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Mad River Road

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  2,739 Ratings  ·  185 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author
JOY FIELDING
puts suspense into high gear, taking readers on a seductively twisting thrill ride into the heart of danger and desire -- to a place where nothing is as it seems.


She found the perfect lover. . . . Jamie Kellogg's life is at a crossroads. Stuck in a dead-end job, the divorced twenty-nine-year-old has been ruled by the voices of
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Paperback, 370 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Pocket Star (first published 2006)
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Ronja
May 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
'Joy Fielding plays with primal fears and most intimate wishes of women'reads the description of my german goodreads version of this book.
What the f***?!
I don't know, perhaps it's just me, but do you wish to be raped? There is this scene in this book where character A is raped by character B (her boyfriend). B tells A:"I read in a magazine, that women secretly wish to be raped". A weeps a bit and thinks;"he may be true, I once thought it could be romantic." That was the point were I thought I w
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Lisa Roberts
Jun 04, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Friends, anyone who likes thrillers
This book is one of those that scares you so bad. You have a hard time sleeping at night or when driving home or are home alone think someone may be watching you and following you.

We've all had crazy boyfriends however, this book shows the ipidimy of a crazy boyfriend/lunatic that I'm so glad I've never had the experience to know!
Tanja
Jun 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
The women in this story were so mind-numbingly stupid that it was almost insulting. And because of their stupidity, I found myself actively rooting against them.
Kara Hansen
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I love nothing more than picking up a Joy Fielding novel and getting pulled into her story, unable to put it down...this one, however, fell short of the mark for me. I’ve given it 3 stars- it was good in the sense that her stories flow, and there is enough suspense to keep reading to the end. I think most bothersome were the characters- rather weak, insecure, and making some really bad decisions. As a reader, we also do not really get to know them- what brought them to where they are now? Unfort ...more
Ellen
Jan 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A great mystery with sexual overtones...

Held my interest from P. 1....
Jessica
Sep 08, 2008 rated it did not like it
Felt contrived, and not even in an acceptable way.
What parent would put their five year old to bed watching "Friends?"
Lisa Lilly
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
As with all the Joy Fielding books I've read, this one hooked me right away and kept me reading when I meant to be doing other things (like getting to my office on time or getting enough sleep). The story follows Jamie, who meets a new man after discovering her lover is married, and Emma, who has moved many times with her young son, often changing names, though we don't know for certain why. Jamie already has low self-esteem, and she quickly lets the new man -- Brad -- take over her life. He per ...more
Mary Cushnie-Mansour
Joy Fielding takes you across the country to Mad River Road, a journey that no one would want to actually take. I found Jamie to be a bit unbelieveable ... here she was, well educated, yet she fell for a stranger at the drop of a hat, and she succumbed to his moods with such a niave neediness. Ralph, on the other hand, was a great portrayal of what a psychotic individual could be - Prince Charming one minute - the abuser the next - smooth talking liar eliciting sympathy to the weaker, needier pe ...more
Kelly
May 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I love Joy Fielding!! This book was soooo so good. I'm a relatively new fan of hers and am so excited to have discovered her. I first read Whispers and Lies (which I absolutely LOVED!), then Don't Cry Now, and just finished Mad River Road. Luckily there are many many more to be read; a friend highly recommends See Jane Run, so I look forward to getting my hands on that one asap. :)

I won't give a summary of the plot of Mad River Road beyond what you can find here or on the back of the book
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Teno Q.
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels, thrillers
When I glanced at the cover of this dusty old paperback that I had found while cleaning, I thought it was going to be just another garbage dime-a-dozen thriller.

And maybe I haven't read that many thrillers, but I believe I was wrong. What's that age old adage about not judging a book and...(I've already lost half my readership to boredom)? Mad River Road is a story about liars, deeply troubled people trying to escape their pasts, nothing unusual there, but at its center it's about a whirlwind fa
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Marca
Sep 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Just started book. Already have a tstl woman whose whining is annoying. We'll see.
Finished book. Kind of interesting. Really sadistic sociopath - gave me the creeps. Charms the women beyond words, at first. Draws them in and then makes it hard for them to get away. Author did a good job of painting him, even though he made me very uncomfortable. Female characters were good. Lead character Jaime started out weak and whiney (had conversations in her head with her dead mother and living, but judgm
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Abby Warren
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it
The suspense of this novel was great, and I totally didn't see the ending coming, although I'm not really great with mystery novels so that's not saying much. However, I found a few places within the plot of the story disturbing and hard to read. I also felt like that Brad was too stereotypical...for all the suspense and the twist at the end in hindsight I wish there had been more to him than just the stereotypical characteristics of his type of character. (Can you tell I'm trying not to give an ...more
Anne Marie
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think I found the right words to describe this book: spell binding. I loved it. It even got to the point of being scared to turn the page to see what happens! The characters were so real and even though the character Jamie was much younger than me, and "Emma" and "Lily" were trying to hide from their estranged husbands and assuming new identities, it was so easy to relate to them. There was never a break in the action and it never got boring. I love this author!
Arthur
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good pacing, character build up etc. and intrigued with the story I was fast to finish it but was happy with Mad River Road. The story fast unravels to the end, so interested with something with more pages or just a more complicated plot outline when I finished I quickly picked up another bestseller by Joy Fielding.
Linette Blaszak
Nov 11, 2010 rated it liked it
I love a good mystery novel ... although the graphic way the author described certain events in the book didn't sit well with me .. even after I finished the book I still felt bad for the one character!
P
Jan 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
This is a murder mystery. I stopped reading it because the characters did not seem believable. The two women characters seemed quite stupid.
Alannah
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
I read this a month ago and now i've decided to write a review....only I can't remember what it was about.
LInda L
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book in a huge gulp -- loved it. Except -- it seemed to have more than necessary about rape. And -- these women were not smart. Jamie, in particular, should have been taking her Thunderbird and getting the hell out of Dodge LONG and long ago. By the time she tried, he was on to her. And the shoplifter got off easily -- good to have friends. And and and -- just too much at times. The ending was great -- the psychopath got what was coming to him. Awful awful person, and he was describe ...more
Rebecca
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
The main characters were so unrelatable because they were so dumb. I found myself rolling my eyes over and over. "What is wrong with me?" was a phrase written over and over, again with the eye roll. The ending, however, was surprisingly good. Hence two stars instead of one.
Robert Byrne
Run from me

I didn't enjoy this book. It took a while for the overall plot to develop. Too much unnecessary sexual detail for the story line, I kept wanting to skip pages to get on with the story. Unusual for a Joy Fielding book.
Linda
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another entertaining twisted plot by Joy Fielding. You never really know what is going on in her novels until you read the last chapter.
Danielle C.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the idea of this book, and the characters were good, but I just felt too much was left out. The story left me feeling unsatisfied at the end.
Judy
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
All I can say is that Jamie character wasn't that bright.
Shawn Slattery
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very gripping, very well written. I think the intended twist fell a little flat, but that didn't detract too much for what was a very exciting read!

Recommend!
Ellen
Jamie Kellog made a big mistake, one that could prove to be fatal. After learning that her boyfriend is, in fact, a married man and after years of not being the favored daughter of a judgmental mother, Jamie throws caution to the wind and picks up a handsome stranger in a Florida bar. Brad is thoughtful, passionate and almost too good to be true. He convinces Jamie that what she needs is some time for herself away from her stressful life and she impulsively agrees to a road trip with Brad to vis ...more
Sandie
Jun 23, 2009 rated it liked it
This mystery is really a character study in mental and emotional disorders. We have a particularly nasty and vengeful villain, a chameleon of a man who can go from Prince Charming to Jack the Ripper in the blink of an eye. His enjoyment comes from taunting and playing mind games with his victims before disposing of them. Then we have a trio of women characters, Jamie, Lily and Emma, each leading a somewhat shabby existence due to something or someone in their past. Each of the protagonists are w ...more
Louise
Mar 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A suspenseful novel of murder, romance and revenge!

From dust jacket:

"After spending a year in prison, Ralph Fisher has explicit plans for his first night of freedom: tonight, someone will be held accountable. He goes to murderous lengths to obtain the address of his former wife-the woman he blames for his fate and against whom he has sworn vengeance. Determined to bring her to his idea of justice, Ralph's next step is to travel from Florida's sandy beaches to Dayton, Ohio, where his ex-wife is s
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Allison
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-in-08
Finished! I went from not knowing what was going on to knowing everything pretty quickly - this book had a lot more buildup than the others I've read. There definitely was that plot twist in the end that she's known for! I liked it a lot, but I'll give it 4 instead of 5 stars because I thought it could have been a little more in depth, and I feel like some of the story came out of nowhere. Definitely recommended, though! It makes you think twice about who you let into your life and I've definite ...more
Pam
Sep 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
#8 01/18/06
TITLE/AUTHOR: MAD RIVER ROAD by Joy Fielding
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Suspense, 2006, 370 pgs
CHARACTERS: Jamie Kellogg/divorced working in Ins agency;
Lily & Emma -- single mothers;
COMMENTS: Very suspenseful. Ralph Fischer is recently
released from prison & is on a misson of revenge to seek
his ex-wife & son who have moved from FL to Mad River Road
in Dayton, Ohio. Jamie, has had one unhappy marriage and just finds out her last relationship was w/ a man who was
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
3 STARS

"Jamie Kellogg's life is at a crossroads. Stuck in a dead-end job, the divorced twenty-nine-year-old has been ruled by the voices of her judgmental mother and her perfectionist sister long enough. Now she's hearing only the sexy whispers of the thrillingly handsome stranger in her bed, the man she met in a Florida bar. His name is Brad Fisher, and he's telling her everything she's been dying to hear: She's gorgeous. She's smart. She's adventurous. Quitting her job and joining Brad on a sp
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Joy Fielding (née Tepperman; born March 18, 1945) is a Canadian novelist and actress. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, she graduated from the University of Toronto in 1966, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. As Joy Tepperman, she had a brief acting career, appearing in the film Winter Kept Us Warm (1965) and in an episode of Gunsmoke. She later changed her last n
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