Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered, and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.
While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place - Aldrich Castle - but in a different time: 1815, to be exact.
Mistaken for a lady's maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there's some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her 21st century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.
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Granted, I'm not very far into this book, but the narrator is RUINING it for me. She has terrible accents, voice changes, and pronunciations. Also, her voice inflections don't reflect what is happening in the story. I love audiobooks but a bad narrator just ruins a (potentially) great book.
Female FBI agent runs into trouble, makes a questionable decision, ends up in 1815 England, where she has to put her profiling and investigating skills to work without technology or backup. The plot is not too shabby. It was easy to figure out who the killer was NOT, but not so easy to identify who it was - or why. Nice blend of fantasy and reality - our Kendra is just lucky she fell in with such a hotbed of women's rights advocates. Also, be warned, this is not for the squeamish.
Nice plot but much too long. The modern day lead-in could have been cut by at least fifty percent, and the rest could have used some judicious editing. I did enjoy Kendra's confusion and education into how the household staff was organized.
Lucy Rayner is not an awful narrator but she was just not up to the demands of this book. The first part is set in America and the accents were so bad I almost quit listening. Once they got to England, the male voices were not very good either. The two male leads both sounded like they were auditioning for a title role in Beauty and the Beast. Rayner needs to stick to British historical romances.
I didn't hate it, and I did finish it, though I stopped halfway through and listened to something else before going back to it. Not something I would listen to a second time, but I'll probably get the sequel if there is one.
The narration was ploddingingly slow, I recommend speeding it up to 1.25 to get it anywhere close to the normal Audible narration speed. The means voices, particularly the Duke and Marquis, were gravelly and grating and expressed absolutely no change in emotion throughout. I would buy books from the author again but not narration by this performer.
I wanted to like it but after torturing myself for an hour listening I had to give up. Volume of narrator jumps all over the place as well as being over-acted. The plot got lost and narrative gave me a headache. I would have been better off reading the kindle version.
It suspend reality but makes you believe it is possible. I think the development of the people in the story was great.
The multiple suspense times as we try to resolve who is the murderer.
Her ability to play the parts well with different accents makes me want to see her on stage.
I would encourage audible to record more books from this author
The narrator is terrible but if you can get oast that the story is good and I found it interesting. It didn't figure out the mystery until the end. Would recommend but just ignore the narrator and focus on the story :)
Cleverly plotted with a whodonit that keeps you guessing. Just enough history added to please fans of "light" historical fiction.
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