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  • Audio CD: 11 pages
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Unabridged edition (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061256404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061256400
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 5.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,835,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Beautiful doctor Peyton Shields, head resident at Boston's Children's Hospital, and handsome lawyer husband Kevin Stokes would appear to have bright futures at the start of Grippando's stand-alone, which falls short of the standard of the author's Jack Swyteck series (When Darkness Falls, etc.). Mutual suspicions of infidelity and the fundamental failure of either partner to trust the other pave the way for the misunderstandings that make Peyton and Kevin ripe pickings for a psycho obsessed with Peyton. First Peyton nearly dies during a snowy accident that only she believes was deliberate. Then she and Kevin are ensnared in a web of escalating circumstances that drive them further apart. The soap opera plot will disappoint those expecting something meatier, and even the two lead characters play stock roles (the strong, independent woman; the dissatisfied, jealous husband). The result is a thriller that doesn't offer many thrills, even when Grippando takes the wraps off some late surprises. This title was first released in 2006 by Bookspan as a Madison Park Press book club exclusive. (May)
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From Booklist

Taking a break from the Jack Swyteck legal-thriller series, Grippando offers up a stand-alone thriller that is as tautly constructed as his fine early novels, including as The Abduction (1998) and Found Money (1999). Peyton Shields is a resident at a Boston hospital. Driving home one night during a snowstorm, she is run off the road by another car. Authorities are treating the incident like an accident, but Peyton is convinced it was a deliberate attack. Problem is, she can't convince anyone else, not even her husband. When other, equally frightening things begin to happen to her, Peyton realizes she is alone against a nameless but exceedingly determined stalker. Grippando excels at the ordinary-person-in-extraordinary-circumstances story, and this one uses the premise expertly, building enough suspense to keep readers looking in dark corners and over their shoulders. Fans of the Swyteck series shouldn't look askance at this stand-alone; it's every bit as strong as the series novels. David Pitt
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I found myself not caring about the two main characters.
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I picked the book up "just for a minute" and ended up reading it in one sitting.
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I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy suspense, mystery and intrigue.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
High achievers are often happy only when they stand atop the mound of people they have overcome. Lying with Strangers has much than its quota of such self-absorbed people.

At the center of the story, we have the perfect woman, Dr. Peyton Shields. She's bright, beautiful, married, and on the fast track in her profession as she starts her internship at Boston Children's Hospital after graduating from Harvard Medical School. The rest of the major characters find themselves overwhelmed by Peyton . . . including her husband, her old boy friend, and her stalker. Many men want to be the career stars in their marriages. That opportunity isn't likely to be fulfilled for Kevin Stokes whose career isn't doing well as he follows Peyton to where her career can flourish. Kevin finds himself being attracted to another woman and a chance for a new career. The ex-boy friend simply feels used. The stalker has convinced himself that Peyton wants him sexually, and he's frustrated by her come-ons in a chat room.

As the story evolves, Peyton and Kevin realize how little they know about each other and their marriage. But deadly peril makes it critical that they pull together. Will they?

How will Peyton get rid of the stalker? Usually, the more attention you pay to them . . . the worse it gets. But what if you don't realize you have a stalker?

The plot has many unexpected twists and turns that will keep some women up late at night checking for prowlers and burglars. I found myself wondering how the conflict set up by the plot would be resolved, but didn't feel like the threat implied in the plot was a serious one.

Those who like legal thrillers will enjoy some good insights into the difficulties of sustaining a defense for co-defendants.

But ultimately, it's a book that doesn't do enough to develop its characters, to create suspense that readers will feel in their guts, and to lure readers into caring about the characters.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Donna B on September 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I decided to read "Lying With Strangers" by James Grippando because of the praises that James Patterson has given his books. Patterson's praises certainly hold up as Grippando shows all the signs of entering the realm of the best mystery writers today--like Harlan Coben, James Patterson, Dean Koontz and many more.

The book starts out with a bang as Dr. Peyton Shields is run off the road by a stalker she doesn't even realize is stalking her while her husband is out of town on business having an affair with a colleague. Kevin Stokes, Peyton's husband, is riddled with guilt, but doesn't tell his wife about the tryst. And so begins a series of keeping secrets coupled with circumstances that appear one way, but truly are not. When Peyton believes her husband really isn't being faithful, she goes out with an ex-boyfriend and his friends, gets very drunk, and wakes up the next day in his bed. From there, the book twists and turns leaving the reader to wonder what will happen next after Peyton and Kevin are indicted for murder and secrets are revealed.

Although I figured out who the culprit was behind Peyton's trials and tribulations, I did find myself doubting my decision until the very end. Grippando's writing and his way of having the characters keep secrets from the reader make this an exciting read for any mystery buff. He is definitely an author to watch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Garrison VINE VOICE on August 17, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
LYING WITH STRANGERS is the second James Grippando book I've read. He's been known for the Jack Swytek novels, and I've read one and thought it was okay. This novel is one that I could easily begin reviewing by pointing out its many faults and problems. But truthfully, I found it quite compelling and easy to read.

The story starts out slowly as Grippando introduces Peyton Shields, a resident working 80 hour weeks at Boston Children's Hospital. Her husband, Kevin Stokes, is also working long hours as an associate lawyer at a prestigious Boston firm. Peyton has a nagging belief that a man is stalking her, and when she is run off the road and narrowly escapes with her life from an icy lake, the story really takes off. This is a story of deception and trust within a marriage. Kevin is tempted by other women and jealous of Peyton, who is working with her old high school boyfriend Gary Varnes. Peyton is fearful of a stalker, and can't trust her husband once she catches him in one too many lies.

The good: Grippando creates some compelling characters, and conflict within a marriage has always been fun for me to read. Peyton and Kevin are a perfect example of how a marriage can be destroyed when a couple doesn't communicate and builds up walls of mistrust. Grippando throws a lot of problems at the couple and I kept turning the pages to figure out how they would escape.

The not so good: From the very beginning of the novel, I kept having the feeling that if Peyton and Kevin would have talked just a bit longer, none of their problems would have existed. I felt that way throughout the entire book. Suspense novels usually don't work when the reader believes all the problems could have been avoided. Also, there is a legal strategy of joint defense used later in the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stoney TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 23, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
THE TEASER
"Lying with Strangers" starts with a teaser, in this case a flash-ahead, which is normally loathsome device designed to catch bookstore browsers, but is usually unrepresentative of the novel and ultimately confusing to the reader. In this case, the "opening flash ahead" is short and appropriate. THANK YOU JAMES GRIPPANDO.

THE SETUP
Young pediatric intern Peyton Shields is being stalked. Her novelist-wannabe husband Kevin Stokes is having difficulties in his profession as an attorney. As a result strain develops in their marriage, particularly as they suspect each other of infidelity, and even moreso when they are jointly accused of murder. That's pretty much the setup.

CAVEATS
Unfortunately, psychological suspense stories have little appeal for me. There is more than enough impending doom in real life. It is said that children love "fairy tales" because the stories help them face up to their vague or subconscious fears. Perhaps psychological suspense stories help some adults confront their own fears in a similar manner. However, I just found it a yawn.

If "Lying with Strangers" was a simple stalker story, and half the length, that would be one thing. There is a little flare in courtroom action at ca the 3/5 point, but that occupies only a few pages. As a mystery thriller, the novel is a failure because of numerous implausibilities. Suffice it to say that the "solution" is unsatisfying. One of the most annoying aspects is that the reader never really finds out who Rudy ("the psychopath") is. His knowledge of Peyton, even moment-to-moment knowledge of her movements is highly implausible---even given Grippando's lame explanation.

VERDICT
The most positive thing I can say about "Lying with Strangers" is "Thank God it is over", but one can hardly give Grippando much credit for that. From my point of view, this is the least entertaining Grippando I've read (and I've probably read them all).
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