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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  358 ratings  ·  124 reviews
From the author of the Alexa Montgomery Saga, comes a book that will take you into the mind of a genuine psychopath, the lives of six ordinary people, and the world of a very special girl named Joe.

Joe is seemingly an ordinary college student. She works, studies and reads. But in between these activities Joe has a gift that promises to add a dose of color to her life at
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published June 29th 2012
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David Estes
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Joe is not the type of book I would normally read and if it was a movie I would rate it R, for language, some drug use, and adult themes. It took me 2 days to read Joe, which tells you just what type of book it is. Joe was a page turner that was really hard to put down. I must say, I am so impressed by the writing in this book. This book is so incredibly well written I have to give huge props to HD Gordon for really working on her craft and becoming a truly polished writer. The writing was so ...more
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults
My Review

Gripping, thrilling, suspenseful, and a complete masterpiece.

H.D. Gordon continues to surpass what I expect in her books and Joe is no different. Her writing grows by leaps and bounds with every page turning book she writes.

Joe is a quiet clairvoyant that tugs on your heart strings. She says she is no hero but I strongly disagree. With all the hardships in her life I think most of us would end up in the fetal position. While she is nothing like Gordon's heroine Alexa, from the Alexa
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Well Wowee.....This had to be a 5* really. I'm a bit dumbfounded right now to be honest. So clever! I was not expecting that.
Brave bold writing, you can't not respect it.

I've just looked at all my updates, hahaha Yes I definitely thought this was different., where to begin?!?!?! Okay so. I'll start with a basic plot.
We meet Joe, very likable but in no way a people person, she has a very prominent stutter which makes
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
Wow. Just Wow.

H.D.- you've just bought yourself a life-long fan. I've already read her Alexa Montgomery series, and loved it... but this was oh, so different. Just the cover is so alluring- I honestly wanted to read just upon hearing she wrote it, and seeing the beautiful cover art. And then I started the book... Wow. I can't stop saying that!

"Mondays, as I knew them, had a nasty habit of flinging crap and flipping on fans."

While Joe is the main character, the story is still told from 8
 Reading Divergence
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Reading Divergence by: Shut Up & Read R2R
A 12-star read!!

An amazing and multi-layered novel, “Joe” was a story I did not want to put aside till I finished it. Sleep was immaterial. Joe and other characters are multi-dimensional, and rendered in unbelievable depth. Even though the story is a thriller/mystery, the reader is kept on the edge of her seat not only because of the high tension level, but also because of the treatment of these characters. The impending event, with its potential for high fatality, is tuned to an almost painful
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: nicole marie
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Quick review:

Cover: Love It!
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 5
Overall: A story it was hard not to read and think about.
Characters: Well done.
Plot: A crime told by many POVs, potential victims, heroes, and killer.
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Michael

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

This is a crime thriller with a bit of paranormal in it to spice it up. Everyone has something going on in there life that makes them a little good or even some bad. Although some strangers, one
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Must. Have. This. Book. Period.

Joe was a really great read! I had difficulty choosing my rating between a 4.5-5 stars because I'm not really into the dark thriller type stories... but I had to sit back and think of a few things..

1.Did I like the story? Yes.

2.Did you like the main character? Yes.

3.Did the story flow? Yes, for 8 different point of views.

4. Did the balance between real and fantasy work? Yes.

5. Were all the characters believable? Yes, especially the Psycho lol.

6. Did the story come
Midu Hadi
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Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like thrillers
Shelves: young-adult, 2012
Being a huge fan of H.D Gordon's Alexa Montgomery series, it was no surprise that I was dying to read a copy of "JOE" the moment I saw it on Goodreads. So imagine my suprised face when I saw it on READ & REAP. And when I got my copy, I started doing my Happy Dance (you really do not want to see it, please save your eyes!)

"They would be heartbroken and crying to their mommies. They would light candles and say
prayers and mutter condolences, like any of them were even intelligent enough to
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Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing

The Story
Joe is the type of person that sticks to herself, she has not lived the easiest life and on top of that she can see snippets of the future. Sometimes, she sees a major event. This is the story of one said event, a student at her university is going to shoot up and bomb the school. This book chronicles how she handles this information, it also tells of a bit about the people who are also affected by this event.

Likes and Dislikes
-Okay, so my copy had a couple of
Dave Ferraro
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
H.D. Gordon tackles a serious subject without seeming too sentimental or movie-of-the-week, populating this rather mature work with astoundingly realistic characters and superb writing. "Joe" is one of the most suspenseful books I've read in awhile, rapidly building tension as the book proceeds, right up to the stunning conclusion. Emotionally satisfying (I admit it - I cried), this is a book that haunts you long after the final page.
Karla(Book Addict)
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trapped-me, favorites
deleting reviews if you want to take a look at them you can do so on my blog, link on my profile
Christie Rich
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I finished this yesterday. I'm still struggling to review Joe by H.D. Gordon for a few reasons, but the main is this is not my normal read.

I go for rainbows and sunshine, which this book had very little of. I'm a huge fan of H.D. Gordon and I still am. Although I did not like much of this book, I felt emotion throughout the whole thing. When I say I didn't like it, what I'm saying is I don't like to know the inner workings of a psycopath. I did not like being in his head. He was one
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
H.D. Gordon’s newest book Joe is probably one of the better books I’ve read this year. HD Gordon is one fantastic author I have no idea how she researched this book to tell us readers this amazing thriller. It’s written with eight different POV’s and HD has done a terrific job, it flows well and I never once did I feel like … OMG what’s going on. Fantastic writing HD Gordon.

Joe is a clairvoyant who ends up in a situation where she must stop a disaster from happening; she has to face the Decider
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Joe is not the usual type of book I read, but I heard so much about it that I had to see for myself. It is a thriller written from eight different points of view. The author does a good job of developing each character and weaving them into a compelling story.

Joe has a gift/curse of seeing the future. She never knows when these visions will come to her. This gift, coupled with her stuttering problem, has filled her life with ridicule and rejection. While attending college, she gets one of her
Yzabel Ginsberg
(Book read and reviewed for {Read It & Reap 76} in the Shut Up And Read group.)

I had never read anything from this author in the past, but I wanted to review it after noticing a few people writing about it on their blogs, as well as being attracted by the kind of plot it deals with. It turned out to be quite the gripping novel in many aspects, and I found myself drawn to it more and more with each page.

The themes perused in the book are of the kind that tend to hit home. Enjoy life while it
Alexia Purdy
I won’t rehash the blurb, it tells what you need to know about what this book is about. I was glued to this book, all the way to the very climatic end. I will however say that it is told from eight point of views. This was definitely intriguing and different. Not many books are written this way. You get in the heads of key characters of the book. Knowing of their possible impending doom makes for a gut wrenching read, especially the role of the Decider. Definitely not for the light hearted or ...more
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Joe, a story about a girl with a special ability to forsee certain tragic events that involve people who are directly or indirectly in her life. I was lucky enough to receive this book through the Shut Up and Read R2R program and first and foremost I have to thank the author for the opporunity to read her book. Joe told in multiple POV reads like a script for a movie, the writing seems a little hestitant at times but I think the author is trying to really give into the element of drama. The ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I have to say that this book was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!!!!! Man I am a huge fan of H.D. 's Alexa Montgomery Series and when I found out she was writing another book I just had to have it. I want to thank Nicole for allowing me to be a part of this tour and to share in this great story that will touch your heart and stay with you long after you have read it.

Ten years ago school shootings were never heard about. If a kid had a problem they would go out and fight after school but in this day and
After finishing this book, all I can think about is if there is going to be sequel! I'm about to Google the universe until I find out. The last chapter of the book certaintly leaves it open to one... and I really want to see more of Joe. OK, so I'm jumping ahead of my review a bit!

I really enjoyed this book. The character development was great. There were multiple prospectives in the book. It's hard to write without spoilers... but I'll just say - I was stressed worrying about all the
Jennifer C.
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-challenge
Joe is a strange girl who struggles with visions of the future.

This story is told from multiple points of view, but it couldn't flow more smoothly. I loved that you got to see what was going on with multiple people that would be involved the day of the shooting. I really loved Mr. Landry.

Joe receives a vision of a shooter standing in the middle of a massacre at the college she attends. This is the only piece of the puzzle she receives though and she needs to figure out when this horror will
Karen’s Library
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
This book was one of those that I had a hard time putting down so I could get some sleep and then go to work. But once I picked it back up tonight, I knew there was no way I'd be able to go to sleep without finishing it, and yup, here it is, 1:00 a.m. and I have an early morning!

The main character was one of the most unique and likable characters I've come across this year. She's clairvoyant but it's her sense of self and integrity that I fell in love with. The story weaves flawlessly through
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The story of Joe is not the sort of book that would of stood out for me, its YA and its not a romance story as such but saying that I loved it.
First of all it has eight yes eight POV,
Without giving too much a way, its about a girl named Joe who has a gift if you can call it that, its really a hindrance for her a premonition to see terrible things happen before they do.
She has 3 days to solve this before disaster strikes.
I really enjoyed it.
Vanya D.
I received this book for review from H.D.Gordon's agent, Nicole, who is a friend of mine on Goodreads.

First thing I want to say is, that JOE isn't a YA book. Not due to any sex scenes, but because of the language. There are too many expletives, that could really bother a person. They sort of bothered me too, but then again, I think they were written all in the right places. Without those offensive cuss words, I don't think that the same effect could be accomplished.

And second, I just want to
Maghon Thomas
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ok, I will start off with this is a fantastic book. I think I will classify it as a dark fantasy thriller. Yes, Joe has this supernatural power, but a lot of the book is not based on fantasy. So let me ask, if you had the ability to see a terrible event in the future, would you stop it, even if you knew you would most likely die in the process, or would you save yourself and let a whole lot of other people die? Trust me it’s a hard thought, and this is not a happily ever after kinda book. I will ...more
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I bought it on sale because I felt loyal to the author since I had received her previous Alexa books for free to review. I wasn't that impressed with them, the stories were good, but they weren't really polished and had issues. (There were a few, editing issues in this book, but not bad enough to distract). Not true here. This book was very well done. First, the story was unique. It was closer to a regular mystery than an urban fantasy or paranormal romance.

Next, I loved the
Pat aka Tygyr
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, kindle
Joe Knowe is not a boy. She is a 21 year old woman. Her father named her Joe because he wanted a boy. She has 2 issues to deal with in her life and being named Joe is not one of them. 1st she stutters, so she stays quiet whenever possible. 2nd she is psychic. There are times when she has no choice but to pick up a writing implement with her left hand and put it to paper. The rest is autopilot. When her left hand stops she has to force herself to look at the horror in front of her that will occur ...more
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Where do heroes come from? Sometimes heroes are just every day men and women who do the right thing, whether they possess courage or not. They do not do it for the glory, but just because it IS the right thing to do. Joe is this type of remarkable unassuming hero.

Joe is more than your average college student. She has the gift of clairvoyance. She will argue as to whether it is a gift or a curse. Though she often claims that she is not a hero, she will take heroic steps to make sure that her

I simply do not have any words. This book was so amazing! As I sit here at 4am on morning when I have to go to work, I am wide awake and absolutely shocked and awed by what I've just experienced at that the hands of this author.

Just wow. I know I sound like a bumbling idiot, but you have to read it to truly know what I mean. A book that strikes so close to home especially in the most recent tragedy that we've experienced in this county is just really eerie and profound. To
Cecilia Robert
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
JOE is written is different POVs. In each one we get to know the characters, their backgrounds and what each one of them is looking forward to in the near future. H.D. Gordon weaves this story so well, and how each of these characters are connected to Joe, the main character, the silver-eyed, raven haired girl who has the ability to see things before they happen.

The author also did a great job of getting into the villain's mind, drawing the kind of emotions appropriate for this type of
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H.D. Gordon is the author of several urban fantasy novels. She is the mother of two amazing daughters, and a lover of kick-ass females, beautiful things, and nerdy t-shirts.

She resides in southern New Jersey, which she insists is really quite lovely.

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