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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  316 ratings  ·  217 reviews
A psychologist paralyzed by fear.
A mother propelled by love.
A stalker bent on destruction.

Psychology professor Dr. Denilyn Rossi contends that the past is either a shadow that haunts us or a force that propels us. The choice is ours, she tells her students. What she doesn’t tell them is that her own past is a shadow she can’t seem to shake. Fear has immobilized he
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2019 by Shiloh Run Press
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May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This story is tough for me to review... Rounding up to 3 stars.

It started great - interesting characters and plot. Although this is becoming quite common, I always enjoy reading about psychologists. They have a unique inner dialog and I usually wonder what they are hiding from themselves.

I found the combination of three different timelines confusing. Although I was surprised by the conclusion and appreciated some of the mystery hidden until then, I thought that it could have been revealed in a
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Convergence deals with three timelines intermixed throughout the story. Dr. Denilyn Rossi, a psychologist and later a psychology professor, has dealt with a stalker in the past and is dealing with a stalker now. Her first experience with a stalker destroyed her marriage to Keith, but at the same time gave her a feeling of empowerment that she survived the situation and that the stalker was in prison. But now, eight years later, she is consumed by self doubt, anxiety attacks, and the inability to ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
This isn't my first Ginny L Yttrup novel but it's her first suspense novel. She absolutely nailed the genre. I really couldn't ask for anything more from a suspense novel. The main character is likable, the actions are believable and the tension couldn't have been any higher. I especially loved the way the author revealed details by going between prior years and current day events. There were spectacular plot twists that had me going back to re-read passages with the thought of "did that just ha ...more
Sarah Grace Grzy
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 16+
Wow. I was completely floored by this book. This is one of the most complex stories I've read in a long time.

Dr. Denilyn Rossi is a psychology professor - but she still deals with debilitating fear and PTSD over events that happened over 8 years ago. This character is so incredibly multi-faceted, it takes the length of the entire book to unravel all her complexities. And there are loads of plot twists along the way. Despite how intricate her character was, I was still able to relate and empathi
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
It's disappointing for me to say I didn't connect with this story at all, however, after a few chapters I was intrigued by Deni's situation and wanted to know how it played out.

"I turn away from the mirror and don't look back. I throw the paper towel into the trash, then dig through my backpack, pull out a tube of sunscreen, reapply it, and toss it back into the pack. I check the time on my phone. This is my last stop before Three Rivers. Am I ready? Yes. I've done everything necessary, except f
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Convergence by Ginny L. Yttrup
Not a bad storyline, psychologist being stalked not once but twice but did the right guy get put away the 1st time? Her friend also got stalked and ended up missing presumed dead.....this story is told by both women in flashbacks and as happening now...this left me confused and constantly having to go back and figure out the time frame and the I said not a bad story just confusing to me. Thank you Netgalley and the Publishers for allowing me to read th
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Yttrup gives readers a flawed character driven psychological thriller. Deni was attacked ten years ago and feels she is being stalked today. We don't find the details of the past attack until well into the book. Much of the text consists of Deni's thinking.

I had difficulty with the plot structure of this book. The narrative flips back and forth between three different time periods and I felt that produced a disjointed plot. Another issue I had was the withholding of information. The narrative is
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I was intrigued to request an advance review copy of this suspense novel after reading the book’s description about a psychology professor who is overwhelmed by fear and anxiety after her experience with a stalker. One of the strengths of the book is definitely the inner journey of the protagonists in confronting their fears. The book skips around between different characters and points in time so it can be a little confusing to the reader but was still engaging enough for me to persist with the ...more
Julie Graves
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
Dr. Denilyn Rossi wrote a book on bullying. Then she picked up a stalker. Years later Deni once again is feeling out of control. She feels eyes watching her all of the time. How can it be her stalker? He hasn't been released from jail yet, or has he? Once again Deni's life is in danger. How can this be happening to her again?

This is author Ginny Yttrup's first suspense book and I have to say I was hooked from the very beginning! It did take me a bit to get used to the flow of the book. There are
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excuse me if this review doesn't make any sense -- I'm still reeling with aftershocks -- the post-read-I-can't-believe-I-survived-right-through-to-the-jittery-end kind. My brain is rattled, my tummy in knots and my heart is in permanent need of a defibrillator after reading Convergence (brilliant title, by the way -- crazy brilliant!) Phew!

So...this story...let's just say I was bemused and confused right from the start and stayed in that state for a good part of the read. Be prepared to feel lik
Brenda S Anderson
Can't-Put-Down Psychological Thriller

Convergence is an intelligent, psychological thriller that digs deep into Deni's (the heroine) fears. You’re afraid right along with her, while second-guessing what is real and what is not. The read, as turbulent a ride as a raft being tossed over white-water rapids, keeps you flipping the pages and keeps you wondering who the stalker is from page one to the final chapters. Yttrup excels at misdirection, and the plot has many I-didn’t-see-that-coming moments.
Becca-Rae Weidel
Wow! This book will certainly be making my top reads for 2019 list! Incredible! With just the right blend of predictability mixed with the totally unexpected, Convergence is a page-turner you won't be able to put down!

Deni is a psychologist who deals with crippling fear and panic attacks following a traumatic event in her past. I will allow you to find out the details yourself when you read, but in the story Deni has to deal with analyzing if the fear she is experiencing is her PTSD acting up, o
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read a book by Ginny Yttrup in a long time so I jumped the opportunity to read her latest. This book was so good! I made the mistake of reading it at night when my husband was out of town. I fell asleep eventually......
The suspense was top notch and I really enjoyed the characters. The story has a lot of twists and you possibly you might figure out who the bad guy is. But I think there were some other surprises in the last part of the book that added a lot to this novel. There is a lot
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Convergence by Ginny L Yttrup is a thrilling, edge of your seat suspense novel. It dives deep into the plot twists that revolve around the lives of two different women. Before their lives converge, it can be a little confusing trying to keep track of the women and what is going on in their lives. Flipping between the past and present, and between Denilyn and Adelia's perspectives author Ginny L. Yyttup manages to build surprises into the plot that I really like! I felt for Denilyn - the trauma s ...more
Karen Davis
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the depth of Ginny’s books. Now, added to the depth is page turning suspense. Great read. Great ride.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it’s her first suspense book. I think it was definitely a good move on her part and mine. The story was interesting. Deni is a psychology professor who tells others dealing with bullying situations that “The past is either a shadow that haunts us or a force that propels us” (location 506). Yet she isn’t able to put her own counsel into practice very well. It’s a little eerie watching her as she wonders if she’s losing her mind.
The story moves
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Convergence absolutely rendered me speechless at the perplexing, electrifying conclusion except to say, "What just happened here!?" I even had to go back and re-read several of the chapters devoted to a specific heroine to fully "get" it! I felt as twisted as a pretzel as the author took me on a suspense-filled roller-coaster of a ride unlike any other.

Deni has major issues with fear for good reason. Years after being attacked by a stalker she has begun to have panic attacks, flashbacks, and st
"God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control" 2nd Timothy 1:7

"The past is either a shadow that haunts us or a force that propels us."

"It is only faith, belief in what cannot be fully known or understood, that truly saves."

Convergence, a suspense/thriller novel from Ginny L. Yttrup, is a highly enjoyable read that will at some moments keep you on the edge of your seat while other moments have you scratching your head, unsure of where this book will converge to its fina
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, thriller, suspense
Ginny Yttrup has penned a new genre for her in this suspense/psychological thriller. With a spiritual undertone, Yttrup combines incidents from the past and present to create a roller coaster ride from start to finish.

Danilyn Rossi is a psychologist, college professor and successful published author. She has recovered from a horrible stalking situation that almost ended with her dead. But the perpetrator is in prison, and now it is time to move on with her life. She is a Christian, but is still
I really enjoyed this book a lot. The writing style and plot really made this story worthwhile. I honestly had a hard time connecting with the characters but I still really liked reading about them.
Towards the end though, I got really confused. I think I know what was happening but I still need to ask someone to clarify it for me, lol!

This book had so many plot twists and heart throbbing moments that I had a hard time putting it down, well that and a deadline of only a few hours hanging over m
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent suspense novel written by author Ginny Yttrup, Convergence is an excellent read. I began reading one evening and finished it the next, I just had to know!

A psychologist and psychology professor, Dr. Denilyn Rossi, tells her students that fear can be an impetus that moves them forward or a shadow that keeps them stuck in the past. For Deni, fear from her past is currently holding her back, hindering her from moving forward.

Adelia Sanchez has more than enough reason to live in fear. He
“I don’t think trust is a feeling. I believe it’s a choice. And on those days when doubt plagues me, I ask for His help to believe what I can’t see. That’s faith, believing what we can’t see. And in this world, we can’t always see goodness.”

What an incredible journey of a psychological thriller! It’s very different from the previous novel I’ve read from Ginny Yttrup. Yet her beautiful, melodic, and haunting first person prose is the same and will draw you into the world of fear and anxiety Deni
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Denilyn Rossi is a professsor teaching Psychology but that doesn’t help her deal with her past of a stalker and an attack. Everywhere she goes her is horrified because she thinks someone is still stalking her, or maybe it’s just her. She keeps seeing her shrink to try to work through things, but this doesn’t seem to help.

It took me a really long time to get into this story, actually it was near the end of the book before I understood what it was all about. The plot was al
Carol Boyer
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be an extraordinary suspense thriller, it captivated me; it kept me turning the pages of each tantalizing chapter. The dark all consuming fear and suspense that Denilyn Rossi a psychologist and professor feels is palpable. She has a traumatic past that haunts her, and her PTSD paralizes her. The story is written in alternating chapters in the past and present between Adelia and Denilyn whose pasts converge. Will Denilynn be able to put behind her past that involved her being ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ginny Yttrup is fast becoming one of my favorite authors! The first book that I read by her was Words, and I was hooked. Convergence is quite different from Words, but both are psychological dramas. Convergence focus on the victim of a stalker attack and her healing process. The alternating view points adds a unique twist, and frightening series of events the main character experiences leads to a satisfying internal journey toward faith and subsequent strength.
Martha Wilkerson
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Ginny Yttrup's writing ever since I read Words probably 10 years ago. This psychological thriller lived up to her reputation for hooking the reader from the first page and gradually building the story from there. I felt the main character's fear and anxiety and rooted for her to take her life back. There were twists and turns that kept me wondering throughout. Great read! ...more
Anita Schuck
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary advance copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. That being said, Yttrup's foray into suspense is a jigsaw puzzle that keeps you engrossed to the end. Inspired by a tragedy that occurred in her neighborhood, Convergence touches on bullying, stalking, PTSD and faith. Definitely read this if you enjoy her other work. ...more
Margaret Nelson
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had read one other book by Ginny Yttrup and found it very well-written and attention-keeping, so decided to try her first foray into the suspense genre. If you like adrenalin-producing, chill-worthy suspense, you will love this book! The suspense is kept up throughout the book, and Yttrup reveal secrets very sparingly. Her descriptions of the weather and locations just add to the suspense (fog, pouring rain, narrow canyons, swirling rivers). I was worn out by the end, but was glad I perservere ...more
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of Yttrup's previous books and have thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. This is a new genre for her, but one wouldn't know it. She has clearly broken into the suspense genre but seems as though she has been writing in it for years. She is known for her multi-character story lines, and she continues this style in Convergence. I often solve plot twists ahead of time, but one blindsided me. Well done! Time is now ticking for the release of her next suspense novel. I received a com ...more
Kelly Bridgewater
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Romantic Suspense is one of my go-to genres. I love reading a good mystery and getting lost in the chase and the high tension. I know that Ginny L. Yttrup has written for Love Inspired Suspense, so I figured this would be a safe bet when it comes to reading a suspense novel. The suspense is definitely there, but it is a lot of psychological warfare in Delia's head. She has been attacked seven years ago, and the readers are lead to believe it is happening again. The stalker in the shadow
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Ginny L. Yttrup is the Christy Award winning author of Words, and six other titles, the award-winning Mendocino Village Novels, Invisible and Illusion. She writes women's fiction and suspense. Ginny is also a sought after writing coach, developmental editor, and speaker. When not writing she loves to spend time with her adult children, and the circle of dear friends who enrich her life. She lives ...more

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