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Mad River Road

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,367 Ratings  ·  169 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author
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
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 liked it
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!
Jun 12, 2012 Tanja rated it did not like it
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.
May 09, 2011 Ronja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
'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
Sep 08, 2008 Jessica rated it did not like it
Felt contrived, and not even in an acceptable way.
What parent would put their five year old to bed watching "Friends?"
Jan 10, 2009 Ellen rated it it was amazing
A great mystery with sexual overtones...

Held my interest from P. 1....
Jun 09, 2010 Kelly rated it it was amazing
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
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
Lisa Lilly
Aug 29, 2015 Lisa Lilly rated it really liked it
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
Nov 09, 2009 Marca rated it liked it
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
Abby Warren
Sep 30, 2013 Abby Warren rated it liked it
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
Anne Marie
Aug 25, 2014 Anne Marie rated it it was amazing
I think I found the right words to describe this book: spell binding. I loved it. It even got to the point of being scared to turn the page to see what happens! The characters were so real and even though the character Jamie was much younger than me, and "Emma" and "Lily" were trying to hide from their estranged husbands and assuming new identities, it was so easy to relate to them. There was never a break in the action and it never got boring. I love this author!
Dec 19, 2011 Arthur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 11, 2010 Linette Blaszak rated it liked it
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!
Jan 18, 2009 P rated it did not like it
This is a murder mystery. I stopped reading it because the characters did not seem believable. The two women characters seemed quite stupid.
Jun 11, 2009 Alannah rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
I read this a month ago and now i've decided to write a review....only I can't remember what it was about.
Jul 28, 2015 LovestoRead rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
This is the second book I have read by Joy Fielding. The first was Lost and that has to have been the worst book I have read in a very long time. Decided to give Mad River Road a try, thought maybe the first one was a dud. This wasn't really any better. The author really does give us awful characters. I don't necessarily have to like all the characters in the book, but I should like at least some of them or at least one. Stop writing about weak, stupid women. At this point I think it is time to ...more
Rita Chaney
Feb 07, 2014 Rita Chaney rated it it was amazing
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
Jamie Kellog made a big mistake, one that could prove to be fatal. After learning that her boyfriend is, in fact, a married man and after years of not being the favored daughter of a judgmental mother, Jamie throws caution to the wind and picks up a handsome stranger in a Florida bar. Brad is thoughtful, passionate and almost too good to be true. He convinces Jamie that what she needs is some time for herself away from her stressful life and she impulsively agrees to a road trip with Brad to vis ...more
Jun 23, 2009 Sandie rated it liked it
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
Apr 10, 2009 Louise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Diane Wachter
Mad River Road, Joy Fielding. HB-B, @ 2006, 2/06. Jaime Kellogg, a 29-year old woman in a dead-end job, an ex-husband in Atlanta, a married lover in the hospital, and a stranger in her bed, decides to quit her job and accompany the stranger to a place called Mad River Road to visit his young son. Okay. Jaime is stupid to do the things she does. Ralph Fisher (the stranger) is vile and violent. And the women on Mad River Road are very weak. I was disappointed in the characters, but the twist was g ...more
May 25, 2014 Renaye rated it really liked it
Overall, the book was well written, easy to read and engaging. However, the beginning wasn't as great as I would have expected after reading Puppet. The book bounces back and forth between different stories, which is confusing at first until you read a couple chapters into the book. After reading Joy's other book Puppet, this book had a greater amount of suspense and I found myself trying to figure out connections more so than Puppet, which is more up my alley of books.
Aug 21, 2008 Allison rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-in-08
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
Sep 29, 2007 Pam rated it really liked it
#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
Özüm Yaraş
Aug 16, 2015 Özüm Yaraş rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"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 her judgmental mother and her perfectionist sister long enough. Now she's hearing only the sexy whispers of the thrillingly handsome stranger in her bed, the man she met in a Florida bar. His name is Brad Fisher, and he's telling her everything she's been dying to hear: She's gorgeous. She's smart. She's adventurous. Quitting her job and joining Brad on a sp
Feb 04, 2014 Colette rated it really liked it
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!!
Apr 28, 2009 Carol rated it really liked it
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
Jan 19, 2016 Christine rated it liked it
Too many useless details and conversations that did not add to the book. Also, the ending was rushed and disappointing.
I listened to this book on CD.
Nov 12, 2015 D.K. rated it liked it
Took too long to get to the point, felt as if a lot of unnecessary scenes were added just to fill pages. Had a nice plot twist near the end.
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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
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