From the international best-selling author that brought you Children of the Fog comes a terrifying new psychological thriller that will leave you breathless...
Two strangers submerged in guilt, brought together by fate...
After a tragic car accident claims the lives of his wife, Jane, and son, Ryan, Marcus Taylor is immersed in grief. But his family isn't the only thing he has lost. An addiction to painkillers has taken away his career as a paramedic. Working as a 911 operator is now the closest he gets to redemption - until he gets a call from a woman trapped in a car.
Rebecca Kingston yearns for a quiet weekend getaway, so she can think about her impending divorce from her abusive husband. When a mysterious truck runs her off the road, she is pinned behind the steering wheel, unable to help her two children in the back seat. Her only lifeline is a cell phone with a quickly depleting battery and a stranger's calm voice on the other end telling her everything will be all right.
©2013 Cheryl Kaye Tardiff (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
... when you come across a book you've never heard of, by an author you've never heard of, and it just blows you away.... Well, this is one of those. So glad I rolled the dice and took a chance on an "orphan" book...
Cheryl Kaye Tardif is great -- she hooked me from the first page. In fact, I started listening in the early evening, having just finished a less-than-stellar book by a "New York Times Best Selling" author, one which left me feeling used. (Why, oh why, do I keep buying books by these big-name authors? Their early ones were really good, but it's clear they've run out of steam. Silly me, for continuing to buy them anyway.) So I wasn't expecting much from this unknown, but it was next on my iPod list, so.... What happened was that I ended up listening way past midnight, about half the book -- I couldn't find a good place to stop.
It's also good to find an author who does the literary equivalent of Audrey Hepburn's young
"Gypsy", when she just lets that single slip strap fall off her shoulder, not putting it all out in front of the leering men. There's lots of love in this book, but no hot erotic scenes, so if that's what you're looking for, this isn't it. This is a hope filled book, with decent characters, most of them -- except the bad guys and gals -- trying to do the right thing. Oh, it's not smarmy or goody-two-shoes, Tardif's characters struggle with their decisions, just as we all do. And there's plenty of tension, more white-knuckle suspense than you might need, in parts. But it's nice to read about some of the world's good people, too. There aren't enough books like that around.
Now? I'm looking for a few more Cheryl Kaye Tardif books -- I see she's got a lot of different genres out there, so I'll pick and choose. But I'm awfully glad I came across this one. Just an A-1 listen, all around!
I am an avid reader and due to my hectic schedule I consume a healthy percentage of my "reads" as audiobooks, usually in my car. This review is mostly about the audiobook itself, but first I'll echo what many other reviewers have said about the story - wonderfully developed characters and a highly suspenseful tale that pulls you through the story at a quick and enjoyable clip. Cheryl Kaye Tardif is a seasoned storyteller and it shows in this enjoyable thriller. What made it even more enjoyable for me was Paige McKinney's wonderful narration. You could tell she had done her advance preparation well, understanding the characters and their emotions during the different parts of the story. McKinney has a knack for conveying the age, gender and emotional state of each character with subtle voice variations that added tremendously to the listening experience. I found myself recognizing familiar characters as scenes began, so I was immersed in the story rather than being distracted by the narration. If you enjoy thrillers and audiobooks, this one is highly recommended!
Having read some of the author's previous works that were more focused on the paranormal, I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this book. It was definitely suspenseful, and felt very true to life. I could imagine the terror of being trapped and helpless, as well as the confusion created in the "who dunnit" aspects of the story.
The narrator's style was not my favorite. She does have excellent enunciation, but at times this made the dialogue between the character feel stilted and unnatural. As the story progressed, and I became used to her style of speech, it no longer bothered me, and seemed to fit well with the story.
Overall: a good "listen" or read - don't pass this one up if you enjoy a bit of paranormal with your suspenseful mystery!
I have no idea how this narrator got any more than 1 star, ever. She is just terrible and I can see why she has just 6 books she's read. Marcus's boss, Shipley, is 6 feet-eleven and sounds just like a woman when he's raising hell with Marcus. Can you imagine a man that tall sounding like a girl?? She doesn't even make an effort to sound manly. Anyway, I'm done listening. I'll finish the book by reading it.
I would also like to say that the description tells us what the book is about or we can zip over to Amazon and look at reviews. This is AUDIBLE! What we need to review is the narrator. Does he or she suck? Why? Is he or she too nasal-y, too sweet for the kind of book he or she is reading, to gruff, too bland, too robotic, lacks emotion. Is he or she doing nothing but reading the book? Not changing his or her voice for the male and female voices? Is the narrator sounding the same whether she or he is reading a whisper spoken?
Most of us on AUDIBLE don't really care what the book is about. We want to know about the narrator! This is AUDIBLE, after all..
Although narrator enunciated well and successfully differentiated characters with voice inflections, it felt as though she were reading to an audience of young children. She sounded like a pre-school teacher.
Fun, intriguing, compelling.... There is humour, there is mystery, and you cannot stop reading (listening to) it.
My favourite character was Marcus. Despite his faults he is a really nice guy, and he is so full of self doubt that you can't help but like him
Nicely paced narrator......
Loved how parts of this book tied in with another of Cheryl Kay Tardif's novels. Was unexpected and hilarious. LOVE IT
Suspenseful romantic mystery.
The accident that drew Marcus and Rebecca together.
The reader has an innocence in her voice that helps the listener understand why she would stay in the relationship she is involved in.
Marcus because he has some issues from his past that have changed his life and made him a completely different person with some interesting experiences.
The recording builds up to a hugely suspenseful moment towards the middle of the story, then settles down a bit and we get to know more about the main characters, as well as secondary characters. Finally the ending has another climatic ending, leaving the listener with a twist they probably did not see coming. It was an unexpected storyline but one that worked really well for this book.
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