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Family man or deranged killer? It’s for fearless PI Jessie Cole to find out. At any cost.

Ever since a car accident left reporter Ben Morrison with amnesia, he’s been trying to rebuild a future as he puts together the pieces of his past. With the help of PI Jessie Cole, he’s getting closer. But few who remember Ben’s troubled childhood want to talk. And those who do—includi
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
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T.R. Ragan is back with her third installment in the Jessie Cole series.

Building on the characters from previous books, Cole is still helping car accident/amnesia victim reclaim his past. The son of a convicted murderer, Ben Morrison desperately is seeking to know more about the tragic night when his girlfriend was murdered by his father. As bits and pieces of his memories begin to resurface, he is more confused than ever about the role he may have played in her death. Cole also has been hired
Kylie H
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd Jessie Cole book in a series and it is as gripping as the first two.
Jessie, a PI, is still assisting her friend, journalist Ben, discover the truth about this past. Ben, who after an accident has lost all his prior memory, is having flashbacks that are violent and he wants to know if he has killed someone when he was younger. He has since rediscovered his sister, who is terrified of him, and found that he has a father serving a life sentence for murder.
Jessie in the meantime appe
Linda Strong
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This is Book 3 of 4 in Jessie Cole (4 Book Series). I highly recommend starting with the very first book. This book 'can' be read as is, but there are a lot of details that will not be here.

PI Jessie Cole is helping her friend, Ben Morrison who was an investigative reporter. An accident left him with amnesia ... he remembers nothing of the past before that accident.

While Jesse tries to help, Ben is having what he thinks are flashbacks ... and they scare him beyond belief. No one who remembers B
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Book 3 in the Jessie Cole series and my favourite so far! Jessie, her family and friends are always getting involved in something dangerous and complicated. We learn so much more about the characters in this book while the hunt down the killer, and try to stay alive.

Jessie is still trying to find out who the real Ben is. Since the car accident the reporter has no memory of his past. His father is in prising for murder and claims to be innocent and that Ben is the real killer. While looking into
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jessie Cole is a private investigator working in Sacramento who is barely making ends meet. You can't help but feel her anxieties about her predicament. She's raising her niece, Oliva who is turning 16 and wants to have more responsibility but Jessie isn't ready to let her face the evils that await young girls.
Jessie's good friend, Ben Morrison was in a bad car wreck that caused him to have a special type of amnesia where he's blanked out his childhood memories. he's a brilliant crime reporter
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The third instalment of this fantastic series looking forward to the next book,jessie and zee on another case a husband suspects his wife having an affair.colin on a murder case.ben my favourite character as has a memory loss, and his family his dad a convicted murderer, and he said hes innocent and his son Ben committed the murder of his girlfriend but did he.jessie helping to solve it.fantastic writing all her books are 5 star ratings.and looking forward to reading many more of her books.highl ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third in the series featuring Jessie Cole, a private investigator in Sacramento, California. It's a good one, but I do strongly suggest reading the other two first. In large part, that's because all the recurring characters have storied (and very troubled) pasts; with so many in the mix here, it helps, I'm sure, if readers already have a leg up on what's happened in the past. I read the first, and I have no doubt I'd have enjoyed this one more if I'd had the second under my belt as w ...more
Malina Skrobosinski
Out of all the T.R. Ragan series I've read thus far, this one is by far my favorite.

I think for me, what really sets this one apart from her others is the level of character development given. I think Ragan has given quite a bit of depth to these characters, especially Ben Morrison. Which of course this installment is all about. Ben has been struggling to learn about his past, and with this one we get quite the glimpse into who Ben was and how he became to be the man he is today. And while Ben
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Lots going on in this Jessie Cole crime drama. Started out a bit slow but may have been because this is the first in the series that I have read. Jessie is a detective with ties to the police and interesting friends with amnesia. Serial killer on the loose and it is a race to catch him. Ragan typed these events together nicely. I had not figured this one out. "A copy of this book was provided by Thomas & Mercer via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion. ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!

Deranged was a phenomenal read featuring a fantastic storyline that sheds some light on a character’s mysterious past.

For the last ten years, reporter Ben Morrison has attempted to piece together his past after a car accident left him with amnesia. After Ben hits in a wall in his search, he turns to his friend PI Jessie Cole for help. Upon agreeing to help Ben with his search, Jessie is sidetracked by a client requesting surveillance on his wife whom he believes is cheating. When the c
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Just as predictable as the last. But the story was good enough to carry me through. No real mystery about who done it.

I was grateful when Collin wasn’t drawn in as the love interest. Until the end of the book, there was the author dangling carrots again.

I’m not sure why the characters exchanged words of love. From my perspective, they spent maybe five minutes together so far in series.

Enough about that, I’m so Team Ben, if she makes him into a psychopath, I will revolt.

Narrator is awesome.
Laura Peden
I usually don’t continue on with a series if I’ve rated 3 stars consistently but I’ve been super busy the last couple weeks and these books were perfect due to decreased brain power 😂 I probably would’ve rated 3.5 but we can’t on GR

These books do have a few things going for them:

1. They’re available on Kindle Unlimited and therefore free for me.
2. They’re on the shorter side...I listened to all of them at 1.5x = listening time approximately 5 hrs each.
3. Supporting characters! The MC is fine,
D.S. Mac
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I cannot get over how good these are!

From the first to the last page i'm on the edge of my seat.

Each one of these books has so many overlapping storylines!

Incredible writing and characters.

"He put the paper clip away and counted the number of lines on his arm. Sunny was number seventeen."
Each antagonist is crazily well thought out and each one more diabolical than the last.
Brenda ~Traveling Sister is frustrated with GR
We learn more into Ben's past here in the third installment in the Jessie Cole series. Jessie and Ben search for answers into Ben's past and some dark secrets start to come out. We see a very different Ben from the one I have gotten to know. I started to become very concerned about who Ben really is. I was rooting for him not to be the deranged one in this story and I was turning the pages as fast as I could right to the end. I am looking forward to diving into the next installment to this serie ...more
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one a lot more than book#2. The mystery felt more like book #1. We made progress on finding out more about Ben's history and Colin had more page time. Jessie's niece Olivia and assistant Zee continue to add appeal as recurring characters. ...more
Trish R.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing

WOW! I love these Jessie Cole books. I got this yesterday when it came out and I highly enjoyed every word of it. And, still, you’re left wondering about who and what Ben really is. The amnesia part of him is very exciting. I like to think he’s not a killer and it will be proved eventually. If you read the other two books you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you haven’t read this series you’re missing out.

This was all about a serial killer that started killing people who had testified aga
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Deranged is the 3rd book in the Jessie Cole series. I loved the first 2 book so I was excited to have the opportunity to read this one. I definitely recommend reading the previous books before reading this one.

This book was well-written but I felt it was missing a wow factor that the 2 previous books had. This was a quick read with a lot going on in it. I look forward to reading the next one in the series.

Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for giving me a copy of T.R. Ragan's "Deranged"
Sreedevi Nair
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is by far my favorite in the series :D
Book 3 in the Jessie Cole series. Could be read as a standalone but highly recommend to read the first two books before picking this one.
The main plot of the books revolves around the life of Private investigator JESSIE COLE and Crime Reporter BEN MORRISON. With the help of each other they solve the crimes and also tries to figure out what happened in the past by which there is a strange connection between them.

There are few other important characters
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The 3rd installment in the Jessie Cole series is just as thrilling as the ones before. And even better! Colin is after a serial killer. Jessie is trying to keep the agency afloat and takes an infidelity case. All while searching into Ben’s background. As we get answers to his past, we get more questions. And we get to meet his father! So much going on that I couldn’t put Deranged down. I’m really hooked with this series. So ready for the next one!

*ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
Veronica Bellaorev Books
by T. R. Ragan

This is the third book of Jessie Cole Series. Even though this book was so well written and gives you details of the past events to make sure you catch up without feeling like you are wasting time re reading details; I highly recommend reading the first two so you don’t miss out anything because trust me every bit of information is essential to enjoy this fast pase triller. You will be constantly guessing who is who and what is coming next.

Here we continue Jessie Cole’s j
Tracy T.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good book in the series. Excellent narration (audible review)

Not my favorite of the series but still good. I really enjoy these characters and the character development.

The story line and plot was good, a few questions are answered and there are a couple twists and turns. There is a lot of great dialogue throughout the entire book. The story flowed very well and was easy to follow along. Especially if you have read the first two books in the series, which I recommend.

As for the narra
Megan  Del Rio
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Thank you, NetGalley, for allowing me to read and review before release!

Written on a much darker level, my stomach was in knots for a majority of Deranged and in true Ragan fashion, you're taken for one crazy, chaotic and dangerous ride! So buckle up!

Like Her Last Day and Deadly Recall, Zee, Colin, Ben and Jessie all come together to take down a crazy man on a killing spree.

Deranged stood out for me in a way the previous books in the series didn't. While the first two books left me on edge, the
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Deranged by T.R. Ragan is the highly recommended third book featuring private investigator Jessie Cole.

Jessie has been trying to help crime reporter Ben Morrison investigate his past. After an accident left him with amnesia, he can't remember who he was before the accident, but from what he does know, he had a troubled childhood. His father is in prison and his sister wants nothing to do with him. He has also been having troubling memories or are they flashbacks of him acting violently. Compound
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ever since an accident left him with retrograde amnesia, Ben Morrison has worked to rebuild his life and to put together the pieces of his past. Private investigator Jessie Cole is helping him, but the people who remember Ben’s troubled childhood are reluctant to talk to either of them. And the few who will discuss Ben’s early years have disturbing things to say.

A husband requesting surveillance of his wife sidetracks Jessie’s investigation. But her vigil comes to an abrupt end when tragedy str
Diane Saul
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jessie Cole is a PI in Sacramento. She has several cases going. One of them is Ben, a friend who has amnesia from an accident. Bens Father is in prison for murder, but has always said his son actually committed the crime. Ben has been having visions and he is not sure if they are memories or a result of things he has seen in his career as a crime reporter. Ben asks Jessie to help him dig into his past.

This is part of the Jessie Cole series. I haven’t read the previous books but I had no trouble
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, crime, thriller
This mystery/thriller will keep you turning the pages. I couldn't put it down until I knew for certain who the killer was. The ongoing search of the mysterious past of Ben, the crime reporter, the hunt for a serial killer and the kidnapping of Jessie's niece keep Collin involved with the team's investigations. And we can never forget the ever quirky Zoe. Well written plot and superb ending. Highly recommend. ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of Deranged by T.R. Ragan that I read and reviewed.
I did not think it was possible but the Jessie Cole series just keeps getting better. This third book in the series had Jessie and Ben looking for more answers about Ben’s past.
I loved how as they got closer to some answers door got closed and more things happened to throw road blocks in their way. I can’t decide if Ben is a good guy or a bad guy and it is driving me crazy. I can’t wait to see where Ragan is goin
Jennifer Oslowski
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great series! Deranged is Book 3 in the series and I highly recommend reading the first two books to learn about the characters as I feel you will be a little lost otherwise..

Jessie Cole, Zee, Ben, I love their characters and looking forward to the next in this series. Zee is my personal favorite!

Ben had an accident that left him with amnesia with no memory of his past life.... He starts to have violent flashbacks that scare him and make him wonder what kind of person he used to be. Others from
Literati Literature Lovers
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Suspenseful BUT....

I truly love the Jessie Cole books and their characters, but I felt left hanging by this latest book Deranged. It wasn’t as taunt of a thriller as I expect from Ragan. The ending left me with more questions than I had at the beginning of the book. The motivation of the killer doesn’t line up with the characters plot lines. As I thought there were a disconnect as to motive especially in the very first murder. Argh this is hard to explain without giving the plot away. But know
Elaine Tomasso
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of Deranged, the third novel to feature Sacramento based PI Jessie Cole and reporter Ben Morrison.

When Jessie's assistant, Zee Gatley, provisionally takes on an infidelity case Jessie is relieved to get the money but unsure about the case. She's proved right when her surveillance subject is murdered under her nose. In the meantime her boyfriend, detective Colin Grayson is hunting a serial killer and Ben is discovering more u
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