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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  48 reviews
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson comes a new novel of nerve-jangling suspense as a woman haunted by guilt realizes that nothing can be trusted—not even her own memory …
There are people in Edgewater, Oregon, who think that twenty years ago, Rachel Gaston got away with murder.
Rachel still has no idea how a foolish teenaged game turned deadly—or w
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Expected publication: June 25th 2019 by Kensington
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"Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid. You step out of line, the man come and take you away." (Stephen Stills)

Fear seeps into this one. Lean back twenty years ago into Edgewater, Oregon. Place your feet on the uneven terrain surrounding the abandoned Sea View Cannery. Teenage kids looking for a thrill around midnight. They've brought pellet guns to scare the crap out of one another. But someone is hiding in the pitch black shadows with the real
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I was amazed to discover that I didn't write a review for this book. And although I usually really love Lisa Jacksons books, I think the fact that I even had to re-read a part of the book says something. Yes, it is well-written. Yes, I can imagine the killing of a young boy leaves trails even twenty years later. But what a strange story this is, with far too many characters. A bunch of people that never left the small village, who all married each other or each other's family, with divorces and ...more
Is Rachel PARANOID? Is her fear REAL or is it IRRATIONAL? Most watch a scary movie and then hear every bump and squeak in the house and see shadows out the window. And so a trauma that took place in the PAST can have an effect on ones life and the people around them. Guilt haunts and keeps one from enjoying life and love. Jackson wrote an intense crime drama that had me figuring out the mystery and then changing my mind the more pages I read. In depth characters and prose. Not telling anymore= = ...more
Peggy Jaeger
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Jackson has done a superb job with her newest book PARANOID.
20 years ago Rachel shot her brother during a game of cross-play and has been living with the event ever since. The incident destroyed her parent's marriage, her reputation int he community, and then her pwn subsequent marriage fell to pieces. Her teenaged kids are now in the crossfire of all the publicity the 20 year old incident in trudging up. The fact Rachel was acquitted of the death has someone's panties in a twist and they w
Diane Saul
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rachel has been living with the guilt of killing her brother. What started out as a teenage game, turned deadly. Now on the 20th anniversary of her brothers death 2 of her fellow classmates are murdered and strange things are happening around Rachel.

This is an intense thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. The twist at the end caught me completely by surprise. I thought I knew part of it but there was more, that I hadn’t even suspected. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Goodreads for allowing me to win this book. Lisa Jackson is one of my favorite writers and I can't remember reading anything she wrote that deserves less than a top rating.

Paranoid is an easy to read book with lots of twists and turns and the characters seem real. So many times I read something that just doesn't feel that way. The book is easy to understand what is going on and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It is fast paced and just a great read.

The one thing I am finding hard
Kathy Stone
This was a good story, but as it was an ARC or uncorrected proof. There were many typos that were distracting.

The storyline is that a murder occurred 20 years before and the alleged shooter did not serve time. As this happened towards the end of senior year of high school a twentieth reunion is being planned. This novel starts and ends with a visit to a therapist, but it is not who the reader thinks is in the chair. Nightmares do come true.
Illustrious Illusions
While not my favorite Lisa Jackson book, it was a decent read. I really feel there were too many players and that kind of caused me to pop out of the story on several occasions as I figured out who was who. But the twists and plot are intriguing and keep you interested .
The Reads
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A guilt left obvious. A dead sibling. Can a town ever truly move on from its bloody past? This is the situation that Rachel is left with after being involved in stupid teenaged game that went horribly wrong. Rachel fired the gun that inadvertently killed her half brother. His dying face haunts her existence to this day – twenty years on. Guilt plagues her even though she was acquitted of the murder. She believed she had taken his life but did she? This is a story of Fear, loss and the complexity ...more
20 years ago, Rachel and her friends were playing a seemingly innocent game when tragedy struck — what was supposed to be a toy gun turned out to be real, and someone died. The entire town knows of the tragedy that took place so many years ago, and there are even some who don’t believe it was an accident at all. Flash forward to present day — Rachel’s high school reunion is coming up and strange things are happening around Rachel. Is it her imagination, or is there something truly happening arou ...more
Sara Stevenson
This book kept me on my toes and wanting more from the beginning.  Told through rotating third-person narration, we are spun the tale of a woman who has, for twenty years, believed that she pulled the trigger and killed her brother.  Twenty years later, things start to get a little twisted: two new deaths and new leads on her brother's closed case.  Not to mention Rachel's two high school children are growing up -- and growing away from Rachel -- and she's still in love with her ex-husband.

Georgianne Georgiadis
Twenty years ago when Rachel Gaston was a teenager the unthinkable happen to her. She has gone with her friend Lila went to the former Sea View cannery a building where the local kids gather. They were going to meet up with their friends and Rachel half brother Luke's friends for a game of air ball. Rachel did not really want to go, when they arrive it is very dark and they can hear the air guns being shot. Rachel takes to hiding under the stairs with her friend Violet. They decide to leave and ...more
Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)
I received a complimentary copy of this book through the SheSpeaks book program. Opinions shared are mine.

Thanks to PARANOID, my laundry piled up and the dishes were ignored. It’s a whirlwind of action with a few nuggets of romance thrown in. The characters’ paranoia might just get you to look over your own shoulder!

The main character, Rachel, had her hands full with a couple of sneaky, back-talking teens. Paired with her rocky relationship with ex-husband Cade, it read almost like a Lifetime m
Madoka Kamimura Mason
Lisa Jackson starts us in Oregon twenty years ago when Rachel shoots her brother Luke dead. Years later, Rachel is a divorced mom of two still scarred by the events of the past. Meanwhile, her high school is putting on a reunion while those who were there with her years ago are ending up dead. Her life is spiraling out of control as she finds herself the target of a stalker, her children are hiding secrets from her, her ex-husband is investigating the crimes, and she is being harassed to being a ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Rachel was a teenager, her and her friends gathered at an old cannery for a game they played with soft pellet air guns. Little did she know, her gun was switched out for a real one. When someone came up behind her, she fired and ended up shooting her half-brother, Luke. This horrific night has haunted her every day since. With her 20th high school reunion right around the corner and the anniversary of Luke's death, weird things begin to happen around her. She starts feeling like she is bein ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Lisa Jackson, and it was a solid mystery thriller with a touch of romance. Who could ask for more in a perfect summer read.

The book tells the story of Rachel who may or may not have accidentally shot her half brother as part of a game in high school. Still living in the same small town, Rachel's high school reunion is looming, and someone seems out for revenge.

I do not want to give away any spoilers and I went into reading this book with no preconceived notions, and I th
Whispers From
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rachel, twenty years ago, was playing a game in the old fish cannery with pellet guns, accidental shot and killed her half brother. She was arrested and put on trial but with some of her classmates testifying that they thought the shot came from behind Rachel. She was released but has had to live with the nightmares ever since. Now it’s twenty years later and their upcoming twenty year reunion. When some of their classmates are being killed, and someone texting and leaving messages on Rachel’s d ...more
Michelle Noble
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes mystery or thrillers
Recommended to Michelle by: SheSpeaks
Shelves: 2019-reads
This book is about Rachel a woman who accidentally murdered her brother Lucas. Rachel, her brother, and some friends were playing tag with harmless pellet guns at night. Rachel was nervous, because she never handled a gun before. Just as she was leaving early, someone came towards her. She didn't think, she just fired her gun. Her brother was shot in the chest. Her father who was a detective at the time arrived, and he called an ambulance. He then took Rachel to the precinct, and he went to the ...more
Pat G.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Paranoid is definitely a page turner. Rachael lives in the small Oregon town Edgewater. When she was a teenager her friends gathered at an old fish processing plant on the river. It was a stupid game where the teens would be shooting pellet guns and no one would get hurt but her half brother Luke was shot and killed and Rachael was blamed for the accidental shooting. The tragedy has been a nightmare for her.
Now divorced from Cade Ryder, a detective and raising two children alarming murders
Melissa Stickney
Lisa Jackson has yet to disappoint me with one of her thrillers. This latest installment was just the book I needed right now.

Rachel's life hasn't been easy since tragedy struck her family in high school. All these years she is still blaming herself for her half-brother's death. Something like that sticks with you for awhile, especially after you have kids of your own.

So much confusion surrounds that night. Confusion that is heightened when people involved with the initial crime start having u
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful, creepy, and an absolutely gripping psychological thriller that hooked me from start to finish.
There is also a touch of romance that is very relatable and engaging.

The main character Rachel is still reeling from a horrific incident from her teenage years where she may or may not have killed her half brother in a game. An incident that left her traumatized and contributed to the failure of her marriage.

Now with her high school reunion looming, unsettling events start happenin
Janice Lombardo
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With their 20th class reunion only months away, Rachel and her fellow students find themselves in the midst of more than one homicide. Luke, Rachel's half-brother had died the night of a raucous party gone bad, 20 years ago. Originally it was thought that Rachel had been behind the gunshot that killed Luke, however, Rachel was found innocent.

Now, with the reunion so close, someone is killing former students in Rachel's class. Who? Why? ...and why NOW?

As the twists come at you and the mystery un
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable rollercoaster read from Lisa Jackson. 'Paranoid' will keep you guessing to the bitter end! Twenty years earlier, Rachel Gaston accidentally shot her stepbrother, Luke, and has been haunted by questions and nightmares ever since. Her paranoia has cost her her marriage; her relationship with her teenage children is tense - and now, as the twentieth anniversary looms of that fateful night, is she some way connected to the two further murders of the only two witnesses to testify in ...more
Sarah Bowe
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twenty years ago, Rachel may have accidentally killed her half brother in a teenage game gone wrong. Now she's a divorced mom of two teenagers who test her and still living with the guilt of Luke's death. Things start happening to Rachel on the 20th anniversary of the death and she's becoming paranoid with all that is going on.
Who is behind the paranoia Rachel feels and why? Her ex Cade, who is a police officer, takes on the case as new murders start taking place. Is it all connected to that fa
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For twenty years Rachel believed she shot her brother in a game gone wrong one night in an abandoned cannery. Racked with guilt, suffering from paranoia and nightmares stemming from the event, divorced now with two unruly teenagers the nightmare begins again when one of Rachel’s classmates who testified on her behalf at trial is murdered. Feelings of being followed and constantly watched further exacerbates tensions in the household.
Full of suspense, riddled in suspects, an unpredictable plot li
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
20 years ago Rachel was accused of the murder of her half brother Luke. It’s affected everything in her life.Now people close to the investigation are being murdered. Someone is tormenting Rachel with calls and texts. There is a lot of family drama in this book between Rachel, her kids and her ex husband. I love Lisa Jackson’s books some more than others. This was not one of my favorites but it was still a good book. I have to say the last 100 or so pages were the best part of the book. The twis ...more
S Abby Trettel
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paranoid was a really twisted suspenseful thriller, with a lot of questionable characters that really kept me guessing throughout the entire book. Honestly I had my suspicions of every character, but I absolutely did not see the surprising conclusion coming! By the time I made it to the end, I had an idea of who I thought the killer was and when it was revealed I was completely taken by surprise. I like that in a book, where it sneaks up on you and that’s exactly what Paranoid did. The very last ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect title for this book. Twenty years ago, did Rachel accidentally kill her stepbrother or did someone else intentionally murder him? That day drastically changed Rachel's world. Now on the 20th anniversary of her brother's death, friends that were at the scene of her brother's death, are being targeted and killed. Is it a coincidence? Lots of twists!
Thank you to Goodreads for allowing to win this book during a giveaway.
Claire lang
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I had guessed who and why but I wanted to carry on to see how it played out which normally I wouldn't do.
I loved the main characters and all ease to relate to. There were a few surprises in the way that I don't see until it happened. would recommend to anyone. Thanks to NetGalley author and publisher for my arc copy of the book for a honest.
Donita Jones
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PARANOID By Lisa Jackson
Lisa Jackson has woven a complex tapestry of a great story with Paranoid! I was hooked from the start with this book. I read it in one sitting. There are lots of things going on, it's unpredictable, it twists and it turns, there is never a dull moment! I highly recommend this book, it is a 5 star read.
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Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, including Afraid to Die, Tell Me, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver.  She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, co-written with her sister, Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa Jackson’s books in print in twenty languages. 

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