Lying with strangers

James Grippando, 1958-

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New York : Harper Collins Publishers 2007.
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Item Description
Originally published in slightly different form in 2006 by Madison Press.
Physical Description
391 p.
Main Author
James Grippando, 1958- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Taking a break from the Jack Swyteck legal-thriller series, Grippando offers up a stand-alone thriller that is as tautly constructed as his fine early novels, including as The Abduction (1998) and Found Money (1999). Peyton Shields is a resident at a Boston hospital. Driving home one night during a snowstorm, she is run off the road by another car. Authorities are treating the incident like an accident, but Peyton is convinced it was a deliberate attack. Problem is, she can't convince anyone else, not even her husband. When other, equally frightening things begin to happen to her, Peyton realizes she is alone against a nameless but exceedingly determined stalker. Grippando excels at the ordinary-person-in-extraordinary-circumstances story, and this one uses the premise expertly, building enough suspense to keep readers looking in dark corners and over their shoulders. Fans of the Swyteck series shouldn't look askance at this stand-alone; it's every bit as strong as the series novels. ((Reviewed May 1, 2007)) Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

No one, including her suddenly hostile husband, believes that a stranger deliberately drove first-year medical resident Peyton Shields off the road one snowy night. But her life keeps getting scarier and scarier. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Originally published in a slightly different form in 2006 by Madison Park Press (for Doubleday Entertainment's book clubs), Grippando's 12th thriller (after When Darkness Falls ) is an absorbing tale of a woman in jeopardy, a husband with secrets, and a barely glimpsed but thoroughly chilling stalker. Peyton Shields, a doctor in her first year of residency at Children's Hospital in Boston, is driving home late one night when another car forces her off the road and into a pond. Rescued by a stranger who quickly disappears, Peyton is dismayed that neither the cops nor her husband, Kevin, believe her when she says the "accident" was deliberate. Kevin, a struggling lawyer, has his own problems; he was in bed with another woman the night of the incident. Complicating matters is that his wife, suspicious of his actions, seeks solace from Gary, an old boyfriend and nurse in the hospital where she works. When Gary is killed, Peyton and Kevin find themselves on trial for murder, with a prosecutor intent on pitting one against the other. Will Peyton and her marriage survive? Grippando masterfully creates characters with rich emotional lives and then ratchets up the tension until it's almost unbearable. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/07.]—Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson [Page 71]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Beautiful doctor Peyton Shields, head resident at Boston's Children's Hospital, and handsome lawyer husband Kevin Stokes would appear to have bright futures at the start of Grippando's stand-alone, which falls short of the standard of the author's Jack Swyteck series (When Darkness Falls , etc.). Mutual suspicions of infidelity and the fundamental failure of either partner to trust the other pave the way for the misunderstandings that make Peyton and Kevin ripe pickings for a psycho obsessed with Peyton. First Peyton nearly dies during a snowy accident that only she believes was deliberate. Then she and Kevin are ensnared in a web of escalating circumstances that drive them further apart. The soap opera plot will disappoint those expecting something meatier, and even the two lead characters play stock roles (the strong, independent woman; the dissatisfied, jealous husband). The result is a thriller that doesn't offer many thrills, even when Grippando takes the wraps off some late surprises. This title was first released in 2006 by Bookspan as a Madison Park Press book club exclusive. (May) [Page 36]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Having worked relentlessly to become a doctor, Peyton Shields finds her life irrevocably changed by an attack that she barely survives, an event that causes her to realize that she can trust no one when everyone close to her denies her story that the attack was deliberate. 100,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A first-year resident at a major Boston children's hospital, Peyton Shields finally has the career she's always dreamed of—even though her marriage to Kevin, an up-and-coming young lawyer, is suffering from her hard work and impossibly long hours. But a late-night drive home in a heavy snowstorm changes everything when she is forced off the road.No one, not even Kevin, believes Peyton's claims that the "accident" was deliberate. Suddenly, her wonderful life has turned dark and uncertain, and the terror has only just begun. Her husband is growing inexplicably distant and bitter, accusing her of paranoia, betrayal, and infidelity. And a series of bizarre and frightening events is moving Peyton steadily closer to a faceless, resourceful enemy who is watching her every move.