The Book of James

Fiction - Suspense
378 Pages
Reviewed on 06/05/2012
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Author Biography

Ellen Green grew up on a farm in Washington Mills, New York. Yearning to see more of the world, she moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University, graduating with degrees in psychology. For years she has worked as a therapist in a maximum security correctional facility in the psychiatric ward. Ellen has been published several times in Women s World Magazine. The Book of James is her first novel and is a finalist for a Reader s Favorite award. She currently attends Fairleigh Dickinson University and is working towards an MFA degree in creative writing.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jean Brickell for Readers' Favorite

"The Book of James" begins with Nick dead, killed in a car wreck while Mackenzie was driving. It was not her fault, but that did not stop the guilt she felt. As Nick lay dying, his last request to her was to "find James". The suspenseful book starts with the search for James and she has no idea who she is looking for and why. Mackenzie is led to an old house full of tunnels under the house, locked doors, and a woman, the mother of Nick, who is cold eyed and would have made me turn and run, but Mackenzie is driven to find answers. She has help from Dylan, the handsome young lawyer and her friend Samantha. Dylan calls her Nancy Drew because of her digging for clues and for what has happened in years past that must be kept secret by Cora, Nick's mother. So many questions to ask, so many clues to dig up. Mackenzie finds herself in hot water because of the information she "digs" up.

What a book! I found this book to be very scary because of its realism. "The Book of James" is full of events that can seem logical when mind control and degradation of people are at play. This is a read-all-night book, and has a bit of romance but the ongoing premise is the question; will our heroine come out alive? She is driven by her husband's dying request to "find James."