Paranoid

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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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