Stuart Woods, the best-selling author of L.A. Times and Heat, has created a haunting thriller full of ghostly images, murder and old family secrets. Part detective story, part ghost story, part Southern gothic - this absorbing novel will fascinate listeners as a small town’s present, past and future converge.
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Haven't read Stuart Woods, I didn't know what to expect. What I got, was a very intriguing story of a guy somewhat in a crossroads of his life, finding whole new beginnings. This is a complex mystery with all sorts of threads being intermingled throughout, coming together with a rather unusual ending.
Our burnt out reporter/author finds himself in a lake community that holds all kinds of secrets with all kinds of mysterious characters, including a ghost. It's one of those books that keeps you listening with never a boring moment.
The narrator is very good at capturing the characters personalities.
A lot. The plot meanders all over the place, even though the book is set in a small lakeside town. Also, the science fiction, woo woo, voodoo aspects of the story. There are unknowable mysterious happenings all over the place, and seers who conduct seances, and lots of twists and turns which serve mainly to lose the reader, and thus eventually bore him; that is to say, me.
The least interesting is the above. The most interesting, I think, is the main character, John Howell, who leaves his upscale, wealthy wife and life to hide out in this tiny town in Georgia. I liked him enough to almost finish the entire book, and I may actually do that at some point. Also, the narrator, Tom Stechshulte. He is easy to listen to and handles the Southern accents very nicely.
Calm. Soothing. Genuine.
I am not at all wild about this restructuring of the reviews. in fact, I really hate it. As it was, the narrative structure allowed me to say what I needed to say, rather than forcing me into these arbitrary Q and As.This style is not an improvement. Bring back the old school, please! Let me be me! And various other perorations.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
I've enjoyed Stuart Woods. But mystical stuff doesn't crank my handle. I bought this on the strength of my past Wood experiences. Okay… my fault, I'll read the reviews before getting another of his novels. If you like ghostly explanations for mysteries… You could like this one fine. Me? Not so much. Finished it though. So, it was a three star experience.
This is a very nice book for a listen on a long trip. Nice story line, interesting characters and enough going on that you don't get bored. And it has an interesting ending. I'm not a huge fan of fake southern accents but this narrator did not grate on my nerves much at all.
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
Having never read the print version this is only a guess but I think I would prefer the audiobook.
The unraveling of the layers of lies that premeate the lives of the characters.
No I have not
It neither made me laugh or cry but kept me entertained.
mystery plus plus
when the lake disappears showing what is underneath
looking down into the valley
It was never meant to happen......
Yes. Just finished listening to this book in Audible and loved it! The beginning is slow but don't give up! There's a lot of turnings and subplots that enrich the ain story. And in the end everything is explained, not a common thing in supernatural stories. I recomend to those who like ghost stories told as real life.
Yes! I loved this book!
No, but I want to.
Mama Kelly. She's so powerful...
Fast paced, fun, read. On top of the standard mystery novel, it's got some mysterious quirky parts that make you wonder. The final, ending, twist was quite unique. Gimmie another Stuart Woods book!
I was/am a great dad, but my girls are in Sugar Land Tx and Billings Mt!
Where to start... I love Woods' way of placing the reader into the story with great characters and methodical suspense building. The narrator, one of my favorites, is equally adept at drawing the listener in to the strange world of Georgia mountains. (Tom Stechschulte narrated No Country For Old Men, Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece, so well i can't imagine anyone alive or dead could match his performance.)
The mystery which unravels in the end is complicated and fascinating. Where it fell short for me was in the supernatural elements. It's like he had a great story, but decided he needed ghosts and other paranormal phenomena to make the pieces fit. Actually I found this element completely unnecessary and even distracting from a great story.
Nevertheless this is a wonderfully entertaining book by one of the better novelists of our day. An easy 4 stars!
"Very good listen"
I loved it. Good story to get lost in and a very good narrator whose different voices and southern accent just seem to fit the story perfectly. Too much detail of the sexual scenes, way too much as it didn't really add to the story. Could be off putting for some. Aside from that, the ghost story was an adult one and we are so in short supply of those these days. Would highly recommend if this genure interests you.
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