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Palindrome begins in the emergency room of a metropolitan hospital and climaxes in a hurricane on a subtropical island. Beautiful photographer Liz Barwick has for years been the victim in a physically violent relationship. When she takes refuge on a primitive, Eden like island off the coast of Georgia, controlled for centuries by the Drummond family, almost immediately, the Palindrome begins in the emergency room of a metropolitan hospital and climaxes in a hurricane on a subtropical island. Beautiful photographer Liz Barwick has for years been the victim in a physically violent relationship. When she takes refuge on a primitive, Eden like island off the coast of Georgia, controlled for centuries by the Drummond family, almost immediately, the solitude she so longs for is invaded. As she becomes increasingly involved with Keir and Hamish Drummond, the strange and handsome twin scions of the clan, Liz feels her own traumatic memories begin to fade. But when a series of gruesome and seemingly unconnected murders occurs, she learns there is no place to hide. Moving from the urban chaos of Atlanta and Los Angeles to untamed island hideaways, from moments of tender passion to acts of overwhelming violence, Palindrome displays a depth of character and a narrative energy few readers will be able to resist.


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Palindrome begins in the emergency room of a metropolitan hospital and climaxes in a hurricane on a subtropical island. Beautiful photographer Liz Barwick has for years been the victim in a physically violent relationship. When she takes refuge on a primitive, Eden like island off the coast of Georgia, controlled for centuries by the Drummond family, almost immediately, the Palindrome begins in the emergency room of a metropolitan hospital and climaxes in a hurricane on a subtropical island. Beautiful photographer Liz Barwick has for years been the victim in a physically violent relationship. When she takes refuge on a primitive, Eden like island off the coast of Georgia, controlled for centuries by the Drummond family, almost immediately, the solitude she so longs for is invaded. As she becomes increasingly involved with Keir and Hamish Drummond, the strange and handsome twin scions of the clan, Liz feels her own traumatic memories begin to fade. But when a series of gruesome and seemingly unconnected murders occurs, she learns there is no place to hide. Moving from the urban chaos of Atlanta and Los Angeles to untamed island hideaways, from moments of tender passion to acts of overwhelming violence, Palindrome displays a depth of character and a narrative energy few readers will be able to resist.

30 review for Palindrome - SIGNED Limited Edition

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cathy DuPont

    I reckon this will definately be my last Stuart Woods book. And I reckon I said that before but it was strongly suggested by a friend who knows that I loved his book Chiefs, which, by the way, was great. As another reviewer put it, Woods sold out to the company, writing two books a year, none of which are a half way decent read. So I reckon you guys who read a lot will see through this one quickly. It was just bad and barely readable. Enough said, don't have time to pan this book much. If you read I reckon this will definately be my last Stuart Woods book. And I reckon I said that before but it was strongly suggested by a friend who knows that I loved his book Chiefs, which, by the way, was great. As another reviewer put it, Woods sold out to the company, writing two books a year, none of which are a half way decent read. So I reckon you guys who read a lot will see through this one quickly. It was just bad and barely readable. Enough said, don't have time to pan this book much. If you read it though, get used to the word reckon because it's used throughout by all the characters, all the time, including a Harvard graduate. Maybe ole Woods thinks that we talk that way down south. Who knows? I have to say though, the book's only saving grace, for me, was Cits setting, umberland Island which is not too far from where I'm from and where I live. I'm sure there are books though on Cumberland Island so I would have gotten those pictures and descriptions without reading the word 'reckon' 100 times in a book slightly more than 400 pages. Woods needs to hang up his pen/pencil or computer. He's way past writing anything that is decent enough to read. Last Stuart Woods I'll ever read and I know I've said that before, but I really, really mean it this time.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    Palindrome is an impressive, thrilling, gripping story with great characters and a very original plot.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    I really enjoyed this book and hope some of you will pick it up. My full spoiler free review is on my blog Link: https://amelianamora18.wixsite.com/my... Thank you for reading!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Frank Smith

    I loved the story, plotline, characters setting and back history, but...... It did seem to pack a hell of a lot of one off events into a very short amount of time. I know all novels have to do it to an extent, but it did stretch belief the amount of 'one off' events that occur throughout the book. The characters were believable for the most part, but there was a sub-plot involving two brothers that I thought was REALLY predictable. Still enjoyed reading on, but left me thinking less of the main I loved the story, plotline, characters setting and back history, but...... It did seem to pack a hell of a lot of one off events into a very short amount of time. I know all novels have to do it to an extent, but it did stretch belief the amount of 'one off' events that occur throughout the book. The characters were believable for the most part, but there was a sub-plot involving two brothers that I thought was REALLY predictable. Still enjoyed reading on, but left me thinking less of the main characters for not guessing at the obvious outcome. All in all, great book and if you like Woods, you'll love this one. Previously read a load of the 'Stuart Woods world" books [novels in the Stone Barrington, Will Lee and Holly Barker series] and have read 1 other standalone by him, Dead Eyes, like that I think it skirts the wider world, but I can't remember reading any major characters come into the story at any point. Seems to write his main characters from the prospective of people who are nothing like the characters in his series, risky move, that I think really paid off and made for a good read. ONE WARING--- Remember the year this book was published, 1989, many times I've found myself reading it and wondered why the characters didn't simply use a smartphone or the internet and kept remembering the year! Isn't a spoiler of the story, but think you need to be reminded so events in the book stay believable.

  5. 5 out of 5

    B.R. Stateham

    This was excellent. A captivating read of a double mystery which, in the end, merges together for a very sad, but satisfying, conclusion. My compliments to Stuart Woods. He was recommended tome by a fellow reader and I'm glad I picked the novel up to read. I think I might turn out to be a fan. Especially so if he can weave a complex plot in the next novel as he did in this one. Gotta say, it's a wonderful feeling when you discover an author who writes this well.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Richard White

    Good summer read. Interesting premise so 3 stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    April

    Stuart Woods never fails to bring the excitement!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Since this is the first book I read by Woods, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I definitely didn't expect what 'Palindrome' delivered--it was great. It had all the things I look for in a book, great characters-- whom you're truly interested in, multiple story lines, wonderful plot twists, and the best of all when you--the reader--think you have it all figured out....nope you don't. If you haven't read this book go and get a copy however you can, because you wont be disappointed! Great read and Since this is the first book I read by Woods, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I definitely didn't expect what 'Palindrome' delivered--it was great. It had all the things I look for in a book, great characters-- whom you're truly interested in, multiple story lines, wonderful plot twists, and the best of all when you--the reader--think you have it all figured out....nope you don't. If you haven't read this book go and get a copy however you can, because you wont be disappointed! Great read and I can't wait to read another book by Stuart.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    Nothing like the book Under the Lake by Stuart Woods. After that book I read a lot of his books but recently stopped since it's the same plot book to book. This book was an older book and I was surprised I never read it. It was a good book but not many twists or turns. You knew right away who the killer was. It was an interesting twist with the twins but I wished he would've of gave more of a back round information on their story. Over all a good book that made me keep reading.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lyndsy

    This book is incredible. I like Stuart Woods' series books, but they get a certain routine to them after a while. This one, a standalone, is AMAZING. You spend a lot of time wondering if you have it right in your head, only to learn something new that makes you second-guess yourself. You really get to know the characters as well, which is my favorite part of a story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Negirlb152

    Author - uses "I reckon" so many time in his books - even if the character is a Harvard Grad! UGH - I want to cross out every I reckon in his books..........

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    I read this year's ago and found it very suspenseful and hard to put down. A great intro to this author for those who enjoy a good escape read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    This was a quick beach read--a little cheesy for me

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    Finalist 1992 Edgar Award for Best Mystery. This 1991 thriller by prolific author Stuart Woods is one of his early standalone thrillers before giving in entirely to his soap opera Stone Barrington universe. Photographer Liz Barwick is savagely beaten by her steroid freak football player husband, Bake Ramsey. Her aggressive lawyer gets her a quick divorce and a remunerative settlement, after which she goes into hiding off the Georgia coast. Her ex goes on a homicidal rampage attempting to locate Finalist 1992 Edgar Award for Best Mystery. This 1991 thriller by prolific author Stuart Woods is one of his early standalone thrillers before giving in entirely to his soap opera Stone Barrington universe. Photographer Liz Barwick is savagely beaten by her steroid freak football player husband, Bake Ramsey. Her aggressive lawyer gets her a quick divorce and a remunerative settlement, after which she goes into hiding off the Georgia coast. Her ex goes on a homicidal rampage attempting to locate her and a major story arc follows the Atlanta homicide detective trying to prove Ramsey is a killer. The other story arc follows Liz as she seamlessly integrates into the life of the island and the Cumberland family. It's incredible how quickly the family patriarch comes to trust her and involve her in family affairs; and some of the climax events are telegraphed, However, this is an enjoyable read. When Liz Barwick is beaten nearly to death by her steroid-crazed husband, Baker Ramsey, a star NFL running back, she quickly divorces him, takes a large cash settlement and disappears from public view. Liz, whose book of sports photographs has just been released, takes advantage of her publisher's offer to live in his cottage on an isolated private island off the Georgia coast. But when Ramsey goes on a murderous rampage, Liz's lawyer and publisher and his wife are among his victims. Meanwhile other events are unfolding on Cumberland Island, where Liz becomes involved with the Drummond family, the island's original settlers, and forms a warm relationship with patriarch Angus Drummond. She also embarks on a romance with one of a pair of handsome twins--inseparable as children, they now mysteriously refuse even to acknowledge each other's existence. A tragic secret more than two decades old shatters the island's tranquility just as Ramsey arrives on the scene.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Isabelle

    What began as an escape from domestic abuse became a spine-chilling game, tied in with other issues that were brilliantly introduced and blended with the overall story. The main plot and secondary matters weren't linked/related, but they just made the entire plot so much more real and full of the characters' feelings, emotions, and of their own stories. This book gave me a good balance of chills, humour, and sadness. I can't express how much I feel for Liz and James, and I already have an What began as an escape from domestic abuse became a spine-chilling game, tied in with other issues that were brilliantly introduced and blended with the overall story. The main plot and secondary matters weren't linked/related, but they just made the entire plot so much more real and full of the characters' feelings, emotions, and of their own stories. This book gave me a good balance of chills, humour, and sadness. I can't express how much I feel for Liz and James, and I already have an emotional attachment to and miss some of the characters in the book (even though it's a crime genre where suspense and plot is the focus)! I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did, especially in the later half. Thank you Stuart Woods! 🌻

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Every time I pick up a book by this particular author it is a usually a Stone Barrington book but not this one. It's about Liz Barstow who got beaten up by her husband and is close to death. Quick thinking on her part to get the help she needs she gets a surgeon that she only met once or twice and hires an attorney that is good at what he does. Did she did he right thing. Her publisher asks her to do photography book on a private family island in Atlanta, GA while she re-cooperates which she Every time I pick up a book by this particular author it is a usually a Stone Barrington book but not this one. It's about Liz Barstow who got beaten up by her husband and is close to death. Quick thinking on her part to get the help she needs she gets a surgeon that she only met once or twice and hires an attorney that is good at what he does. Did she did he right thing. Her publisher asks her to do photography book on a private family island in Atlanta, GA while she re-cooperates which she hesitantly. Lots of secrets with the family on the island which comes out in the end. Great reading.

  17. 5 out of 5

    David H.

    For decades, every time I walked past a book stand, I would see Stuart Woods novels right next to the Crichton, Rice, Patterson and Koontz books that I was reading. Even yesterday, I saw two of Woods latest offerings at CVS. Since this author has been publishing so long, why haven't read any of his work earlier? I wish I had discovered this author years ago. This book was a joy to read. The book reads quickly and effortlessly. I found the characters interesting. I should confess that I figured For decades, every time I walked past a book stand, I would see Stuart Woods novels right next to the Crichton, Rice, Patterson and Koontz books that I was reading. Even yesterday, I saw two of Woods latest offerings at CVS. Since this author has been publishing so long, why haven't read any of his work earlier? I wish I had discovered this author years ago. This book was a joy to read. The book reads quickly and effortlessly. I found the characters interesting. I should confess that I figured the plot's twist and turns in advance, but still enjoyed the story. Fun Fact: Palindrome is a word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backward as forward, e.g., madam or nurses run.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paul Bolton

    Must say that I enjoyed this - ‘catch me if you can’, ‘cat and mouse’ thriller. Yes OK it is not going to blow readers away with its originality, but I did like the descriptive nature of the book and how Wood’s brings the island of Cumberland to life. Halfway through the book, I felt that it was dragging a little and I did feel that some of the setups were pulp fiction 101, but I have to admit to enjoying the merry tale which Wood’s spun.

  19. 4 out of 5

    DOUG HEARD

    One of Woods better books. I have read many of Woods books. Typically I like his stock character books. But this is one I have pulled off the shelf a few times and enjoy it more than once. Since there are no pictures to slow you down, it should take a good afternoon to read, even if you slow down and pay attention to his penned efforts . Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Not a classic but a favorite.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Winter

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was left in our home by guests who were refugees from Hurricane Irma. I thought what the heck, let's give it a try. The main location is Cumberland Island, at the FL/GA border on the Atlantic. I have been mystified by that area since first driving through it when we moved to FL. I'd love to visit and this book made me want to visit all the more. This is a murder mystery and I did enjoy it, however it was a female main character written by a male author and this fact was very evident.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paul A Gross

    Yes it is Stuart Wood’s But “Really” The disparity in writing style, flow and ease of story line seemed far removed from the truest of Stuart Wood’s writing. Enjoyed the book due to UGA, Cumberland Island etc. but rank it below my normal five stars for Stuart Wood’s. Seem like a ghost writer’s input.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    pretty good. might be convinced to read another one of his books. only thing i didnt like is how it ended. SPOILER you didnt find out which twin was in the ground and which one survived. so that was disappointing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I read this book years ago and never forgot it. I just finished it again and once again thoroughly enjoyed it. It is Stuart Woods at his best. Great story, great characters and a compelling read. Highly recommend!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Not Stuart Woods' best work due to the (deep sigh) extreme predictability of this story. It was still an entertaining read and thoroughly enjoyable. I mean, what the heck, people enjoyed the Titanic movie and we all know the boat sank.

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Maryrose Schreiber Sheppard

    it was a very interesting book filled with history and mystery.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I enjoy this. I got the "punch line" halfway through the book. Good story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Good, reallllllly liked it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    Interesting standalone novel... one of his earliest books... true to form, though...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Egger

    Stuart Woods is one of my favorite authors and this book did not disappoint. Very engaging with likable characters and a unique and original plot.

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