Paranoid

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 28 Jun 2019

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Excellent psychological thriller!  It moved at a fast pace with twists and turns throughout!  Well-developed characters and plot.  Highly recommend!
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📚📚📚📚 out of 5
This book was a fantastic mystery/thriller and it kept me on the edge of my seat slowly building up the tension to the point you wonder is she imagining it or not? Paranoid was the perfect title for the book. However on the romance scale I would say 1 out of 5 because it was practically non existent (which is fine, but please don’t market it as a romance).
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20 years ago a tragedy happened and our heroine was blamed for killing her step brother. It doesn’t matter that she was acquitted- a small town has a short memory and then there is the fact that she blames herself. On the anniversary of his death one of the girls that cast doubt on our heroine committing the crime is killed and everything is bought back up to the surface.
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What happened in this book is the reason why I don’t like second chance romances- second time around they still have feelings for each other and ok let’s maybe give it another go. WHY? Nothing got resolved, there is no communication about the breakdown of their relationship in the first place, so I’m left scratching my head a little. The heroine has two teenage kids and this again reminds me why I dislike YA- so much goddamn angst! I experienced enough of it myself, I so don’t want to experience it again!
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Is Rachael paranoid or is she right to be afraid? This book kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat. A great read for all psychological thriller lovers
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"Paranoid" by Lisa Jackson is a psychological thriller and one of the best I have read in a very long time. It definitely keeps you guessing throughout the entire book. 

I absolutely LOVE how each chapter, and sometimes sections of the same chapter, were told from different characters' viewpoints. It really lets you get a better understanding of each of the characters and to me, made the book just that much richer.

The only thing I did not like about this book was the fact that it was over! A lot of times I find myself wanting to rush to the ending of a book because I'm excited to read the next one in my TBR. Just NOT the case with this book. I did not want it to end. But end, it did - and boy.. that ending! 

I highly recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers - it is definitely not to be missed!!
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Lisa Jackson is a brilliant writer! Not all of her books are for me, but a brilliant thing about her writing is it's very diverse. PARANOID was a book where she shines! I loved this book, it's definitely one to read with your doors locked.
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Lisa Jackson is one of my favorite authors, so she does no wrong in my eyes! The main character, Rachel, has lived with the guilt of accidentally shooting her half brother, Luke, 20 years ago. Although cleared by the police with a help of a few witnesses, she hasn't been cleared in the public eye and almost everyone in her town blames her solely for his death. Because it was in a dark abandoned cannery with teenagers running all around shooting air guns and firecrackers, it's not clear exactly what happened, leaving room for rampant speculation. Now on the anniversary of Luke's death, another classmate has been found murdered and everyone wants to figure out if it is somehow connected and how much worse things will get. 

There's also a lot of family drama, as Rachel is divorced from her husband, Cade, and as he is with the police, he also is caught up in the mystery. His father happens to be grandfather to Luke's son, Lucas, who was not born at the time of Luke's passing. His mother Lila was a classmate and best friend of Rachel's and by marrying Cade's dad, she also became Rachel's (now ex) stepmother! It is all very interconnected and at times may be tough to keep straight. There's also some repetition, as I swear I read some variant of the phrase 'but could Luke's 20 year old case possibly be related to this murder?' at least 20 times. Just a little trimming of some dialogue here and there would help. It's not enough to keep from enjoying the story and I would recommend it to anyone in need of a good thriller!
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This was my first book by Lisa Jackson and all I can say is that she really delivers! Suspense, mystery, multiple points of view and creepiness. The writing was great and I was hooked immediately. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for this ARC.
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It can be hard to find an author who writes the perfect blend of danger, suspense, and romance, but Lisa Jackson has managed to do just that with her latest release Paranoid. I haven’t read many of her books, but after reading this one I’m ready to hunt down some of her backlist.

Rachel Gaston did an unspeakable thing when she was seventeen. She killed her older brother. It was an accident - a bunch of teenagers got together to play paintball in an abandoned warehouse -  but no one knew one gun was loaded with real bullets instead of paint. Both Rachel and her brother Luke’s lives ended that night. Once Luke was gone, Rachel was changed; the carefree girl she’d been is gone and has been replaced by a woman consumed with guilt in the aftermath of his death. It doesn’t help that there have always been those who didn’t quite believe what happened was truly accidental and have created their own narratives for what occurred.

Even decades later, Rachel still can’t escape the legacy of that night. Her life has moved on - in theory. She got married, had two kids, got divorced; but on the twentieth anniversary of Luke’s death the local paper runs a story about it, and the usual circus of gossip starts up again. Rachel is used to getting sideways glances, but this time it seems like something more sinister is afoot. She constantly has the sense that she’s being watched, and when an old classmate (who was at the warehouse that night) is murdered, the whole town is abruptly on edge along with her.

It’s been a while since I read a suspense/thriller, but after this experience I may get back into the genre. I was glued to the book while I read it and eager for each crumb of information. I can’t say I was surprised by the way things played out - upon reflection, the groundwork laid pointed to the eventual outcome - but it was so skillfully done that I also couldn’t have predicted it.

I think one of the ways the author kept me guessing was by focusing on a wide array of characters and their secrets. While Rachel is clearly the protagonist here, we also follow her ex-husband, her two teenage children, friends, and other family members at various times. I was particularly drawn in by the storyline concerning Harper and Dylan, Rachel’s kids. They’re so wonderfully, frustratingly imperfect. Like many teenagers, they manage to love, respect, and disrespect their parents all at once. Chapters from their points of view hint at secrets they don’t want their parents to know about, which in turn led to an agonizing few chapters as I waited for Rachel or Cade (her ex) to catch onto them. While vexing, Harper and Dylan definitely felt like real teenagers and added an intriguing element to the plot.

I picked this book to review because I was hooked by the thought of a woman who accidentally killed her own brother and interested in what effect that would have on her life. The author does an excellent job of writing a plausible story centered on that scenario. Rachel is clearly still haunted by horror and grief, and even twenty years later she has regular nightmares and is scared enough to check the locks on her house multiple times before bed. Yet she also works to be strong for her family, trying not to let her own fears get in the way of being a good wife and mother. These issues certainly played a role in the breakdown of her marriage, but as the book goes on and she sees more of Cade, they seem to be approaching a reconciliation. This mix of her being distraught over her brother’s death and determined to focus on normal life felt spot-on to me as the best possible outcome for someone who accidentally killed their sibling.

All in all, I would definitely suggest Paranoid to anyone looking for a suspense/thriller with a hint of romance. It certainly kept me on the edge of my seat.

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Twenty years ago, Rachel Gaston accidentally shot and killed her brother in a teenage game that went horribly wrong.
Today, Rachel is trying to put the guilt of what happened behind her. But her horrifying dreams about that night continue to stalk her.
As the anniversary of her brother's death nears, Rachel feels her imagination playing tricks, convincing her that objects in her house have moved. That there's a hint of unfamiliar cologne in the air. That someone is tailing her car. Watching her home.
Rachel has never known the truth about that night. But as connections surface between a new string of murders and Luke's death, she realises there's no escaping the past, and the truth may be darker than her worst fears . . . 

This was a nice thriller even from the very start.
Lot of characters but for me that was fine as I it made a list of suspects to chhose from.
I admit didn't figure this one out until it was revealed.
Good plot and story line with quite a few twists in it.
Characters were written very well and some were not likeable but that was the way it was supposed to be.
Recommend Reading.

Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for the ARC. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Lisa Jackson has done it again with Paranoid; the story draws you in and you are willing to follow it where ever the author will take.  Solid characters with twists and turns that keeps the reader until the end.
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Lisa Jackson is always good for a sleepless night! This was a fast paced, can't put it down story. I love a book that I can't figure out right away, one that keeps me guessing. This one fit the bill!
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This mystery at the center of this book is one that is quite terrifying! I loved the different POV's and the small town setting. Jackson does a great job at making each character relatable while you suspect them all. The twists and turns of it all were wonderful.
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I was navel to finish this book, I could not get into it, which doesn’t usually happen with Jackson novels.  I will probably try again later in the future.
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Rating 3.5 Stars

The night of Luke's death had been the beginning of the end for so many things, including her parents marriage. So you not only killed your brother, you ruined your parents marriage. 

Twenty years later Rachel is still fighting the demons of that night her brother was killed. She had pulled the trigger in a teenage game that ended with chaos and her way to jail. She was acquitted by the testimony of two friends but Rachel remains paranoid of what really happened. 

Much as changed in the small town of Edgwater. Rachel now has two kids of her own, is separated from her husband who is the current detective of Edgewater. Her best friend Lila is now her step mother and the mother of her brother Luke and a murder occurs on the anniversary of Luke's accidental shooting death. 

Rachel lives with paranoia on the death of her brother. Who actually killed her brother and why. The paranoia turns to fear as second murder occurs and a mystery begins to unravel in the drama of a small town. A who done it and whose doing it now will keep you at the edge of your seat.

A Special Thank you to Kensington Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review
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When Rachel Gaston was a teenager she got involved in a dangerous game. This involvement led to the tragic death of her brother Luke. Acquitted from the crime, it is now twenty years later. Someone is bound and determined to make her pay for Luke's death.

Rachel had quite a bit of counseling and even had a nice life for a while. She married and had two children. However, her nightmares and anxiety have a profound affect on her and she and husband, Detective Cade Ryder divorced. They are good co-parents to their teenage children and with rapidly changing circumstances, are drawn together quite often in this story.

Rachel and several others were in the process of preparing for their twenty-year high school reunion. One of the former classmates is murdered and several other things, including other murders, happen in quick succession. This, quite naturally, makes Rachel quite nervous. All she wants to do is to forget the past and prepare her children for the future. All the while, she wonders about her relationship with Cade, and he has similar thoughts throughout.

Paranoid is a thrilling story. There is a strong element of revenge in this story, and this reaches deep into the lives of Rachel, and also her children. There is also the paranoia Rachel feels as her past continues to resurface. The danger is present from the outset, and despite the family drama, reunion planning and personality issues, their are enough twists and turns, as well as plenty of plausible suspects, to make this a difficult book to put down. Lisa Jackson is a remarkable author and I always enjoy reading her books.

Many thanks to Kensington and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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A  forthcoming high school reunion is the set up for this aggravating mystery by a popular writer; Rachel, whose memories of her teenage years are marred by a tragic accident that all her classmates remember vividly - the night she killed her half-brother - should have begged  of the organizing committee. Even when a series of spooky events, including murder, occurred, this reader wanted to tell Rachel  to just stay home and read a good book instead of going to the reunion and  falling into the trap that someone from her past has set for her. Cue the ominous music and keep reading - I did, and,wasn't sorry.
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Title: Paranoid

Author: Lisa Jackson

Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis: There are people in the small town of Edgewater who think that twenty years ago, Rachel Gaston got away with murder.Rachel still has no idea how a foolish teenaged game turned deadly—or who replaced her air soft gun with the real thing. While playing this deadly game Rachels gun goes off. Too late, she realizes that her gun was not the air soft gun she thought it was0 and too late she realizes that her brother, Luke, has been shot. Despite extensive counseling, Rachel continues to have nightmares. As the twenty year mark of this deadly night looms, Rachel's anxiety increases as there is a slew of murders in her small down, all seemingly related back to that fateful night. 

Likes: The thing I loved most about this book was the SUSPENSE! This book did not disappoint when it comes to suspense. I was guessing the entire way through on which characters I could trust and which ones I was being deceived by. This book is filled with supremely complicated relationships, some of which I had more patience for than others and I enjoyed the glimpses throughout the book of different characters points of view and getting a better understanding of their motivations for certain actions.

Dislikes: This book was a little longer than I felt necessary. While there was a lot of action and character dynamics going on, I felt that about three quarters of the way through things really started dragging on. Also, some of the relationship dynamics I felt to be unnecessary such as Kayleigh's entire role in this book I could have done without, I did not feel that it added anything especially dynamic to the story.
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There are noises in the house, or are there?   There are footsteps on the stairs, or are there?   There are doors left cracked opened or were they ever closed?   There are feelings of someone watching you when no-one is around.   There are chills running up your neck.   Why?   Are you really alone or is someone else around you who shouldn't be there.   Real vs the unreal.   PARANOID??

  The book centers around divorced mother of two Rachel Ryder, her two teenaged children and her ex-husband Cade Ryder with a slew of other characters that they went to high school with twenty years prior.   Rachel was accused of shooting her half brother when she was still in high school and she and the small town have never forgotten that fateful night.   The class reunion is being planned on the anniversary of  brother Luke's death and now new murders are happening to people who were friends of Rachel and Luke which begins a state of Paranoia for everyone who were friends of the siblings on that fateful night.

This was a very creepy and suspenseful story full of mystery, drama and a little romance.   I enjoyed the fast pace and there was excitement in every chapter.   The characters were well-defined although there seemed to be untold stories behind all of them that left many holes in the storyline, yet this did not take away from the mystery and suspense.   This book was very entertaining and enjoyable to read, although I felt as if this was a sequel book because I had many questions that weren't answered right from the beginning of the story and and I found that somewhat annoying.  Overall a very likable and interesting  book that I would definitely recommend to other readers and I would purchase more of Lisa Jackson's books.

I want to thank the publisher Kensington Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this ARC! 

I have given this story 3 1/2 Paranoid 🌟🌟🌟✴stars!!
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*5 Stars* 

ARC kindly received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I really enjoyed this read. I had an interesting storyline and characters.
Some people have a lot of violence within themselves. Reports and media can be very annoying. I was glad with the way some things turned out, and I was also surprised by the ending.
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Although I guessed the first twist I did not see the second twist coming. I enjoyed reading this book however by the end I lost interest.  I would still recommend this book though as it kept me entertained.
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