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3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  3,087 Ratings  ·  151 Reviews

When both your past and future spell fear.

Award-winning author Stuart Woods has crafted a masterful novel no reader will soon forget. For years, Liz Barwick has been battered by her brutal husband, a famous pro football player. This time it takes an emergency room to keep her from death. Now the beautiful and talented photographer retreats to an island paradise o
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Harper (first published 1991)
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Cathy DuPont
Jan 10, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one I like!
I reckon this will definately be my last Stuart Woods book. And I reckon I said that before but it was strongly suggested by a friend who knows that I loved his book Chiefs, which, by the way, was great.

As another reviewer put it, Woods sold out to the company, writing two books a year, none of which are a half way decent read. So I reckon you guys who read a lot will see through this one quickly. It was just bad and barely readable.

Enough said, don't have time to pan this book much. If you read
Rebecca McNutt
Oct 29, 2016 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery, fiction
Palindrome is an impressive, thrilling, gripping story with great characters and a very original plot.
Frank Smith
Jun 06, 2015 Frank Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story, plotline, characters setting and back history, but......
It did seem to pack a hell of a lot of one off events into a very short amount of time. I know all novels have to do it to an extent, but it did stretch belief the amount of 'one off' events that occur throughout the book.
The characters were believable for the most part, but there was a sub-plot involving two brothers that I thought was REALLY predictable. Still enjoyed reading on, but left me thinking less of the main
B.R. Stateham
Apr 14, 2014 B.R. Stateham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was excellent. A captivating read of a double mystery which, in the end, merges together for a very sad, but satisfying, conclusion.

My compliments to Stuart Woods. He was recommended tome by a fellow reader and I'm glad I picked the novel up to read. I think I might turn out to be a fan. Especially so if he can weave a complex plot in the next novel as he did in this one.

Gotta say, it's a wonderful feeling when you discover an author who writes this well.
Nov 01, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since this is the first book I read by Woods, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I definitely didn't expect what 'Palindrome' delivered--it was great. It had all the things I look for in a book, great characters-- whom you're truly interested in, multiple story lines, wonderful plot twists, and the best of all when you--the reader--think you have it all figured out....nope you don't.

If you haven't read this book go and get a copy however you can, because you wont be disappointed! Great read and
Feb 12, 2012 Tanya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing like the book Under the Lake by Stuart Woods. After that book I read a lot of his books but recently stopped since it's the same plot book to book. This book was an older book and I was surprised I never read it. It was a good book but not many twists or turns. You knew right away who the killer was. It was an interesting twist with the twins but I wished he would've of gave more of a back round information on their story. Over all a good book that made me keep reading.
Mar 13, 2012 Lyndsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is incredible. I like Stuart Woods' series books, but they get a certain routine to them after a while. This one, a standalone, is AMAZING. You spend a lot of time wondering if you have it right in your head, only to learn something new that makes you second-guess yourself.

You really get to know the characters as well, which is my favorite part of a story.
Jun 30, 2009 Whitney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick beach read--a little cheesy for me
Author - uses "I reckon" so many time in his books -
even if the character is a Harvard Grad!

UGH - I want to cross out every I reckon in his books..........
Sep 25, 2016 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this year's ago and found it very suspenseful and hard to put down. A great intro to this author for those who enjoy a good escape read!
Oct 01, 2016 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: woods
A Really Good Read

Woods can be a very interesting writer when he is not in his formula books. Stone et al. But I guess he has to have something to pay the bills. This novel is fast moving and hard to put down. Highly recommended.
Glen Spurlock
Review based on audio book.

This is the second time I visited Palindrome. The first was the traditional paper novel, which I enjoyed. But, maybe I enjoyed it because I grew up in the Piedmont Hospital neighborhood, and had camped on Cumberland Island.

The second time was an audio book that I listened to while walking in preparation to a hiking trip. I had several problems with the novel, this time.

First problem, was that maybe this should be called an alternative novel, since the plot deviates so
Jul 05, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have only read a couple of Stuart Woods' stand alone books both of which I enjoyed. I do beieve that they were from earlier in his writing career before Stone became his cash-cow. (Don't get me wrong.. I devour most of the Stone novels, but I am looking for a fast, easy read to kill time in a doctor's office or somewhere)
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book ("White Cargo" took me several days to read and "Imperfect Strangers" took me a night.) Fast read? Plodding story line? I didn't ev
Jun 09, 2013 Will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adventure book lovers
Liz Barwick, Cumberland Island and split personalities. Liz Barwick is brutally attacked by her hyped-up NFL husband Bake Ramsey, and makes it to a hospital for surgical recovery. She enlists the assistance of cuthroat attorney Al Shaefer and her publisher Ray Ferguson to make a clean break from Ramsey and hides out on Cumberland Island to recover and start her new life. She becomes ensnared in the family web of the island's patriarch Angus Drummond, and soothes bad memories with his grandson Ke ...more
Jan 08, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Liz Barwick manages to escape her violent husband, she is finally breathing easy on Cumberland. However, people from her past are dying in rather grisly ways ... even as she tries to reclaim her life with handsome Keir, one of the Drummond twins, whose father owns Cumberland.

The book is more than 20 years old, so some of the issues may feel a little dated. The suspense, however, is right on as we watch Baker Ramsay, Liz' ex, do everything he can to get revenge on her for leaving. The situat
Kelsey Springer
Mar 31, 2016 Kelsey Springer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-2016
This book represents the genre of mystery and suspense very well. It was such a page turner, I finished it within one night even though it has four hundred pages. It is a quick read because of the reaction you get from reading it. My heart was beating fast, my palms were sweaty, and I was super intrigued.

I liked that the story had two plot lines that were both suspense; Not only the story of the crazy husband trying to find his ex-wife to kill her, but the ex's wife new friends (the twins) rela
Feb 24, 2016 Sibyl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-read
I listened to this book on a long car trip and it was perfect - it made the time fly. On the other hand, it was a little silly, and a combination of totally predictable and completely incredible, sort of flying off in multiple directions, introducing characters to serve a tiny purpose, and then moving them off screen or just conveniently killing them off. Or having them eaten, but let's leave behind an unappetizing morsel (a clue!).
I am not familiar with this author, but, now, having read this
Lynn Pribus
Although the paperback was new, the book was from 1991. A few dated bits such as the photographer checked out her transparencies on a light box. (I remember those days.)

Not as polished as later ones, the first part of the book is almost romance-novelish except for some violence and things were pretty predictable. Then there was some pretty ugly violence that jarrred a bit. And one real surprise at the end.

I'd thought perhaps Cumberland Island was a fictitious sea isle off the Georgia coast, but
Nov 26, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
Palindrome is a mile a minute thrill ride on the express train to cliche. Yet somehow amidst the whirl of 'roid raging pro-ball exes, scrappy divorce lawyers, and the inevitable we're-in-the-South-the-climax-must-have-a-hurricane, Palindrome manages to transcend the formula and become a pretty damn good book. Most of the credit goes to Woods' genius setting - putting the action on Cumberland Island grounds it in a fascinating history that helps cover for what the narrative lacks in, oh, likelih ...more
Aug 24, 2014 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A good fast read. A famous football player is doing drugs to beef up his frame and he is also become a brutal wife beater. When his wife ends up in the hospital after a vicious beating, she files for divorce and goes into hiding. He will do anything to find her and kill her. After a series of killings that are linked to her, one detective believes her story that her ex-husband is the killer and goes about trying to prove his guilt. Will he be in time to save her?
Most of the story is set on an
A famous football player, a battered wife, lovely island, and puzzling murders converge in this suspenseful novel. On the mainland, there are several murders that a disenchanted police detective is trying to solve as well as save his own career. On the island live a complex family with secrets that reach far into the past. Liz Barlock, a beautiful and talented photographer, is the connection. While the reader is likely to connect the clues, this remains an entertaining read with a healthy dose o ...more
Oct 31, 2013 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5-1-2015 raised it from 4 to five stars!!!!!!
The good guys are quite likable and the bad guy is terrible but there is a
a "morality play" element to the bad guy selling his soul, not to mention the stuff about the twins. Oy!!

11-1-2013 I just checked it out but I think I've read it twice already.
But I didn't log it in. One of the sub plots is professional football players and their fighting their demons off the field, and losing. I enjoyed the island history and the sense of land and time.
Jul 09, 2011 Shanon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to me by my eye doctor. He said he when recommends this to women that they all love it. I'd say it was ok....About an abused wife of a professional football player all pumped up on steroids and very agressive and mean. One night it made me dream I was being chased!
Interesting place and life she obtains after leaving him by going to the secluded Comerland Island to take photographs for a book she's writing about it. I wish more of the story would have taken place there (the source of
Ashley Blanchette
This is a good beach read if you are looking for a thriller. Three stars reflects that it is dated and shows. Still kept my interest and gave me a surprise at the end that I didn't see coming. Follows two story lines: one of an abused woman, whose pro-football steroid using ex-husband will stop at nothing to get his revenge. And another as she escapes to a remote island that has family mysteries of its own!
Bryant Whelan
Jul 14, 2010 Bryant Whelan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book I ever read by Stuart Woods, and in my opinion was his best. As he continued to write I read it all, and now the formulaic style of his books makes me skip them over in the new releases section at the library. I understand that he has to make a living and these write themselves, literally, but Palindrome shows the real talent. Don't let his current work keep you from checking this one out.
J Dale Breedlove
Sep 27, 2013 J Dale Breedlove rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
One of Mr. Woods' better written and plotted books. For years I've been reading his Stone Barrington series. Which is great for simple easy fun. But this book was a surprise in the character development and length of story. At times, the story did drag, but I liked the two major plots combining towards the end. And also liked the police procedural part of the story.

If you want a change from the Stone Barrington formula, give this a try.
Joe White
Nov 07, 2009 Joe White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat unbelievable plot and characters, but not as bad as sci-fi. Action tempo kept pace up through end of book, without unrealistic physical shoot-ups. Too much evil infallible technique capability given to bad guy. Setting characters were stretched beyond psychological believability, and historical wealth, but did fit nicely as background and secondary story.
Emily Higgins
Sep 28, 2013 Emily Higgins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Liz Barwick is savagely beaten by her football player husband. She manages to escape him and eventually divorce him. Not willing to give up what he sees as his, he kills those who helped her and tracks her down on Cumberland Island. This novel is an intriguing tale of violence, family loyalties and dysfunctional people. Disturbing, but you find you can't put it down until you reach the end.
Feb 21, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Palindrome back in high school and recently read it again. It's set on beautiful Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia, which is mostly natural and free from development. I visited once a long time ago, and would love to go back some day. This is a quick read, a fun and suspenseful mystery with a great atmosphere. Loved it!
Mar 17, 2015 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-rated
This is a quick, entertaining read. Not a lot of depth, but full of action. As one of Woods' older books, it appears it has been Kindle-ized after the fact and needs more editing. The dialogue breaks run together, and there are some faulty words. As a result, this e-book is a less-polished effort and the errors highlight some of the book's weaknesses.
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Stuart Woods is the author the New York Times-bestselling Stone Barrington series and Holly Barker series. He is an avid private pilot, flying his own jet on book tours. You may see his tour schedule and learn more about the author on his website.

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