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Claire Sturgis never dreamed of leaving her life as a Washington, D.C. urbanite. But after her husband, Sam, a NASA aerospace engineer working on a top-secret project, is diagnosed with early-onset dementia, he convinces her semi-retirement in a gated community full of "McMansions" is just what they need to slow down and take stock. She silently begrudges the move, but wil ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by BookBaby
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Mischenko
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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After Claire's husband Sam is diagnosed with an early form of dementia, he's convinced they need to move out of D.C. for a slower, more comfortable lifestyle. Claire isn't sure what life will be like in West Virginia and feels quite negative about it, but she tries to stay optimistic because she loves Sam. She knows in her heart this is something they likely both need with his new diagnosis.

Everything is mysterious in this new 'gated' neighborhood, from all the McMansions, to the people that liv
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Sharon Huether
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Claire and Sam, needed to get out of the big city and live a quieter life in the suburbs. They found a development with a house so inexpensive that it was almost to good to be true.
Strange things were happening, being followed, no children in the area.

Sam, a scientist at NASA was experiencing dementia. His illness bothered Clair so much that she started drinking heavily. Sam knew something no one else knew about people on a different planet.
If he told his superiors, they knew where he could be h
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Sarah
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A total page turner. A mystery, almost thriller type book. Kept my attention throughout and got more riveting as it went on. Layered main character, loved to get to know her. Can’t wait for the next book from the writer!
David
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic debut novel from a promising author! JD Ventura's "Gated" is a really enjoyable read with well-developed characters, a fast-paced plot and some unexpected twists and turns. Looking forward to reading more of his work! ...more
Patti
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the twists and turns except for the very end. It kept my interest throughout.
Mel
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fast paced, engaged, made me curious at the beginning as to what was coming. Characters are well written and the story flows smoothly. I personally like Sam having early onset dementia, I work in the healthcare field and this is one of life's terrible diseases that many people don't even know about and I hope raises more awareness for people. J.D. did a great job describing his mind deterioration and the emotions running wild. Frustration, anger,fear and the effects on the loved ones caring for ...more
Stephen
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finely-crafted and intelligent, this is one terrific thriller.
It's tightly-plotted, fast-paced, and very suspenseful.
All the characters are well-drawn, especially the lead.
Her backstory is interspersed throughout with events from her childhood that add real emotional depth.
This story is fantastic and the writing exceptional.

Utterly absorbing from the beginning all the way to it's out-of-this-world ending!

I'm not one of those long-winded reviewers who practically give away the whole story.

I will
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Mark Carter
I enjoyed everything about this book except the ending. It’s as if a lot of thought was put into the story up until the ending. At that point everything seems rushed. Quite the disappointment.
Marie
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't expecting the ending. I really liked the way this book was written, it kept me interested through out the story. Look forward to more from this author. ...more
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J.D. Ventura is a former print journalist who freelanced for seven years for a LGBTQ magazine in Boston, before heading to NYC for journalism grad school. As a student journalist at Columbia University, he covered 9/11 and went on to become a newspaper reporter in Louisiana, where he was an award-winning feature writer who covered Hurricane Katrina. He is currently working on his second novel.

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