Paranoid

Paranoid

by Lisa Jackson

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Overview

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson comes a new novel of nerve-jangling suspense as a woman haunted by guilt realizes that nothing can be trusted—not even her own memory …
 
There are people in Edgewater, Oregon, who think that twenty years ago, Rachel Gaston got away with murder.
 
Rachel still has no idea how a foolish teenaged game turned deadly—or who replaced her soft pellet air gun with a real weapon. When a figure leapt out at her from the darkness, she fired without thinking. Too late, she recognized her half-brother, Luke, and saw blood blooming around his chest.
 
Despite counseling, Rachel’s horrifying dreams about that night continue. Her anxiety contributed to her divorce from Detective Cade Ryder, though he blames himself too. But as Rachel’s high school reunion nears, she feels her imagination playing tricks, convincing her that objects in her house have moved. That there’s a hint of unfamiliar cologne in the air. That someone is tailing her car. Watching her home.
 
She’s right to be scared. And as connections surface between a new string of murders and Luke’s death, Rachel realizes there’s no escaping the past, and the truth may be darker than her worst fears …

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496722461
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 295
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

LISA JACKSON is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than seventy-five novels, including Liar, Liar; One Last Breath; You Will Pay; After She’s Gone; Close to Home; Tell Me; Deserves to Die; You Don’t Want to Know; Running Scared; and Shiver. She has over thirty million copies of her books in print in nineteen languages. She lives with her family and three rambunctious dogs in the Pacific Northwest. Readers can visit her website at www.lisajackson.com and find her on Facebook.

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Paranoid 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Luadri 8 hours ago
Paranoid by Lisa Jackson kept me at the edge of my seat from beginning to end. We visit a small town where some of its Rachel Ryder and her high school friends are about to celebrate their 20th high school reunion. It also coincides with the anniversary of the death of Rachel's brother, Luke. After twenty years Rachel is still trying to overcome her guilt and fear of how Luke died. It was a hard to put down thriller. I actually read it in one day! All characters where flawed, which made the story more interesting. *Thank you to the publisher for providing the ARC through NetGalley for an honest review.
Lillian Maddocks-Cummings 19 hours ago
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.
poohbearPA 22 hours ago
Omg people PARANOID is one of those books that you open and won’t close until it’s finished, and even then, you won’t want it to be over. Paranoid is a FIVE PLUS star book. I’m not even kidding when I say, this book will grab you from page one and hold you until you are finished. I LOVED this story. Paranoid starts out with a bunch of kids, 20 years earlier, are going into a old fish processing house. They were all meeting there and playing guns with fake, not real, guns. Basically laser tag only 20 years earlier with pop guns. Anyways the unthinkable happens, someone has a REAL gun and shoots and kills her own brother....then 20 years has past and people in the town don’t feel she was properly charged with the crime, but who, and seriously, why? The friends that were all at the fish house start dying....being killed by someone, but who? Again, super awesome book. Read it!!! Happy reading. :))
diane92345 1 days ago
Rachel has PTSD after a teenage game of tag turns deadly for her half-brother, Luke. Twenty years and a divorce later, she feels people are following her and that objects are being moved in her house by intruders. Is it real or is she just being Paranoid? Luke’s death was ruled an accident but many in the town, including Rachel, believe Rachel pulled the trigger. Was she found not at fault because of manipulation of the evidence by her detective father? Who is terrorizing her now and why? Rachel is annoying so I’m glad she isn’t my mother or sister. However, I loved the multiple twists at the end of this unpredictable read. Paranoid is an excellent thriller with a multitude of both suspects and crimes. It is highly recommended for all thriller readers but especially for those who try to solve the crime before the final resolution. 4 stars! Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
GailHollingsworth 1 days ago
This is a book that I’ll be thinking about for a long time. I would call it a suspenseful thriller with some romance thrown in. Lots of characters living all their lives in a small town. Bringing some of the townsfolk together is a twentieth high school reunion that coincides with a murder of one of theirs during that time of high school. Crazy teenagers meeting at an abandoned fish cannery for a late night of fun. Each one is carrying a pellet pistol and among the shots and firecrackers happening, Luke is shot with a real bullet and dies. His half sister Rachel is blamed but is released. Her life has been a mess from that time on with paranoid fears of sounds, feelings of being followed and terrible nightmares. What is real? What is not? Twenty years later classmates begin being murdered starting on the anniversary date of Luke’s death. If you’re like me you won’t be able to put it down. Lots of twists and turns with more than one surprise to be revealed at the end. I never would have guessed. My kind of writing! I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher through SheSpeaks but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise. #ReadPARANOID #SheSpeaks http://bit.ly/ReadParanoid
MusicInPrint 1 days ago
Is Rachel PARANOID? Is her fear REAL or is it IRRATIONAL? Most watch a scary movie and then hear every bump and squeak in the house and see shadows out the window. And so a trauma that took place in the PAST can have an effect on ones life and the people around them. Guilt haunts and keeps one from enjoying life and love. Jackson wrote an intense crime drama that had me figuring out the mystery and then changing my mind the more pages I read. In depth characters and prose. Not telling anymore= =READ THIS!! "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." DO NOT MISS THIS ONE
Ms-Hurst 1 days ago
20 years ago some kids were playing paintball in an abandoned building with huge holes in the floor and not lights. So they were pretty stupid. Then Luke was shot for real and his sister (or half sister as keeps getting pointed out for some strange reason) is arrested for the death. Somehow, the didn't know that she had a real gun. and then the gun was gone and she was cleared. The description makes it sound as if she is ostracized for the murder and getting away with it, but there is very little proof of that. She seems to be involved in the community and living just fine. I started out wanting to know who had killed Luke. Then I realize that I was pretty sure I knew and that I really didn't care. Every character was a stereotype. Most annoying were her kids. Could there be any more annoying and self-centered than these two? Maybe I got really lucky and had the two best teenagers in the world, but I do not know how these kids could think they could get away with talking to their mother this way or why they would even want to do so. Every character had conversations with themselves with half of it being out loud as if they were unaware that they were NOT two people. So we have a town of egocentric, delusional people and someone starts killing them off. I kind of was hoping certain characters would be next by about halfway through. So much filler. I kept hoping there was a reason I was reading some of this stuff. That it would add to the story at some point or be important for character development. It really wasn't. The story revolves partly around a reunion being planned. Of course they have a meeting the night of the anniversary of the death. And of course the reunion is being planned by his sister (excuse me, half-sister, something I've literally never called any of my half-sisters, but) his girlfriend (who is now his half-sister's ex mother-in-law), and his best friend (who was his age and would not have been part of the same class as the other two (who weren't the ones who were seniors that year so why are they in charge? Whose reunion is this?) Yeah, that's as messed up and confusing as it sounds. Time to start skimming? This book is kind of a ridiculous mess of characters that are over-explained yet still shallowly written. Who killed Luke? You may want to read just to finish and find out. For that, it gets a few stars.
PatriciaWhite 2 days ago
20 years ago Rachel was accused of the murder of her half brother Luke. It’s affected everything in her life.Now people close to the investigation are being murdered. Someone is tormenting Rachel with calls and texts. There is a lot of family drama in this book between Rachel, her kids and her ex husband. I love Lisa Jackson’s books some more than others. This was not one of my favorites but it was still a good book. I have to say the last 100 or so pages were the best part of the book. The twist at the end was crazy good. I really hope we get a new New Orleans book next year. That and the Grizzly Falls books are my favorites.
onemused 2 days ago
PARANOID is an engaging thriller. Rachel was a teenager when a group of teens went to the closed Cannery and used pellet guns to shoot each other as they ran around. Somehow, Rachel did not know she was holding a real gun, and shot her half-brother, killing him. What they also did not know was that his girlfriend was pregnant with his child. That night became a defining moment in all the teens' lives, and although a lack of evidence meant that Rachel did not go to jail, she has suffered a lot of PTSD in the years following. Now, on the 20th anniversary of the event, Rachel is divorced but still has feelings for her ex-husband, a police detective in town. She also has two teenaged children who she keeps on a tight leash. Managing her life is hard enough, but then someone seems to be targeting her- and more seriously, they are also killing some of the witnesses from that night. The book primarily follows the detective, his former partner, and Rachel (ocassionally other characters also) in third person limited points-of-view as the events unfold. What really happened on the night twenty years ago? And who is carrying out the revenge in the present? The book has a lot of twists and turns that I did not see coming, and which made for quite an entertaining and engrossing read. Rachel, the primary character which we follow, was an understandable and sympathetic character- perfect as the lead in this engaging story. I really did not see the end coming, which is something I absolutely love in thrillers, as I am constantly guessing along the way. There is a great intertwining of police procedural and thriller in this book that adds to its appeal, and gives it a broader audience. This captivating story is definitely worth the read if you like procedurals, mysteries, and/or slow-building thrillers. Overall, this was a great read! Please note that I received a copy from the publisher through shespeaks. All opinions are my own.
Janice Lombardo 2 days ago
With their 20th class reunion only months away, Rachel and her fellow students find themselves in the midst of more than one homicide. Luke, Rachel's half-brother had died the night of a raucous party gone bad, 20 years ago. Originally it was thought that Rachel had been behind the gunshot that killed Luke, however, Rachel was found innocent. With their 20th class reunion only months away, Rachel and her fellow students find themselves in the midst of more than one homicide. Luke, Rachel's half-brother had died the night of a raucous party gone bad, 20 years ago. Originally it was thought that Rachel had been behind the gunshot that killed Luke, however, Rachel was found innocent. Now, with the reunion so close, someone is killing former students in Rachel's class. Who? Why? ...and why NOW? As the twists come at you and the mystery unfolds, the reader is taken to differing viewpoints as to who is behind these murders. As all of us Lisa Jackson readers know - you're in for a thrilling and shocking conclusion! Many thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for a rollercoaster of a ride! Now, with the reunion so close, someone is killing former students in Rachel's class. Who? Why? ...and why NOW? As the twists come at you and the mystery unfolds, the reader is taken to differing viewpoints as to who is behind these murders. As all of us Lisa Jackson readers know - you're in for a thrilling and shocking conclusion! Many thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for a rollercoaster of a ride!