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This Happened to Jessica

(Secrets of Redemption #2)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  441 ratings  ·  43 reviews
How many more are going to die because you refuse to remember?

Becca would like nothing better than to put the past behind her and focus on making Redemption her home. But what do you do when the past refuses to stay buried?

Becca still can't remember the night sixteen-year-old Jessica disappeared from a party, never to be seen again. Which is bad enough (especially sinc
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 30th 2018 by Createspace
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DJ Sakata
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The best way to describe her was round—round face, round glasses, round bosom , round belly. Her silver-grey hair was cut short, and it “poofed” around her face like a dandelion gone to seed. She looked like a stereotypical grandmother, except for her sharp eyes, which peered out at me from behind black-rimmed frames. She smelled like a combination of mothballs and chamomile.

I had found some of Aunt Charlie's bags she had custom made to package her teas and tinctures. Across one
Kathleen Bradbury (Bulfon)
It Grabbed My attention and focus so strong I could not put it down. A word of advice when you get your copy. Grab a snack, a comfy seat, kick back and relax. You will not be moving until you finish this bad boy here. Remarkable job. Thanks for sharing.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is just as good as the first one!
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can’t believe that that it has been two months since I read and reviewed Michele Pariza Wacek’s (Michele PW) “It Began With A Lie.” Like I said in my last review, this is not my typical genre but this series had me hooked since I read the description. “It Began With A Lie” was not a cliff hanger but it definitely left me with a lot of unanswered questions! “This Happened to Jessica” is the second book in Michele PW’s Secrets of Redemption Series and you will want to read “It Began With a Lie” ...more
Katherine Yearwood
If you love to submerge yourself in a good mystery than the 2nd installment to Michele PW new series Secrets of Redemption titled This Happened to Jessica will be the book for you. This story Just like its predecessor takes us into the mystery of what happened to Jessica that night 12 years ago. But where It Began With A Life, left us with the burning needing to know what transpired that night that left one girl missing and another forgetting the details all these years. This Happened to Jessic ...more
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
**You must read the first book in this series! This is not a stand alone.**

Once again I was hooked by this book, after finishing book 1 I immediately started this one and I could not put it down. They mystery surround Jessica's disappearance and Becca's memories slowly returning keep me reading in the wee small hours of the night!

After the chaos that ensued towards the end of book 1, Becca is home, her husband is in jail and her stepdaughter Chrissie is in foster care. Yeah you REALLY need to re
Nancy Reynolds
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2nd book in this trilogy. I read the first book and was able to immediately start on the second - and couldn'g put it down. Loved it. I love the way the author was able to present an entire mystery and solve it - and yet set up to for the third book. I was feeling nervous and on edge by the storyline - and glad to have this particular mystery settled. But so ready to read the third book and get answers to questions still set before the reader. Luckily I have the third book so I can get started r ...more
✴ Cindy ✴
I stayed with the series to see if she ended up with Daniel. As we got to know him more in this book, he revealed himself to be a condescending asshole. He doesn't tell her the full story when even an idiot can see that her life is in danger and keeping the details from her is making it worse. Poor Becca didn't have any luck with men. ...more
Kathi Hoops
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book can hardly wait for book three!

Love the book keeps you guessing! Hope book goes up all the loose ends ! You start this and you will not want to put it down! Hey sleep is over rated anyway .
Rose Wubker
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great Second Book in Series

This Happened to Jessica follows up on the underlying storyline in book one of this series. If you didn't read book one, I highly suggest it as it is really tantalizing but not necessary as this book can stand alone on it's own.
Sue Wallace
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This happened to Jessica by Michelle P.W.
A fantastic read. This is book 2 and we find out what happened to Jessica. It wasn't who I thought it was. I was surprised with who it was. Becca is still my favourite character. Cant wait for book 3. 5*.
Alana Pool
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jennifer Pierson
This Happened to Jessica is the second book in the Secrets of Redemption series, so you really MUST READ It Began With a Lie (Book 1) FIRST, since this story takes place afterwards. I loved the first book, but I think that I'm going have to go with this one being my favorite. See, Becca is trying to put her life back together after all the chaos of her husband's actions, and try to make Redemption her home. But now there's new things from her past trying to come out, like the night she threw a p ...more
Heather Martin
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.**

This Happened to Jessica is book two in the Secrets of Redemption series. This series MUST be read in order. This book is NOT a standalone. Seriously, read the first book before you read this one. It’s a fantastic book so you don’t want to miss it!

When I read the first book I struggled with liking Rebecca and I can’t say that opinion has changed a lot in this book. She h
Lucii Dixon
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with the first book in this series, it was exceptional, gripping, heart-racing and dramatic. It's many twists and turns really keep the reader guessing and hooked.

The characters were fabulous, as with the previous book. I certainly didn't see the ending coming. My guesses in my head were totally off the playing field so I was left shocked and reeling at the revelations. I still really love the main character, Rebecca, though in this book, she shined in a different way.

The storyline picks up
Regina Lively
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This novel is book 2 of “The Secrets of Redemption Series”.
I’ve read both novels & will be heading off to read book 3. This series is so good, I can’t put it down.
In book 1, Becca was a wuss, allowing herself to be controlled by her husband & her 16 year old stepdaughter.
In book 2 we see a much stronger Becca. She knows her own mind & listens to her intuition. In book 2 she’s the new, improved Beeca.
Ms. Pariza Wacek did a wonderful job of drawing her characters. The plot is believa
Aug 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd in the series about Redemption, WI. Rebecca lived their with her Aunt Charlie until she was 16. Then the evil started happening.

That one night changed everyone. Rebecca was in love with Daniel, but he had betrayed her but asking to meet her, then standing her up. They had a party that night with all their friends which
resulted in Becca being in the hospital and Jessica missing. Becca went back to New York to live with her parents and never remembered what happened that night to m
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Secrets, Revelations, and New Beginnings! 🕯

Mysteriously disappearing pets, mangled bodies, returning memories, and crazy old Maude. This tale picks up right where its predecessor left off, and the thrilling twists and turns continue to take this cast of characters on a paranormal ride through devilishly dark suspicions and misconstrued acts of loving “protection” and secrecy! I was glad to see the stepdaughter return to the storyline. Friendships are strengthened and love blossoms gradually. If
Kept my interest

This will definitely keep you interest. After reading book 1, you're left asking the question everybody is curious to know, What happened to Jessica? Well wonder no more because you finally find out. I was a little disappointed with the reason. I was expecting something totally different. It didn't seem like the reason was good enough for the supernatural storyline. Now I'm left to wonder, what connection all the other "stuff" that was happening had with the focus of the story. I
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it

Overall. The main character seemed to move through her life in a fog, and portions were really grating when she would do things like keep drinking while saying maybe she shouldn’t, she would get clues but not act on them. Ok, so I did not like the main character, but I did want to find out what was going on. The rest of the story was nice, the plot, her friends, even the cat. It was just that main character....I was just irritated with her for the entire book, so it made the whole book
Saachi Thind
Not sure why it’s split into three books. It’s so slow I feel like one book would have kept the momentum going. Just like the first book, the author keeps telling you how the protagonist has no memory of this awful event from years ago and how she wants to regain her memory to help solve some questions.

When you finally get close to finishing the book does something finally happen. But then you have to read the next book. Not sure I want to read the final and third book just to waste reading 80%
No way to guess this happened

It took a lot of repetition to read to the end and find “This Happened to Jessica”. It was worth it! A shocker, no way to guess, plus evil still lurks, now I’ve got to read book 3.
This Happened to Jessica had the intrigue factor that kept pages turning and the want to read on.
Start with book 1, a must to get the story and it was an exciting read.
Erika Sobin
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What happened to Jessica?

I thought I enjoyed the first book in this series a lot (It Began With A Lie), but this one was even better! I don’t usually read books with paranormal occurrences, but this series just tickles the edges of paranormal, while making you believe that anything can be possible. I’m ready for the next in the series!
Mickey Noel
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written and captivating!

Book 2 is even better than the first book of this series! I love the characters, the plot is cleverly developed, and the suspense is addictive. There is no graphic sex or violence, so I can recommend this book to most anyone. Well done, and on to the next in series.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked it

The story is well written and book 2 did wrap up most of what started in book 1. The supernatural element is still a bit wonky but there's enough reality to make up for it. I'm glad I gave the 2nd book a chance.
Ruth King
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Spirits, a black cat, and murder make this novel hard to put down! Jessica and her friends try to figure out what happened to their missing friend when they were in high school.
Emilie Davis
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great entry in the series!

A mystery within a mystery! Michele PW writes a mean book!! The twists and turns sometimes will make you dizzy! One of the mysteries was solved, but there is still the other one. I am looking forward to the next one.
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'This Happened To Jessica' was a good addition to a pretty good series, 'Secrets of Redemption'. Questions are being answered and things are becoming clearer for Rebecca and her friends. Overall I enjoyed the story line. A good add to your tbr list. ...more
Jaymi The OC Book Girl

Becca is still living in Redemption and trying to decide what she wants to do next. She's single now and living in Aunt Charlie's house. Her stepdaughter is living with a foster family and a pushy neighbor is demanding that Becca take up her aunt's old business.
The weirdness begins when that neighbor turns up dead and just like with Jessica, Becca is the last person to have seen her alive.
Becca's cousin CB shows up again along with Mia and Daphne and the whole gang. Daniel and his fiancé have ...more
karin whitehead
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read. Enjoyed this story. Well developed characters, good story line. A writer to watch!
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