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Those Who Wish Me Dead

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  9,499 ratings  ·  1,302 reviews
The newest thriller from Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author

When fourteen-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare.

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Hardcover, 388 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Little Brown (first published 2014)
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Jace Wilson, 14-years old, unwittingly witnesses a murder and has the good sense to get away but left his ID behind. The killers are two cold-blooded brothers, Jack and Patrick Blackwell, and they never leave anyone behind. Jace is in a unique witness protection location, a wilderness skills program in the mountains of Montana. His instructor, Ethan Serbin, knows he's there but doesn't know which of his students is Jace.

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This is one of those books t
J.K. Grice
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Another very thrilling suspense novel from Koryta, who never seems to disappoint. Great characters and a tension filled story make THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD an excellent read.
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great way to bring in the new year! There's plenty of suspense & some wicked surprises in store. Excellent characters, wonderful country, & more. It would have been a 5 star read except for stumbling over a couple of my pet peeves toward the end. Even so, I loved it.

Koryta is an author I'll be seeking out in the future. He's not afraid to break with tradition when handling his characters. The story hooked me immediately & was very plot driven. Most of the characters were barely described
As soon as I read the synopsis for this, I knew I had to pick it up during my next library run. Perhaps I had too high of expectations (especially considering the 3* rating I gave The Cypress House last year), but I'm still bummed I didn't enjoy it more. It took over a week to finish this, due to the fact I read multiple books in between, because by page 20 I felt like I could put it down. (Never a good sign.) Several days later I decided to buckle down & get through it. Thankfully, the journey ...more
Leslie Mills
Apr 21, 2014 rated it liked it
The women in our veteran Upper West Side book group long ago gave up reading thrillers in favor of Serious Literature, so we approached reading Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta (Little, Brown) with some amusement. Although Mr. Koryta has written several other novels, he was new to us.

The novel is about a thirteen-year-old boy who witnesses a murder by two cold-blooded killers. He enters under an assumed name in a wilderness program for troubled youth, but the killers track him down, murd
If you like action, suspense and the thrill of the chase, then this book is definitely for you. Another good book by Michael Koryta and I highly recommend this book to all MK fans and new ones too.
I was completely engrossed in this book, jaw open and dangling, heart beating a bit too quickly, and everything up until maybe the 70% mark. Then a few things happened that made me knock off a star and a half but those were probably things peculiar to me, alone, and won't bother other readers.

So, here's the story: We start with a kid who is trying to tame his fear of heights when he finds a dead body and some killers. There is no wading into this tale, it is all SMACK! POW! in your face right aw
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aty-2019
This was a thriller lover's thrilling thriller. The pacing was perfect, the action just kept coming. Loved the characters- the heroes are heroic, the villains are villainous and the setting in mountainous Montana, evocative. 4 1/2 stars rounded up.
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Wow this was suspenseful! We start out with a young man witnessing a murder and has to be put in witness protection. He finds his way to Ethan and Allison Serbin a couple that run a survivor training course and once a year take in troubled teens as a way to help them learn some very important life skills.

When I read the publishers summary I had the plot all worked out in my mind as pretty typical, but after reading the sample I thought it was well written and jumped in.

This story is not typica
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Hellhound Duo from Hades' Hollow
Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. (King James Version, Job 5:7)

Cue up "Dueling Banjos":

This book kept me interested with a decent plot line. It's most notable for a pair of brothers that were the most believable and meanest set of psychotic villains I've seen in a story. On the other hand, it seemed the author took unnecessary shortcuts to arrive at the climax, which seemed forced. All in all, a good, not great, thriller.

I hope Mr. Koryta wri
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won this book on first reads I would of rated this book more than 5 star.brilliant writer it had me on my edge of my seat theres a few exciting twists about a young lad sees a murder hides in the mountains with the killers on his tail.glad I won this book brilliant read really recommend it.
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway which didn't influence my review.

I've read other books by this author and enjoyed them, but I think that this was his best novel yet. It had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish, afraid to see what happened next, while at the same time, afraid that I couldn't read the book fast enough to see what happened next. This suspenseful book was full of surprises that I never saw coming. And it was full of characters I came to care about, making me nervou
Yigal Zur
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
amazing stoey. so well written. sharp and fine. no word wasted in this amazing story about a boy forced to fight for his life. great feel for nature and mountains. loved it
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

I’m not new to Koryta’s work, and really enjoyed The Prophet, so I had high expectations for this one. Since I read it in one afternoon, it’s pretty safe to say they were met. I’m a sucker for survival stories, and this is one, but it’s also a thriller that pretty much starts with a bang and doesn’t stop to take a breath. Jace Wilson is 13 when he decides to practice his diving in a quarry in order to make good on an ill conceived bet. He’s worried about t
Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. Slightly above average but I was not excited.

I didn’t smile. I didn’t feel good with anticipation - probably because the main characters were mostly victims. I prefer books where the main characters do smart things or unexpected things. Here the main characters are smart and do reasonable things, but nothing special or different. Two evil brothers go anywhere, do anything, and no one sees them or stops them. They kill and torture, including police. They were definitely interesting, bu
Maureen DeLuca
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once again if I had the option for a 1/2 star- this book would be 4.5 . (The only reason for not a 5 star read is only a few 'quirky' things- that I noticed with the book- ).... but even so - WOW, did I really love this book

We have a 14 year old boy, Jace Wilson ,who was minding his own business and just happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. He witnessed a brutal murder , by the Blackwell Brothers. When the Brothers realized there was a witness, their attempt to catch him had faile
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Those Who Wish Me Dead – Simply Brilliant

I am not sure what world I have been living in for the last few years but I had never heard of Michael Koryta until Hodder sent me a copy of Those Who Wish Me Dead, I now know what I have been missing. Koryta is an outstanding crime thriller author who will literally blow your socks off with the story and leave you with a tear at the end. Those Who Wish Me Dead is well researched well written and breathe takingly brilliant.

Jace Wilson is a 14 year old boy
Bonnie Brody
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta is a thrilling ride in the mountains of Montana. Jace is a thirteen-year-old on the run after witnessing two brothers kill a man. The brothers are frighteningly competent killers who will stop at nothing to silence Jace and anyone who gets in their way. The witness protection program cannot protect Jace so he is enrolled under a pseudonym in a camp that teaches troubled youth how to survive in the wild. Ethan and Allison run the camp. Shortly after Jace,
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've always liked plots that revolve around regular folks who, when faced with sudden life and death situations, step up and confront the fear head-on. Young Jace Wilson accidentally witnesses a brutal murder while swimming in a local quarry and was recognized by the two killers. His parents send Jace into the mountains of Wyoming in a desperate attempt to get him off the grid and keep him safe to testify. They enlist him in a Outward Bound kind of wilderness program for troubled teens headed up ...more
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm not a fan of precocious child books (or precocious child anything for that matter), but Michael Koryta avoids the pitfalls of writing a youthful protagonist with skill and a deftness that kept me reading happily. Add to the stew a pair of villains who seem equal parts the unstoppable Salamanca Brothers (from Breaking Bad) and Anton Chigurh from McCarthy's No Country For Old Men, a supporting ensemble of compelling and well-developed characters set in motion by and against them, and an ending ...more
OMG! That was an E-Ticket Ride!!!! Hold on to your seats kind of novel! This was suspense in the best sort of way. The bad guys were written so well. I could hear them in my mind and it gave me chills! The good guys were good, but flawed. Everything that I have been looking for from new to me authors! I have found a new favorite!
I've read a few of Michael Koryta's books and they usually have at least a touch of the supernatural. This was just a straight up crime thriller and a damn good one. The tension never let up and I was totally caught up in the story. Really great read!
Terri Wino
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: year-2019
Whew! This book gripped me from the beginning and didn't let up on the suspense until the final pages.

This is the first book I've read by Michael Koryta and it certainly lived up to the hype I had read in other reviews. He has created characters that you easily find yourself caring about and wanting them to be safe, and those murderous brothers pursuing their quarry in this book -- perfect cold-blooded psychos that never go beyond the bounds of believability...which makes them all the more terr
It's been a while that I enjoyed a book so much that I didn't want it to end. The pace never bogged down with characters I liked and villains I loathed. There was a lot of information about survival techniques and forest fire maintenance that was integrated into the story in such a way that I didn't feel like I was reading a survival manual. There were some over the top situations, but that goes with the genre. I've read others that really pushed the limits of believability. This was not one of ...more
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars: Although this novel is nearly 400 pages, it’s a quick and highly satisfying thriller read. I wanted a quick read that grabbed me in which I got lost in the story, and this novel was that. It’s easily read and simply written.

It’s a story of a boy who witnessed a crime so horrific that he needs to be in the witness protection agency. However, the criminals are tied to the police, so the witness protection plan isn’t feasible. The boy needs to be off the grid. It’s decided to hide him i
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I miss Kortya's great Horror titles, I have to admit that this was really good--probably really 4.5 stars. It had me on the edge of my chair throughout most of the book--and then in tears at the end. Really creepy villains add to the chilling tone. On audio at least the language of the brothers/killers is extraordinarily effective--affectless and oddly cadenced in a really disturbing way. So Jace, a 13 year old boy, witnesses a murder in the prologue and is then pursued but manages to esca ...more
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Koryta has broken away from his supernatural fare to produce a thriller set in the mountains of Montana. A young boy who by all rights should have found his way into witness protection has instead been sent to hide among a group of wayward teens participating in a wilderness program. The leader of the program, ex-Air Force survivalist trainer Ethan Serbin, believes he's got his bases covered. His frontier wife is not so sure. And, in a distant lookout tower, a deeply traumatized firefighter is s ...more
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
**A 14 yo witness, 2 stone cold killers after him, A handful of people standing between them, And a forest fire that's out to devour them all.**

It's a good engaging book...if not perfect. Action packed, Fast paced and a rather quick read. But again...nothing special and quite forgettable.
SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
I thought this book was both predictable and implausible. You really lost me at burn victim on horseback roaming the countryside.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
3.5 stars.

Those Who Wish Me Dead is a suspenseful thriller about a teenage boy who witnesses a murder and is now a protected witness. He is entered into a wilderness survival program for troubled teens so he can be hidden off the grid.

I listened to the audio version of this book. The narrator was excellent. The voices he used for the bad guys was so creepy. It was perfect!

This is a great thriller with some really good twists. My only complaint was that I felt a little bit disconnected to the ch
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Michael Koryta (pronounced Ko-ree-ta) is the New York Times-bestselling author of 14 suspense novels. His work has been praised by Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Dennis Lehane, Daniel Woodrell, Ron Rash, and Scott Smith among many others, and has been translated into more than 20 languages. His books have won or been nominated for the Los Angeles Times Boo ...more

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