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On Borrowed Time

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  1,206 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
On Borrowed Time

David Rosenfelt

Everything is going right for magazine writer Richard Kilmer. His girlfriend, the beautiful Jennifer Ryan, has agreed to marry him. The happy couple celebrates with a romantic drive up to Kendrick Falls. Even as dark clouds begin to gather, Jen and Richard press on.

The freak storm sends Richard careening off the road and throws Jen from the v
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published February 4th 2011)
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May 15, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book I've listened to by Rosenfelt so far & I've listened to over a dozen. The reader was good, not as good as Grover Gardner, but close. The point of view switched around a bit, especially toward the end, but that didn't harm the story, IMO. He kept the secret of who was doing what to whom until it became obvious.

The story started out quickly, but was rather far fetched & illogical. By the 1/3 mark, I was getting a bit disgusted, but then I realized what was going on &a
Mar 03, 2012 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
"On Borrowed Time" by David Rosenfelt.

Nothing is as it should be...

This book was amazing!The story sucked me in from the start.I read this book in one sitting.I like a novel that is unpredictable.

Richard Kilmer, a 29 year old journalist, has recently arrived in Manhattan. He's met a few friends playing basketball at the Y. They hang out and watch games at the local sportsbar. After he has lived there for 3 months he meets Jen. It seems their relationship moves a bit fast. They meet, she passes t
Deb Mj
Feb 17, 2011 Deb Mj rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty disappointing effort from Rosenfelt, whose Andy Carpenter series usually keeps me quite entertained. This is so convoluted and illogical, and there are plot holes big enough through which to drive a truck. It's also written in a very simplistic manner, almost as though it was written by a high school student. I got through it and at least I didn't feel as though I had wasted 4 hours of my life I'd never get back. It's a quick enough read, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader so ...more
Dec 28, 2010 Evelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Journalist Richard Kilmer is on top of the world. He has just travelled to upstate New York to meet his fiancee Jennifer's parents and announce their wedding plans. Then, Richard and Jennifer are involved in an accident on the way home, and when Richard wakes up, he learns that not only is Jennifer missing, it's like she never even existed.

Another winner from Rosenfelt. You won't be able to put it down. Very similar feel to Linwood Barclay or Joseph Finder's book.
OK, On Borrowed Time is Alfred Hitchcock meets "The Manchurian Candidate". This is a non-stop page turner. Very quick read, with more ups and downs than a Missouri back road. Excellent "who done it" which leaves me wondering about what the bio-tech industry, science and the US government aren't telling us. Again, good strong women. I liked it.
Patrick Einstein
May 19, 2016 Patrick Einstein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The woman of your dreams has fallen for you. Soon you’re engaged. The day after your proposal, she takes you to Kendrick Falls, where boys go and do not come back the same. On the trip there, a freak storm comes. One moment you’re driving, another moment your fiance has vanished without a trace. It appears as if she never existed because no one remembers her, not even the friends you were introduced to by your love, Jen. Would you go on a freak investigation to find out what happend to her, wher ...more
Oct 04, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a Jersey girl and I was more than looking forward to going to visit Patterson and Andy Carpenter and his dog. But when I started reading I was in Manhattan. What was going on? Where was Andy. Since I like Rosenfelt I kept on reading.

Richard Kilmer was madly in love with Jennifer Ryan. He was going to go meet her parents and he planned to propose to her. A freak storm takes place and the car they were traveling in crashes. Richard has the police and rescue workers combing the area for Jennife
Jan 25, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This was an interesting plot, but I found the whole thing generally awkward. The writing didn't really flow for me, in large part because the lack of contractions in both narrative and dialogue made it oddly formal. For example, rather than saying, "I don't know why you'd do that," a character would say, "I do not know why you would do that." When repeated over the course of an entire book... Awkward. This may have been exacerbated by the fact that I was listening to the book and that I didn't l ...more
Apr 08, 2011 Phillis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't disappointed. This book kept me reading until I was done....late last night. One of the things that wove its way through was the humor that Rosenfelt puts into his book. In his Andy Carpenter series the books are serious but light hearted. The author kept some of that in this book. It made the character of Richard very human, because the majority of people could not be intensely serious 24 hours a day. There has to be times when people doubt themselves and the situation and think a lot ...more
The Andy Carpenter series by Rosenfelt was recommended by my local used bookstore. The first book in the series wasn't available at my local library, but this one caught my eye. At first I thought the story was going to be stupid but it soon intrigued me and ended going somewhere I hadn't expected. The main character, Richard Kilmer, gets into a car accident with his fiancee and she disappears. Richard searches for her and finds that there is no evidence that she ever existed. Is he crazy? Is th ...more
Mar 15, 2011 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine you find the perfect girl, meet her parents and propose to her. Then while driving to a favorite childhood spot of hers, a quick dark storm comes, you have a car accident and when you get yourself together, you can’t find your love. Soon things aren’t as they were or you begin to wonder, did she ever exist or is it a conspiracy? This is the premise of On Borrowed Time, and Richard Kilmer spends the whole book trying to find his girlfriend Jennifer before he gores truly crazy. I found thi ...more
Jolene Knighton
(Audio) Good book, but some loose threads. How did the plumber fit into the whole thing? Why was he killed? Why did his wife fear the phone call? Why did the main character call a hardware store in Maine? I thought the main character left his car in the town where he crashed, but later he has it back with no mention of retrieving it. (spoiler) How would the private investigator have the money to develop the product? It costs a lot to set up brain surgery, product development, computer programmer ...more
Oct 05, 2012 Sharyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Rosenfelt book and I am glad it is a standalone. It does make me want to read his other books. This was a fast, one sitting read. It is a unique story and I loved the twists and turns. Many characters took me completely by surprise. The protagonist Richard, is an ordinary journalist who has what it takes when the going gets tough. It has all the components I like in a book, characters you can like, a mystery with a surprise, good dialogue, and an exciting plot.
Mar 18, 2011 Joanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was different than his other books. Richard is visiting his girlfriend's parents in Upstate New York and a storm comes up while they are driving down the road in his covertible. Suddenly she is gone and no one seems to have ever heard of her. Is Richard going crazy or is something else going on? I have to admit I didn't see how this was going to turn out. Lots of twists. A good book but I think I prefer when he sticks to Andy.
May 09, 2011 Jayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I can count on Rosenfelt for a quick, entertaining read. The topic is ominous, but the story is not dark. I got pulled right into the story line and just wanted to snag some time to finish it. This novel did not have his usual sense of wit, but that most likely was because Andy Carpenter was not in it, and this main character is a haunted victim.
Jun 07, 2012 Debra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
What is real and what is not - that is what consumes you for the better part of this story. His fiancee disappears after an automobile accident on a country road. There is no trace of her and no one seems to remember her. As he searches for her, things become even more complicated. I really enjoyed the read. After awhile I wasn't sure either who I could trust.
Mar 12, 2011 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mysterious disappearance, a confused protagonist, and lots of technology make for a fast-paced thriller that I read in one sitting. Most fiction requires a suspension of disbelief, and the book perhaps more than most, but it's a pretty good yarn nonetheless, even if the real bad guys were fairly easy to spot.

Lightweight, quick, and fun.

Feb 21, 2011 Carolmcj rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rosenfelt writes better with dogs.
Bridget Viton
Feb 28, 2014 Bridget Viton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had me hooled right from the start.
Jul 14, 2017 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story telling style - very comfortable and casual and humorous. I don't like how the evil mastermind's plan worked so flawlessly for most of the story and then so easily came unraveled at the end. And why use him (main character Richard Kilmer) as your key piece? And why use that detective, Craig Landl? And why not just shoot her before the police showed up to thwart your plans? Lots of why questions here. Plus, if you're such a genius, why not get a legitimate job? But it was stil ...more
Alice Neilson
Feb 19, 2017 Alice Neilson rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't my favorite of all time. I am not a particular fan of these types of stories...but I did like his whimsical sort of writing style. I did get a bit lost in the story, trying to keep straight who was who and how they fit into the mystery to the point that I went back before I finished it to re-read to see if I had missed something. This is his first mystery I have read, but I have enjoyed his dog books!
Jun 06, 2017 Betty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a pretty good thriller/page turner. It kept me going until the "big reveal" started. Then it really bogged down for me. I started this book thinking that this should really have been a short story; it turned out I was right.
Jun 05, 2017 Jana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
good read with a few nice twists but the ending just comes up too quickly and convenient
Jul 19, 2017 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting, twists and turns, and interesting topic and characters. Had me guessing.
Jun 28, 2011 Onyx rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the description provided on the jacket, I expected something similar to Flightplan. There is either a conspiracy or the main character is really loopy. The story sucked me in from the start. It wasn't too technical, political or complicated. I enjoyed the writing style, a funny sort of cheerful banter. It reminded me of George R. Stewart's narrative in Earth Abides, but much happier because its not the apocalypse.

Richard Kilmer, a 29 year old journalist, has recently arrived in Manhattan.
Jul 13, 2014 Alexus rated it really liked it
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Feb 12, 2012 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
PROTAGONIST: Richard Kilmer, journalist
SETTING: New York (city and state)
SERIES: Standalone
RATING: 3.25

Richard Kilmer is a journalist who has found the woman of his dream, Jennifer Ryan. Not only is she beautiful, but they are compatible in every way. When Richard proposes to Jen, she says “yes”. A visit to her parents in upstate New York is called for. While they are there, they decide to visit a local landmark. On the way, the weather takes a dramatic turn for the worse, and they have a terrib
Mar 14, 2011 Dorie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
This book had such a bizarre concept that I knew it couldn't possibly live up to my expectations. To my surprise, it partially succeeded. As the story starts out, Richard Kilmer is a freelance journalist who is crazy about his girlfriend Jennifer. He takes her home to meet her parents, a diamond engagement ring ready in his pocket. After sneaking out to have sex in the family gazebo, he impulsively asks Jennifer to marry him and is overjoyed when she accepts. The next day while they are out driv ...more
Apr 07, 2016 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Leafmarks:
What if it were possible that your most cherished memories were lies... and that finding out the truth could cost you your life?
Richard Kilmer is head over heels in love with Jennifer Ryan, who takes him home to meet her parents, where she accepts his marriage proposal. While visiting, they set out on a nostalgic drive up to Kendrick Falls. On their way there, a freak storm rolls in, Richard loses control of his car, and it rolls. When the storm clears in a matter of seconds, Je
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