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Every Waking Hour

(Ellery Hathaway #4)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  249 ratings  ·  123 reviews
The fourth book in Joanna Schaffhausen's heartpounding Ellery Hathaway mystery series.

After surviving a serial killer’s abduction as a young teenager, Ellery Hathaway is finally attempting a normal life. She has a new job as a rookie Boston detective and a fledgling relationship with Reed Markham, the FBI agent who rescued her years ago. But when a twelve-year-old girl dis
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 26th 2021 by Minotaur Books
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Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Every Waking Hour (Ellery Hathaway #4) by Joanna Schaffhausen

In Every Waking Hour, the fourth book in the Ellery Hathaway/Reed Markham series, Ellery and Reed, the FBI agent who saved her from a serial killer years ago, have moved forward in their quiet relationship. Ellery will never be "okay" after her kidnap, rape, and torture, all those years ago, but she's now a detective in Boston and Reed and his seven year old daughter, Tula, are visiting her.  And then there is the ever present Speed B
Book four of the Ellery Hathaway series.
And all I can say is fabulous! Yet another superb read. This series just keeps getting better.

Ellery is spending some much needed downtime from her job as a rookie police detective, together with her love, Reed Markham. Who remarkably happens to be the FBI agent that helped rescue Ellery years ago. She had been abducted and was being held captive by a madman when she was just a teen. Not surprisingly, they have formed a special bond and now exploring
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it

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3.5 stars

In this 4th book in the 'Ellery Hathaway' series, the police detective searches for a missing girl. The book works fine as a standalone.


As a young teenager, Ellery Hathaway was abducted by a sadistic serial killer who raped her, carved her up with a knife, and shut her up in a dank, putrid closet.

Ellery was on the point of death when she
Maureen Carden
Newly minted probationary Boston PD detective Ellery Hathaway must face old and new fears in Every Waking Hour. Her least/most fearful experience is when Reed Markham fetches lunch for her and Tula, Reed daughter, leaving Ellery in charge of a small child and her pink glitter purse. Leash not included.
While enjoying the beautiful day on the Boston Common, a panicked nanny crosses Ellery and Reed’s path. Her charge, twelve year old Chloe Lockhart went to a food truck and has disappeared. Both El
Susanne  Strong
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
Sometimes being in the right place at the right time makes all the difference!

Ellery Hathaway and Reed Markham’s relationship has finally progressed to the next level and it’s about time. If only they could sit back and enjoy it!

Unfortunately for Ellery, while out and about in Boston with Reed and his daughter Tula, both Reed and Ellery are on the scene when twelve year old Chloe Lockhart goes missing. It’s an eerily familiar moment for Ellery as she was kidnapped at the age of fourteen and yet
Lori Lamothe
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-tbr
4.5 stars.

Ellery Hathaway has a problem. The Boston PD detective may have survived an abduction by a serial killer and she has solved a few pretty important crimes since she became a cop. She's even trying to learn how to use the word “boyfriend” without freaking out. What she can't handle is hanging out with a little girl who carries around a purse full of colored plastic ponies.

She isn't the only one with doubts either. “Mama said I shouldn't be alone with Ellery on account that she's got em
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, kindle, netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

When FBI profiler Reed Markham and his daughter, Tula visit his girlfriend, Boston police detective, Ellery Hathaway, the two find their visit consumed with locating a missing teenage girl. When it is discovered that the girl's mother lost a child many years before and is now receiving menacing texts, Ellery and Reed will have to use all their resources before it is too late.

Although this book could b
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

I really, really like the way Joanna Schaffhausen balances series continuity with keeping each book readable as a standalone - the reader is given enough information to catch up, without losing the option to go back and read other books, and without heading into infodump territory. The characters are allowed to grow and develop, but in a realistic way rather than one that's plot-serving.

And speaking of characters, that's another really strong point of this series. There are some famili
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Rookie Boston detective Ellery Hathaway was saved from a serial killer by FBI agent Reed Markham when she was a teenager. 16 years later they are both working together on a missing girl case Chloe who disappears from a street fair in Boston. With time running out for Chloe will Ellery’s past get in the way of her solving the crime

Every Waking Hour is the 4th book in the Ellery Hathaway and Reed Markham series by Joanna Schaffhausen . Another fantastic installment in the series ,this one continu
Joanna Schaffhausen
Apr 14, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Yay, it's Reed and Ellery #4!

After surviving a serial killer’s abduction as a young teenager, Ellery Hathaway is finally attempting a normal life. She has a new job as a rookie Boston detective and a fledgling relationship with Reed Markham, the FBI agent who rescued her years ago. But when a twelve-year-old girl disappears on Ellery’s watch, the troubling case opens deep wounds that never fully healed.

Chloe Lockhart walked away from a busy street fair and vanished into the crowd. Maybe she was
Brenda Feinen
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-netgalley
I have a book hangover. Wow.
I haven't read the previous books on this series- the author did a great job giving backstory without slowing the book.
Chloe is at a Boston festival with her nannie, Mimi. She goes to get an ice cream - and is gone.
FBI agent Reed and BCP Detective Ellery happen to be at the same festival- Ellery quickly gets BCP on it with a description. Then she finds Chloe's abandoned cell phone.
The parents do all they can to help- but with their busy professions, Mimi is the ma
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
I have really enjoyed this series. As of right now this is my favorite of the four books. I am #teambump all the way. This was not predictable. It was on the edge of your seat good. I had no idea where Chloe was, who had her. and if she was coming home. Now that is saying a lot from a thriller lover.
This is a 5 star read and I highly recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
Nov 11, 2020 added it
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
Oh I just love the Ellery and Reed series so very much. Review to come.
Alissa Miles
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm new to the Ellery Hathaway series. This is the fourth book. Firstly, why didn't ya'll tell me?! Where has this series been all my life? I'm in love with a good female lead in a mystery/thriller series and Ellery is my new go-to character.

It's hard to describe when you've found a writer that just gets it. We can talk about the character's believability and interesting plot points, but for me Schaffhausen has accomplished more than that. It's just smart writing. The dialogue is crisp and not o
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Book 4 in the Ellery Hathaway and Reed Markham series and it just keeps going from strength to strength. Another fantastic instalment that will keep you turning pages. While this could be read as a stand alone I highly recommend reading the first 3 books to understand the characters better.

This time there is a case that hits close to home for Ellery. As a teenager she was saved from a serial killer. by FBI agent Reed Markham. 16 years later na they are working together on a missing girl case. Ch
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Intricate, sinister, and twisty!

In this fourth instalment in the Ellery Hathaway series, Every Waking Hour, Detective Hathaway and Agent Markham find themselves inadvertently working together once again when a child goes missing, a kidnapper seems to have a targeted agenda, and the family has way too many skeletons hiding in their closet.

The writing is sharp and sophisticated. The characterization is spot on with all the usual gang back, including the scarred and stubborn Ellery Hathaway, whose
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Each time I read an Ellery and Reed book, it's better than the last. How can that be, when the previous one was so, so good? So much is going on in this book, yet it never feels confusing or disjointed, and it all comes together perfectly in the end. The characters, even minor ones, are well-developed and do not feel like after thoughts.

Ellery and Reed take on a missing persons case with secrets that may or may not be related to the case, and seeing them go down the wrong road only to regroup a
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There was so much going on in Every Waking Hour by Joanna Schaffhausen that it really was a thrill ride, and I’m not just saying that to make the book more marketable!

When Chelsea Cain stopped writing her serial killer series (which I highly recommend) I kept trying to find a new series to take its place. And while the Ellery Hathaway series is a bit different it is so good. There’s tons of background information from the previous three books that Schaffhausen does an excellent weaving into this
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Every Waking Hour is the fourth book in the Ellery Hathaway series. While it is possible to get through it as a standalone, I'd recommend reading the previous books - something I have not done - because of the sheer trauma of the lead character, who was abducted by a serial killer and survived until she was rescued by Reed Markham, an FBI agent. Hathaway is now a detective with the Boston PD, and winds up being the lead on the disappearance of Chloe Lockhart, who vanishes at a fair at which the ...more
Sharon Turner
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by this author and I’m glad I did. There are other books in this series, but the author does a great job of explaining what happened in earlier book, so you won’t be lost if you haven’t read other books. Ellery Hathaway is a Detective for the city of Boston, when a 12 year old girl goes missing. Will her past get in the way of solving this case, since as a young girl she was kidnapped by a serial killer. She is also dating the FBI agent who saved her all those ...more
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ellery Hathaway, now a Boston Detective, was kidnapped, abused and repeatedly raped by serial killer, Francis Coben, when she was thirteen. She was rescued from a locked closet where she had been held prisoner by Coben by Reed Markham, now an FBI profiler. This is the fourth novel in the series. Both Ellery and Reed carry lots of baggage based on their history and the fact that the media loves serial killers and their survivors. Ellery is distant with everyone and has, until her recent relations ...more
Roxanne Spencer
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is aptly named, as I spent the past day reading it every waking hour! Ellery Hathaway is back on the job, trying not to fall apart as her 6-month probationary period as a detective the Boston PD nears its end, when a missing child case threatens her mental stability. I couldn't put this down as Ellery and Reed team up to rescue the missing girl, as well as deal with ex-wives, half-sisters, and other family distractions.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for access to a digital
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ellery Hathaway series by Joanna Schaffhausen is an underappreciated suspense series that I wish more people would read. I gave all the books in the series five stars, and the latest installment, Every Waking Hour, is no exception. When she was fourteen, Ellery Hathaway was abducted and tortured (she almost died) by a serial killer. Rookie FBI agent, Reed Markham, was the one who found and saved her. More than a decade later, Ellery and Reed solve crimes together while trying to navigate their c ...more
Randi (randi_reads)
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is book four in the Ellery Hathaway series and it is another wonderful installment.

Ellery Hathaway is a survivor, but she will never be over her kidnapping, rape and torture that happened to her when she was a teenager. Now, many years later she is a rookie detective in the Boston Police Department. Special Agent Reed Markham was the FBI assigned to her case and has continued to be in her life, now in a romantic relationship.

Reed and his seven year old daughter are visiting Ellery in Boston
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book in the Ellery Hathaway/Reed Markham mystery series; it is the second one I have read. As a young teenager, Ellery was kidnapped, raped, and tortured; she was rescued by FBI Agent Markham. Now an adult, Hathaway has become a police officer and has formed a close relationship Markham.

While he is visiting Ellery in Boston, he gets caught up in a missing child case assigned to Ellery and her training officer. Ellery, who has many emotional scars from her ordeal years ago, is
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 4.5 out of 5

Every Waking Hour is the 4rth book in the Ellery Hathaway series. The author did a good job detailing the backstory so you you can get away with reading this as a stand-alone. However, I recommend reading the previous books first. You will see how the characters are developing in each book.

To me, Reed has a savior complex. Ellery and Reed's relationship has always irked me. But in this book, you will see how their relationship evolves. The story is good with a mystery
Leah Pursley
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
First off, I want to thank you to Joanna Schaffhausen and St. Martin’s Press, as well as NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my personal review.

Every Waking Hour is the forth book in the Ellery Hathaway/Reed Markham series, but I read as a standalone book and really enjoyed it! I can’t believe how much more I would have enjoyed it by reading the other three books in the series. I felt the author did a great job of explaining what has happened in previous books, so
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The fourth book in the Ellery Hathaway series is just as riveting as the first three and can be read as a standalone. In this book, a child is missing and Ellery and her partner Dorie are engaged to find her. Agent Reed Markham, the agent who rescued Ellery when she was kidnapped, is on the case and is also working on his relationship with Ellery. The whole relationship thing is complicated because Reed has his daughter Tori with him in town and a very irate wife who wants nothing more than for ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, netgalley
This is another excellent addition to Schaffhausen’s Ellery Hathaway series. Ellery is called upon to investigate a kidnapping with ties to a years-earlier death that causes Ellery to relive her own terrible kidnapping.

This series just keeps getting better and better. The plot is clever and the writing is excellent with intricacies, but nothing overly complicated. I loved the ending, which wraps up the mystery nicely but also leaves a cliffhanger. I recommend this and all the books in this serie
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
It is no small understatement that I've been waiting for the publication and the chance to read this new Joanna Schaffhausen thriller since I saw the news that it was coming out.

The Ellery Hathaway series has been one of the singular best new thriller series discoveries for me in a good long while and each of the past three books has been outstanding.

For the uninitiated, Ellery Hathaway is the only survivor of a serial killer. She was taken and tortured but was saved by FBI profiler Reed Markham
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