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Never has the phrase “misery loves company” been so apt as when Jules Belleno, a distraught and reclusive widow, is kidnapped by her favorite author, Patrick Reagan, who is haunted by his past. Jules is a private blogger while Patrick is a best-selling author, yet as he holds her captive, Jules must decipher the shadow side of his writing to unlock the secrets of her own heart. As the two of them remain isolated, officer Chris Downey investigates Jules’ disappearance and ends up uncovering something much bigger and more sinister than he had imagined. Gutteridge takes readers on a hair-raising and heart-wrenching ride in this suspenseful, character-driven, inspirational crime novel that is reminiscent of Jodi Picoult’s work. Gutteridge’s tale is hard to put down as readers attempt to solve the mystery of Jules’ kidnapping, and as she slowly uncovers the truth about why she’s been captured. Gutteridge’s keen characterization and exciting plot make for a refreshing read as readers eagerly follow the twists and turns that lead to faith. --Carolyn Richard

About the Author

Rene Gutteridge is the author of nineteen novels including Listen, Possession, the Storm series, the Boo series, the Occupational Hazards series, and the novelization of the movie The Ultimate Gift. Rene and her husband have two children and live in Oklahoma.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414349335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414349336
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rene Gutteridge is the author of eighteen novels, including Escapement, Possession, Listen, Never the Bride (2011 Carol Award Winner), The Boo Series, The Storm Series, The Occupational Hazards Series and My Life as a Doormat, a Women of Faith selection for 2006. She has a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in screenwriting and twenty years of experience writing, directing and publishing comedy sketches. She writes in both comedy and suspense genres. Her upcoming releases from Tyndale House Publishers: Heart of the Country, Misery Loves Company and Old Fashioned. From B&H Publishers: Greetings from the Flipside co-written with Cheryl McKay.

Customer Reviews

If you love suspense and a good mystery I highly recommend this book.
Tiffany
It was a book I was sad to see end, but I had that great feeling after reading a good book, that it was worth my time.
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It was written with many plot twists that keep the story interesting and kept you guessing.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joan N. on August 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
It is every book reviewer's nightmare.

Jules Belleno had read Patrick Reagan's latest book and it was just not as good as his previous ones. She wrote a critical review. "Everything from the plot to the dialogue seemed to fall flat. I felt like grabbing the book by its jacket cover, shaking it, and saying, 'Don't tell me it's terrifying. Terrify me!'" (9)

The day after the review is blogged, Jules goes missing. She has been kidnapped and drugged by Patrick. When she awakens, her eyes drift to the ceiling. She gasps as she reads, DON'T TELL ME IT'S TERRIFYING. TERRIFY ME.

This is another great novel from Gutteridge. The action is constant, the characters are well developed, and the scenes are done so well I felt like I was there, waiting to be terrified. I was especially impressed at the dual development of the plot lines. Jules begins to understand why she is where she is at the same time Chris Downey, policeman and best friend of Jules' murdered husband, uncovers the same information. It is a clever way to reveal the plot.

A great novel, well written and full of suspense.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tammy's Book Parlor on July 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
I love to read books authored by Rene Gutteridge because I never know what is really going to happen.
I began reading Misery Loves Company and thought well, it's pretty much going to be about a grieving widow who blogs and she enjoys reading.
Not so! Wow!
It seems that sometimes we think we know people, especially our spouses, but in reality we are just living side-by-side without any real knowledge of their true lives.
This read had more twists and turns than an Arizona mountain road on a rainy day!
What a fantastically written novel! I loved it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By j.staples on August 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
Misery Loves Company was a well-crafted book! I loved the twists and turns and surprises in the plot. I wasn't sure for awhile what the book was even going to be about, but it ended up being a story of healing and friendship. This is a fun book for reading at the beach this summer! I highly recommend it! I may try reading some of the author's other books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark B on July 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Rene Gutteridge isn't an author that I have read many books by, but I have been impressed by the ones that I have read, and this one may be her best yet.

I don't normally read Stephen King books, and in fact have only read one in my life (I was on vacation and bored and the vacation house had books). That book was Misery. In it, a woman kidnaps her favorite author and puts him through a pretty bad time. This book sounds like the opposite of that book, for in this book, a woman is kidnapped by her favorite author. But there the similarities end.

Among other differences in the two books, in this one, the whole story does not involve just the author and the kidnapped woman. There are people looking for her, and they are also trying to solve her husband's murder.

I did read this book in one sitting and had a hard time putting it down. It was very suspenseful, yet had a great Christian element to it. The plot was different enough from the Stephen King book to be original and was a real page turner. It was a book I was sad to see end, but I had that great feeling after reading a good book, that it was worth my time. Rene has outdone herself with this new novel. Great job.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on August 29, 2013
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Misery Loves Company was a very good read. Different from what I expected going in, but still great. I loved how Jules, the main character, was a blogger and reviewed books monthly on her blog.

Patrick was an interesting character. It was a little hard to understand him and his reasoning for doing some of the things he did completely, but I guess that's what made him such an intriguing character.

There was a sliver of romance in Misery Loves Company, not much - which I really liked for a change.

While I wasn't surprised by a lot of things in Misery Loves Company, there was one thing in the story I didn't expect at all!

Overall, Misery Loves Company was a interesting book that held my attention. I recommend it to fans of suspense/mystery novels.

*I received a complimentary eBook copy of this book from NetGalley for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Twinziemom on August 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is not a typical book I would pick to read but the story line grabbed me. I don't care of scary movies or anything that will cause a nightmare and it's because of this I lingered for a while before I actually began reading this book. I must admit this is a great book and will not leave you scared but rather intrigued. The story grabs you and brings the book to life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Meagan @ Blooming with Books on July 21, 2013
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Misery Loves Company
By Rene Gutteridge

Let this book be a warning for all blogging book reviewers - the author may be following you!

When Juliet "Jules" Belleno reviews her favorite author's latest book she gives it a less than glowing review. She tells the author she wants him to terrify her with his writing and not tell her it is a terrifying situation.

All too soon Patrick Reagan is terrifying Jules and not through his writing. For some reason he has kidnapped her and taken her away to his remote mountain cabin. But will anyone even notice that she is missing? In the two years since her husband's death Jules for the most part withdrew from the world. Living in the safety of her home and the life she created for herself through her blog and Facebook, only her father might know that she was missing.

Patrick insists that there is something that Jules needs to know, but only when she is ready. But when will Jules be ready to learn what this obviously disturbed man wants her to know?

When Jules's father reports her missing the Wissberry police force can't take action because she hasn't been gone long enough. But Sergeant Chris Downey takes the report seriously after all he promised his former partner that he'd take care of his wife if anything ever happened. But when Chris's unofficial investigation turns up more than he ever expected he all too soon realizes that more than Jules's life is at stake.

Misery Loves Company is an exciting page turner that will do just what Jules Belleno wanted - you will be terrified. This is a story of growth both on a personal level and a spiritual level as several of the main characters come to realize their need for God.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through their blogger network in exchange for my honest review of it.
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