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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449563570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449563578
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,804,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

BORROWED TIME was the first thriller novel I wrote.  In it, a Pittsburgh police officer tracks a killer targeting cops.  The only problem?  He's already killed her once.

Good hook, great idea with lots of possibilities.  But where's the passion?  Is it the idea of a cop dying, laying down her life to protect and serve others?  Is it about how our society breeds and creates serial killers?  Is it about returning from the dead and how that changed everything?

I chose the first.   I decided this story was about a cop raised in the tradition that the best, most honorable, greatest thing you can do in this world is to be a cop and protect and serve.  That was her driving force, her motivation, her reason to live.

And on page three, that's her reason to die.  That's right, she's killed in the first pages.

She's resuscitated by a handsome trauma surgeon and wakes to find that not only is she physically maimed by her encounter with the killer, but she's also psychologically damaged.  When she wakes, she has terrifying visions of people's deaths and so begins to think she's crazy.  A belief confirmed when she learns that she actually was dead for several minutes and that she might have brain damage.

Now I've taken a character whose default action is to take action, even if it means sacrificing her own life, and what have I done?  I've immobilized her, stripped her of her power, made her helpless.  Even more, I've made her fear for her physical recovery while also doubting her very sanity.

Then I make things worse for her...

To find out how, download a sample or the entire book.

Enjoy!
CJ --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

About the Author

As a pediatric ER doctor, New York Times Bestseller CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

CJ has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) with "characters with beating hearts and three dimensions" (Newsday).

Her newest project is as co-author of a new suspense series with Erin Brockovich. Learn more about CJ's Thrillers with Heart at cjlyons.net

More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-one novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

Winner of International Thriller Writers' prestigious Thriller Award, CJ has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) with "characters with beating hearts and three dimensions" (Newsday).

Learn more about CJ's Thrillers with Heart at www.CJLyons.net

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76 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Ellis on December 5, 2010
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This books starts with a bang and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. It's about a cop and a doctor with some unusual characteristics. Both are people to care about and root for, and there are plenty of problems along the way. The violence is fast and fits the story, nothing gratuitous to my mind. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it.
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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful By William T. Jackson on September 14, 2011
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BORROWED TIME is well written and based on the reasonably good idea of a cop being shot dead, brought back to life and being able to see into the future as a side-effect, which could obviously be handy in the fight against crime, or in day-to-day life for that matter. Unfortunately this is more of a novella than a novel and everything seems to be rushed and made unbelievable as a result. The heroine (Kate) comes back from her death-bed to a full recovery and catches the cop-killing bad guy in a week, oh and bags the surgeon who saved her life in the process. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger would have had difficulty with the recovery bit and maybe even with the love interest part as well!

This may appeal to die-hard romance lovers (no pun intended & yes I know that one was starring Bruce Willis), although the surgeon needs Freudian help in my opinion, as he is having sexual fantasies about Kate just days after a major operation. There is also too much description of the surroundings, and not enough of the action for those of us who like fast-paced adventure thrillers.

The 2 stars are for concept and writing ability, the rest were lost to the lack of a realistic time-frame!
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68 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Frank on January 12, 2011
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Borrowed Time grabs you in the very first chapter and then begins to accelerate. Gripping cop and medical suspense with a unique and creative story. CJ Lyons became one of my favorite authors after reading the four books in her terrifically suspenseful Angels of Mercy series. Borrowed Time will appeal to anyone interested in an incredibly fast-paced thriller. It is proof of CJ Lyons great storytelling skills and her attention to detail. Highly recommend!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 3, 2011
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Because of fairly good review (which makes me doubt the quality of reviews in general), I bought this book expecting to find a good suspense and was quite disappointed.

Once the romance got started (which was unnaturally early in the story), everything else just became secondary. In middle of a murder investigation, I had to read page after page about how they fantasized about their tight biceps or abs.... Not very suspenseful.

And all sorts of unrealistic and ridiculous things happen just to get the main characters in bed together. Why couldn't the writer come up with some more realistic way to bring them together? Did she really think that the readers buy that nonsense?

I didn't know what a "romantic thriller" genre was before. Now I know to stay away from them.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By denton true on November 19, 2011
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I'm left wondering if someone wrote this novel as an experiment to see how bad a piece of writing could be and still get published. How is it possible to make a novel about a serial cop killer and a survivor who has visions of future murders into something so boring? The characters are two dimensional cliches and the plot is simplistic, but it's the hackneyed, overblown writing that turns this into a tribute to mediocrity. Some examples:

"She was jogging through a meadow of wild flowers, a white house with red shutters at the end of the path. The door opened and Josh emerged, his back to her. A beatiful lullaby filled the air and Kate's heart was pounding with a joy she could not contain."

Sickening, isn't it? Joy is always uncontained and hearts are always pounding. It's like reading a teenage girls diary. And why did he come out the door backwards? More:

"'What the hell is that?'
Kate looked at Josh in surprise. It was the first time she'd heard him swear."

Presumably she was less shocked when he said 'hell' again two pages later.
But the prize (Bulwer Lytton, that is) goes to this gem:

"She felt old as if her time had come and gone like the grains in those old fashioned salt shakers that were shaped like hour glasses."

WTF?

And here's a spoiler alert about the ending.

Kate is offered a job at the FBI as a profiler, presumably because of her ability to foresee the deaths of people nearby. But how will this help solve crimes that have already ocurred, or even prevent future crimes, since she has to be in proximity to the future victim to have a vision? The visions didn't even help solve this case, since they picked the murderer out of a mugshot book. As for profiling, the sum knowledge we get about the murderer is 1) his name, 2) the fact that he likes killing cops, and 3) he's not afraid to die.

This book was a complete waste of time. At least it was short.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Susan Bryan on September 3, 2011
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Just too predictable and wanting you to believe someone could be shot to the point of dying, recovering, falling in love and catching the bad guy all in a week is too ridiculous to even comment. The characters really needed more development - I still don't know why this bad guy was targeting her. I finished the book, but at the end I'm not sure why I bothered. Wouldn't recommend to anyone.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on January 8, 2011
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Borrowed Time is a great, fast paced read. But what is appreciated, are the details about the location, right down to very correct phrases and speech patterns used in the Pittsburgh area which put me as a reader right at the scene.

Good job, CJ
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