by Julie Garwood

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In this breathless new novel, Julie Garwood has written her most electrifying thriller to date.

Avery Delaney has always tried to put the past far behind her. Abandoned by her rapacious, conniving mother when she was only three days old, Avery was raised by her grandmother and beloved aunt Carolyn. Then, when she was eleven, she witnessed her grandmother’s violent death, before Avery herself was shot and left for dead. Miraculously she survived. The man responsible is serving time in a Florida prison. This traumatic experience propels Avery into a life of law and order.

Her razor-sharp mind and ability to gather data and decipher evidence has made Avery an expert crime analyst for the FBI. But soon she will have to use every one of her adroit skills on a case that hits painfully close to home.

Avery’s workaholic aunt, Carolyn Salvetti, is certain her (hopefully soon-to-be ex) husband sent her the gold embossed reservation to the posh Utopia Spa in the mountains of Colorado. At first she is resistant, but then figures it will be a welcome respite from the cutthroat advertising business, not to mention a networking extravaganza. Plus she persuades her niece to join her for the two weeks of luxury and decadence.

But Carolyn never makes it to Utopia. Under false pretenses, she is taken to an isolated retreat by a handsome stranger with a dazzling smile, suave demeanor, and the darkest of motives. His name is Monk, a hired assassin. Now, with scant clues and fewer resources, Avery must track down and save Carolyn—and outmaneuver a brilliant killer who is part of an elaborate plot of madness and lethal vengeance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525618843
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Series: Buchanan-Renard Series , #3
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 70,801
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Julie Garwood is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Sizzle, Fire and Ice, Shadow Music, Shadow Dance, and Slow Burn. She lives near Kansas City.

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The wait was making Avery crazy. She sat in her little square cubicle, her back against the wall, one leg crossed over the other, drumming her fingertips against the desktop with one hand and holding an icepack against her wounded knee with the other. What was taking so long? Why hadn't Andrews called? She stared hard at the phone, willing it to ring. Nothing. Not a sound. Turning in her swivel chair, she checked the digital clock for the hundredth time. It was now 10:05, same as it was ten seconds ago. For Pete's sake, she should have heard something by now.

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Killjoy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 137 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, I have to admit the beginning didn't capture me at first, but once you accept there is information you have to read for the storyline, you realize it was worth your time. The harsh criticism that I looked at by other readers didn't stop me from trying this book. I thought the characters were interesting and intriguing. They provided the experiences you look for in a book - an escape from everyday life into situations you would never find yourself personally in. I recommend all her Bucannan books - so far they're all very exciting and believable. Maybe, if you only like historical romances, then her contempary books wouldn't interest you. (Just as historic romances don't interest me). But, everyone likes change sometimes. And I think her contemp books are great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent mystery. Excellent writing. Julie Garwood is an excellent writer. The book kept me on the edge of my seat from cover to cover. Going to read again. Would make a great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love how in the begining she made Avery and John Paul hate each other.Then they go on a twisted trail to find the killer and Avery's aunt.But to save her aunt, she must stay alive herself.John Paul thinks Avery is one thing, but during the twisted trail of murders they go on, he learns she is the total oppiset!Read this book. This book is the best book I ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definitely one of her best. I loved this book. The only downside was probably the last two or three chapters. They really weren¿t necessary. I loved the chemistry between John Paul and Avery. The plot wasn¿t the most predictable. I like Julie Garwood¿s books though because she really develops the characters and the romance is always a plus. This book is up there with Mercy and Murder List. I loved all three of these books. If you like murder mysteries and romance then you'll love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Killjoy is my FAVORITE Julie Garwood book ever! What woman wouldn't want a 'John Paul' around to take care of us! I certainly wouldn't mind! Here's to more wonderful books by Julie Garwood!
BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
Welcome to a wild ride in Killjoy by Julie Garwood. This is novel is the third in the Buchanan-Renaud series. A ride you don’t want to miss. Synopsis: This would not be a good day for Avery at work. She is waiting for news of whether there still is a job as she nurses a sore knee. There are also plans to meet her Aunt Carrie at the fabulous spa Utopia. Her aunt has been begging her to go on vacation and spend some time together. Carrie leaves her estranged husband Tony at the airport in La and is picked up by the notorious assassin Monk. She decides to look forward to this vacation and can’t wait to share it with her niece. Why is Avery not answering her phone? As Avery begins to wrap work up to head on vacation she runs into some distractions. John-Paul Renaud is searching for Monk. (See Mercy as to why?) When Avery reaches the spa she finds out that her reservation has been cancelled. Why? One thing leads to another and a chilling phone call is made at the spa to Avery. This phone lists instructions for how to save her aunt and the two women trapped with her at the spa house, and John-Paul is included in this game. Will they be able to figure out what Monk is up to? My Thoughts: This first time I read this novel I felt underwhelmed. There was no excitement for me and no desire to want to find out what would happen next. This time through I listened to the audio book. I have to say that I couldn’t wait to get back to the story and find out would these women survive? And who was truly behind the game? I am not going to giveaway spoilers so you will have to read it yourself. The characters in this novel were great! I loved how the theme seems to be there is definitely someone for everyone. I love how the author compares and contrasts between Avery and John-Paul’s relationship and Monk and Jilly’s relationship. The humor is always enjoyable. A series worth reading!
shalowee More than 1 year ago
The story is great and I love the characters. The only con about this book is that on some part of the book Julie Garwood use the same lines and phrases from her previous books and that make it less exciting but overall it is still a good book.
Little_Lin-z More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. She really out did herself with this one! This is a book I wish I had in hardcover to keep forever! It is such a thriller that you wont be able to tear yourself away! When you aren't reading it, you're thinking about it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
im 18 years old now, i probably read this when i was 14. im a book lover and i credit this book for starting that. it's a great thriller with a 'can't put it down' storyline. and the ending is amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i first read this book, i couldn't get interested and it was boring. but then i read it a second time a few months later and loved it. i'm not sure why the change, but it was defintely better the second time around! i love john paul and the buchanan family. i hope that she continues with this wonderful series, although i just read murder list and it is not as good as this book, or mercy and heartbreaker. maybe i'll read it a second time also!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well I got to tell ya, This took me 5 weeks to read I loved it. There is Monk & John Paul,Noah all from her lastest novel MERCY. Then you get familiar with the other women that makes this book. Then suspense creeps in . Then it starts to make sense.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Jilly was born evil and her sister Carrie knew it even if Jilly's mother never acknowledged it until Avery was born. Jill dumped her on her mother and left to see the world and what it could do for her. When Avery was five, Jilly blackmailed her mother into giving her money in order to keep Avery. When Avery was eleven her Jilly's boyfriend tried to abduct her and Avery got shot and almost died.

Now Avery is all grown up and working for the FBI. She thinks Jilly is dead until Jilly communicates with her, telling her if she doesn¿t do what Jilly says, Carrie will die. Avery agrees to play KILLJOY and even accepts the help of ex-agent John Paul who is after Monk, Jilly¿s partner in crime. Avery and John Paul become emotionally involved as they evade Jilly and Monk but they have much more to overcome if they want to stay alive and together.

KILLJOY has more than enough action to keep thriller fans happy and has just enough romance to placate romance fans. Julie Garwood has created a female Hannibal Lechter, a woman so evil that readers will root for her downfall. The hero is a knight in shining armor who demonstrates to the heroine that she should be cherished because of her scars, not in spite of them.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down
bakersfieldbarbara on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Julie Garwood has created a group of characters that keep the reader in suspense until the last page is turned.Abandoned by her conniving mother, Jilly when only 3 days old, Avery was raised by her beloved grandmother and aunt Carolyn. Avery escaped death when her grandmother was killed and the criminal behind it all is in a Florida prison. Add to these in the plot a husband intent on killing his wife, Carrie, for her ishare of the family business and madness begins. If you have read Garwood's previous novels, you have met and loved the characters and this novel just continues the adventures. Kidnapping is the main plot but the side detours of the plot makes for a fine evening of reading. Once more, I found a novel that kept my interest from page one until the surprise ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another page turner!
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Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an awesome book! Suspenseful to the very end. 333 pages.
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Sorry, probably not the normal response, but I love it when an author can sell her characters and not just the story. This book was awesome!
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