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Haunted Ground | [Erin Hart]

Haunted Ground

When farmers cutting turf in an Irish peat bog make a grisly discovery, the perfectly intact body of a young woman with long red hair, archaeologist Cormac O'Callaghan and pathologist Nora Gavin are thrown together by their shared scientific interest in human remains. Because of the preservative effect of the bog, it is difficult to tell whether the body has lain there for two decades, two centuries, or two millennia.
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Publisher's Summary

When farmers cutting turf in an Irish peat bog make a grisly discovery, the perfectly intact body of a young woman with long red hair, archaeologist Cormac O'Callaghan and pathologist Nora Gavin are thrown together by their shared scientific interest in human remains. Because of the preservative effect of the bog, it is difficult to tell whether the body has lain there for two decades, two centuries, or two millennia. As they dig into the mystery of the red-haired girl, they are drawn into the two-year-old disappearance of a landowner's wife and young son. The story delves through the many layers of Ireland's turbulent past, tracing the still-visible footprints of fortified tower houses and ancient burial mounds, ever mindful of the eternal, subliminal connections between past and present.

©2003 Erin M. Hart (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc. Published by Arrangement with Random House Audio Publishing Group, A Division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"In every way, this is a debut to remember." (Booklist)
"In addition to a complex, multilayered plot that involves both contemporary and historical crimes, Hart's novel is rich in local color." (Publishers Weekly)

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    W Marina, CA, United States 09-25-05
    W Marina, CA, United States 09-25-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Too Much head-hopping"

    I was prepared to like this book, especially after the rave reviews found here on Amazon, and Audible. But I found that Haunted Ground: A novel, quickly lost my interest. Why, you may ask? Because the author has too many characters and she head-hops between them constantly. Each section is narrated by a new character, and frankly I lost interest. I prefer books with one, possibly two voices but not a half dozen. This is particularly disconcerting in audio format. Plus, I found the drippy American character with the tortured past and murdered sister a bit trite and maudlin.

    Feh, overall, 2 stars. If she had stuck to a single or maybe dual perspective it might've captured my interest.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Paynesville, MN, United States 08-27-13
    Laura Paynesville, MN, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "This was not as good as I had hoped."

    This book was not as good as I had hoped it would be. It was hard to understand the fast paced Irish accent, in the beginning. The story line was good, just hard to follow at times due to the accent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Botwentyone North Branch, MN 07-30-12
    Botwentyone North Branch, MN 07-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Tried twice to get into this book and I couldn't"
    What disappointed you about Haunted Ground?

    I don't know what it is about this book but I've tried to listen to it twice now, thinking maybe the second time I'll be more interested, but I find myself tuning it out. Its not an interesting story line to me, though I wanted to like it. I find minutes can go by and I realize that I've absorbed nothing of what the narrator was saying and had to backtrack.


    What three words best describe Jennifer McMahon’s voice?

    I like her accent, but maybe her voice was too soothing or monotone? Reminded me of science class back in high school


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think the story line sounds interesting if I could actually pay attention and follow along with the book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Santa Susana, CA, United States 11-20-06
    Kevin Santa Susana, CA, United States 11-20-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Another vote for the abridged version"

    The story at times just seemed to plod along. I never really felt any tension, the whole story long. It took longer than usual for me to complete this book and I actually fell asleep several times.

    The characters were cliche I'm afraid, almost as if following a manual. I'm giving it 3 stars instead of 2 because I've been to the west of Ireland, seen peat bogs being cut by hand, been in many rural pubs where "trad" music was played, and so on. In this respect I was held just a bit more by this story (maybe) than if I didn't have those experiences.

    The narration at times was almost comical. When the narrator (a woman) did the voices of the cop and the archaeologist she reminded me of a 5 year old Shirly Temple doing a man's voice.
    This effect made them seem one dimensional and humorless.




    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melisa Ponchatoula, LA, United States 01-05-05
    Melisa Ponchatoula, LA, United States 01-05-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Interesting but...."

    If you are offended by foul language, you will probably want to skip this one. The author apparently only knows one curse word but uses it frequently, even when there is no reason for the characters to be cursing. I also didn't like the narration. The accent may be authentic, but it was very hard to understand and her attempt to sound masculine for the male characters sounded like someone mimicing Santa Claus. Despite all this, the mystery was interesting enough. It would be much improved by a male narrator and a little editing.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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