Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Rene Gutteridge
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
“I need You to help me like You always helped Jason. I need hope that I’m going to get out of this. I can’t do it by myself. I think he’s going to harm me or keep me here for …” Jules cries in Rene Gutteridge’s book, Misery Loves Company.
This three hundred and forty-nine page paperback tome is the author’s nineteenth novel. With no profanity but topics of kidnapping, murder, corruption and alcoholism, this Christian-based story would be targeted toward mature teenagers and adults who enjoy suspenseful, engaging fiction surrounding the realm of authors, writers and readers.
Widowed Jules Belleno has shut out the world for the past two years after her policeman husband was shot down in the line of duty. As her Marine father drinks himself daily into a stupor, she feels more alone, despondent and restless. Insecure as a writer, her only outlet is blogging about book reviews and putting posts on Facebook about her mundane, unfulfilled, hopeless life. Her last blog posted is about her all-time favorite author, Patrick Reagan, and his recent book that brings her only disappointment.
On the day of her wedding anniversary, she goes to the local grocery store to get ingredients to ritually make the favored special meal, planned to be consumed alone. When she haphazardly runs into the famed older writer who religiously holes up for the winter to write, they strike up a conversation as they exit the store. Yet she does not return home.
Between drinking binges, Jules’s worried father asks Chris, his son-in-law’s past police partner, to look for his missing daughter as they both know something is amiss. The only link they find is that Jules and Patrick were at the store at the same time before she suddenly disappeared.
Meanwhile, Jules awakes confused, alone and scared in an unfamiliar, cold and gloomy bedroom, forced to make decisions that will change her thinking of the past regarding Jason, her opinion of writing and her beliefs in God and those around her. As she battles despair and vulnerability, her confidence is challenged trying to quickly understand why her captor has become unpredictable and uncontrollable.
In this fast, heart-pounding literary narrative, one not only sees how giving out too much information online or in print can alter and change viewpoints and opinions of others, it can lead to terrifying circumstances that unveil truths which require a dependence on a Superior Being.
This book was furnished by Tyndale House Publishers for review purposes.
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