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Without Warning

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,119 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
Years ago, Katie Sanford's husband was convicted of the murder of Jenny Robbins, then died himself in prison. It's a small town and memories are long, and Katie and Jenny's husband, Chief of Police Jake Robbins, have had to work at putting the tragedy behind them. But it's all brought up again in the wake of a hurricane which has just wreaked havoc on their quiet Maine tow ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Minotaur Books
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Richard Ward
Jul 26, 2014 Richard Ward rated it it was ok
First time I've read any of his novels, and I was pretty disappointed. The book started out with a good hook, nice and creepy. But I quickly became bored and annoyed with it. For a thriller, it was not very thrilling. I especially disliked the author's childishly naive attitude toward the government, including its local and national law enforcers and military. As with so many popular novels, TV shows and movies, the moral of the story seemed to be that we'd all be dead if not for our wise overlo ...more
Barbara Bryan
Apr 19, 2014 Barbara Bryan rated it liked it
Quick read kept interest but in the end so far fetched and silly.
Rich Wagner
Apr 20, 2014 Rich Wagner rated it liked it
I liked this book as it was an easy read ,a page turner.The problem I had was that it seemed a bit predictable and a bit over the top and unbelievable. If you are looking for a book that you can burn a few hours on without having to analyze too much ,this is a good choice.
Paul Pessolano
Apr 11, 2014 Paul Pessolano rated it liked it
“Without Warning” by David Rosenfelt, published by Minotaur Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – March 25, 214

Jake Robins, decorated war hero, and Chief of Police of a small town has got some big problems. It seems his wife was murdered by his high school sweetheart’s husband. Although this has happened several years ago it now becomes an issue due to a flood.

A time capsule that was buried by the town has become unearthed due to the flood and when it is opened it contains some di
Marsha Hubbell
Apr 06, 2014 Marsha Hubbell rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of David Rosenfelt, particularly his Andy Carpenter series. Without Warning is a stand-alone, and a stand out! Truly a fun ride, packed with suspense, action and surprises galore.

Ex-vet hero turned small town police chief, Jake Robbins, is called to the scene following a hurricane after a time capsule is opened 46 years early revealing a dead body and murderous predictions. Jake soon learns he’s not only fighting for his life, but for someone else he cares a great deal about. As
I've liked a lot of Rosenfelt's mysteries, so went into this expecting a good story. For the most part, it was, but I'm being generous giving it 2 stars. Interesting people & a really good mystery, although he used a method for heightening the suspense that I don't care for. When an author tells me everything from a character's POV & then there is a sudden revelation because of information that hasn't been supplied & isn't until later, I feel a bit cheated. There are ways of handling ...more
Jun 20, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I won this book via the goodreads giveaway. I loved it!! I would have read it in one sitting if I could. It was so fun to read, fresh and original. I was on the edge of my seat, especially at the very end. The main character, Jake Robbins, maintained his cool through out, with a smooth confidence that I envy. There was just the right amount of everything. I had no idea what to expect, every twist and turn was unpredictable. Two thumbs up!!
Apr 13, 2015 Rachael rated it really liked it
I picked this book up at a supermarket while on vacation without an inkling of a clue what I was about to read. It was cheap and I liked the colors on the cover. It ended up being a fun little serial killer mystery.
I admit, I read very few thriller/serial killer type books so I am no aficionado when it comes to judging but I thought this little book was a lot of fun. In fact, so much so, that I sat in our hotel room bathroom (so I wouldn't bother the family) and read late into the night until i
Feb 17, 2015 Meg rated it did not like it
Too silly for me. Although I didn't guess the full plot (who could? How ridiculous) I guessed a good section of the plot by about one-third through. A "thriller" needs to be more based in reality with believable motivations. And a small town does not carry on with 'business as usual' when violent murder happens. The entire population becomes distrustful of each other and people do not go out alone, etc until time goes by and they relax a bit more. This read like a young-adult novel.
Hayley Shaver
Mar 27, 2014 Hayley Shaver rated it liked it
I liked this book. It was full of clichés, though. That detracted from the story. It also didn't quite stack up to some of my favorite suspense writers. I got this book from a goodreads first reads contest free of charge.
Aug 20, 2014 Jeanette rated it liked it
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Cynthia Herzog
Mar 15, 2014 Cynthia Herzog rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Disclaimer: I won an advanced reading copy from Goodreads First Reads

Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. A time capsule meant to be opened in 50 years is opened in 5 and contains predictions of murders. Some of these murders are yet to come, while others have already occurred, including that of the wife of the Chief of Police Jake Robbins. Once the time capsule is opened it raises doubts about the guilt of the man who was convicted of her murder, who was himself murdered in prison.
May 30, 2014 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
A damaged dam has caused flooding in Sherriff Jake Robbins small Maine community. As the clean up progresses the editor of the local newspaper, Katie Sanford, becomes concerned about the time capsule the newspaper sponsors. It really should not be opened for another 45 years, but as it may be water-logged they decide to dig it up and make sure everything is still dry. While the hole is being dug up to check the time capsule a grisly discovery is made and then, to make matters even worse, somehow ...more
Apr 02, 2014 Herzog rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Only OK. The story line becomes predictable pretty quickly and the characters are not terribly interesting, the dialogue weak and sometimes tries too hard to be cute.
Apr 05, 2014 Nancy rated it it was ok
Let's just say the mystery of it all was not what I expected. It could have been better.
Jul 26, 2014 Tracie rated it it was ok
War hero and Chief of Police Jake Robbins is just beginning to put the murder of his wife behind him when it's all brought suddenly to the forefront of his life. A hurricane causes extensive damage to his town and people fear that the time capsule, holding the townspeople's predictions for the future, was damaged. Fortunately the capsule is not damaged. Unfortunately for Jake, the capsule holds predictions about murders and other tragedies including the murder of his wife. Jake must rush to find ...more
The book started off with a good premise of a small town that was hit by a hurricane and flooded. This same small town also had a tradition of burying a time capsule to be opened every fifty years. The capsule contained small relics from the time period as well as predictions about the future of the town. Due to the flooding, the capsule was opened early to check for water damage and during the opening the police and reporter, Katie Sanford, find an extra set of predictions that are vague riddle ...more
Judy Collins
WITHOUT WARNING by David Rosenfelt is one with a smart serial killer in a small town of Maine, and a time capsule containing buried secrets which predict crimes in the future, which some have come true.

Jake Robbins, a war hero and police chief of this small town— after returning from Afghanistan to Wilton, where he grew up. His wife, Jenny, was murdered by Roger, the publisher of the local paper, with whom she was having an affair. Roger was murdered in prison, leaving his wife, Katie, to assume
Kathleen J
May 01, 2014 Kathleen J rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
Police Chief Jake Robbins realizes there is a serial killer loose in his small Maine community when a time capsule is opened after five years instead of fifty and predictions of the unsolved or mistakenly solved deaths of local residents are found inside. One such crime is the murder of his own wife, supposedly by the husband of an old girlfriend, Katie, who is now the publisher of the local newspaper. Before long the Chief realizes that the murderer is targeting people who have a relationship ...more
Apr 05, 2014 Sharon rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Without Warning starts with a fun premise- albeit one that was kind of already covered in a past episode of "Bones". When a time capsule is unearthed early, the local chief of police and town newspaper editor are shocked to find a body and papers that predict tragic and murderous events- some of which have already taken place since the capsule was buried, and many others that point to the inevitability of blood being spilled in the near future.
Although the story did get a little ridiculous by th
Apr 10, 2015 Marilee rated it did not like it
I really, really like David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series. He tried to break out here with something new, with an entirely new set of characters, and completely fell flat. It didn't feel like his writing at all. The plot felt forced, it was unimaginative, and was without a trace of wit. Andy Carpenter has snark. Reading this is like eating a bowl of oatmeal without the brown sugar and berries.
Minty McBunny
Nov 29, 2015 Minty McBunny rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, november-2015
I love the Andy Carpenter series but since I've read it all, I'm moving on to Rosenfelt's other books. This book was entertaining & a quick read. It didn't have the sharp wit & clever banter of a Carpenter story but it was still an enjoyable fun & fast-paced (it unbelievable) thriller.
Mickey Hoffman
Apr 11, 2014 Mickey Hoffman rated it liked it
Very suspenseful and a good read. I would have liked it more if the main female character had a more defined personality because of her pivotal role in the tale. In spite of the fact she was the hero's love interest and the end of the plot is strongly tied to her, she had all the appeal of well chewed gum. But then, the MC described a lot of highly charged events in a very clipped and mild manner.
Oct 25, 2014 Sandi rated it really liked it
This was a fast read and a mystery after a time capsule was opened and it contained predictions and a Skelton
Jan 06, 2016 Judi rated it really liked it
First book I have read by this author and really enjoyed it. Great plot and loved the characters.

Police Chief Jake Robbins is a war hero, but he doesn't like that being told. He just tries to be a good police chief for his hometown. When his wife is killed by one of their best friends, his life is changed forever. The man that killed his wife was having an affair with her and is the husband of a former girlfriend of his, Katie.

Katie is head of the newspaper and is now investigating a story of a
Jan 05, 2016 Nancy added it
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May 04, 2014 Larry rated it liked it
The plotting is Rosenfelt's stand-alone mystery is pretty solid. A community time capsule is dug up several years into its expected time period following a flood. In addition to the dozen original historical items within it, there's an extra item; a container with ten cryptic messages about planned murders, four of which have occurred already. One is the murder of the police chief's wife. Another is the murder in prison of her convicted murderer. So were both killed by a third party, who killed ...more
Jul 31, 2015 Wisteriouswoman rated it really liked it
This is my first book by David Rosenfelt and will definitely not be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Not exactly an edge of the seat thriller but the people are likeable and there are several twists and turns to keep it interesting. It is more of a mystery than the thriller it is labelled to be because the author hands you different puzzles pieces with each chapter with a bit of a twist since many are from different characters' viewpoints.

The relationship between Jake and Katie is sweet and mo
Jan 03, 2015 Tim rated it liked it
A bit difficult to keep up with the various twists and turns, but worth the effort. 6 of 10 stars
Aug 04, 2014 Marcie rated it liked it
This was the first book by David Rosenfelt that I have read, and I enjoyed the clever plot - a time capsule is opened that contains predictions for murders, and police chief Jake Robbins has to figure out why the murders all seem to be connected to him. But I thought the character development was lacking; newspaper editor Katie Sanford started out as a strong, interesting character, but then her voice disappeared a short while into the novel, and the relationship that develops between her and Ja ...more
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