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Paranoid

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Rachel has been living with the guilt of killing her brother.  What started out as a teenage game,  turned deadly.  Now on the 20th anniversary of her brothers death 2 of her fellow classmates are murdered and strange things are happening around Rachel.

This is an intense thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat.  The twist at the end caught me completely by surprise.  I thought I knew part of it but there was more, that I hadn’t even suspected.  Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy.
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Paranoid was a really twisted suspenseful thriller, with a lot of questionable characters that really kept me guessing throughout the entire book.  Honestly I had my suspicions of every character, but I absolutely did not see the surprising conclusion coming!  By the time I made it to the end, I had an idea of who I thought the killer was and when it was revealed I was completely taken by surprise.  I like that in a book, where it sneaks up on you and that’s exactly what Paranoid did.  The very last chapter was also a shocker.  Overall this book was very detailed and very well done!
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Paranoid by author Lisa Jackson is yet another brilliant piece of work by Jackson! She really knows how to do this genre! I would recommend the book, characters are great and the plot is developed well. 
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Will you ever be free? Rachel has been living with the guilt of her stepbrother Luke's death for twenty years and the anniversary of his death is coming up and she will need to be strong for her family. But the local newspaper has done an article on his death and everyone is whispering about her part in his death, she has always believed that she caused his death and now it is all up for discussion again. Will she ever find peace with the past? She is trying her best but her children Harper & Dylan are growing so quickly and they are both keeping secrets from her and their father Cade. They both worry about their mother as she is becoming even more paranoid and they feel that they both need to escape.
Rachel just wants to get out of planning the high school reunion but Lila has guilted her into it and how can she say no to the woman that had her stepbrother baby. Lucas looks just like his dad but he is also hiding a secret that could destroy everyone's lives. 
Rachel is even more freaked out as someone that had her back all those years ago has been killed and now she is even more worried. She feels like someone has been watching her but she decides to keep it to herself as she knows that Cade will worry about her. And the last thing she needs is for her ex-husband to get involved.
Cade just knows that the death is linked to what happened all those years ago and now that another schoolfriend of Rachel's has been killed he knows that there is something there but why now? Can he prove that he is right and protect his family at the same time? Will Cade find the killer before it is too late for Rachel as he knows that it will all end with her death?
A great read full of twists & turns. You can never what is right in front of you. I was lucky enough to receive a copy via Netgalley & the publishing house in exchange for my honest review.
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Fast paced and an easy read, this book held my attention throughout. The plot line was engaging and the characters were well developed. Although figured out the who and the why a bit early on I continued to read because I truly enjoyed this book. Lisa Jackson is a fantastic storyteller and has proven that with this book.
Thank you netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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Lisa Jackson is an author that I know I will enjoy her books. I have several of her books and always like them. This new book is no exception. It has lots of twists and turns and had me turning pages quickly. It was easy to read and didn't take a long time at all to get my attention. An enjoyable, good read.
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Rachel, twenty years ago, was playing a game in the old fish cannery with pellet guns, accidental shot and killed her half brother. She was arrested and put on trial but with some of her classmates testifying that they thought the shot came from behind Rachel. She was released but has had to live with the nightmares ever since. Now it’s twenty years later and their upcoming twenty year reunion. When some of their classmates are being killed, and someone texting and leaving messages on Rachel’s door, will the reunion go on? Cade is a cop and Rachel’s ex husband. He is still in love with his wife but can she forgive him for his transgressions? While trying to keep his family safe and find a killer killing now and maybe twenty years ago. 
Many different point of views. Suspense, mystery and action. It is not one to read late at night. I absolutely loved it and their might be a second one and I hope so because of the little cliffhanger.
* Voluntarily read and reviewed this for NetGalley *
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I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. I have always been a fan of Lisa Jackson, more so her Pescoli and Alvarez series of books, but still, her stand alones never disappoint, I find once I pick them up, I have a hard time putting them down and this one was no exception.
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I really enjoyed this book.  I was not sure how it was going to end.  20 year old secrets and current murders
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As one of my go-to mystery/romance authors - I have been reading her for years - I found Lisa Jackson's latest to be another enjoyable, fast read. Even though I figured it out way before the end, I couldn't put the book down until I finished it.

Thank you #netgalley and #kensingtonbooks for the eARC.
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"Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid. You step out of line, the man come and take you away." (Stephen Stills)

Fear seeps into this one. Lean back twenty years ago into Edgewater, Oregon. Place your feet on the uneven terrain surrounding the abandoned Sea View Cannery. Teenage kids looking for a thrill around midnight. They've brought pellet guns to scare the crap out of one another. But someone is hiding in the pitch black shadows with the real thing. Real ammo that's gonna do real damage.

Rachel Hollander doesn't even have time to call out to her brother Luke who goaded her into coming tonight. Runnin' with the big dogs is what she's always wanted at fifteen. The sounds are near deafening around her. She returns fire with her pellet gun. But immediately she knows the sound is now ominous. Luke has been hit......fatally.....and it's all her fault.

Twenty years later, Rachel still suffers nightmares after the loss of her brother. She was cleared after the trial, but she lives with the bitter aftermath. It cost her parents their marriage and it cost Rachel her present marriage as well. Her ex-husband, Detective Cade Ryder, moved out leaving her a single mother with two teenagers, Dylan and Harper.

Someone is not letting Rachel find peace after all this time. She receives baffling messages on her phone and a cruel paint smeared word "Killer" on her front door. Within days, two of Rachel's friends are found dead. They were there that night and they testified on her behalf. Is Rachel next?

Paranoid is a fast-paced read that is perfectly geared to hold your attention throughout. There's a bit of character overload happening like a sea of cactus in a desert though. Lisa Jackson threads a connecting needle in which this bunch has quite the ex-husbands and rows of children. It does settle itself out. Those of you crafty like foxes may figure this one out ahead of time as you sift through characters. But that aside, it's quite the worthy read by the talented Lisa Jackson who has you running to get onboard this train. Don't get left standing alone in the station.

I received a copy of Paranoid through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Kensington Publishers and to Lisa Jackson for the opportunity.
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Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book.
If you're looking for something like class reunion and cannot escape the past, this will be the book for you.  I believe that we all have ghosts from the past that we're trying to forget, just not as huge as the one like this.
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Lisa Jackson has done a superb job with her newest book PARANOID.
20 years ago Rachel shot her brother during a game of cross-play and has been living with the event ever since. The incident destroyed her parent's marriage, her reputation int he community, and then her pwn subsequent marriage fell to pieces. Her teenaged kids are now in the crossfire of all the publicity the 20 year old incident in trudging up. The fact Rachel was acquitted of the death has someone's panties in a twist and they want revenge.

A series of threatening texts, the failure of her house alarm system and the notion someone is skulking around her house makes rachel more and more paranoid and suspicious daily. When two people turn up dead and another goes missing - all people who alibied rachel on that faithful night, maybe her paranoia is justified.

Told in revolving POV's this story is laid out in sequence with the tension ramping up from the first pages.
At times I found the two subplot lines - an old affair of her ex-husband's, and Rachels teenaged children's shenanigans snore-worthy, but the overall plotline was sound and solid.
Thanks to netgally for a sneak peak.
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Lisa Jackson is a masterful storyteller. Her books are always fantastic and her characters are well developed. A must read for the year.
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Rachel has had to live with the consequences of her actions for twenty years, when she shot at a dark figure with a pellet gun, only to discover that the gun had been loaded with real bullets. The dark figure turned out to be her half brother, Luke and he died as a result. Plenty of people thought she was lying about the incident, but she was never prosecuted, Instead she has lived with guilt and anxiety that years of counseling have done little to dispel. She lost her half brother, her innocence and later, her marriage. Now, with her high school reunion looming, Rachel gets the feeling she’s being watched, followed, that someone has been inside her home. And she’s right.  Jackson’s story line isn’t original, but her characters are compelling and likeable, and there’s a genuine feeling of menace surrounding her heroine
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