The Book of James by Ellen J. Green

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Moments before his death following a tragic car accident, Nick whispers warnings to his wife that someone from his past may attempt to harm or even kill her. He urges her to travel to Philadelphia to his childhood home. Find James, he insists. It's the only way out. Mackenzie dismisses her husband's warnings, assuming his words were a result of blood loss and morphine - until the things he outlined start to come true. Her search brings her to the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia and face to face with a mother-in-law believed to be dead. Together in the same house the two women's stories spin together, each with an agenda. Cora is desperate to protect secrets from the past. Mackenzie is determined to uncover those very secrets and find the elusive James before time runs out. A gallery of photographs in the bowels of the house holds clues to generations of abuse, treachery and possibly murder. Messages hidden in Nick's childhood Bible within the Epistle of James have Mackenzie racing against time to put the pieces together, unearth the reasons her husband chose to vanish when he was sixteen years old, and locate the person mentioned in Nick's dying breath. When James is finally found, the results are more horrifying than Mackenzie could have ever imagined.

About Ellen J. Green

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Ellen J. Green was born in Washington Mills, New York, and was raised on a farm until she left to attend Temple University. Green earned degrees in psychology and later worked as a therapist in the psychiatric ward of a maximum-security correctional facility. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Green lives with her two children in southern New Jersey.
Published June 30, 2015 by Thomas & Mercer. 389 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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