nov 02, 2008 bookyeti rated it liked it
Shelves: own, reviewed
Three women. Three notes. One fear…

On the fifth anniversary of the trial and execution of infamous serial killer Steven Gage, three women separately involved in the Gasey case – Callie Thayer, Melanie White, and Diane Massey – each receive an ominous missive that they haven’t been forgotten. But almost as quickly as the women can digest the full meaning of the message, the threats leap from the printed page and into reality. Determined to no longer be a passive victim, Callie Thayer commences th
May 07, 2008 Kim rated it liked it
Years after a serial killer is put to death, women involved in his case receive a "happy anniversary" message. Good opening, and the unfolding story was not bad either. A few twists and red herrings...somewhat predictable but not so much as for the ending still surprised. But the me, they were all steeped in one dysfunction or another, handled them poorly, and I just couldn't muster much empathy for any of them. I'm not sure what the author was trying to prove with all the flaws ...more
Jill Manske
Jul 07, 2014 Jill Manske rated it liked it
This books tries hard to be terrifying, but slightly misses the mark. It's a bit scary, but not on the level of other thrillers. Someone is threatening the three women involved in the murder conviction and execution of a serial killer. We hear the tale from all three women, one of whom is killed early in the book. It's a story about secrets, guilt and being frozen in the past, unable to move forward. There's also an undercurrent of romance novel, but not enough to be off-putting. My biggest grip ...more
Mar 30, 2012 Sandy rated it it was amazing
SUPERB THRILLER!!! Kept me guessing until the killer was revealed...about 5 pages from the end of the book.

Good story about a woman who had been the girlfriend of a serial killer....but she didn't realize he was, right away. She starts putting 2 and 2 together, and becomes the star witness for the prosecution. Killer-boyfriend is convicted, and executed. She moves to a different State, and begins a new life, with a new name. That's where the book begins.

Then, things start to get scarey. Notes, f
Jul 06, 2009 Marciea rated it really liked it
This book is a spine tingling thriller that involves a serial killer and 3 women who were involved with him in one way or another. As you read, you find yourself caught up in the lives of these people and what is going to happen next. I had a hard time putting the book down mostly because I was worried about the characters in the story.
If you enjoy a well written story with a little creepiness you may want to try this book.
Warning: there are some instances of strong language,(4-5) which is surp
Apr 11, 2011 Tamara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
The Anniversary is a thriller heading in so many different directions that the reader just can't put it down. That is what The Anniversary did for me in any case, what a great book!!

Five years ago a serial killer was executed after he murdered one woman and tried to kill 2 others. Now these women are being stalked by someone who seems very closely tied to this serial killer but who is it? The Author makes you think you know who did it but wait until the end, because you really do not know until
Feb 20, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
I couldn't believe it when Amy Gutman threw me for a loop! I am usually so good at predicting who is the who in the whodunit. Boy was I wrong in this case! The author did an amazing job jumping from person to person without confusing the reader and still connecting the three women involved. The writing made me nervous, it made me anxious, and it made me afraid of what was coming next. Amy Gutman did an excellent job drawing me into the story and making me feel for the main character. And trust m ...more
Oct 27, 2013 Linh rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Interesting murder mystery about three women who are targeted on the anniversary of a serial killer's execution date. Gutman's aim is to convince the readers that the killer is either the serial killer (who was executed 11 years ago... or not...) or an escapee from the same correction facilities.

I enjoyed any book where the killer isn't obvious and I'm left running through a list a potential suspects, but without being certain of who it really is until near the end.
I'm writing this 2 weeks after finishing the book. I had to go back and read the description to remember what is was about. That's not saying much about how great it was. I do remember it had a good twist at the end. The author leads the reader to believe exactly who the killer is near the end, then ~ wrong! Good twist in those last pages. I would try another future novel from this author.
Jun 03, 2008 Evelyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Three women involved in the prosecution of a serial killer get a "happy anniversary" note five years after his execution. Fast-paced thrills, keeps you guessing. A real page-turner. Highly recommend.
Dec 07, 2010 Mom rated it really liked it
I liked this book. The lady was really scared enough to send her child away. She really liked Rick and I felt she would be making a mistake by sending him away. Glad he showed how he could be trusted.
Good book for those of you trying to figure out whodunnit.
Aug 14, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
It took a little while for me to get into the book, but about a third of the way in, a few of the fragments came together and it became a pretty quick read. I never suspected who the killer was until it was revealed at the end.
Nov 14, 2012 Lani rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
I thought this story was rather anti-climactic and not enough character development. The ending was a surprise though.
May 02, 2010 Courtru rated it it was ok
Not a bad read but cliche and trifling characters abound. It had a little bit of valid suspense in there.
Jun 24, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it
Good. LB
Cheryl Spalding
Aug 25, 2013 Cheryl Spalding rated it it was amazing
very good thriller. keeps you guessing til the end. will definitely read more by this author.
Vlademir Sazon
Jun 01, 2014 Vlademir Sazon rated it really liked it
horrific and good ending, nicely done
Jan 24, 2008 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nice little throwaway thriller. Nothing too exciting, and I was able to predict the killer.
Dec 14, 2012 Tabitha rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. I did however figure out part of the ending early on in the book. A quick easy read.
Apr 22, 2012 Bridget rated it really liked it
I really liked this. Now I want to read her other book. Kept you interested and lots of twists. I had a hard time putting this book down.
Nov 12, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed the book. It kept me guessing till the end and certain parts were really creepy.
Looking froward to reading more of her books!
Feb 16, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it
The Anniversary kept me guessing until the end. There were plenty of good suspects in this
"girlie" thriller.
Nov 19, 2010 Cherie added it
Good 'who done it'.
Sherri Hunter
Mar 14, 2010 Sherri Hunter rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Good story with lots of nail-biting suspense. The identity of the villain was a surprise that had me guessing all the way to the end. I will be looking for more titles by this author.
Melissa Hunt
Mar 14, 2010 Melissa Hunt rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-adult
A good story, I read the condensed version. not quite a mary higgins clark, but a good story line.
Dec 26, 2013 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
An enjoyable, well-narrated audio diversion, but I've probably read too many of this genre, since I figured out the twist too early. Worked for cleaning, multi-tasking.
May 08, 2011 Shannon rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspence
Remember reading this and Really liking it
Sujuvasti etenevä, mutta muuten melkoisen perusjännäri.
Ajita Vishwas
Apr 12, 2013 Ajita Vishwas rated it it was amazing
Couldn't keep it down!The adrenaline rush! Very well written!
just splendid!
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Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Amy Gutman spent her growing up years in Indianapolis, Indiana. From there, she went to Boston, Massachusetts to attend Harvard. Her degree in journalism was put to use soon after she graduated magna cum laude when she moved to Washington D.C. and took a job with the Wilson Quarterly. After just a year there, she moved her talent to Nashville’s T
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