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Midnight Rain

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Phoebe Rain's sadistic ex-husband lies in a coma a thousand miles away-a coma she put him the last time he tried to kill her. Yet Phoebe knows the voice on the other end of the line belongs to the twisted man who vowed he'd never let her get away. Panicked, she turns to her neighbor, Dr. Alan MacKerrie. Alan finds the story hard to believe himself, but now he, too, is rece ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 2nd 2004 by Onyx
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Nov 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Midnight Rain is an excellently-plotted thriller. I am often disappointed by thrillers because the outcome of the story is so clearly laid out. Here, Lisle does a terrific job of misdirecting the reader, such that there are twists and turns at the end of the book that will chill and thrill you. Lisle has a great website for aspiring writers as well--check her out!
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May 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sara by: my daughter
I read this because I've read several other of Lisle's fantasy books. This is markedly different in that it is set in the present and the main character is physically handicapped by a torn up knee. There are no swashbuckling episodes or magical battles in this book. On the other hand, there are several rather vivid sex scenes. They're well-written and tasteful, but the stalker/ex who plays the villain is extremely disturbed, and that balances out any tastefulness that may exist. Lisle is a littl ...more
Shanna Hurd
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, mystery
A woman turns to her neighbor for help when it seems as if her sadistic ex-husband has finally caught up with her. Her ex is supposedly in a coma and near death on the other side of the country, but she feels certain that her ex is behind the threatening phone calls and other strange occurrences in her life.

I liked the book. I debated between 3 and 4 stars. It's really worth 3.5, for me. It was good, but I thought the paranormal aspect wasn't needed for the book to work well. I will admit, thou
Moira K Brennan
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: paranormal romance readers or romantic suspense readers
I started reading this book after school today...and didn't stop (except to drive home) until I finished.

Lisle strikes a delicate (but fantastic) balance between her paranormal, suspense, and romance elements and the writing is, as always, well crafted. Definitely worth the read.

Imagine it as 'Sleeping with the Enemy' meets hmm, not quite 'Ghost' and not quite Blanchett's 'The Gift.' But something along those lines.

Excellent for beach or snack reading.
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a really good romantic suspense/thriller with a touch of supernatural.
Recommended to Gina by: February 2008 Book of the Month
An Excellent Read!

The minute you begin, you're sucked right into the story and darn near can't put the book down until the last sentence in the final chapter.

The characters are complex and distinctive. Phoebe, the poor woman, needs all the help she can get. She'd been through something horrible, something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy, and yet she still perseveres. She still passes through the day with a constant reminder of that past, but she's determined to continue on - even in a remote w
Amy Downs moyer
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So I was very pleased to see that this story picked right up where Black Rain left off. I did not feel like I was missing puzzle pieces when I started it. I love how Jetti was able to keep her characters growing and evolving with the story without losing touch with the key personality traits that made me fall in love with them. And let me just say while I love Blake and Mikki, Pea steals the show for me – freaking love that kid!
This story really grabbed me and kept me hanging on. It was one of
Leslie Mesmer
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book. The thrill/suspense of the story reminded me of the style of Alfred Hitchcock. The story was in the suspense NOT in how graphic the violence could be.
I almost knocked a star of because towards the end instead of the suspense the author went towards graphic description of a murder scene that was slightly unbelievable and then the sadistic torture at the end almost ruined the whole story.
I did not take the star off because the story did keep us in suspense for almo
Barbara ★
After years of horrific abuse, Phoebe Rain finally defended herself against her abusive husband, Michael and put him into a coma. Now two years later she's getting threatening phone calls from comatose Michael. Is she going crazy or is Michael somehow getting to her through otherworldly means?

This is an exciting story that will totally creep you out. Holly Lisle knows how to draw out the suspense and dole out the clues (very few actually). I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the last 75-100 pages
Phoebe Rain's sadistic ex-husband lies in a coma a thousand miles away -- a coma she put him in the last time he tried to kill her. Yet Phoebe knows the voice on the other end of the phone belongs to the twisted man who vowed he'd never let her get away. This was an awesome paranormal romantic suspense. Will Phoebe survive the ghost haunting her in order to have a life with the new man in her life? They say that ghost can't hurt the living, but I think someone forgot to tell Phoebe's ghost. ...more
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Midnight Rain was a very good mystery that had me stumped during the first half of the book. It bothered me that I wasn't given more of the background of the villain, Michael. All I knew as I read was that he was evil. The background of the main characters was well developed, but I would like to have known more about their personalities. There wasn't much to make them stand out as characters. Overall, however, a good mystery romance and a good read. ...more
Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a lot better than I was expecting! I didn’t know much about this author, but I would definitely read another book by her. I was quickly sucked into Phoebe’s story and found myself rooting for her even when no one else was. There’s just a little taste of the supernatural here, but enough to require some suspension of disbelief.
May 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
Knows how NOT to bring a story to a screaming halt by giving the reader a well-deserved finished. However, did not feel anything or even care for Phoebe or Alan...therefore, the sex scenes were just that and nothing more. Less sex and language, and more on developing strong character relationships, are writing aspects that I prefer.
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Ms. Lisle's contemporary suspense and paranormal romance are so different. It always takes me by surprise. This was a creepy stalker one which was a bit chilling. Reminds me a little bit of Sleeping with the Enemy. ...more
Jun 27, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-pleasure
Great for a quick read.
Sep 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
once again... brilliantly written.. i'm becoming addicted to Holly Lisle's novels.. so engrossing to can go from gut-wrenching,heart-rending and then heart-wrenching..

Dec 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
A very eerie, thrilling plot that had me wondering how the story was going to unfold.

A book I can recommend reading.

J. King
Feb 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
An intensely romantic thriller, with deep, believable characters.
Susan Bischoff
Jun 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
I bought this book because someone described it as "really scary". Sadly, it didn't do it for me. Nevertheless I remember finding it intriguing and enjoyed reading it. ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
I really enjoyed this book! :)
Scooper Speaks
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read
Read this when it first came out and stumbled on it again today. Re-read and wanted to punch the hero for one of his reactions. Thought the heroine forgave too easily.
Sienny Zne
started good. but around the middle of the book, it's just got me riled up. both characters are getting on my nerves. ...more
Charlene Hecht
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. It had an exceptionally fast pace and more action within each chapter that kept it moving.
It was well thought out.
Abbie King
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My favorite one from Holly's romantic suspense collection. ...more
Tania Manoussaki
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
erotic, full of blood ,crime,pain,suspence, one day 336 pages passed in front off my eyes like water.....higly recommended for young readers of thriller books
Jennifer Harper
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awesome, riveting story. A true thrill ride, excellently written. I love Lisle's work. If you are looking for a complex romantic thriller, pick this one up. You won't be disappointed. ...more
Sherri Bryant
Mar 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
Had a lot of promise when I started but got very predictable and couldn't hold my interest. ...more
Anthea Strezze
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review to be added later.
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very good .. Surprised me well and truly. Liked a lot!!!
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was slow to start and was boring a good portion of the way through. Thankfully it picked up near the end. Overall I was disappointed, expected it to be a lot better.
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Holly Lisle has been writing fiction professionally since 1991, when she sold FIRE IN THE MIST, the novel that won her the Compton Crook Award for best first novel. She has to date published more than thirty novels and several comprehensive writing courses. She has just published WARPAINT, the second stand-alone novel in her Cadence Drake series.

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