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Mad River Road

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puts suspense into high gear, taking readers on a seductively twisting thrill ride into the heart of danger and desire -- to a place where nothing is as it seems.

She found the perfect lover. . . . Jamie Kellogg's life is at a crossroads. Stuck in a dead-end job, the divorced twenty-nine-year-old has been ruled by the voices of...more
Paperback, 370 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Pocket Star (first published 2006)
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Lisa Roberts
Jun 04, 2007 Lisa Roberts rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Friends, anyone who likes thrillers
This book is one of those that scares you so bad. You have a hard time sleeping at night or when driving home or are home alone think someone may be watching you and following you.

We've all had crazy boyfriends however, this book shows the ipidimy of a crazy boyfriend/lunatic that I'm so glad I've never had the experience to know!
The women in this story were so mind-numbingly stupid that it was almost insulting. And because of their stupidity, I found myself actively rooting against them.
Felt contrived, and not even in an acceptable way.
What parent would put their five year old to bed watching "Friends?"
A great mystery with sexual overtones...

Held my interest from P. 1....
Oh how I love Joy Fielding!! This book was soooo so good. I'm a relatively new fan of hers and am so excited to have discovered her. I first read Whispers and Lies (which I absolutely LOVED!), then Don't Cry Now, and just finished Mad River Road. Luckily there are many many more to be read; a friend highly recommends See Jane Run, so I look forward to getting my hands on that one asap. :)

I won't give a summary of the plot of Mad River Road beyond what you can find here or on the back of the book...more
Mary Cushnie-Mansour
Joy Fielding takes you across the country to Mad River Road, a journey that no one would want to actually take. I found Jamie to be a bit unbelieveable ... here she was, well educated, yet she fell for a stranger at the drop of a hat, and she succumbed to his moods with such a niave neediness. Ralph, on the other hand, was a great portrayal of what a psychotic individual could be - Prince Charming one minute - the abuser the next - smooth talking liar eliciting sympathy to the weaker, needier pe...more
'Joy Fielding plays with primal fears and most intimate wishes of women'reads the description of my german goodreads version of this book.
What the f***?!
I don't know, perhaps it's just me, but do you wish to be raped? There is this scene in this book where character A is raped by character B (her boyfriend). B tells A:"I read in a magazine, that women secretly wish to be raped". A weeps a bit and thinks;"he may be true, I once thought it could be romantic." That was the point were I thought I w...more
Lisa Lilly
As with all the Joy Fielding books I've read, this one hooked me right away and kept me reading when I meant to be doing other things (like getting to my office on time or getting enough sleep). The story follows Jamie, who meets a new man after discovering her lover is married, and Emma, who has moved many times with her young son, often changing names, though we don't know for certain why. Jamie already has low self-esteem, and she quickly lets the new man -- Brad -- take over her life. He per...more
Just started book. Already have a tstl woman whose whining is annoying. We'll see.
Finished book. Kind of interesting. Really sadistic sociopath - gave me the creeps. Charms the women beyond words, at first. Draws them in and then makes it hard for them to get away. Author did a good job of painting him, even though he made me very uncomfortable. Female characters were good. Lead character Jaime started out weak and whiney (had conversations in her head with her dead mother and living, but judgm...more
Abby Warren
The suspense of this novel was great, and I totally didn't see the ending coming, although I'm not really great with mystery novels so that's not saying much. However, I found a few places within the plot of the story disturbing and hard to read. I also felt like that Brad was too stereotypical...for all the suspense and the twist at the end in hindsight I wish there had been more to him than just the stereotypical characteristics of his type of character. (Can you tell I'm trying not to give an...more
Good pacing, character build up etc. and intrigued with the story I was fast to finish it but was happy with Mad River Road. The story fast unravels to the end, so interested with something with more pages or just a more complicated plot outline when I finished I quickly picked up another bestseller by Joy Fielding.
Linette Blaszak
I love a good mystery novel ... although the graphic way the author described certain events in the book didn't sit well with me .. even after I finished the book I still felt bad for the one character!
This is a murder mystery. I stopped reading it because the characters did not seem believable. The two women characters seemed quite stupid.
I read this a month ago and now i've decided to write a review....only I can't remember what it was about.
Rita Chaney
This masterfully written page-turner is one of the best suspense thrillers I've ever read. Fielding alternated chapters addressing two of the main female characters, Jamie and Emma, which kept me hooked in to the plots quite nicely.Plus, it really added to the suspense level.

Regardless of which character I was reading about at the time, I always had the other one in my mind, wondering how the two were going to intersect in the story. It won't take you long to read this one because the suspense...more
This mystery is really a character study in mental and emotional disorders. We have a particularly nasty and vengeful villain, a chameleon of a man who can go from Prince Charming to Jack the Ripper in the blink of an eye. His enjoyment comes from taunting and playing mind games with his victims before disposing of them. Then we have a trio of women characters, Jamie, Lily and Emma, each leading a somewhat shabby existence due to something or someone in their past. Each of the protagonists are w...more
A suspenseful novel of murder, romance and revenge!

From dust jacket:

"After spending a year in prison, Ralph Fisher has explicit plans for his first night of freedom: tonight, someone will be held accountable. He goes to murderous lengths to obtain the address of his former wife-the woman he blames for his fate and against whom he has sworn vengeance. Determined to bring her to his idea of justice, Ralph's next step is to travel from Florida's sandy beaches to Dayton, Ohio, where his ex-wife is s...more
Finished! I went from not knowing what was going on to knowing everything pretty quickly - this book had a lot more buildup than the others I've read. There definitely was that plot twist in the end that she's known for! I liked it a lot, but I'll give it 4 instead of 5 stars because I thought it could have been a little more in depth, and I feel like some of the story came out of nowhere. Definitely recommended, though! It makes you think twice about who you let into your life and I've definite...more
#8 01/18/06
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Suspense, 2006, 370 pgs
CHARACTERS: Jamie Kellogg/divorced working in Ins agency;
Lily & Emma -- single mothers;
COMMENTS: Very suspenseful. Ralph Fischer is recently
released from prison & is on a misson of revenge to seek
his ex-wife & son who have moved from FL to Mad River Road
in Dayton, Ohio. Jamie, has had one unhappy marriage and just finds out her last relationship was w/ a man who was...more
I picked this book up from a"free" shelf at a used book store and I may have to go searching for more books by this author! Jamie Kellogg is at a dead end in her life when she agrees to go on a thrill ride with the new man in her life and then things take a huge the for the worse!!
I don't usually read murder/mystery type books but picked this one up because my husband had read it and the Joy Fielding is from my home town.
Anyway, there's no doubt it was well-written and was sort of a feminist cautionary tale. Its about all the bad things that can happen to you when you don't really know yourself - a lot of the female characters have false identities, low self-esteem, aimless,etc. and so are easy marks for a very self-assured very focused male predator. It was predictable b...more
I was looking for a book that is easy to read while exercising on the recumbent elliptical, but interesting enough to take my mind off the effort that I am expending. This fits the bill!
This book had a great plot, for which it deserved 4 stars. I especially enjoyed the twist at the end, it surprised me! However, the women in this book all have some major issues. Jaime was a difficult character to watch. I not only dislike her but found it very difficult to believe that a woman could get drawn into such a situation that quickly.

I just didn't buy that someone would be okay with a man in her house when she wasn't there, and give over the keys to her car that quickly...and within...more
Heather Seeley
This one was a little too graphic for me, but it was very suspenseful.
I really enjoyed reading this book with all the twist and turns in it. Kept me busy reading to the end. One of my favorites.
Slow start, but great ending
Mar 12, 2009 Ginny rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: any one who wants to get depressed
This is a terrible book about an abusive, psychopathic man and the women he controls. I forced myself to finish the book just because I am stubborn. All the way through I wanted to scream at Jamie to get a backbone, she had a number of chances before he totally broke her spirit. The other women in the story were also sad excuses. I will not be reading any more Joy Fielding.
This is an intense read about the lives of several women whose stories converge. The women who are the three main characters are either hiding a secret or become privy to a secret that almost gets them all killed. This book is a bit graphic in parts, but there is a great plot twist and actually some redemption in the end.
It's got my attention so far, just a cheezy plot. She runs away with a guy she met at a bar the next day and quit her job. It frustrates me that the main char. is so dumb.

Done! I enjoyed reading this book. I didn't get te twist without my sis telling me but i'm ok with it. I wil give the book a good "ok" read.
The book had potential, but never really pulled me in. There was only one sympathetic character of the bunch. And I kept waiting for something to happen, but had to wait until the last part of the book.

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Joy Fielding (née Tepperman; born March 18, 1945) is a Canadian novelist and actress. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, she graduated from the University of Toronto in 1966, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. As Joy Tepperman, she had a brief acting career, appearing in the film Winter Kept Us Warm (1965) and in an episode of Gunsmoke. She later changed her last n...more
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