It's 1963, and Chief Riley Bennett knocks on Dody Canfield's door informing her that her husband died instantly when his car struck a telephone pole. Not wanting to raise her three children alone, it isn't long before she brings home Frank Billings; and he's moving in. Mama sends 13-year-old Missy to take her little brother, Billie, fishing so she can have some alone time with Uncle Frank. Billie casts his line into the murky river water hooking the big one; granddaddy of all fish. He quickly hands the reel to Missy hoping not to lose his catch. Missy reels in slowly - bubbles begin emerging - releasing an undercurrent of secrets, deadly lies, and terror on the Canfield family.
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This is a good mystery novel, with a lot of gritty realism. It's suspenseful too. The narrator of the story is a 13-year-old girl, very well voiced by the book's voice-actor reader. The girl is Missy, and she and her brother Billie go through a lot that kids should never have to go through. It's a sign of the writer's talent that she manages to show how things looks through the kids' eyes, which is different than than through adults eyes. That's also a sign of the excellence of the voice-actor narration, that she can bring off this kids' world so convincingly. I haven't heard anything from Popi Ardisonne before, but I'm going to be looking for a lot more from her. I'd like to hear her voice-act an adult novel. She's got a wonderful, melodious voice.
The climax of the book.
When the mother brings home new "uncles", we adults know what's going on. The kids don't have this perspective. The effect of poverty is different on the kids too, than what we would expect it to be looking through adult eyes. What the writer does is hard to do, and she does it well. Be warned though if you're thinking of giving this book to your kids to listen to. There's too much of a danger-to-children element for it to appropriate for younger listeners.
The way the children lived and looked out for one another while their mother was wrapped up in her own world. There are probably many kids who grow up in a houeshold similar to this one.
She actually did a good job with the three children and the mother. Franks voice was a little hard to get into.
I was able to listen to this book in one sitting while making a 6 hour drive.
The story it self was good. The vocabulary for some of the kids was a little to grown up at times. But overall it was good listening book. Some parts made you feel like you right their with kids.
Back to what I normally listen to Michael Connelly etc
Different story teller would have made the book better
It was just really interesting and I felt like I got to know all of the people in the book. I'm 85 and I live about 40 miles from the Rock River; the narrator sounds like kids I grew up with.
The last hour or so was very suspenseful.
No, I haven't, but I certainly will now. She has a beautiful and very versatile voice and she's a very good actress. I'd give her more stars, if I could.
I don't know.
All the characters sounded different and it was very easy to follow the story. The story made me recall the era in which it was set; I lived through that era and it was very well depicted.
I really enjoyed listening to Ms. Ardissone. She has a lovely soft voice full of expression.
I cannot answer why but when I started listening to the book it reminded me of To Kill a Mocking Bird. Maybe it was because the book is seen through the eyes of a young girl.
Ms. Ardissone was excellent as Missy Canfield the narrator of the story.
I listened to the book in one sitting.
This story takes place during the summer, in a small town in the early sixties, and Roxe Anne really brings the flavor of that time to life before video games and cell phones.
This is a thriller set in the midst of a family in crisis. Missy's father is killed in a auto accident. Besides having to work two jobs to support her three children, Missy's mother makes some questionable choices in men. Thus leaving the children are pretty much to fend for themselves. Even though Missy does not like or understand her mother's drunkenness, or putting up with the domestic violence this strange man brings into their home. she still loves her mother deeply.
This is a story that both adults and young adults will enjoy.
This is lovely little story and it made me fell that I was right there, in the time and place in which it happened. I am from this region of the country and the author's attention to the detail of the area and it's people was impeccable.
If you are the kind of person who lacks imagination and needs cars chases, creatures or supernatural phenomena in order to enjoy a tale, this one probably isn't for you. Human beings can be scary enough without having to add anything other-worldly, and this book demonstrates that very well.
Ardissone takes on the difficult challenge of narrating as a 12 year-old girl and is skillful enough to avoid silly voices and other cliches to which a lesser performer might fall prey. Her narration gives the past feeling of a child with the present, mature recollection of an adult. I don't know how else to describe what she does. She is a young girl and an adult, all at the same time. Brilliant.
The story takes its time, developing each character and laying a firm groundwork for the riveting conclusion. If you like a slow, unhurried pace, so that you can settle in and enjoy the ride, like a boat trip down the Rock River, listening to this beautifully written story, told by a versatile and talented actress, fits the bill.
If the story was anything like the publishers summary - it might have been decent.They should have said it was written by a third grader.
Going back to the tried and true - Steven King
I don't know - this one has left me really scared of this author.
I don't think it was the performers fault.
Anger - I wasted a 6 hr drive waiting for it to get better!
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