Saturday, September 26, 2009

Methods of Madness

It’s been three years since the terrible night Emily Ramsey suffered a double tragedy—the death of her sister and the disappearance of her fiancé. She deserves another chance at happiness, and gentle, adorable Zach Sullivan is the perfect man to mend her shattered heart. But from the moment Emily opens the hand-carved box holding a glittering diamond solitaire, she’s seized by an unshakeable fear: she’s going to lose Zach. That’s exactly what Monica, Zach’s ex-girlfriend, is banking on. Bitter with envy, Monica will stop at nothing to sabotage Zach and Emily’s romance. Troubling notes show up in Emily’s mailbox, fanning the flames of suspicion. A bloody photograph sends her reeling. But when someone is brutally murdered, will Emily be able to escape suspicion and the possibility that she might be next? Whitney Award–winning author Stephanie Black treats readers to another of her brilliantly thrilling stories that will leave the reader no choice but to keep reading well past the stroke of midnight.

No choice but to keep reading past midnight is right. I got this book from Stephanie in August and read it in two nights. I only took so long because I had to go to work. But I went to work tired because I kept saying, "One more chapter and then I'll turn off the light." And then one more chapter would turn into three or four more chapters and I just kept turning pages and the clock just kept turning numbers.

By chapter seven I was sure I knew who did it. But then that person turned up dead a couple chapters later. And Emily, is she or isn't she? Did she or didn't she? And what about last time? Was that her as well?

Or maybe it was Zach and for some reason he wants Emily to believe she did. Or is. Or... and why? His reasons for moving, truth or cover up?

And all the friends that always hang around? Are they really who you think they are? Or not?

I think this is Stephanie's book yet. A true suspence novel. In fact, scary enough that I kept all the bedroom lights on while I was reading, left the front room light on low all night and I refused to lay with my back to the window.

And check out that cover. Perfect cover for this book.

And don't read this book when taking a class on diagnosing mental illness. It adds to the creepy factor. But read the book.

6˝ X 9˝, 248 pages

ISBN 978-1-59811-730-1

Purchase the book here

Or you can get the book another way. Back in late June or Early July Stephanie asked for bloggers to review her book. I asked if I could and she said yes and said she would send me one when it came out. I said great, sent her my address and went back to mucking out my house and writing papers for school and put it in the back of my mind.

One day in early August while in a book store, I saw and bought Methods of Madness. The next day a package from Stephanie Black arrived in my mail box. After feeling silly for a few moments, I decided I would give away the book I bought when I did my review. I sat them on my desk and they promptly got covered with school work and soccer schedules. And more books to be reviewed. Today I decided to take care of that pile. So, if you want this book, leave a comment and next week I will pick a winner and send you the book.


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G. Parker said...

oh man, it looks creepy. When is she going to write the sequel to The Beliver??? ARGH. ;)

L.Jo said...
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tawnya said...

**Please tell me the "lovely, gentle" fiance is really a psychopath killer**

Kay Scott said...

With a good recommendation, I always put titles on my need to read list. This one definitely goes on, even tho' I am not familiar with her work.
(p.s. - When do your boys get home?)

Karlene said...

Don't enter me to win. I already have it. :)

Because today was a sick day for me, I started the book around 9:00 a.m. and finished it around 3:00 p.m. Could not put it down. Loved it!

Noelle said...

I love her books...

Maybe I win the contest because of ummm...

Happy Birthday to me?