The one word to summarize Misisipi would have to be different I was never certain where the story was headed The protagonist, Scott, was just as mystified as I was and we were both on edge as he peeled back layer after layer of his wife s history, fitting pieces together, and time after time discovering he still wasn t to the end of his quest As with any good psychological thriller, the dangers Scott encountered and was forced to overcome were not only physical, but mentally draining.If Misisipi has a downside other than the title which I think must be a purposeful misspelling of the river as it is often pronounced it is length, which felt on the long side for a thriller Originally written for Books and Pals book blog May have received a free review copy. Misisipi by Michael Reilly is a romance mixed with mystery, murder and global issues It is a work of fiction based on recorded historical events.Reader discretion is advised.PLOTIt is 1997 A hot summer s day in Arizona and three girls are stopped at a gas station, trying to fix their car They ve come all the way from Boston, aiming for LA Julianna Putnam is twenty one She s just graduated and wants to get away from home, from her adoptive parents While the other girls are occupied, Julianna notices a young man struggling with his car a little ways off Turns out they re not the only ones with car trouble She gives him a hand and the two immediately hit it off Scott Jameson is also running away An engineering graduate, he bailed before his Masters exams He hasn t told his father yet, and is standing at the metaphorical crossroads between home and LA when he meets Julianna She discovers he s stone cold broke and lends him enough to get him the rest of the way Scott wants to pay her back not just for her generosity, but so he can see her again With no cellphone and no other contact number until she reaches LA, she has to think of a way to get it to him once she has one The two devise a plan a place she can leave a message in LA, so that he can get in touch with her, using Navajo fetish stones Native American carved stones with special meanings Cut to Boston, 2005 August 22nd Julianna and Scott are married, but not happily There s a lack of communication that stems from their past and Julianna s though Scott isn t aware of that They rarely see each other Then one day, Scott comes home from work and finds her gone, leaving nothing but a one line note for him She hasn t left any indication of why or where she s gone, but Scott won t give her up that easily Following whatever leads he can, he sets off on a journey one that will take him across the States As he heads further south, Katrina builds offshore She s not the only one hounding him Julianna s past is a dark place, and for the first time in decades, the lights are flickering on, revealing everything little by little to the confused, distressed Scott REVIEWThe story is told in alternating segments between 1997, LA and Scott is 2005 as he races across the country What starts off as a switch between the new, lovestruck couple and the present, 2005 one, quickly becomes a murder mystery and thriller The story has a tendency to switch through various genres at the turn of a hat It starts off as romance, then thriller, then murder mystery, then survival, and somewhere along the way they all blend together It may sound disjointed, but it works I wouldn t say they switch seamlessly, but for the most part I see it like Scott s journey As he enters the new terrain of a different State or district, we enter a new genre It can be a little jarring because it s unfamiliar, but you get used to it pretty quickly The changes there are, the less you notice them What starts off as a light hearted story, slowly slides through the spectrum, picking up speed before hurtling into the dark.The pace starts of slow, but builds like the winds of Katrina Slowly, gradually, until the end is a fast paced, tension filled ride that comes at you full force For a lot of the story, confusion is ever present From Scott s POV, we know exactly what he does nothing He knows as little of Julianna s past as we do So why he s hunted, why she left, where she went, who the big players are, are all a mystery to us, which can make certain points hard to follow sometimes, but it does get tied up at the end There is a lot going on in this story, but stick with it and it ll all make sense eventually.There s also a little backtracking in the second half Not the flashbacks to 1997 that we re used to, but to Julianna, just before she leaves Her part is mainly exposition designed to fill in the numerous gaps, but it doesn t feel too drawn out This is a longer book at almost 500 kindle pages , so some places can drag a little, but the payoff is worth it.There s quite a few issues incorporated into this book Some environmental, some forces of nature and some the result of mankind The focus is very much on the damage they cause, both to the planet, society and to individuals On the pain and grief left behind As I stated earlier, all the characters are fictitious, but some of the events are real Hurricane Katrina for one, and though the characters themselves don t exist, I m sure their basic stories were some actual person s Hundreds, thousands of actual persons Books based on true events can be in bad taste, but here it is done well It s respectful, it s factual and it s a dark reality This is a story of loss in it s many different forms It s an emotional hurricane to match the real thing This book is the entire collection of the Misisipi stories They were released separately though they are the same story, same continuation , and once the story was finished, they were collected together in this book It s like books with different acts The only reason I mention it is because at the start of each new book, we get an illustration of a Navajo stone and its meaning They foreshadow the events about to occur The characters are well written and all have their moments They re so real sometimes that there s times you berate the good guys and sympathise with the bad Everyone has a story Everyone has a reason The reason itself may be worthless, poor or nonsensical, but it can fuel good people to do bad things and bad people to do good A story that could only ever have one ending The fiction is perfectly blended with the factual, right down to the grief and loss It s a story that won t let go A slow boil that will rise up in your heart, long after the inevitability dawns The tension is almost painful in its brutality It will rip through you, leaving you desperate to know, to not know The main plot is ultimately irrelevant No matter the choices we make, the things we did or didn t do, the end comes to everyone in some form or other But we must never forget, never not take comfort in this whenever there is an end, there is always a beginning to follow it This book will wrench both your heart and gut For a little while is may even break something, but everything broken has the potential to be fixed Maybe not the way we want, or even need, but enough to keep us moving.Beware If you do read this book, you may need some time to recover afterwards Once you do, you ll want to read it all over again Moral of the story Appreciate what you ve got before it s gone Disclaimer I received this book from the author This is not a sponsored review All opinions are 100% my own. M I S I S I P I When We Need Them To, Some Lies Become TruthA Tragic Childhood Act Has Been Rippling Out Across Years And Now, In New Orleans On The Eve Of Hurricane Katrina, It S A Tidal Wave Which Will Engulf Everyone It TouchesJulianna Jameson Is Leaving Home She Packs A Bag She Books A Flight She Leaves A Note On The Kitchen Counter She Departs Her Boston Home And Disappears, Without A Warning, Without A GoodbyeFor Husband Scott, The Initial Shock Carries A Strange Relief Their Slide From Storybook Soul Mates To Virtual Strangers Could Only End One Way And It S Been A Long Time ComingAnd Anyway, Julianna Has Always Been UnconventionalAll That Remains Is To Decipher The Meaning Behind Her Cryptic Note But That S Before Scott Finds Evidence Of Her Secret Other Actions On The Day She Left A Torrent Of Discovery Shows Just How Little Of Julianna S Past He Truly Knew They Also Cast A Whole Different Light On The Couple S Present Difficulties And Offer Scott A Sliver Of Hope For Rescuing Their FutureHis Only Course Is To Follow Her To The Place Where Her Dark History Has Called Her Back, Where Two Powerful And Ruthless Adversaries Are Waging The Endgame Of A Long And Bloody Feud Julianna Is The Key She S The Only One Who Can Stop It, Because She S The One Who Started ItJulianna Is Going Home For The Last Time To The City By The Sea At The Mouth Of The River A Secret Is A Rotting Anchor, Hidden In Deep Water You Drop It And Convince Yourself That It S Safe, Tethered Beyond Sight In That Peculiar Comfort, You Forget That It Binds You And When A Storm Rolls In, It Will Not Raise Connect With MisisipiNovel On Facebook MisisipiNovel I was so utterly disappointed with this book I didn t even finish it Although well written in terms of language, the book is so muddled, and actually quite boring, that I didn t actually care what happened to Julianna, or all of the other characters by the end even if they were about to be reunited in some kind of wondrous moment I found this book a chore to read and gave up 30% through and I don t quit anything. Let s start with first impressions, shall we I thought this was going to be the kind of book you read once and then tuck away in your bookshelf, forgotten because, hello it s a thriller, you read whodunnit, whathappened and all, why should you go to the trouble of reading a second time Probably why i don t do this genre much.I read the synopsis and it reminded me of Gone Girl which I hated despite the rave reviews it garnered Whaddaya know I seriously LIKED this book.First off, it s not plain thriller It s romance, with a very lyrical language This book has been divided into books and altogether very symbolic And the writing Do you expect to read a mystery with very verbose poetic language I didn t.Random things I liked about this book The way Julianna evolved to the reader The way Katrina was personified THE PLOT Threading together some details that we otherwise tend to overlookSpeaking of details though, I felt as if some were wholly not needed, Some characters that wave their hands out of some chapters had whole chapters devoted to their biography.And did i tell you that i m going to read this book again, slowly this time I finished reading this book over two months ago, long before it was published at the author s request and too much time and too many books have since passed for me to remember any details I won t therefore add a summary of the story to my review, the blurb provided gives a good enough indication of what the story is about.As far as my thoughts on this book are concerned I think this is a very credible debut by a potentially very promising author The story and the characters in it especially Julianna were interesting and mysterious This is one action packed book In fact, my one, minor, reservation about this book was that maybe the author tried to squeez too much information, action and genres into the one story At times it almost felt as if the author was trying to fit all the great story ideas he has ever had into the one book Having said that, all the various aspects of this story also mean that there isn t a dull moment in this story Turning the pages was easy and the need to find out what exactly was going on increased as the story continued.Just a note for those who are afraid that the spelling of the title might be an edititing mistake it isn t I won t say any about it if you want to know the reason you ll just have to read the book but the title is exactly what it should be. An absolutely gripping story So many twists and turns and Hurricane Katrina all wrapped up into one When Scott comes home after work and finds that his wife is gone, he sets out to find her and gets involved in a story and a history he couldn t have ever imagined It is essentially a New Orleans story and it kept me intrigued from start to finish.While I did love this story, there are a couple of things I didn t love At the beginning, a lot of flashbacks are used and not always in order I don t care for that type of writing Also, the sex and violence are far to graphic for me to recommend this to any of my circle of friends If those things do not bother you, this is a great thriller and it s hard to believe that it is a debut novel.I received this through a librarything giveaway and I appreciated the opportunity to read and review it. I was not impressed with this one Too long and a bit confusing as it went along There was also a totally unnecessary sex scene and a lot of graphic violence in this The story would and could have been better told in much less time and with fewer convolutions and permutations if the telling had been linear and from one consistent viewpoint instead of the 4 or 5 that the author chose to use Too much repetition of the same facts as the same scene was told from each of the many viewpoints Very confusing and hard to follow and in the end, what seemed to be important in the beginning and what I had pinned my hopes on for the outcome was not to be Very disappointing Not one I would recommend. I am giving this book a 3.5 rating I have had to have a think about this before writing this review, not because I didn t enjoy the book, but I did struggle with it at times There was a lot going on and some of it came out of nowhere and from what I can see, had little to do with the actual story Majority of the story was very good and I really enjoyed it, I just struggled with the parts that dragged on a bit and were seemingly random.Overall a good read, as the good bits were very good I m going with somewhere between a 3 and a 4 for this one I liked it, but there was just a lot going on and a lot of details that were just too much Like pages and pages too much But, it was well written and interesting too much if that makes sense In other words, there was so much descriptive text that was totally unnecessary, but it was still interesting Kind of like rambling around inside the thoughts of your own head and going off on tangents all of the time Did not love the way it ended after so many pages of buildup I felt like it all came to an end too fast Again, not poorly written It was all pretty much there and wrapped up I just felt like I d invested so many pages to get there that I would ve liked reward at the end
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