A Hint of Stephen King? | Review of Misery Loves Company by Rene Gutteridge

by Rene Gutteridge
Published: August 2013
Publisher: Tyndale Fiction
Genre: Fiction
Source: Tyndale Fiction


Filled with grief, Jules Belleno rarely leaves the house since her husband’s death while on duty as a police officer. Other than the reviews Jules writes on her blog, she has little contact with the outside world.

One day when she ventures out to the local grocery store, Jules is bumped into by a fellow customer who apologizes profusely. She recognizes him as her favorite author, Patrick Reagan. Jules gushes and thoroughly embarrasses herself before Regan graciously talks with her.

And that’s the last thing she remembers—until she wakes up in a strange room with a splitting headache. She’s been kidnapped. And what she discovers will change everything she believed about her husband’s death . . . her career . . . and her faith.

(Source: Back Cover)

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My Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Misery Loves Company. Rene Gutteridge engages her reader with a smooth, fluid writing style and in this instance, Gutteridge maintains a level of tension in the story to keep you turning page after page until you’ve finished.

Jules Belleno is a withdrawn young woman sticking close to home after the death of her husband. Her grief has enveloped her in a cocoon of sorts and her only family is an alcoholic father who happens to be an ex-Marine. Also central to the story line is Chris Downey, Jules’ husband’s partner in the local police department.

An innocent, routine trip to the grocery store places Jules standing in front of her favorite author. That morning she had posted a review of his latest book on her blog. Lately, his books had lost their momentum and this last was the worst yet. Imagine Jules’ reaction when she awakens in a strange room looking at the ceiling where someone had written two very short sentences from that morning’s blog post : “Don’t tell me it’s terrifying. Terrify me!”

That’s enough for now . . . the rest of the story is found between the covers of Misery Loves Company. With twists and turns of plot, emotions that rise and fall for the characters, and the unknown that Rene Gutteridge keeps on the page, this has been one of my best reads recently.

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My Recommendation: 

Love a good mystery? Love tension on 95% of the pages, but not too much? Love the hint of a romance budding? Then you’ll love Misery Loves Company.

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Meet the Author:

Rene Gutteridge is the author of eighteen novels, including Listen, the Storm series (Tyndale House Publishers) and Never the Bride, the Boo series, and the Occupational Hazards series from WaterBrook Press. She also released My Life as a Doormat and The Ultimate Gift: The Novelization with Thomas Nelson. Rene is also known for her Christian comedy sketches. She studied screenwriting while earning a mass communications degree, graduating magna cum laude from Oklahoma City University and earning the Excellence in Mass Communication Award. She served as the full-time director of drama for First United Methodist Church for five years before leaving to stay home and write. She enjoys instructing at writers conferences and in college classrooms. She lives with her husband, Sean, a musician, and their children in Oklahoma City. Visit her Web site at www.renegutteridge.com(Source: Tyndale)

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I received a copy of Misery Loves Company  by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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ON TAP NEXT: A review of Lynn Cullen’s Mrs. Poe, a darkly atmospheric historical novel.


4 thoughts on “A Hint of Stephen King? | Review of Misery Loves Company by Rene Gutteridge

  1. tpolen October 14, 2013 at 6:26 am Reply

    You had me at Stephen King – love the play on the title in relation to his book, Misery. Sounds like a great read!


    • Sherrey Meyer October 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm Reply

      Funny, Teri — I thought of you as I typed out “Stephen King.” Now, remember, this book isn’t nearly as frightening as a Stephen King, but it’s well done with some very gripping scenes.


  2. Jade Reyner October 14, 2013 at 1:22 am Reply

    Sounds like a great book from a very talented author. I will download a sample I think!


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