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  • Gripping.

    Excellent tense and suspenseful mystery thriller. Very well written, the story builds beautifully. Question is, does Martha have schizophrenia, or are the voices and visions something else entirely?

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  • Starts Slow and Ramps Up the Tension

    This is a wonderful trip into the mind and world of a person who hears voices in her head. The story is a mystery thriller, where the reader knows too much and fears for the characters. From a slow beginning, the tension and suspense ramps up to a most dramatic ending. The key to everything lies in a story from the past. As good guys drop from actions of the bad guys, the reader begins to despair. As the story ends, some despair may be justified. Greed, ambition, and man's inhumanity to man are powerful forces. Not as powerful as a hurricane, but much more deadly.

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  • subtly creepy, turning exciting

    I bought this a while back and wish I'd read it sooner. Firstly, I do want to say that I wound up loving this book.. it's a mystery it's creepy, .. sometimes very creepy.....with hints of supernatural concepts .. It's wryly funny too and yet poignant- all in turn. While I don't have the main character, Martha's medical diagnosis, i did go through wondering if I might have it . at just a little younger than Martha is here. And I can relate to much of how she felt when in a new place , ( a little lost and disoriented) and afraid to make a mistake..! Yet her keen eye and strong intuition make it quite difficult for her to ignore discrepancies and falsehoods.. she especially struggles , when hearing and seeing something and yet facing disbelief and denial from others instead of answers or support. What was not so good about The Girl in the Maze , is that almost half the novel is slow going- not unpleasant or unlikeable-just not enough happening at all! I almost put it down to start another book. ( I'm glad I didn't) When the story picks up- I loved it.. I kept wanting to read more ..and more! And am now interested in the author's second book with this character!

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  • I was not thrilled by this thriller!

    I have just finished reading The Girl in the Maze by R.K. Jackson. Martha Covington has schizophrenia. She has gotten out of the asylum, on stable medications, and finished counseling. She has accepted a position as a summer intern at the Amberleen Historical Society in Amberleen, Georgia. She will be recording and transcribing the history of the Geechees (direct descendants of slaves who were freed after the end of the Civil War) on Shell Heap Island (they live isolated from the rest of society). The residents believe in the paranormal (ghosts, spirits, and magic). Developers wants to take Shell Heap Island and build on it (condos, golf course, etc.). Martha’s boss is Lydia Dussault. Lydia is very active in stopping the development of the island. Lydia wants to find a way to connect the commissioners (who are crooked as windy road) to the investment group. She asks Martha to look into it. Unfortunately for Lydia, Martha looks into it and confides in the wrong person. Shortly after arriving Martha begins hearing and seeing unusual things. She does not know if it is from her schizophrenia or is she having visions. Jarrell Humphries has trying to get proof of the developers unscrupulous methods without success. After Martha is thrown out of her boarding house (for creating disturbances), she stays the night with Lydia. The next morning Martha finds Lydia dead. Guess who they are blaming for the murder? Martha is on the run, but, thankfully, Jarrell gives her a helping hand. They have to prove who really killed Lydia and try to stop the developers from taking over Shell Heap Island (while on the run and Martha is without her medications). I did not enjoy reading The Girl in the Maze. I found it to be a strange book that moves along at a snail’s pace. It is obvious who is behind all the corruption from the very beginning (so it is really no mystery). Nor did I find this book to be a thriller or a book of suspense (like I said-strange). It has a sort of paranormal element in it (at the very end). I give The Girl in the Maze 2 out of 5 stars (I am being generous). Please be aware that there is graphic violence in the book. I received a complimentary copy of The Girl in the Maze from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are strictly my own.

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