Reviewed for Shut Up & Read Goodreads Group R2R
Joe by H.D. Gordon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A 12-star read!!
An amazing and multi-layered novel, “Joe” was a story I did not want to put aside till I finished it. Sleep was immaterial. Joe and other characters are multi-dimensional, and rendered in unbelievable depth. Even though the story is a thriller/mystery, the reader is kept on the edge of her seat not only because of the high tension level, but also because of the treatment of these characters. The impending event, with its potential for high fatality, is tuned to an almost painful level of tension-nearly fatalistic, yet the reader continues to root for Joe to solve a nearly unsolvable event. Joe’s recurrent guilt over a foreseen event she could scarcely have prevented at age five; her mother’s contempt, even hatred; and the implacability of the event she now foresees blackening the University, make for exciting, yet terrifying storytelling.
I can scarcely recommend “Joe” highly enough. This has been one of the happy occasions when I wished to read a book based on its description, and found it not just enjoyable, but truly a worthwhile and fulfilling read.
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