The Book of James
After a devastating car accident, Nick whispers his last words to his wife, Mackenzie: “As soon as they know I’m dead, they’ll come after you.”
Frightened and bewildered, Mackenzie travels to Philadelphia for the reading of her late husband’s will. To her shock, she learns that Nick’s mother, Cora, is not dead as he always claimed—rather, she is living as a recluse in the f...more
First, this book was about seven times longer than it needed to be.
Second, when I find out my dead husband has lied to me about his entire history, remind me to simply take my fifteen million dollars off and console myself with that money, while leaving the rest as a bad business that really doesn't concern me, but does concern a lot of bat-shit crazy people. Also remind me that I ALREADY HAVE THE MONEY so there is absolutely no reason for me to go into Nancy Drew mode while sta ...more
How well does anyone know the man they are married too?
Mackenzie's life turns upside down when she loses her husband from complications of a horrible car accident. On his death bed, he whispers to her to go to Philadelphia and find James...but in the whirlwind of his passing and her grief she writes these words off as delusion, his brain playing tricks on him from his injuries.
All this changes when she gets notification about a will that she didn't know existed. Being overseen by an att ...more
Right, review done.
This book really took a lot out of me as I persisted with it thinking it had to rev up at some point.
It has a steady pace but a very slow start after Nicks death unveils secrets of his past. I was being so hopeful.
The plot should have been brilliant but it fell flat, I skimmed bits in the middle and the reveals at the end were terribly predictable.
As for the main characters. Cora is well written as a mean spirited spiteful woman. I found Mackenzie to be insipid and weak ...more
The plot speaks volumes for itself and the author delivers all of the mystery and intrigue that is promised from the description – truly this book will not let you do ...more
You've got the beginnings of a great mystery, with a dying husband telling his wife that, "As soon as they know I'm dead, they'll come after you." The mystery continues to unfold as Mackenzie learns that almost everything she k ...more
Murder. Madness. Betrayal. Greed. Deception. All of these things play a huge part in the mystery that unfolds in THE BOOK OF JAMES.
I loved the way the story unfolded, in that you get bits and pieces of the mystery revealed to you with each chapter, pretty much right from the beginning. As the lead in the story, Mackenzie, realizes that she never really knew her ...more
The Book of James has everything a great gothic novel should have---an innocent young widow whose life has been upended and needs to get answers about her beloved husband, who apparently had been keeping lots of secrets. The answers to her questi ...more
The plot construction was quite good, the steady revelation of secrets well done. The writing itself was work ...more
That quest brings her to Chestnut Hill and the prestigious old moneyed Monroe mansion, the home of Mac's fo ...more
She finds photos that suggest a dark history and finds hidden messages in his bible in the Book of James. ...more
It is a slow plot with weird characters . It was a good read with lots of description.
The ending only becomes predictable as the plot is slowly revealed.
What's not to like: a creepy old stone mansion, a mother-in-law you were told was dead, and a massive inheritance.