Mrs. John Doe by Tom Savage

Posted December 7, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mrs. John Doe by Tom SavageMrs. John Doe by Tom Savage
Series: Nora Baron #1
Published by Alibi on October 6, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 312
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars

In the adrenaline-laced new novel of suspense from Tom Savage—hailed by Michael Connelly as “a master of the high-speed thriller”—an American actress in Europe races to find the truth behind her husband’s mysterious accident. What she uncovers makes her the target of a shocking conspiracy.

Nora Baron’s life is perfect. She lives on Long Island Sound, teaches acting at a local university, and has a loving family. Then one phone call changes everything. She’s informed that her husband, Jeff, has died in a car crash while on a business trip in England. Nora flies to London to identify the body, which the police have listed as a “John Doe.” When she leaves the morgue, a man tries to steal her purse containing Jeff’s personal effects. Clearly, all is not as it seems.

At her hotel, Nora receives a cryptic message that leaves her with more questions than answers. She follows the message’s instructions to France, where a fatal encounter transforms her into a fugitive. Wanted for murder, on the run in a shadowy landscape of lies, secrets, and sudden violence, Mrs. “John Doe” must play the role of a lifetime to stay one step ahead of a ruthless enemy with deadly plans for her—and for the world.

 

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Nora Baron is a former actress now teaching acting at a college in Long Island, New York. She’s married to Jeff who’s currently working in London. When Nora receives a call that Jeff’s been killed in a car crash, her trip to London to identify his remains sets off a wild adventure.

 
I deliberately ignored the book blurb as I didn’t want to know anything more about this story than what I wrote above. This is high intrigue at its best where you never know who to trust, nor can you tell the good guys from the bad. If you’ve any familiarity with London and/or Paris, you’ll enjoy the romp through these settings as it’s highly descriptive. You’ll feel like you’re there whether you’ve been there or not.

 
This was a very interesting story that ramped up to warp speed 2/3 into the story. Until then, it moved at a slower pace as I attempted to digest and analyze all the clues and details. I very much enjoyed this one and Nora Baron. She’s quite the definition of a heroine.

About Tom Savage

Tom Savage is the author of six suspense novels and wrote two detective novels under the name T. J. Phillips. His short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and anthologies edited by Lawrence Block, Harlan Coben, and Michael Connelly. His short story, “The Method In Her Madness,” was nominated for the Barry Award. His bestselling novel, Valentine, was made into a Warner Bros. film. In his younger days he was a professional actor, and he also wrote a Broadway show, Musical Chairs.

Tom was born in New York and raised in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He attended Point Park College and Hofstra University, majoring in drama and minoring in English. After acting and writing plays, he worked for many years at Murder Ink®, the world’s first mystery bookstore. He’s a member of Actors Equity Association, ASCAP, the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, and International Thriller Writers. He has served as a director on the national board of MWA, and he’s served several times on the Best Novel committees for MWA (Edgar® Awards) and IACW (Hammett Prize). He is a founding member of MWA’s Mentor Program, assessing and encouraging new mystery writers. He lives in New York City.

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