Dear Anna, What I have to tell you is difficult to write, but I know it will be far more difficult for you to hear, and I'm so sorry.
The unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind their close friend Noelle's suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle - her calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family - described a woman who embraced life. Yet there was so much they didn't know.
With the discovery of the letter and its heartbreaking secret, Noelle's friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives - and the life of a desperate stranger - with love and betrayal, compassion and deceit.
©2011 Diane Chamberlain (P)2013 Tantor
All it was missing was the dramatic organ stings at the chapter endings. By the end of the book there wasn't a single major character I liked anymore. Nothing about it was subtle. The extent to which the two main characters missed the obvious was unbelievable. Obviously neither of them had ever read a mystery novel or watched a police procedural. The ending was the absolutely worst part. I won't spoil anything but there was one thing left in a ridiculously inappropriate place.
The story was told from the point of view of five different characters - too many to keep it from feeling like a very laborious relay race. One of the five characters was written in third person while the others were all in first. It didn't help that the same character was voiced by the worst of the narrators. (I wish I knew which one voiced which. I'd like to avoid her in the future.)
I got this book on the $4.95 deal. I wouldn't read it again for free.
There are multiple readers for the audio version of this book. All did a great job except the voice of the midwife. UHG! If she would have been the only reader, I wouldn't have finished listening.
This was an interesting story with lot's of little mysteries. It kept my attention and I enjoyed it.
But, in the end, there were too many unanswered questions and I was left feeling unsatisfied because 2 people who needed to grovel were dead.
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I enjoyed it a lot, but not as much as the first one I read (The Secret Life of Cee Cee Wilkes) because the plot in this novel was a little over the top! After a while, I felt like I was just waiting for another twist.
I felt like there were many similarities to the first book too, so while I do intend to read more of her books, I feel like if I read another one right away they will start to feel a little formulaic.
Still, a great read – loved the suspense it really had me riveted.
Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
We were thrilled to find Diane Chamberlain in Audible. I had searched many times and couldn't find her.
What a thriller! Loved It!
This was a solid story- great for driving! Very fast paced with good characters- Ms. Chamberlain is a wonderful writer with fabulous attention to detail and truly paints a visual picture with her words. It's a very tight, well-wrapped novel with just enough twists to keep you on your toes. A great book club offering.
The narration, on the other hand, was SIMPLY. HORRIBLE. I have NO idea why the producers thought 5 different readers were necessary and why they gave the least appealing Rugrats-y voices to the main characters. Very distracting. I would audibly groan when it was "Tara's" chance to speak because I knew I was in for a staccato, raspy, irritating voice. "Noel" sounded identical to "Tara," but sometimes had a Southern accent (sometimes not), further making the swapping voices distracting. "Grace" was teen whose voice was wishy-washy and breathy, but this managed to fit with her shy (and overall unappealing) character. I could moderately tolerate the other two, but their skills lied most in being breaks from the others.
It's a shame b/c this could have been the perfect book to listen to (as opposed to read), had it not been for such wretched narration.
Though I have read a few of Chamberlain’s other books, this is the first audiobook of hers that I have listened to and I love it! It’s a completely absorbing story and one that makes me sneak in listening to it at every opportunity - not just in the car like I usually do. It’s an engrossing plot with characters that it is impossible not to sympathize with. It reels you in from the very first chapter. With a variety of narrators (five in all), the performers do a wonderful job of using their voices to bring these characters to life. The plot - full of secrets, twists and turns - contains some expected paths and some surprises, too.
This family drama reminds me a bit of a Lifetime movie in some ways as the sheer amount of drama continues to amplify throughout the entire book. And with Chamberlain’s penchant for cliffhangers, the book is hard to turn away from. The story ranges through time and each character feels distinct, but still so relatable - even through some terrible choices. In some ways, Chamberlain’s books remind me of Jodi Picoult’s - though without the set formula. Chamberlain is very talented and I look forward to reading - and listening - to more of her work!
The narrator did the best she could with the material, although she did mispronounce midwifery....by using a long i
Inflection and feeling that might not have otherwise been possible
sort of--the story felt a bit contrived to me and some of the medical aspects were questionable to me as a nurse
I wish the baby's grave had been found to give closure to the mother.
I didn't really like or dislike Noel. Perhaps more stories about her mid wifery would have helped.
The book was an easy and interesting read. It was a little predictable but worth listening to.
Suspenseful in a great way and exciting! I tried guessing what would come next and was wrong EVERYTIME! lol and finally when things started to unravel I was not only at the edge of my seat with my mouth open and gasping loudly, I was at work listening to this great book and doing all that!
The twists you would couldnt even phantom..
Anna- My heart went out to her.
Noelle. How could one human being live with so many secrets?? Good lord, her bags were heavy.
Love love loved the book
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