Misery Loves Company

Rene Gutteridge
Tyndale House Publishers (2013)
ISBN 9781414349336
Reviewed by Tamra LeValley for Reader Views (10/13)

This Christian suspense novel was a wonderful read.  I love the play on words from the movie “Misery” to this book, “Misery Loves Company” by Rene Gutteridge, both of which have to do with kidnapping and book authors.

“Misery Loves Company” is a Christian suspense novel.  Author Rene Gutteridge takes the reader through a series of events that will open a town’s eyes to corruption. A young widow, named Jules, who is leading a life of solitude, is suddenly kidnapped with no clues as to why. Her dead husband was a police officer who was killed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time....or was he?  Her father is a retired Marine who is now an alcoholic but he is the only one who knows that something is just not right.  Jules was writing a daily blog that often included book reviews and often mentioned her favorite author Patrick Reagan.  One bad review and her world suddenly changes and she is taken into captivity by a man who is going insane. During her ordeal she takes a hold of her husband’s faith in God to help save her and she finds out more about her husband’s murder than she could imagine.

The author did a fabulous job of character description.  Jules and Patrick were both written so well that you could actually feel each individual’s internal crisis because of what life had thrown at them.  Each of their personalities took on the exact characteristics of events that shaped them.  The plot was written with depth.  I loved how the author wrote the book in layers so that the reader was peeling away at the book’s culmination.   

The book itself had a few grammatical errors but they were not so obvious as to make me stop reading to figure out what was being written.  At times the flow of the book seemed to be interrupted due to chapter changes.  At the beginning of each chapter there needed to be a way for the reader to know who the author was writing about.  It took a couple of sentences into the chapter for me to figure out who I was reading about.  It also seemed as though Chris, the police officer, did not have to work too hard to find each clue.  They just fell into his lap.  

Overall, I really enjoyed “Misery Loves Company” by Rene Gutteridge.  It kept me thoroughly entertained!  The author did a wonderful job of planning this book out so that it ebbed and flowed perfectly.

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