Mrs. John Doe (Nora Baron, #1)
In the adrenaline-laced new novel of suspense from Tom Savage—hailed by Michael Connelly as “a master of the high-speed thriller”—an American actress in Europe races to find the truth behind her husband’s mysterious accident. What she uncovers makes her the target of a shocking conspiracy.   Nora Baron’s life is perfect. She lives on Long Island Sound, teaches acting at a local university, and has a loving family. Then one phone call changes everything. She’s informed that her husband, Jeff, has died in a car crash while on a business trip in England. Nora flies to London to identify the body, which the police have listed as a “John Doe.” When she leaves the morgue, a man tries to steal her purse containing Jeff’s personal effects. Clearly, all is not as it seems.   At her hotel, Nora receives a cryptic message that leaves her with more questions than answers. She follows the message’s instructions to France, where a fatal encounter transforms her into a fugitive. Wanted for murder, on the run in a shadowy landscape of lies, secrets, and sudden violence, Mrs. “John Doe” must play the role of a lifetime to stay one step ahead of a ruthless enemy with deadly plans for her—and for the world.Advance praise for Mrs. John Doe   “This is a rare spy thriller, smart, beautifully written, and stay-up-all-night enjoyable!”—Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassins   “It isn’t easy to blindside a fellow suspense author, but Tom Savage manages to fool me every time. A clever, compelling, and cinematic page-turner in which nothing is as it seems, Mrs. John Doe opens with a twist I didn’t see coming and closes with a satisfying bang. This longtime Savage fan ranks Mrs. John Doe right up there with Precipice.”—Wendy Corsi Staub, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Widow   “Tom Savage’s Mrs. John Doe races a fictional path somewhere between Alfred Hitchcock and Agatha Christie, a modern heroine-on-the-run spy thriller dealing with some of our time’s deadliest challenges.”—James Grady, New York Times bestselling author of Last Days of the Condor  Praise for Tom Savage  “Savage knows the mystery novel inside and out, and it shows on every page.”—James Patterson   “A master of the high-speed thriller.”—Michael Connelly   “A very gifted writer who creates living, breathing characters, wonderful dialogue, and mesmerizing tension.”—Nelson DeMille   “Savage writes with fierce energy, piercing holes in the shredding fabric of our society, where no one is safe, no one is free from harm.”—Lorenzo Carcaterra

Mrs. John Doe (Nora Baron, #1) Details

TitleMrs. John Doe (Nora Baron, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 6th, 2015
PublisherAlibi
ISBN-139781101884751
Rating
GenreSuspense, Thriller, Mystery, Fiction

Mrs. John Doe (Nora Baron, #1) Review

  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    January 1, 1970
    A fun read with quite a lot of unbelievability to it. Of course, Nora Barron is an actress and that's all the qualifications she needs to pull it all off.Than again, why not? After all, it's so refreshing to have a protagonist amateur spy well after 40, with a young adult kid and a hubby to retrieve who just happens to be a prof spy. After all, women after a certain age happen to go invisible in our times. It's a cultural thing: we love to see our female protagonists really young and glamorous a A fun read with quite a lot of unbelievability to it. Of course, Nora Barron is an actress and that's all the qualifications she needs to pull it all off.Than again, why not? After all, it's so refreshing to have a protagonist amateur spy well after 40, with a young adult kid and a hubby to retrieve who just happens to be a prof spy. After all, women after a certain age happen to go invisible in our times. It's a cultural thing: we love to see our female protagonists really young and glamorous and we don't allow people the hope to age gracefully. This is skewing our perception of a large part of the world. We get primed to think that women's worthiness decreases with age, and we rarely bother to look beyond the 30-ish gals. I just don't think this 'past due' mental stamping is fair or is doing anyone any favors. Women get apologetic about their age and experience and men are primed to think a lot of crazy shit about women past certain age. I love that this book suffers nothing of this kind and would be willing to forgive it a lot, including the split-second amateur to professional transfer going on, which is kind of entertaining in a 'Doe, Mrs Doe' way.QThe other two schools were real, but liars always went for the final choice in multiple choices. (c)Q… she had to get rid of her well-meaning friend … (c)QWho the hell were these people? (c)QA Jacques-of-all-trades. (с)QNoone: no one. The wonderful world of spies… (c)QA shaft of brilliant afternoon sunshine slanted in through a gap in the curtains, spotlighting the lifeless form. It was horrible, obscene, yet oddly beautiful, almost as though this were not a real victim but a young actress in a play or film, and some award-winning auteur had carefully positioned her and lit her body for full cinematic effect. This eerily lovely tableau belonged in the work of Spielberg or Hitchcock, not here on this dusty floor. (c)
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  • Jonetta
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted on The Book NymphoNora Baron is a former actress now teaching acting at a college in Long Island, New York. She's married to Jeff who's currently working in London. When Nora receives a call that Jeff's been killed in a car crash, her trip to London to identify his remains sets off a wild adventure. I deliberately ignored the book blurb as I didn't want to know anything more about this story than what I wrote above. This is high intrigue at its best where you never know who to Originally posted on The Book NymphoNora Baron is a former actress now teaching acting at a college in Long Island, New York. She's married to Jeff who's currently working in London. When Nora receives a call that Jeff's been killed in a car crash, her trip to London to identify his remains sets off a wild adventure. I deliberately ignored the book blurb as I didn't want to know anything more about this story than what I wrote above. This is high intrigue at its best where you never know who to trust, nor can you tell the good guys from the bad. If you've any familiarity with London and/or Paris, you'll enjoy the romp through these settings as it's highly descriptive. You'll feel like you're there whether you've been there or not. This was a very interesting story that ramped up to warp speed 2/3 into the story. Until then, it moved at a slower pace as I attempted to digest and analyze all the clues and details. I very much enjoyed this one and Nora Baron. She's quite the definition of a heroine. (I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    In this fast-paced thrilling new novel by Tom Savage an American actress races to Europe to find the truth behind her husband's mysterious accident. What she uncovers is shocking and makes her the target of a horrific conspiracy.An entertaining spy thriller with compelling, and at times witty, characters where no one is who they seem. Tom Savage spins a web of suspense in Mrs. John Doe and I look forward to his next novel.
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  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    January 1, 1970
    This book was such a wonderful surprise! I had never read a book by Mr. Savage and I didn’t really research it at all, I just requested it.I do not read a lot of “spy” type books so this one had me guessing all the way. Just when I thought I knew what was going on, bam, “sorry but you are all wrong Dorie”!This book is told in first person, the narrator being Nora Baron . Nora gets a phone call telling her that her husband is dead and she must come to England to identify the body. She gets on the This book was such a wonderful surprise! I had never read a book by Mr. Savage and I didn’t really research it at all, I just requested it.I do not read a lot of “spy” type books so this one had me guessing all the way. Just when I thought I knew what was going on, bam, “sorry but you are all wrong Dorie”!This book is told in first person, the narrator being Nora Baron . Nora gets a phone call telling her that her husband is dead and she must come to England to identify the body. She gets on the next plane and arrives to find her husband’s coworker, waiting for her to drive her to the morgue to identify her husband’s body. As soon as she is out of the morgue and en route to her hotel she is mugged but with several young men watching the scene unfold she manages to hold on to her purse and it’s contents.Well, let’s just say that it gets more and more exciting and covert as the book continues. No one is who they seem to be and even though Nora has a lot of experience identifying actors, as she herself is an actress, she manages to be fooled and led off track. There are some great passages but since this is a galley I’m not able to quote from it.An interesting note about the author, he is hailed by Michael Connelly as “a master of the high speed thriller”, and that pretty much describes this bookThere are some really exciting scenes and I don’t want to ruin this book for anyone, but you will not be bored and you will, I’m sure, tear through this book as quickly as I did. I will definitely be checking out more of Mr. Savage’s books in the future. Great fun!Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for this great ARC of a wonderful thriller.
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    Nora receives a phone call. Her husband is in France on a business trip. The man on the other end of the phone tells her that her husband has been killed in an auto accident and that she needs to come.She had been expecting this phone call, but it still took her breath away. Arriving in Paris, she is taken to the morgue where she identifies her husband.But is he really dead? This book has it all ..... dead people who may not be dead ... secret coded messages from beyond the grave, arms dealers, Nora receives a phone call. Her husband is in France on a business trip. The man on the other end of the phone tells her that her husband has been killed in an auto accident and that she needs to come.She had been expecting this phone call, but it still took her breath away. Arriving in Paris, she is taken to the morgue where she identifies her husband.But is he really dead? This book has it all ..... dead people who may not be dead ... secret coded messages from beyond the grave, arms dealers, terrorists, spies, people working for companies that have no name, friends who may not be your friends, enemies who might be the one to trust, and dead bodies of really dead people falling all around.Having never been to Paris, I really enjoyed the descriptions of landmarks there, the beautiful gardens, museums, out of the way cafes that serve scrumptious foods, bed and boards. I loved it all.The character of Nora is complex. She's a retired actress, now teaching acting classes. Basically she's a wife, mother, happy with her life .... until she's pulled into something she doesn't understand. She becomes an almost super woman ... carrying a gun, ditching a car that's obviously following her, barely missing being shot by a sniper..all while keeping her cool.There is lots and lots of action... running, jumping, climbing, car chases, train chases...following people who may or not be trustworthy wearing disguises. I was out of breath and needed a nap by the time I got to the last page.My thanks to the author / NetGalley / Random House Publishing Group - Alibi for the digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Mrs. John Doe by Tom Savage is a 2015 Alibi publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 'Tis strange- but true;for truth is always strange;Stranger than fiction. Tom Savage is a master at hurling unforeseen plot twist at you, so it didn't surprise me at all that he opted to write a spy novel. Tom's writing style is absolutely perfect for this type of suspense thriller. Nora is happily married with a college aged daughter, and a Mrs. John Doe by Tom Savage is a 2015 Alibi publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 'Tis strange- but true;for truth is always strange;Stranger than fiction. Tom Savage is a master at hurling unforeseen plot twist at you, so it didn't surprise me at all that he opted to write a spy novel. Tom's writing style is absolutely perfect for this type of suspense thriller. Nora is happily married with a college aged daughter, and a satisfying career as an actress and teacher. But, the charmed life she is living comes to a crashing halt when she receives word her beloved husband, Jeff, has been killed in a car accident while on a business trip to London. Arriving in London, Nora, finds her husband has been listed as a“John Doe” and she must identify his remains. After this awful task is completed, Nora is attacked by a purse snatcher who apparently wants to steal Jeff's personal effects, a single act that thrust Nora into the role of a lifetime. All the world's a stage... Cloak and dagger suspense, dark, shadowy figures, secret agents, and a diabolical terrorist plot that must be thwarted, combines to create a non-stop thrill ride. Fasten your safety belts folks and get ready for a shocking, heart pounding, unrelenting thrill ride. I loved Nora's character because she is so cool under pressure, she thinks on her feet, doesn't give in to hysteria, stays focused, and never gives up no matter what, not only to prevent a terrorist attack, but to find out what happened to Jeff. LADY MCDUFF:I have done no harm. But I remember now I am in this earthly world, where to do harm Is often laudable, to do good sometime Accounted dangerous folly. Why then, alas, Do I put up that womanly defense, To say I have done no harm? ENTER MURDERERS:'What are these faces?” FIRST MURDERER Where is your husband? LADY MCDUFF: I hope, in no place so unsanctified Where such as thou mayst find him. Nora is pretty much a one woman show here as she must make split decisions about who to confide in, who to trust, and of course stay alive in the process. She takes on several roles and sometimes gets things right, but sometimes she finds herself in a real pickle. Reading this story is a lot like riding a roller coaster. The car starts off at a steady pace, climbs steep inclines, speeds up, takes hairpin twist and turns, then makes sudden drops that will take your breath away. From the first page to the last, I held on for dear life, enthralled and riveted, cheering on Mrs. John Doe, every step of the way. Taut, cleverly plotted, action packed, and tightly woven, you won't be able to put this book down, I guarantee it. I must confess to a few things right up front. I am a very big fan of this author, and have been sitting on pins and needles waiting for this book. Tom's trademark plot twist , despite my jadedness, never fails to surprise me, always taking me completely off guard. If you can trick me, then you will have made a fan for life.Despite my loyalty to the author, I did approach this book with a small amount of trepidation because in all honesty, spies and espionage novels are not really my cuppa, for several reasons. But, my concerns were quickly laid to rest, as there was nothing slow or plodding, or too understated about about this book, and I found the attention to detail and the pacing to be right up my alley. If you like fast paced, psychological twinged thrillers, packed with taut suspense and action, then you will not want to miss this one! 5 stars!
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  • Sherwood Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Copy courtesy of NetGalleyI don't often read thrillers, but the description of a forty-something actor wife and mother getting drawn into the shadowy, lethal world of spies caught my eye. I'm glad I requested it.The beginning was somewhat slow going. Savage has a tendency to stop the story cold in order to furnish data, but once the action picks up again, it's tightly written and the pacing steadily accelerated to a cinematic and utterly satisfying ending. There were sufficient twists and turns Copy courtesy of NetGalleyI don't often read thrillers, but the description of a forty-something actor wife and mother getting drawn into the shadowy, lethal world of spies caught my eye. I'm glad I requested it.The beginning was somewhat slow going. Savage has a tendency to stop the story cold in order to furnish data, but once the action picks up again, it's tightly written and the pacing steadily accelerated to a cinematic and utterly satisfying ending. There were sufficient twists and turns in the plot to keep the reader guessing, which also served to underscore the ever-shifting morality of the spy world. The key Maguffin I figured out from the gitgo, which was okay, but (view spoiler)[I was really surprised, given all the mysterious notes with double meanings, that the villain didn't figure out about the locket, which of course would have ended the story on page ten (hide spoiler)]. I really liked Nora, and I loved the way Savage worked her acting experience into her dealing with the dangerous world of spies. I also liked how she was blindsided, as a civilian would be. But when she needed to, she stepped up, until she gained agency. A fun, thoroughly engrossing read.
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  • Monnie
    January 1, 1970
    This book had me hooked from the minute I learned that lead character Nora Baron teaches acting at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York. That's where our son earned a master's degree (in applied mathematics, though I hasten to add he didn't get that talent from me), so it was instant rapport. Alas, none of the action here took place on that beautiful but traffic-challenged island (well, at least on the Long Island Expressway), although Nora's previous on-stage and teaching experience This book had me hooked from the minute I learned that lead character Nora Baron teaches acting at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York. That's where our son earned a master's degree (in applied mathematics, though I hasten to add he didn't get that talent from me), so it was instant rapport. Alas, none of the action here took place on that beautiful but traffic-challenged island (well, at least on the Long Island Expressway), although Nora's previous on-stage and teaching experience does indeed play a major role. Happily, I remained interested throughout the many twists, although I will say I guessed fairly early on the identity of at least one baddie as well as a couple of other plot details that were revealed as the ending neared. Finding out whether I was right or wrong - plus an interesting plot - kept me reading as often as my free time would allow (and for the record, my guesses were right). It's a solid, well-written story, and I thank the publisher, via NetGalley, for granting me the opportunity to read and review it in exchange for a review.The story begins as Nora is notified that her husband Jeff has been killed in an auto accident in England, where he'd gone on a business trip. Immediately thereafter, she flies to London to identify the body and claim the remains, and as she leaves the morgue, she's mugged by a man intent on stealing her purse. Shaken, she returns to her hotel only to get a strange message she interprets as an instruction to head for France. She goes there on the run, and from that point on, she stays on the run till the very end - trying to get to the truth while avoiding getting arrested or killed. As I turned the pages, I was somehow reminded of the Carol Higgins Clark Regan Reilly series, which, BTW, I love. I'm not sure why that comparison came to mind, except that this is my idea of great vacation reading; at just 276 pages, it flies by in no time and left me, at least, happy I'd taken the time to read it.
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  • January 1, 1970
    Mrs. John Doe is author Tom Savage’s sixth thriller and it is full of misdirection, intrigue, action, terrorists and international spies. The action and the characterizations are well balanced and move the plot along to ever increasing risks and consequences.Nora Baron is an actress, acting professor, mother of a college age daughter and wife of a CIA operative. She gets pulled into the middle of an illegal arms deal when all she thought she would have was a minor role to play, but her husband i Mrs. John Doe is author Tom Savage’s sixth thriller and it is full of misdirection, intrigue, action, terrorists and international spies. The action and the characterizations are well balanced and move the plot along to ever increasing risks and consequences.Nora Baron is an actress, acting professor, mother of a college age daughter and wife of a CIA operative. She gets pulled into the middle of an illegal arms deal when all she thought she would have was a minor role to play, but her husband is taken and she has to follow his trail all over England and France. The stakes are high and Nora doesn’t know who to trust, when good guys are bad and bad guys are good. Nora’s acting skills come in handy and she will do anything to get the love of her life back while not being abducted or killed herself.I really enjoyed Nora, her strength and ingenuity kept me reading. This story is told in the first person through her eyes and even when she is down, she gets right back into the game with the ultimate goal always being the retrieval of her husband while also trying to stop arms going to terrorists. A great thriller with a strong female protagonist makes me a very happy reader.Thanks to Random House Publishing Group-Alibi and Net Galley for allowing me to read an uncorrected ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It was fun and I look forward to reading Mr. Savage’s previous thriller novels
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  • Melanie Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    You just can't go wrong when you read a Tom Savage novel. I couldn't wait to get my hands on his newest thriller, Ms. John Doe. It's so twisty and fabulous that I am afraid of giving any spoilers away by even telling you about the book. Nora Barton gets a call while she is in her New York apartment. Her husband has been killed in a car accident while on business in London. As she goes to identify the body, she realizes that things aren't quite as they seem and a wonderful, loopy, spy-like thrill You just can't go wrong when you read a Tom Savage novel. I couldn't wait to get my hands on his newest thriller, Ms. John Doe. It's so twisty and fabulous that I am afraid of giving any spoilers away by even telling you about the book. Nora Barton gets a call while she is in her New York apartment. Her husband has been killed in a car accident while on business in London. As she goes to identify the body, she realizes that things aren't quite as they seem and a wonderful, loopy, spy-like thriller begins. Thank you Net Galley for the ARC. Loved this one!
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars!Wow! This story starts out our protagonist, Nora, is home alone. Her daughter is off to college and her husband is off one one of his many business trips. Then she gets a call from her husband's business partner. Her husband is dead. She needs to fly from the U.S. to the U.K. to identify his body, which she does. Next thing I know, she's going to Paris to look for her husband after receiving a note from a stranger which she knows is written by her husband. I quickly check my meds, yeah, 5 stars!Wow! This story starts out our protagonist, Nora, is home alone. Her daughter is off to college and her husband is off one one of his many business trips. Then she gets a call from her husband's business partner. Her husband is dead. She needs to fly from the U.S. to the U.K. to identify his body, which she does. Next thing I know, she's going to Paris to look for her husband after receiving a note from a stranger which she knows is written by her husband. I quickly check my meds, yeah, I've taken the right dosage. I then reread a few pages and say "alrighty then. . . The action starts non stop from there. Nora has got so many bad guys after her, its like everywhere she looks, they are after her. Bad guys everywhere, reminds me of my dating days. She's not sure who she can trust and who she can't. And she is just so sure that her husband is still alive because the body she and her husband's business partner identified is not her husband. (Creepy ghost noise here) Nora evades abductions, being shot at, being chased, being trapped and being followed all on a path to find her husband and uncover a plot wherein someone is selling WMD to the enemy. This book was so good that I could NOT put it down and those pages were just turning like crazy. Forget the blood pressure monitor with this one. Your gonna need an EKG with a defibrillator nearby. It was seriously that good!!Thanks Random House and Net Galley for the free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I totally recommend this book. The entertainment is well worth it. It was a fantastic read!
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    3-3.5 stars...Mrs. John Doe was my first book by Tom Savage. It was a typical mystery-suspense spy thriller. It was fast paced, and held my interest. But it wasn't, at least for me, anything special. A good read, but nothing distinguishing about it. The characters are what you'd expect and were fun to read about for the most part. I wasn't really attached any of them, though except maybe my favorite, the French chauffeur;) Deception surrounds the storyline, and you have to be quick enough to pic 3-3.5 stars...Mrs. John Doe was my first book by Tom Savage. It was a typical mystery-suspense spy thriller. It was fast paced, and held my interest. But it wasn't, at least for me, anything special. A good read, but nothing distinguishing about it. The characters are what you'd expect and were fun to read about for the most part. I wasn't really attached any of them, though except maybe my favorite, the French chauffeur;) Deception surrounds the storyline, and you have to be quick enough to pick up on it. Or you just "enjoy" the unfolding of it. There's no shortage of deaths here, so if that's not your cuppa tea, steer clear. If you like this genre, then you will surely have fun with this one. I would recommend to those people. **Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance readers copy of the book**
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  • HornFan2 (Mike)
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to net galley.com, Tom Savage and Random House Publishing Group-Alibi for the advance copy for my honest review. Just never got into this one, Savage's writing was good enough to make me finish 'Mrs. John Doe' and glad I did. Having previously read Savage's 'Valentine', was the reason I wanted to read this one.I just felt that the Craig Elder character, would have been a better choice to have as the main character verse Nora Baron, add in Solange Braure as his partner and still have Nora Thanks to net galley.com, Tom Savage and Random House Publishing Group-Alibi for the advance copy for my honest review. Just never got into this one, Savage's writing was good enough to make me finish 'Mrs. John Doe' and glad I did. Having previously read Savage's 'Valentine', was the reason I wanted to read this one.I just felt that the Craig Elder character, would have been a better choice to have as the main character verse Nora Baron, add in Solange Braure as his partner and still have Nora as a character in the book.Savage does a decent job with Nora in the lead role, but with her acting skills, it's more like your reading a movie script, watching a movie, too much goes on were he just simply writes it into the storyline verse putting it in the storyline. With Mrs. John Doe, he wrote an elaborate scheme of predictable trickery. Since Savage gives it away, blink and you'll miss it but think had he wrote it giving you the story of the schemers, your in the lair of evil, and in the end Mrs. John Doe an actress conquers them, it would have been over the top. The best example is when Craig and Nora, find Solange dead. It make the story better to put the reader in the safe house/apartment when she gets killed and the place searched. I also think a character like Solange, who is a good agent, willing to sleep with the enemy is intriguing enough to make into a series and it would have been a good one. I still would recommend a reader to give it a try. Tom Savage is a decent writer, definitely worthy of having readers give his books a try and Valentine is my favorite book from him.
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  • Darcia Helle
    January 1, 1970
    Mrs. John Doe is a fast-paced thriller with a unique heroine. Nora is an actress and an acting teaching, and here she relies on her skills in ways she never expected. I liked Nora's character. She's tough and self-sufficient, and she doesn't allow fear to cripple her. At the same time, she's not an obnoxious superhero who can do no wrong. The originality of her character intrigued me most about this book.The plot carries us along at high speed, with lots of twists and turns. At times it feels a Mrs. John Doe is a fast-paced thriller with a unique heroine. Nora is an actress and an acting teaching, and here she relies on her skills in ways she never expected. I liked Nora's character. She's tough and self-sufficient, and she doesn't allow fear to cripple her. At the same time, she's not an obnoxious superhero who can do no wrong. The originality of her character intrigued me most about this book.The plot carries us along at high speed, with lots of twists and turns. At times it feels a little too far-reaching, with multiple offshoots and ambiguities. The entire story is told from Nora's perspective, and her confusion becomes our confusion as we try to sort out the tangled strands. Events do come together and everything makes complete sense, but you need to pay attention to the details.The writing puts us in the midst of the action. I could feel the emotions and the bursts of adrenaline. I really enjoyed the exploration through small towns in England and France. I felt like I was there with the characters.For me, the only negative comes in believability. Granted, most thrillers require that we take a leap. But the premise of this story requires quite a big leap. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll try to be vague while still making sense. First, I found it hard to believe that Nora's husband would have involved her in this on any level at all. Second, Nora is surrounded by the best operatives in the world, good and bad, yet she manages to make them all look amateur. And, finally, given the magnitude of what her husband was involved in, I just couldn't believe that he would try to play hero and handle it all himself. The 'trust no one' theme was just a little too much for me to fully accept. But what do I know? A similar scenario could be playing out in reality as I type this.*I was provided with an ebook copy by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.*
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  • Bandit
    January 1, 1970
    The superspies...James Bond, Jason Bourne and now Jeff Baron. Only the latter is considerably more domesticated and considerably less invincible, so his wife has to come to the rescue, because apparently all her experience as a theatre actor has prepared her for just such an action stint. Normally I don't read spy thrillers. They make entertaining movies, but who wants to read a movie. The sum of my prior experience with Savage was a disappointing Inheritance novel and the somewhat entertaining The superspies...James Bond, Jason Bourne and now Jeff Baron. Only the latter is considerably more domesticated and considerably less invincible, so his wife has to come to the rescue, because apparently all her experience as a theatre actor has prepared her for just such an action stint. Normally I don't read spy thrillers. They make entertaining movies, but who wants to read a movie. The sum of my prior experience with Savage was a disappointing Inheritance novel and the somewhat entertaining movie Valentine from the glorious slasher cinematic era. And yet, despite these factors, this book turned out to actually be fairly entertaining. It helps to be in the mood for light diversion, because that and a convoluted plot, the despite a detailed play by play explanation in the end only makes sense if you don't overthink it, is really all that's going on here. Wherein Inheritance, Savage's earlier work, had too many twists and too cheesy of plot, here the writing shows some maturity. The characters are less cheesy, the plot twists are moderate and wildly predictable, but the book's sorta fun and the best thing about it is that instead of an infallible muscle bound hunk, the bulk of the action rests on the slender shoulders of a 40s theatre thespian lady from Long Island. So hurray for some originality, a new spin on a tired old premise. Yes, the book is pretty preposterous and not exactly literature, but that comes with a territory. For a spy thriller, or any thriller really, it was entertaining enough, if you don't mind your entertainment to be of a mindless kind. Thanks Netgalley.
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  • PopcornReads
    January 1, 1970
    When I agreed to read and possibly review Mrs. John Doe by bestselling author Tom Savage, I did it based solely on the publisher’s description. I didn’t realize that I had read and loved another novel by Tom Savage, A Penny for the Hangman (link to that review at the end of this one). A Penny for the Hangman had me marveling at Mr. Savage’s ability to twist a thriller into chilling knots and hairpin turns that made me bite my nails to the quick. He’s done it again with Mrs. John Doe, a contempor When I agreed to read and possibly review Mrs. John Doe by bestselling author Tom Savage, I did it based solely on the publisher’s description. I didn’t realize that I had read and loved another novel by Tom Savage, A Penny for the Hangman (link to that review at the end of this one). A Penny for the Hangman had me marveling at Mr. Savage’s ability to twist a thriller into chilling knots and hairpin turns that made me bite my nails to the quick. He’s done it again with Mrs. John Doe, a contemporary spy thriller. I literally could not put it down. If you’re looking for an exciting thriller to take your mind off of all the holiday stuff we get inundated with this time of year, look no further than http://popcornreads.com/?p=8741.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun, fast-paced thriller. The mystery of who Nora could trust kept you guessing, although the bad guys were sort of obvious. I have loved everything this author has wrote, and although I enjoyed this one, it wasn't my favorite. It is the only one of his books in which I had the bad guys figured out. Good read.
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  • Donna Davis
    January 1, 1970
    Tom Savage is master of the high octane, full-speed-ahead espionage thriller. Last year he gave us Penny for the Hangman, which kept me up late at night, and this year if anything he has improved upon it with Mrs. John Doe. Thank you to Net Galley and Random House-Alibi for the DRC. Now that’s I’ve finished it, I can breathe again!Nora Baron is a widow. Her husband Jeff has been killed in the line of duty as a CIA operative in Britain. She goes to claim his corpse, get him cremated and take him Tom Savage is master of the high octane, full-speed-ahead espionage thriller. Last year he gave us Penny for the Hangman, which kept me up late at night, and this year if anything he has improved upon it with Mrs. John Doe. Thank you to Net Galley and Random House-Alibi for the DRC. Now that’s I’ve finished it, I can breathe again!Nora Baron is a widow. Her husband Jeff has been killed in the line of duty as a CIA operative in Britain. She goes to claim his corpse, get him cremated and take him home…and then all hell breaks loose, because nothing, nothing, nothing is as it seems.Savage’s thriller style is both fast-paced and psychological. We never know who Nora can trust, and so we are constantly on edge. Sometimes it irritates me when a writer messes with my head, but the way Savage does it just makes me want to sit up and howl for more. From one friend-who-can-help (or is it a foe-who-will-turn-on-her?) to another, we are constantly cheering for Nora, advising her (good gravy, NO, don’t get in that car!), and every time we feel we have a pretty good grip on what ‘s going on and what’s going to happen next, it turns out we couldn’t be more mistaken. Savage accomplishes all this without resorting to trickily withheld information or any of the other shabby cheats and foils that lesser authors deliver. The story arc that would, in another thriller, start to pick up past the halfway mark and really accelerate at 85%, instead picks up almost from the get-go and keeps us furiously turning the pages until after the climax, when we finally wind down just enough to know what happens to our protagonist after the ride is over.Those that read my reviews know that I can’t so much as tie my own shoelaces without looking for political content, so I also want to mention that the anti-Pakistani slurs and assumptions that all characters from the Middle East are terrorists gets taken care of tidily.Ultimately, having the woman depicted in such a positive, capable fashion is a touch that boomer-feminists like me, as well as the younger, newer wave of feminists, will appreciate. And while once in awhile something implausible slides into the text, we have to buy the premise anyway, because Savage isn’t going to pause long enough to talk about it, and we have to know what happens next. So as usual, an excellent writer can make us believe almost anything, whereas an indifferent one can’t make us bond with the everyday and the ordinary.When this thriller comes out October 6, get a copy and hold on tight. It’s going to be one frenzied, wild ride!
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  • Lisa D - Sassy Cat Chat
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this latest novel from Tom Savage. A fun, thriller that had me burning the midnight oil turning pages. The plot line was well written, full of surprises and twists and anything but sluggish. The characters were all well written and had enough complexity to keep the reader intrigued. Mrs. John Doe is a satisfying read for lovers of many genres of literature. As a lover of mystery, thriller, crime style books this one had enough suspense and kept me engrossed from cover to cover. I really enjoyed this latest novel from Tom Savage. A fun, thriller that had me burning the midnight oil turning pages. The plot line was well written, full of surprises and twists and anything but sluggish. The characters were all well written and had enough complexity to keep the reader intrigued. Mrs. John Doe is a satisfying read for lovers of many genres of literature. As a lover of mystery, thriller, crime style books this one had enough suspense and kept me engrossed from cover to cover. However, this novel is not the kind of over the top, graphic crime style that would be off putting to some. A perfect example of cloak and dagger action.Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read/review
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  • Pattyh
    January 1, 1970
    Nora Baron is a regular everyday woman who lives a normal life, has a normal family, until one day she learns that her husband has been killed and she must go to France to identify his body. Nora is thrown into a dangerous situation from start to finish and this is one thrilling ride. This spy thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. Written with smart and compelling dialogue, you will find yourself lost in the streets of France and praying that Nora will find the answers she needs witho Nora Baron is a regular everyday woman who lives a normal life, has a normal family, until one day she learns that her husband has been killed and she must go to France to identify his body. Nora is thrown into a dangerous situation from start to finish and this is one thrilling ride. This spy thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. Written with smart and compelling dialogue, you will find yourself lost in the streets of France and praying that Nora will find the answers she needs without being a victim herself.Fast paced with twists and turns all the way thru - very good.- recommend.
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  • Tanya Brough
    January 1, 1970
    John Doe is the name everyone uses when a person is unknown, no identity available. Imagine Nora's shock when her husband has died, but is considered a John Doe, and then his personal effects are stolen on top of it all. Nora soon feels like the proverbial secret spy when she tries to figure out the mystery behind her husband's death. Another Tom Savage killer read!!!
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  • Patricia Moren
    January 1, 1970
    Fast moving, action packed thriller that doesn't stop until the final word. Really keeps you going the whole way through, lots of twists and turns; false presumptions and daring do. Great fun and a fantastic read.
  • Jill Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    What a very fun find this was! Spy books and I are old friends - I started reading them just after the end of the Cold War and was hooked... Back in the day, it was much easier (I imagine) to write one: the good guys (the US) and bad guys (the USSR) were clearly delineated, easy to find, and everyone's motives were (relatively) straightforward. It was Us vs. Them, which makes for a lot of drama - particularly when paired with recognizable and dramatically contrasting backdrops and major players. What a very fun find this was! Spy books and I are old friends - I started reading them just after the end of the Cold War and was hooked... Back in the day, it was much easier (I imagine) to write one: the good guys (the US) and bad guys (the USSR) were clearly delineated, easy to find, and everyone's motives were (relatively) straightforward. It was Us vs. Them, which makes for a lot of drama - particularly when paired with recognizable and dramatically contrasting backdrops and major players. The fall of the Soviet Union threw a spanner into the works, and spy books in the modern era are a lot messier and harder for me to get into. Things are more convoluted and complicated now - or at least they seem so; perhaps they always were, who knows - and The Big Bad is a conglomeration of people and places with disparate interests and perspectives that seem to shift like sand... Mrs. John Doe attempts to put an old school framework on a modern day spy thriller, and for the most part does it with aplomb. There were a few times when I felt that actions/outcomes strained the grounds of credibility, but they were generally resolved to satisfaction and things fell back into a comfortable and believable place rapidly. Nora Baron is a fantastic protagonist - sassy, smart, and savvy but none of those in such great measure that she stops feeling like a genuine woman you might actually come across one day (if you were lucky). The pacing is pretty steady; on a very rare occasion, I felt like the story got mired in a little too much detail, but generally speaking the level of show vs. tell was spot-on and things moved apace.There were a few twists that surprised me a bit; some of them I saw coming, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment AT ALL. I read *A LOT* and read a lot of books within specific genres like this one, so it's tough to truly surprise me time and again in the course of one story. That's no slam on any author; it's just how it is. The action and suspense are very well-managed and the writing style is engaging and easy and sucks you right in to the drama from the very beginning... This is a great find, and I already have book two downloaded to my kindle (and book three from NetGalley!)
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  • Joanne Robertson
    January 1, 1970
    I hadn't read any Tom Savage books before so was unsure what to expect but was drawn to the plot of his latest spy thriller as I love a good "strong woman" story!Nora Baron is a 40 something ex actress who now lectures in the field. A phone call unexpectedly one day sends her flying off to London to collect the body of her husband who has been killed in a car crash. But something is not right and a note passed to her sends her off to Paris, France on the trail of the truth.This is a fast paced s I hadn't read any Tom Savage books before so was unsure what to expect but was drawn to the plot of his latest spy thriller as I love a good "strong woman" story!Nora Baron is a 40 something ex actress who now lectures in the field. A phone call unexpectedly one day sends her flying off to London to collect the body of her husband who has been killed in a car crash. But something is not right and a note passed to her sends her off to Paris, France on the trail of the truth.This is a fast paced spy thriller which is full of twists and turns following Nora, an ordinary woman caught up in a not so ordinary situation. I found it an easy read and the plot easy to follow although the author does provide a few "catch ups" throughout in case you haven't quite worked out what's been going on! It certainly reminded me of an Alfred Hitchcock movie and I think it would translate well to the big screen.It didn't bring anything new to the genre and I felt it lost its way slightly in the middle but it was an enjoyable read and I took to Nora as the reluctant heroine.I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Maxine
    January 1, 1970
    Nora Baron is an actress, teacher, mother, and the wife of a CIA agent. When she receives a distressing phone call informing her of her husband’s death, she rushes to England. Soon she embarks on her own investigation into what really happened that will lead her into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with some very dangerous people who are just as determined to keep the truth about her husband hidden.Mrs. John Doe by author Tom Savage is a fast-paced suspense-filled novel full of twists and turns and Nora Baron is an actress, teacher, mother, and the wife of a CIA agent. When she receives a distressing phone call informing her of her husband’s death, she rushes to England. Soon she embarks on her own investigation into what really happened that will lead her into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with some very dangerous people who are just as determined to keep the truth about her husband hidden.Mrs. John Doe by author Tom Savage is a fast-paced suspense-filled novel full of twists and turns and dangers around every corner. It does require a fairly strong suspension of disbelief since the story often seems to veer towards the incredible as an untrained woman takes on trained spies and assassins but, hey, that’s part of the allurement of these kinds of books. Overall, it is a whole lot of fun and Nora makes a strong, independent, and interesting protagonist. 3.5Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to like this one but as the book went on I found Nora to be TSTL. She blindly went from one location to another on the basis of clues that she thought were from her husband. But at each location things got crazy and she was sent on a wild goose chase. At 35% I realized I didn't really care of Nora got to the end of her hunt, if she found out what happened to her husband. In the end this one wasn't for me.
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  • Scott Parsons
    January 1, 1970
    This is first -rate thriller with a myriad of plot twists and turns. Mr. Savage has a deft hand with twisting the plot so many times that you never quite know what is going on. Like Nora (Mrs. John Doe) you are totally confused in distinguishing good guys from the bad guys. Hold on to your seat: you are in for a fast-paced ride.Bring it on, Mr. Savage. I love your work.
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  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    good, fast paced espionage..... a bit far fetched at the end, but aren't they all??? nice thing i liked was the main-- Nora-- is a woman in her late 40s....
  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    Mrs. John Doe was my first read by Tom Savage, which I tackled through a reading challenge in which I was prompted to read "an espionage thriller". I'm not a huge fan of these kinds of books, to be honest - but I chose one with a central female protagonist, which you don't seem to find too often in espionage fiction. This was an enjoyable book, if you're a fan of this sort of thing. It's fast-paced and has a likeable heroine in Nora Baron, the central character, who is an actress and acting prof Mrs. John Doe was my first read by Tom Savage, which I tackled through a reading challenge in which I was prompted to read "an espionage thriller". I'm not a huge fan of these kinds of books, to be honest - but I chose one with a central female protagonist, which you don't seem to find too often in espionage fiction. This was an enjoyable book, if you're a fan of this sort of thing. It's fast-paced and has a likeable heroine in Nora Baron, the central character, who is an actress and acting professor (we are really hit over the head many, many times by Savage with Nora's acting background... it gets a bit cliche at times). Following the mysterious death (?)/disappearance of her husband, Nora embarks on an often dangerous journey that takes her all across England and France, meeting many nefarious and shady characters along the way. It's difficult to write a thorough review of a book like this without giving too much away, so I will refrain from expounding too much further. Needless to say, I made it through the book and found it somewhat entertaining, but doubt I will read any of the succeeding books in the series. I have to chuckle at how stories like this show a curious penchant for describing clothing the characters are wearing in detail... as well as various foods and meals that are eaten. To be honest, I felt like I was reading a more adult Nancy Drew novel - the only difference with this one being that there ended up being quite a body count by the end. And Nancy Drew even seems more fun. Savage's writing felt assured for his genre and breezy enough, but not all that great or compelling to me, and the surprises weren't huge. It felt predictable. I've read my espionage thriller and can "tick" it off the list.
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  • Isa
    January 1, 1970
    At the beginning I thought the story was interesting, but they said so many times that she was an actress, like that's everything you need to be a spy, that it became annoying. Example, "this is my friend Joe. He's an actor, like you, so he's very good at dealing with terrorists." It reminded me of "Team America". Or, "Everyone is dead, but I'm an actress, show must go on". Actually, I didn't care anymore if she found her husband or not.
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