The Book of James
Mackenzie was driving to Boston with her husband Nick when a truck runs a light and crashes into their car. Mackenzie is injured, but Nick dies soon after the accident in the hospital. He is drugged, but mostly coherent when he tells Mackenzie that they will be coming after her, that she should go to the house, and that she should find James.
Mackenzie has no idea what any of this means. She is about to find out however. She is contacted by Nick’s lawyer regarding his will. Mackenzie is shocked because they were barely getting by and had no idea that Nick had anything to leave to her. For the reading of the will, she goes to Philadelphia from her home in Maine.
She is not only shocked to learn she is the recipient of 15 million dollars but that Nick’s mother is still alive. And there is the problem. His mother, Cora, is apparently hiding a secret in the old Monroe mansion, Nick’s childhood home. Mackenzie accepts Cora’s offer to spend some time at the mansion. The offer comes with an ulterior motive, to find out what Mackenzie knows. Most of the novel is set in the mansion with Mackenzie trying to find James and figure out the secret that Cora is trying so hard to keep. But more importantly, Mackenzie wants to learn about the husband that she never truly knew because he kept secrets, too.
This is definitely a good psychological thriller with several interesting and unexpected twists and turns to keep the reader on his toes. Additional characters include a love interest in Dylan, the son of Nick’s lawyer and Mackenzie’s as well and Samantha, Mackenzie’s best friend. Give it a try.
The Book of James written by Ellen J. Green was published in 2015 by Thomas & Mercer, Seattle.