The Girl in the Maze

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Good The Girl in the Maze Author R K Jackson am Book R K Jackson is an award winn

Good The Girl in the Maze Author R.K. Jackson am Book R.K Jackson is an award winning science writer and editor at NASA, and previously worked as a senior editor at CNN, where he helped launch the network s Internet presence He has attended the Advanced Novel Writing Workshop at UCLA as well as the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop Jackson s USA Today bestselling thriller THE GIRL IN THE MAZE has been praised as A twisty Southern gothic thriller with echoes of Tana French L.A Times bestselling author Dianne Emley , A terrific mystery The Book Lover s Friend , and A fast paced psychological thriller that keeps you engaged from beginning to end Reading Femme Two of his plays have been staged professionally, and his short story, All the Devils, was featured in the Alfred Hitchcock themed issue of Penumbra Magazine He recently co produced the Eyes on the Earth and Eyes on Exoplanets exhibits at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.A Georgia native with roots in the state s coastal low country, he now lives with his family in California s Los Padres National Forest His second Martha Covington thriller, KISS OF THE SUN, will be released Sept 20, 2016, from Random House Alibi.. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, and Tana French, R K Jackson s lyrical, twisty psychological thriller debut follows an aspiring journalist as she uncovers dark truths in a seaswept Southern town aided by a mysterious outcast and pursued by a ruthless killer.When Martha Covington moves to Amberleen, Georgia, after her release from a psychiatric ward, shePerfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, and Tana French, R K Jackson s lyrical, twisty psychological thriller debut follows an aspiring journalist as she uncovers dark truths in a seaswept Southern town aided by a mysterious outcast and pursued by a ruthless killer.When Martha Covington moves to Amberleen, Georgia, after her release from a psychiatric ward, she thinks her breakdown is behind her A small town with a rich history, Amberleen feels like a fresh start Taking a summer internship with the local historical society, Martha is tasked with gathering the stories of the Geechee residents of nearby Shell Heap Island, the descendants of slaves who have lived by their own traditions for the last three hundred years.As Martha delves into her work, the voices she thought she left behind start whispering again, and she begins to doubt her recovery When a grisly murder occurs, Martha finds herself at the center of a perfect storm and she s the perfect suspect Without a soul to vouch for her innocence or her sanity, Martha disappears into the wilderness, battling the pull of madness and struggling to piece together a supernatural puzzle of age old resentments, broken promises, and cold blooded murder She finds an unexpected ally in a handsome young man fighting his own battles With his help, Martha journeys through a terrifying labyrinth to find the truth and clear her name, if she can survive to tell the tale.. Good Ebook The Girl in the Maze 1.5 starsMartha is released from a mental hospital after being hospitalized for a break down after hearing voices in her head. She goes to the coastal Georgia town of Amberleen, where she takes on a internship with a local historical society as part of her recovery process. There is a corporation that is wanting to build up the area for tourists and do away with some of the local culture. Shell Heap island is the home of the local GeeChee residents (descendants of slaves who still live most of their lives by their rich culture)Now this part of the book I ADORED. I love the GeeChee culture and will read just about anything I can find featuring them. I live in Georgia so I'm especially interested in anything folkish in our state.But then I had to consider the actual book. The first half of it was not really too bad but then the mystery/thriller part of it just was not good. For me it was very spotty and I could have cared less about that part. You just knew from the beginning of the book how it was going to all play out because it's been done so many times and actually done much better than this.The the paranormal aspect of it? No. It just did not work, and it should have. The GeeChee wise woman part did but then Martha's part? Just pure flop.I should have known I would not like this one after I saw it being compared to "Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins"*gags*That alone should have warned my arse to run.Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.Now a bunch of five star reviews exist for this book and I would highlight one if one of my friends or people I know had reviewed it but since that hasn't happened I'm spotlighting my friend Tash's review. She has a most excellent thought out review for this book. I just wanted to yell that it sucked and throw it against the wall.

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    R.K Jackson is an award winning science writer and editor at NASA, and previously worked as a senior editor at CNN, where he helped launch the network s Internet presence He has attended the Advanced Novel Writing Workshop at UCLA as well as the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop Jackson s USA Today bestselling thriller THE GIRL IN THE MAZE has been praised as A twisty Southern gothic thriller with echoes of Tana French L.A Times bestselling author Dianne Emley , A terrific mystery The Book Lover s Friend , and A fast paced psychological thriller that keeps you engaged from beginning to end Reading Femme Two of his plays have been staged professionally, and his short story, All the Devils, was featured in the Alfred Hitchcock themed issue of Penumbra Magazine He recently co produced the Eyes on the Earth and Eyes on Exoplanets exhibits at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.A Georgia native with roots in the state s coastal low country, he now lives with his family in California s Los Padres National Forest His second Martha Covington thriller, KISS OF THE SUN, will be released Sept 20, 2016, from Random House Alibi.

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  • 1.5 starsMartha is released from a mental hospital after being hospitalized for a break down after hearing voices in her head She goes to the coastal Georgia town of Amberleen, where she takes on a internship with a local historical society as part of her recovery process There is a corporation that is wanting to build up the area for tourists and do away with some of the local culture Shell Heap island is the home of the local GeeChee residents descendants of slaves who still live most of their [...]


  • After being diagnosed and institutionalized for Schizophrenia, Martha Covington is ready to go back to the normal world through meaningful employment and anti psychotics She s hired as an intern for the Amberleen Historical Society for the summer Amberleen Historical Society s current project is the preservation of Shell Heap, an island in the Georgia Golden Isles, home of the Gullah Geechee people, from greedy property developers The impoverished town of Amberleen is all pro development and the [...]


  • Engrossing and atmospheric This debut novel has so much to enjoy not only the sensitively wrought characters, the intricate plot, and the naturalistic dialogue, but also the evocative portrait of its setting The Georgia coast, so memorably depicted in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, is offered from another viewpoint, conjured here with particular skill and artistry A thread of the paranormal woven through the plot seems quite at home in this tale, given the mysterious ambiance of its lo [...]


  • Check out all of my reviews at avonnalovesgenresThe Girl in the Maze is the debut book by R.K Jackson featuring Martha Covington This book was an enjoyable mix of thriller and mystery with a little psychic seer thrown in on a Georgia coast island.The island and its inhabitants are descendants of plantation slaves who are self sustaining and still follow their old religion and belief system Martha is out of inhouse treatment for schizophrenia suffered during college and is working an internship f [...]



  • Review copyR K Jackson is a former CNN Journalist who now works at Pasadena, California s Jet Propulsion Laboratory He lives with his family in the Los Padres National Forest and is at work on a second Martha Covington novel, The Kiss of the Sun.The Girl In the Maze is a genre crushing story that s part mystery, part thriller, with elements of horror The result is is a terribly entertaining novel about Martha Covington, a schizophrenic, who with treatment, is making her way back into the workpla [...]


  • Drawn by its hauntingly beautiful prose, intriguing plotline, and compelling characters, I finished reading The Girl in Maze in one afternoon The story was moving along at a great pace It kept me at the edge of my seat but also allowed me some precious moments to remember to breathe It was so easy to root for Martha s character She was vulnerable and strong at once She had a sweet, innocent charm, yet she could be calculating and methodical as she struggled to find her way in the labyrinth I fou [...]


  • The character Martha is suffering than a nervous breakdown and for once it s nice to see a character with a menal disorder that doesn t just disappear or get cured Similar to the past, when such people were seen as an oracle, or soothsayer it s an interesting story that the Gechee people see her illness as a gift While there are supersitious believers in the present, it wasn t so long ago that they were seen as gifted in the past by a majority of people Martha might indeed have a gift alongsid [...]


  • This is a new author with a debut book advertised as a psychological thriller Seeing as how it was compared to readers who like Gillian Flynn which I do my expectations were rather high I m sorry to say I was disappointed.Martha Covington is a young woman who has just been released from a mental institution As long as she takes her medications, the voices in her head disappear While Martha is a somewhat sympathetic character, I will give her kudos for trying to be strong enough to function in a [...]


  • The Girl in the Maze by R K Jackson is filled with intriguing characters and drips with Southern atmosphere.The story centers on Martha, who, after suffering a nervous breakdown while in college, has come to the town of Amberleen to take a job with the local historical society When Martha s employer is murdered, suspicion for the death falls on her the crazy girl from out of town Even while mourning the beloved head of the historical society, the town is torn over development for Shell Heap Isla [...]


  • A young woman recovering from a psychotic break, a small Georgia town torn in two over the proposed development of a pristine coastal island, the murder of the town s leading citizen, a shady sheriff, and a medicine woman who knows deep secrets Put them all together and you have Randal Jackson s literary thriller, The Grass Maze now The Girl in the Maze I have been privileged to work with Randal Jackson now R.K Jackson on honing this work, and I think the result is stunning.


  • A special thank you to Random House and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review R K Jackson s enthralling debut, THE GIRL IN THE MAZE, a psycho thriller of dark secrets in the small historic Georgian coastal town with a mix of southern Gothic, evil, paranormal, intrigue, history, culture, and suspense.Marthahas been diagnosed and institutionalized for schizophrenia She hears voices she is damaged goods However, she wants to move on and try and get back to some sense of normal.Is sh [...]


  • eARC NetgalleyIf you ve ever been to the Low Country and Savannah then you know there s an inherent sense of history and long buried secrets that you feel all around you I just returned from the area a couple of weeks ago and The Girl in the Maze took me right back to the moss draped shadows and the spooky beauty of the area It s so tragic the way the Gullah Geechee communities of the Low Country and Sea Islands have been robbed of so much of their land Combine that with the area s atmosphere, t [...]


  • Okay, this girl is hearing voices worse than me HA I m intrigued Actually it s not a funny subject, but it is a creepy one in this book Supposedly Martha has been discharged from the asylum and considered normal as long as she takes her meds What the doctors don t know is that she s being placed in a home and a job that has lots of secrets with ghosts that only want to talk to her Is she still crazy or is something else going on I could not put this one down Well, there was this one chapter with [...]


  • The Girl in the Maze is a fantastic, hard to put down read Mysterious, beautifully constructed, and suspenseful, the novel centers on Martha Covington, who after being released from psychiatric care and evaluation, lands a full time internship as an editorial assistant Martha is eager to put her troubled past behind her and start fresh, if only the voices in her head would leave her be So she diligently takes her meds to manage her schizophrenia and enthusiastically reports to work, where she as [...]


  • The Girl in the Maze is a fast paced psychological thriller that keeps you engaged from beginning to end The story begins with Martha, our protagonist, moving to a small Georgia town called Amberleen in order to pursue an internship with a historical society Martha has just recently been released from psychiatric care after having a psychotic breakdown in her college dorm room Her doctor has diagnosed her as schizophrenic, but assures her that as long as she takes her meds, she will be fine Mart [...]


  • You are in for a treat if you have not yet read R.K Jackson s new thriller entitled The Girl in the Maze Once I began reading this novel I could not put it down I just had to know what was ultimately going to happen Discovering the finale was effortless since this well written story is a rapid read.I found it refreshing to read a novel with a strong female character Martha personifies courageous vulnerability as she is coping with her internal and external challenges Martha has been diagnosed wi [...]


  • The Girl in the Maze is the first foray into fiction for former CNN journalist, R K Jackson It is the story of Martha Covington, a young woman who has suffered a psychotic event and has completed treatment for schizophrenia A promising journalism student, her psychologist Vince Trauger, has helped her to get a summer internship with The Historical Society of Amberleen, Georgia, a fictional coastal town near Savannah With her condition under control on her medications, Martha optimistically arriv [...]


  • This book was not at all what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading it There was an interesting plot involving a small town in Georgia and a young lady with a history of schizophrenia who moves to the town after a psychotic break and is trying to start her life over I can say that every time a book starts with a character moving to a small town that I am guaranteed to be amazed at how scary small towns can be I live in a small rural town and I am grateful we onl [...]


  • As a practicing psychotherapist, I was intrigued by this sympathetic portrayal of a young woman struggling with mental illness Too often, people with mental illness are portrayed as villains or objects of fear I was allowed to review and provide professional feedback on an earlier draft, which I found captivating and suspenseful I look forward to reading the published version.


  • The Girl in the Maze is my first novel by RK Jackson I found it unsettling and moody, and I really liked it.This novel takes you into the mind of a young woman who is struggling with demons and it is one bumpy ride Don t turn off the light5 while reading this one I definitely liked it.


  • First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, R.K Jackson, Alibi, and Random House Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.Jackson seeks to make a mark on the psychological thriller genre after a successful career as a science writer and employee of CNN This debut novel has a number of great aspects, as well as some tweaking a first time published author can expect After a psychotic break and time in an institution, Martha [...]


  • I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.This book has it all a great plot, villainous and corrupt politicians who will stop at nothing to get what they want, paranormal events, madness and a damaged heroine Martha is schizophrenic, as a step on the road to recovery she takes a job in the small town of Amberleen The voices and visions are back, or are they Unexplained events begin to happen, people begin to die then Martha is accused of murder she is on the ru [...]


  • The girl in the mazeHas three genres in one thriller, mystery and horror Martha Covington was diagnosed and institutionilized for Schizophrenia After being released from the hospital, As long as she takes her meds, Martha feels she is ready to take a job as an intern with the Historical Society of Amberleen, Georgia The historical society is working on the preservation of Shell Heap, an island in the Georgia Golden Isles The Geeches who are the inhabitants of this island and direct decendants of [...]


  • I received this ARC from NetGalley and Alibi Publishing in exchange for an honest review R K Jackson drew me into Martha s story within the first few paragraphs and the great ride continued up to the last sentence of The Girl in the Maze The plots twists and turns were neverending, while your empathy for Martha and her plight persevered I am happy to see that Jackson will be writing Martha Covington books in the future, since the character and her psychosis is rather unique I think most all fan [...]


  • Wow I thoroughly enjoyed THE GIRL IN THE MAZE It has everything that the coastal south has to offer a hurricane, a corrupt sheriff, voodoo, mystical Geechee characters, a crooked land deal, a lighthouse and a thrilling chase through the grass maze The protagonist is a strong female character, who despite her disability, has to outwit a psychopathic killer and her own schizophrenic delusions This novel operates on many levels and will keep you thinking long after you finish it When does the movie [...]


  • I have received this book for free off of net galley in exchange for my full and honest opinion This book is about a girl named Martha who was hospitalized and treated for schizophrenia Martha ends up getting a position in the Amberleen historical society and she helps piece together the history of Shell Heap When the voices that used to haunt her come back things start to go haywire A lady named Albertha tells her that she has a gift and that things are going to get real bad soon Martha is left [...]


  • When I started this book I wasn t really sure what I was getting myself into The first couple of chapters had me wondering But as I started to read I started to fall in love with the characters and the story line Let me introduce you to Martha Covington, a poor woman that has just been released from a psychiatric hospital Now that she is cured she heads Amberleen Georgia to work on a history book about the rich history of the city and surrounding area But alas she gets pulled into a mystery and [...]


  • I would like to thank Alibi and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.This book was called perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn in the blurb about it on NetGalley I suppose that if you are a fan of Gillian Flynn, you might enjoy this book I certainly did But don t go into this book expecting a Gillian Flynn copy cat R.K Jackson is not that.There is definitely a thrill factor to this book The book kept me coming back, and kept me interested I wanted to know what was going to happen to Mart [...]


  • I really enjoyed this book from an author I don t know It is a great portrayal of someone with mental health issues but by no means is that all the story Takes you on a journey of murder and conspiracy where Martha is in danger of her life Highly recommended


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