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The Main Character: A Novel

Tekijä: Jaclyn Goldis

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When reclusive, mysterious author Ginerva Ex takes her on a lavish trip on the newly renovated Orient Express, for helping craft her latest thriller, Rory discovers Ginerva has masterminded the ultimate real-life twisty plot with Rory as her main character, and as lies, deceptions and betrayals pile up, so do the bodies.… (lisätietoja)

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näyttää 4/4
Thank you to The Girlfriend (FB), the publisher and the author.

This was not your usual mystery. I'm not going to repeat the plot, so read that for more explanation.

Quite unusual to read a fictional book about your life with your ex-boyfriend, brother and best friend all in there also and a train trip on the newly renovated Orient Express to Italy. The author who wrote this book (the fictional one not the actual one) is writing a book about Rory, who was a tv reporter, who she once interviewed. This author is know to write her books based on real people and including facts and fiction.

For me, it started off slow and don't know why because it's an interesting plot but it finally picked up enough for me to read faster. It was an intriguing book. The beginning started with the end of the book but no spoilers were given of course.

This book is also about family, Max and Rory and their father, which is sad since he has Alzheimer's at only 65 years old.

A lot of interesting things in this book and I saw throughout the book how this came together at the end, surprisingly so. ( )
  sweetbabyjane58 | Jun 9, 2024 |
A trip of the lifetime.

That is what Ginevra Ex wanted for Rory, Caroline, Nate, and Max.

She wanted them to experience a train trip through Italy and to bond with each other.

Her motive, though, was for them to read her book and to bring to light what she found out about each of them.

We also meet Gabriele - he is the person who brought them the manuscripts and says something chilling.

What he says is: one of you has to die in the book. But does Ginevra Ex mean to bring the things in her book to life?

But then the books disappeared after they left them on their chairs at the beach.

Who didn’t want anyone to know what is in the book and stole them?

THE MAIN CHARACTER has an interesting premise and beautiful writing, but I was lost most of the time even though I laughed at some of the things the MANY characters did.

It wasn't a book I was anxious to get back to. It was confusing and had too many characters to keep track of. 3/5

Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ( )
  SilversReviews | May 28, 2024 |
The Main Character by Jacyn Goldis is a suspenseful mystery that just happens to take place on the newly refurbished Orient Express… how perfect is that!

The story mainly revolves around Rory and Ginevra, with Rory’s brother, best friend, and ex also taking some turns to give backstory and help move along the current events. Goldis is able to smoothly flow between each character's past and current story without it feeling choppy.

Besides the story being excellent, the descriptions of the Orient Express and the Italian countryside are fabulous. Even with a chance of murder happening, I would gladly jump on board for this ride.

There are lots of turns and misdirects with a couple of twists at the end. The one I thought I knew for sure was not correct, and that always makes me happy when an author is able to do that. And the final twist was not something I thought of at all, so to me, this is a perfect story. ( )
  KimHeniadis | May 9, 2024 |
Review of eGalley

Ginevra Ex, with her newest manuscript, has planned a trip on the Orient Express, a perfect trip for Rory and the other characters in her book. She meticulously planned, but she forgot that often those characters have minds of their own and behave in unexpected ways.

Despite the extensive interviews, Rory is excited to have been chosen to be Ginevra’s latest main character. Now, she’s received this unexpected extravagance: a trip aboard the Orient Express. But she soon discovers that her brother, Max, her best friend, Caroline, and her ex-fiancé, Nate, are all aboard the train as well.

Why has Ginevra invited them? What secrets lurk, held close by each of the guests aboard the train?

And who will end up dead?


Told from several perspectives . . . Ginevra, Rory, Max, Caroline, and Nate . . . the unfolding narrative holds several shocking secrets that the characters slowly reveal to the reader. An undercurrent of tension runs throughout the telling of the tale and tension builds throughout the narrative.

Intriguing [but not necessarily likable] characters, an extraordinary setting, and a truly twisted plot all work together to keep the suspense building as readers slowly unravel the mystery as they read “The Cabin on the Lake,” Ginevra’s fictionalized account of the characters.

Despite an ending that is likely to leave readers wanting something more, most of the questions are answered and the mystery solved. However, a plot point involving Ginevra and Orsola is likely to be a disappointment for many readers.


I received a free copy of this book from Atria Books, Atria/Emily Bestler Books and NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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  jfe16 | Feb 22, 2024 |
näyttää 4/4
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When reclusive, mysterious author Ginerva Ex takes her on a lavish trip on the newly renovated Orient Express, for helping craft her latest thriller, Rory discovers Ginerva has masterminded the ultimate real-life twisty plot with Rory as her main character, and as lies, deceptions and betrayals pile up, so do the bodies.

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