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The Mourning Hours | [Paula Treick DeBoard]

The Mourning Hours

Kirsten Hammarstrom hasn't been home to her tiny corner of rural Wisconsin in years - not since the mysterious disappearance of a local teenage girl rocked the town and shattered her family.... Kirsten was just nine years old when Stacy Lemke went missing, and the last person to see her alive was her boyfriend, Johnny - the high school wrestling star and Kirsten's older brother. Now, years later, a new tragedy forces Kirsten and her siblings to return home, where they must confront the devastating event that shifted the trajectory of their lives.
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Publisher's Summary

A family's loyalty is put to the ultimate test....

Kirsten Hammarstrom hasn't been home to her tiny corner of rural Wisconsin in years - not since the mysterious disappearance of a local teenage girl rocked the town and shattered her family.

Kirsten was just nine years old when Stacy Lemke went missing, and the last person to see her alive was her boyfriend, Johnny - the high school wrestling star and Kirsten's older brother. No one knows what to believe - not even those closest to Johnny - but the event unhinges the quiet farming community and pins Kirsten's family beneath the crushing weight of suspicion.

Now, years later, a new tragedy forces Kirsten and her siblings to return home, where they must confront the devastating event that shifted the trajectory of their lives. Tautly written and beautifully evocative, The Mourning Hours is a gripping portrayal of a family straining against extraordinary pressure, and a powerful tale of loyalty, betrayal and forgiveness.

©2013 Paula Treick DeBoard (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    RueRue Orange County, CA 08-05-13
    RueRue Orange County, CA 08-05-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Fabulous story"
    If you could sum up The Mourning Hours in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling and well written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The father of the teenage suspect. He was a man of strength and integrity,and loved his family even when faced the the censure of his community.


    Which character – as performed by Hollis McCarthy – was your favorite?

    Aunt Julia, quite a character !


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely ! I was completely involved in the story and the mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a negative review and wonder if I listened to the same book ! I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys character driven drama.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Bloomfield, NJ, United States 09-18-13
    Michelle Bloomfield, NJ, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Not Bad but not Great. Slow moving."

    At first I could't wait to listen to this book but about 30 minutes into it I was itching to fast forward. The beginning drags to the point for boredom. Even when the story starts to get to the heart of the girls disappearance the story continues to drag with needless details. Yet the last two chapters or so make it worth the wait. A twist appears that I was never expecting which saves this book overall. I would recommend this one if you have a credit so you get it for free or have gone through your wish list.

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    MAUREEN MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 07-06-13
    MAUREEN MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Pathetic story full of trite nauseating phrases"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was so predictable, sophomoric and pathetic. The narrator was terrible too--whenever she spoke parts of local folks she mispronounced words and used a terrible accent imitating those she heard in the movie Fargo! The author relied on such off-base information for the plot too--so far off base that I had to turn the speed up in hopes that something good would come of it all--or that it would end more quickly.


    Has The Mourning Hours turned you off from other books in this genre?

    WHAT?


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Hollis McCarthy?

    Anyone but her--not sure who but anyone but this person--she was terrible.


    What character would you cut from The Mourning Hours?

    Can't answer this question--would not help explain the reasons that the book was not good nor shed any light on what could have been done to improve it.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time unless you like the boring sweet sophomoric predictable types.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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