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On Borrowed Time

On Borrowed Time

A Thriller

David Rosenfelt

Minotaur Books




What if it were possible that your most cherished memories were lies… and that finding out the truth could cost you your life?

Richard Kilmer is head over heels in love with Jennifer Ryan, who takes him home to meet her parents, where she accepts his marriage proposal. While visiting, they set out on a nostalgic drive up to Kendrick Falls. On their way there, a freak storm rolls in, Richard loses control of his car, and it rolls. When the storm clears in a matter of seconds, Jen is gone. Richard can't find her, and neither can the police who respond to the scene. More horrifying is that no one in Richard's life will even confirm Jen's existence, and all traces of her have disappeared.

Where could she be? Has Richard lost his mind, or has something far worse happened?

David Rosenfelt's On Borrowed Time is a stunning new thriller about an ordinary man who is trapped in a nightmare where he can't be certain of anything—not even his own memories.


Chapter One

The moment we met is burned into my mind, and even now I replay it over and over. It's somehow vaguely comforting, and thinking about Jennifer gives her a presence. I've wanted to give her a presence for so very long.



Praise for On Borrowed Time

“An absolutely irresistible hook... No one who picks up this greased-lightning account will rest till it's finished.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Outstanding...Anyone who enjoyed Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island will love this thriller.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Excellent. All will marvel at the way Rosenfelt builds suspense.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“An engaging suspense tale [that] employs a whiplash plot turn...pulls you in and won't let go.” —Booklist

“Dynamite...Sly humor, breathless pacing, and terrific plot twists keep the pages spinning toward the showdown.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Down to the Wire

“Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter novels are known for their breezy storytelling and humor...This one eschews humor to focus on the actions of ordinary people faced with extraordinary trials. It also employs a whiplash plot engaging suspense tale.” —Booklist on Down to the Wire

“A terrific plot and a gripping narrative.” —The Toronto Sun on Down to the Wire

“I am raving about this book...a page-turning thriller.” —Deadly Pleasure on Down to the Wire

“Stellar... Rosenfelt keeps the plot hopping and popping as he reveals a complex frame-up of major proportions with profound political ramifications both terrifying and enlightening.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Don't Tell a Soul

“This fast-paced and brightly written tale spins along...Don't Tell a Soul is a humdinger.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“High-voltage entertainment from an author who plots and writes with verve and wit...Rosenfelt ratchets up tension with the precision of a skilled auto mechanic wielding a torque wrench.” —Booklist (starred) on Don't Tell a Soul

“Rosenfelt has earned his crime-novelist pedigree.” —Entertainment Weekly on Don't Tell a Soul

“He delivers a fast, inventive stand-alone thriller you'll never put down.” —Kirkus Reviews on Don't Tell a Soul

“[Rosenfelt] has pulled together a cynical political thriller that rings true in this age of terrorism, media hype and Washington's an enjoyable tale.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune on Don't Tell a Soul

“Rosenfelt's first stand-alone novel is a riveting thriller that should boost him to best-seller status...Compelling twists and turns, a lightning-fast pace, and breathtaking suspense make this a harrowing ride...The book deserves a wide audience.” —Library Journal (starred) on Don't Tell a Soul

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of ON BORROWED TIME . The creator of dog-loving attorney Andy Carpenter (<em>Dog Tags<em>, 2010, etc.) serves up another stand-alone with an absolutely irresistible hook. - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

David Rosenfelt

David Rosenfelt is the Edgar and Shamus Award--nominated author of eight Andy Carpenter novels and two stand-alones, most recently Down to the Wire. He and his wife live in California with the twenty-seven golden retrievers they've rescued.

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