On a sweltering July morning in rural Tennessee, 50-year-old Rebecca Reynolds visits the family farm, where she literally stumbles across the mutilated bodies of her parents and younger sister, a sister who had spent life in a wheelchair after a birth fraught with complications.
Rebecca's first thought is to call 911. Her second is to find her estranged sister, Lena, who was disowned by the family years before. Her third is to wonder how long it will be before Lena is arrested for the murder of their family.
As the police gather evidence pointing to Lena, the sisters turn to attorney Brian Stone. Convinced of Lena's innocence, he agrees to take on the case. But in a family ripped apart by dysfunction, is anyone truly innocent?
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Rebecca Reynolds returns to her parents' home for her weekly visit only to literally stumble over her wheelchair-bound sister's dead body.
Her parents are also dead, all three hacked to death with an ax.
She calls 911. She wonders where her other sister, Lena, disowned by the family years ago, is. And she wonders how long it will be before Lena is arrested.
It's a very effective, chilling set-up for chilling psychological suspense. We see the story through three sets of eyes--Rebecca's, Lena's, and those of the lawyer Rebecca hires for her sister (who is indeed arrested as the most likely suspect), Brian Stone.
Lena truly is the most likely suspect, and the evidence mounts against her, even as Stone becomes convinced of her innocence.
We see all three viewpoint characters develop as complex and sometimes ambiguous figures. Other characters, seen only through the eyes of these three, also become nuanced and layered.
Michelle Babb does an excellent job of narration as always, and Melinda Clayton kept me guessing till the end.
I received a free copy of this audiobook, and am reviewing it voluntarily.
I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo
This was a fascinating look into the lives of all the members of a family.When some of them are found dead, one is blamed.Can they find who did it?Lena is blamed and is waiting to hear her fate from the jury.She isn't sure if she did it or not.She was drugged at the time.It is a twisted tale of love and hate.Michelle Babb is good at the narration.I was provided this book free by the author, narrator or publisher.
suspenseful, powerful and emotional
This book definitely kept me interested. I listened to it all at once and it kept my attention from the beginning right through to the shocking ending.
I found this to be an emotional book. The characters were interesting and the plot was believable.
This was one of the better books I have listened to. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. That being said, I would not have been the least bit disappointed had I paid for this book.
I have received this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Rebecca Reynolds goes on a Saturday morning to her parent's to help with the chores of the farm, to discover them dead and mutilated along with Kelly, one of her younger sisters. Rebecca calls the cops and Lena, her other sister, gets arrested, even though she does not remember anything from the night her family was murdered. Lena has always been the problematic daughter, doing drugs and living a life which nobody approved of. But Lena and Rebecca have a lot of baggage, and maybe some secrets too. Rebecca calls Brian Stone, a semi-retired layer to assist with Lena's case. He believes Lena is innocent but she is not even sure about that.
This is the second book of a series, but it can be read by itself, since this story is not like a second part of the first book. In fact, I have not listened to book 1, even though I would love to do it one day, and that did not prevent me to fully enjoy this book.
One of Melinda Clayton's strong point is creating beautifully constructed characters with complex relationships amongst them. She is a licensed psychotherapist, and you can see that in her books. The Reynolds were a dysfunctional family, but each one of them felt completely real. Little by little we see how their family dynamics were, and Clayton peels off the different layers of their relationships, ending with a very realistic portrait of a family.
Even though there are not many twists to the story, Clayton was able to keep my interest until the end. I was almost sure we would never have known whether Lena did it or not, but the end was something I did not expect, and it really shocked me and had me thinking for many hours. The word I would use to describe it is 'disturbing'. If an author gets to move and sock their readers I think it is a victory, and Melinda Clayton won me with this book.
The book is narrated by the wonderful Michelle Babb, one of my favorite narrators these days. She gave different nuances to the sisters so that they sound really different to the ear. She is expressive, and transmitted the characters' emotions in a powerful way. Male voices were also very well done, and I can say that Babb's narrations always provide a five star experience.
This was a very good book, and greater even because the end really surprised me and made it even better. I am curious about Brian Stone's story, so I will definitely listen to the first book in the series. I would recommend it to anyone who would like a well told story but stay away if you are looking for a happy book.
Mother of 5, Grandmother of 10, RN (retired!), Avid reader, enjoys sewing, knitting and cross-stitching.
A Woman Misunderstood by Melinda Clayton is second in her Tennessee Delta Series. This book can be read as a stand-alone although there are some references to prior happenings that may be further clarified by reading the first book of the series, Blessed are the Wholly Broken. Rebecca comes for a visit to her family home and finds her parents and a disabled sister dead...hacked to death. Not surprisingly the black sheep sister of the family, Lena, is accused and soon to be defended by Brian Stone. The author keeps her readers' interest with lots of twists and turns in the plot and good character development. And whoa, I did not see the ending coming! Michelle Babb does a remarkable job of narrating the audiobook, telling the story well and bringing the characters to life. I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook and was not required to give a positive review. The opinions are my own.
For me, the audio version is often better than the print version, and A Woman Misunderstood is no exception. Michelle Babb always does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life, making for a truly enjoyable listen.
I can't say that there's anything about her performance that I DIDN'T like! She's a wonderful narrator that portrays the characters with depth and their own voice.
I enjoyed the book very much, so now I need to listen to the first book in the series!
I love listening to Psychological Thrillers , and Suspenseful or Action Novels..
Extraordinarily well written, the characters are so multidimensional that they essentially leap out from every page. I had to remind myself that, after getting lost in this book for hours, the characters weren't real! I was so immersed in the world of A Woman Misunderstood that I had to force myself to come back to reality and put the book down from time to time. The story line is fantastic and kept me on the edge of my seat at all times. The Narration by Michelle Babb is Impeccable.. Breathing Life and Dimension to the Character's Making a intringing Story Into a Spectacularly gripping, and Spine Tingling Murder Mystery.. Currently suffering from "finishers remorse," but looking forward to more incredible books from this author, and Narrator..
"I was provided this audio book at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review "
This mystery is full of dysfunctional family dynamics, murder, blame, suspicion, despair and eventually hope.When the family of two sisters are murdered in a horrific manner, all evidence points toward Lena. Rebecca has no doubt that her sister did it. Brian Stone, the attorney they hired, sees it a different way. Will be he able to prove that Lena was framed? The defense is very lean to start with, but more and more comes to light to prove she was a victim. Stick around to see whether or not she is cleared.
This was a great listen. The story by Melinda Clayton was great and the narration by Michelle Babb was extremely well suited to the story.
A Woman Misunderstood: Tennessee Delta Series, Book 2
by Melinda Clayton
A story of a dysfunctional family found murdered. An attorney investigates trying to clear his client and finds more suspects. I found myself trying to match clues and suspects along with the attorney. Lots of suspense, but now I want more from this series and I need to go back and listen to book 1 in the series as well.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Michelle Babb was a great choice for this book.
"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."
"Prepare to be deceived"
This book, while it wasn't as good as the first of the series, was incredible in its huge build-up of suspense. I didn't know what to think, and the ending was shocking. No better word for it.
It was a strange tale, two sisters brought up in a poor environment. Family killed, only the two sisters survive. All evidence points to Lena, the worst of the two. So, Rebecca, along with Brian (the lawyer from the first book), help the court and the jury see her innocence. A difficult task when Lena has such a terrible memory of the event.
It was strange in the sense that it was dark, eerie at parts, yet at other times this darkness was subdued giving way to a lighthearted, deceptive sense of calm. I was glad to find Brian in this book, he being my favourite from the first of this series. Though, I would say that this book can be read as a standalone, but I do recommend you read the first- I found I liked that tale better. I feel it would have been interesting to hear Brian's thoughts regarding Anna's child, or even the father of the child.
I listened to the audio book for this, it was narrated by Michelle Babb. I really liked it, it felt fitting and gave a good feel to the book. The emotion was there, as was the way that even the narration didn't give much away- in terms of the ending.
Both stories are emotional and engaging in their own way. And as with life, you can say, a lot feels unresolved. This also happens to be something true of the first of this series.
I received this book from the narrator, for review consideration.
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