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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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A disturbing plan was hatched. What happened afterwards may never be understood.
Now at 509 Pleasant Hill Drive, the lives of the Johnsons will never be the same.
Agent Ava James has settled in the town of Harlan just outside of Washington, D.C. in her new field office. Amid this big change, her mother goes missing somewhere in South Africa, leaving her and her father distraught.
Ava is immediately taken out of the field and placed on the Cold Case Initiative, and is forbidden to look for her mother.
To keep herself from doing something brash, Ava buries herself in her work.
While looking through cold cases Ava is drawn to the case of Hidden Cove.
A cold case involving a young married couple.
The husband was found murdered in his living room and the wife disappeared without a trace.
Recently, another young couple with a three-year-old daughter had moved into that same house.
They were both found murdered, leaving their baby orphaned.
Was there a murderer loose in the community?
Were the two cases linked?
When Ava is sent to the small town in Kentucky, she finds that the only thing colder than the mid-December weather in Kentucky is her reception.
The locals are leery of her because she’s an outsider.
The cold case heaves up one dead-end after another.
Leading Ava to be blind sided by what happens next.
In the small-town of Hidden Cove, some cases are best left forgotten...
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.
Not a creature was stirring inside Agent Emma Griffin's house.
But then out of nowhere a dark shadow appeared.
And all of a sudden this holiday season is no longer filled with cheer.
After facing many misfortunes throughout her life.
FBI Agent Emma Griffin has opted to make work her main priority.
And although much time has passed, there are still certain cases that continue to haunt her. Such as the case of Lakyn Monroe.
Emma has grown semi-accustomed to some of the fanfare that occurs during an investigation.
But it’s a new situation for her when she is asked to be a consultant on set for a TV series based on a case from her past.
A case regarding the strange death of Lakyn Monroe.
With this case back on the forefront and the lead actress an eerie reminder of the torment she witnessed from afar.
Emma looks into the past in order to somehow avoid future mishaps.
While balancing Sam’s search for his missing cousin and the crimes of the Emperor lurking in the shadows.
Emma finds that some things are simply inescapable...
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Unfortunately, not everyone may survive the silent night.
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.
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.
And an ordinary meal to accompany it.
A glass of wine, a plate of chicken.
And the sound of the ticking clock.
But then, the unexpected feeling of disorientation seeps in.
Cheryl suddenly felt dizzy and nauseous...
Then something far more unexpected happened.
And in an instant an ordinary night turned into a night full of incomprehensible mysteries.
After witnessing many tragedies throughout her life.
And solving cases that appeared unsolvable.
FBI Agent Emma Griffin learned the importance of following her instincts and questioning everything she sees.
When Bellamy brings a case that involves a sorority sister from Bellamy’s past.
Emma finds herself thrown into a case involving a possible mysterious illness.
An illness that took the life of a young woman.
To others, the mystery seems to have solved itself.
But Emma isn’t convinced that all is as it appears.
When bizarre cases of similar circumstance arise.
Emma is forced to dig deeper into the young woman’s life and break open the people around her.
Tick. Tock. As the clock struck twelve.
Cheryl Collins took her last breath...
Time is an elusive beast. Like death, no one can escape it.
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...
Emma is looking forward to spending the holidays with the family she’s built around herself.
Bellamy, Eric, Dean, and Xavier are coming to Sherwood to celebrate the season with her and Sam, and she’s looking forward to spending some time relaxing and sharing traditions, old and new.
Before the festivities can begin, she takes a trip to Feathered Nest to bring some closure, but before they can leave, an email brings an uncomfortable reminder that there are always more questions to be answered.
Soon she discovers there is someone wanting to ensure that there is no peace or joy for Emma this year. The reminders of a past she doesn’t talk about and twisted gifts leave her in a brutal holiday rush to find the truth that was buried many years ago. Before the Bureau. Before Feathered Nest. Before this life.
This holiday, no matter how far Emma runs, death, disappearances, and mysteries follow.
What should be the most wonderful time of the year may turn into a nightmare she can’t escape.
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…
Is 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.
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.
I need to keep going… Keep…
A beautiful woman's body is found frozen on the ground.
And many questions that no one can answer arises.
When Emma Griffin joined the FBI, she had hopes that she could find out the truth about her own past. But over time she realized that it was more than just herself. She wanted to be a voice for the victims. To bring justice for those that are no longer with us. To rid this world of evil doers, hunt down those who destroyed lives, and be the voice for the voiceless.
But what happens when she's asked to help someone who not only inflicted unbearable pain to her life, but to the lives of many?
After Emma's wedding is disrupted by a phone call from a voice from the past that starts her on a new chase, she's forced to face one of the most difficult decisions of her career.
Would you exonerate a killer in the search for truth and justice?
Only Emma can put the clues together.
Could she clear the name of the man she loathes, or will all clues lead back to him?
Truth has consequences.
And the big bad is back and this honeymoon is coming to an end…
The words that taunted FBI Agent Emma Griffin on the blood-soaked train ride from Sherwood continue to follow her.
Drawn to Feathered Nest, she discovers that the horror is far from over and whoever is behind the dare has no intention of his brutal game slowing down any time soon.
While in Feathered Nest, she revisits Cabin 13 to figure out the truth behind the necklace and search for more clues to discover the secret of the dead man that she found on its doorstep.
As she tugs the threads of the mysteries that have haunted her, the life Emma thought she knew starts to unravel around her.
How well did she really know her mother and father?
How much can she trust Greg?
Are the secrets in Feathered Nest really her own?
Lives depend on Emma's skill and instinct. Some she has the chance to save. Others are long lost, but she can ensure they are remembered for what they were.
As she pieces together the stories of her past, she begins to realize they are far bigger than she could have imagined. But only Emma can determine how they end.
There is no turning back now. It is catch or be caught. Hunt or be hunted.
The Girl and the Hunt is the sixth book in the Emma Griffin Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone.