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About A.J. Rivers
A.J. Rivers loves all things mystery and thriller. Growing up in a sleepy small town, A.J. spent her days enthralled in crime solving novels and movies. She started creating stories at a young age to escape and create adventures for herself. As a child she dreamed of solving crimes and becoming a crime fighter. She dreamed of being as great as her favorite crime solving character Sherlock Holmes. While in college she realized that leading a crime fighting life might be more gruesome than she could stomach. She decided that the best course of action would be to fuse her love of writing with her love of thrilling mysteries together.
She finds inspiration from researching true crimes and is passionate about writing suspenseful novels with crazy twists. Twists that you’ll never see coming. The inspiration for her first novel came when she read a news article about a missing young woman in a small town that was never found. Her question on who, what, and why brought her to her journal to discovering the dark twisted story behind the disappearance and to seek justice for the victim through her writing.
Her thriller novels have elements of mystery, suspense, and romance.
When she’s not absorbed in a novel or working on her next thriller mystery, her favorite past time is spent with her husky. She finds great inspiration while going on hikes with her dog.
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Turns out waking up next to a dead woman is far worse…
Memory lapses have plagued PI Dean Steele since childhood.
This time when he opens his eyes, there's a woman lying nearby.
A woman he doesn't recognize.
As Dean tries to determine how he ended up in the woods next to a dead body, he attempts to piece together the things he remembers.
But the situation takes a bewildering turn when the dead woman’s body disappears from the scene.
Someone doesn't want Dean uncovering secrets, and things get even more heated when one of the people he's been hired to track down winds up brutally murdered.
With no memory of what could have transpired. Dean races to find out the truth behind the case he was hired to solve, and the answers behind the case that could put him behind bars.
Blackouts can take minutes or weeks from your memories.
But what happens when they take your life?
When Emma finds a dead body on her porch with her name written on the dead man's hand she uncovers a sinister clue to the mystery that has haunted her since childhood.
FBI agent Emma Griffin is sent undercover to the small sleepy town of Feathered Nest to uncover the truth behind the strings of disappearances that has left the town terrified.
To Emma there is nothing that can lay buried forever. Even though her own childhood has been plagued by deaths and disappearances.
Her mother’s death, her father’s disappearance, and her boyfriend’s disappearance. The only cases that she hasn’t solved.
Her obsession with finding out the truth behind her past was what led her to join the FBI.
Now, she must face what may be her biggest case. In Cabin 13 there lies an uneasy feeling. The feeling of her movements being watched.
When a knock on her door revealed a body on her porch and her name written on a piece of paper in the dead man’s hand.
Suddenly her worlds collide.
With the past still haunting her, Emma must fight past her own demons to stop the body count from rising.
The woods have secrets. And this idyllic town has dark and murderous ones.
Either she reveals them or risk them claiming her too.
In Feathered Nest, nothing is what it seems.
The Girl in Cabin 13 is about to find out that the dead may have secrets of their own.
The Girl in Cabin 13 is the first book in the Emma Griffin Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone.
A much-needed getaway for agent Ava James takes an unexpected and gruesome turn, as a friendly encounter leads to a fatal end.
A week at a cabin on willow lake. A relaxing and picturesque getaway to escape from all the stressors of work.
But like most things in life, not everything will go according to plan.
After a nice dinner at the Willow Lake Resort, Ava decided that a nice evening stroll by the lake to the waterfalls would be exactly what she needed. As she relished in the feeling of peace and tranquility, she sees someone at the bottom of the steep little trail. Making her way down, she realizes that the woman looks to be passed out, and her face slightly familiar. Even more unsettling is when she gets there, Ava realizes that the woman’s head is bashed in, and she’s not alive. As Ava struggles back up the slippery dirt and rock trail, she rushes to alert the authorities and the staff at the resort.
Only to come back to the waterfalls and find that the body and crime scene she found has vanished.
As the puzzled FBI agent Ava James composes herself, she realizes that the familiar face was of a woman she just met.
As the search for a missing body using a possible alias grows to a dead-end.
Ava realizes that even on a getaway, there is no escaping one’s reality.
There are lies, deception, and a not so simple affairs of the hearts.
At the Willow Lake Resort, tranquil escape may come with more than you bargained for.
Ends with the most unexpected twist...
Marie was young, beautiful, and vibrant.
Her life was cruelly taken from her.
Her murderer still roams this world, potentially looking for a new prey.
With Sam devoting himself to finally bringing an end to Marie's case, Emma dives further into the twisted worlds of corruption and brutality, to finally bring an end to the mystery behind Miley's disappearance…
As the pieces seem to fall into place to bring an end to the cases FBI Agent Emma Griffin has been chasing, unexpected people come into her life.
The question is… what are their true motives?
Who or what do you believe?
All questions are ready to be answered.
All the mysteries lead to one twisted and shocking conclusion.
There's a storm brewing around Emma Griffin.
Will she get through the eye of the storm or get swept up into utter destruction?
One call from her past was all it took to change everything.
A ten-year-old girl has vanished on her way home from camp.
And things took a turn for the worse when another child, a child that Emma knows, goes missing.
Disappearances, death, and tragedies have followed Emma Griffin throughout her childhood.
Her obsession with finding out the truth behind her past was what led her to join the FBI.
It’s been months since the horror of Feather Nest.
After the shocking revelation of the last case, FBI agent Emma Griffin decides to take a much-needed vacation.
But a phone call from Sheriff Sam Johnson, a man from her past, completely derails her plans.
A young girl has disappeared, and another child has gone missing.
With the number count slowly climbing.
Emma must now put her plans on hold, go back to her hometown and face some ghosts from her past.
When a mysterious package appears on her birthday.
Emma can’t shake the feeling that someone is monitoring her every movement.
Someone is getting too close for comfort.
The question is who?
In the close-knit town of Sherwood, the truth is never as it seems.
The Girl that Vanished is the second book in the Emma Griffin Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone.
FBI Agent Ava James had a difficult entrance into the FBI.
After shadowing famed agent Emma Griffin inside the disturbing underbelly of Windsor Island. Ava James is now ready to carve out her own path in the agency.
But before she dives into the case awaiting her in Harlan, she receives an invitation to attend a special gala weekend.
A gala honoring her aunt who has devoted her life to charity.
Although still recovering from the shocking aftermath of the last island she attended.
Ava does her best to put her best foot forward for the sake of her aunt.
When a strange suicide mars the special event, it’s Ava that starts questioning what she sees. As the secrets of the Foundation start to bubble to the surface, Ava faces the realization that she may be more than just an invited guest.
Truth, lies, and consequences.
The only way off this island may be death...
Sherwood is a sleepy little town. A town full of friendly faces, and even friendlier neighbors.
Which is why FBI agent Emma Griffin isn't surprised when her new neighbor starts stopping by to chat.
Turns out her neighbor has a dark past and secrets that made her run.
As much as Emma wished it wasn’t true, dark past and secrets are things that she is far too familiar with, especially now more than ever.
A chilling unknown filled the air of Sherwood, Virginia.
Strange things are happening around Emma.
Things that no one can explain, and many don't believe.
And when Emma witnesses two figures hidden by sheer curtains, strangling a smaller figure.
A figure she can only assume to be Ruby's.
She becomes a witness to the murder of the girl next door.
But what do you do when no one believes that the girl even existed?
Emma’s world starts to spin, and she begins to wonder…
s someone taunting her and taking lives to torment her? Or has she truly gone crazy?
The Girl Next Door is the fourth book in the Emma Griffin Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone.
Her pleas ignored, her screams unheard. Tomorrow would not come for Everly Zara…
What does the death of a young child, and the sudden death of the girl in the manor have in common?
Was it simply just a coincidence, or is there something far more disturbing than anyone could ever imagine?
Everly Zara, a beautiful young woman, is found dead in the bedroom of the manor.
The news is shocking and disturbing to everyone who knows her.
But the heartbreaking death of a beautiful young woman may not be as straightforward as everyone thought.
The further Emma dives into the case, the more she realizes, everything is not as it seems.
As secrets from Everly's past rise to the surface and the shocking nature of it discovered.
Emma must unravel the truth before she becomes a victim herself. In the close-knit town of Sherwood, something or someone is coming for Emma Griffin.
With her past constantly haunting her, and the disturbing nature of this mystery. Nothing is what it seems, yet everything feels so familiar.
Emma is left to wonder if she is really losing her mind.
How deep down the rabbit hole will Emma go to find out the truth of her past?
How far will she go to find out the truth behind Everly Zara's death?
One thing's for certain, Emma's entire world will be forever changed once the truth is revealed.
The Girl in the Manor is the third book in the Emma Griffin Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone. *Inspired by many true and cruel events. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
FBI agent Emma Griffin is starting to get her life back on track.
But as she gets used to the changes in her career and settling into her personal life, questions about her past continue to haunt her.
When a mysterious letter appears from Feathered Nest asking Emma to help, suspicion arises.
She’s being lured onto the train and she doesn’t know why.
But she can’t ignore it.
This is her fight, and she won’t back down.
With Sam on the train an hour behind her, Emma begins the journey. Four hours closed in the train.
A strange fellow passenger and a note appearing at her seat send her into an empty passenger car, where she finds the body of a murdered man, and a message addressed to her.
Warned not to call police or let the train stop for any reason,
Emma is drawn into a sick and twisted game where the painful memories of her family are used to taunt and threaten her.
The minutes tick by, bringing her closer to destruction.
A huge storm is brewing, and Emma must face it head on if she wants to survive long enough to learn the hidden secrets of her past.
The Girl and the Deadly Express is the fifth book in the Emma Griffin Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone.
A beautiful girl with the world at her palms.
But then the girl slowly and surely discovered,
The world she once loved was nowhere to be found.
Happiness and hope?
That’s for fairy tales.
There’s no prince charming to the rescue,
No knight in shining armor.
And for the Girl in Apartment 9?
Well, her story is about to be told...
FBI Agent Emma Griffin has had to overcome many obstacles throughout her life to get to her happily ever-after.
But somehow death and destruction always loomed over her shoulders.
When she is asked by her neighbor Paul to find Sydney Parker, a girl that has gone missing from a nearby college, Emma jumps on the case.
On the surface, Sydney seems like a high-achiever. A good student, a good daughter, and a girl that champions for mental health awareness.
So, what could have possibly happened to cause her to vanish from her apartment?
Did she leave on her own or was she taken?
What is the truth behind the girl in Apartment 9?
And what does it have to do with the trail of bodies piling up on campus?
The sins that make us our own worst enemy.
And at any given time, we all could fall victim to them.
Fighting those demons at times seems impossible.
Especially when they come to life…
FBI agent Emma Griffin has seen her share of dark and twisted murders.
When she's called onto a new case, Emma finds herself baffled and horrified by the crime scene.
Cream colored tags. Mysterious spirals. Words with seemingly no meaning.
Victims with tags that don’t seem to correspond to their “sin”.
The “greed” victim is neither wealthy or indulgent and the “gluttony” victim seems to lead a healthy lifestyle.
As Emma dives deeper into the case, other mysteries that impact her life start closing in.
The more truths Emma uncovers the more bizarre turns this “Seven Deadly Sins” case takes, and the more of a target Emma becomes.
As the mystery unfolds, Emma finds that these murders are connected to a part of her past she considered long over…
You can run or hide, but escape is not an option.
In the end the sin of our past turns into demons that will come after all...
Since then, nothing has ever been the same, and the paralyzing sadness within her followed her everywhere she went...
Unbeknownst to Kara, her life was once again about to face another change.
All thanks to the arrival of the couple next door.
FBI agent Ava James has had to fight all her life.
From fighting from being a victim of human traffickers to fighting for years to find her best friend.
Safe to say Ava James is no stranger to fighting the atrocities of this world.
When Ava is called onto a case and meets a seemingly sweet woman, Kara Davis.
A lonely widow living in a big house on her own.
Ava realizes the true price of succumbing to your past and becoming a victim of one’s own tragedies.
But what happens when you can't even trust your own mind?
How far would someone go to get the happiness they feel they deserved?
Nothing in this world is certain.
Strange things are happening all around.
The only question is…
How far can your obsession take you?