Jonestown. The Solar Temple. Heaven's Gate. On August 22, 1990, on a small island off the coast of Maine, the Payson Church of Tomorrow joins the ranks of those infamous cult suicides when 34 members burn to death inside their old chapel. At 10 years old, Payson member Erin Solomon watches helplessly as the church and its congregation are reduced to ash and embers.
More than 20 years later, Erin Solomon is an accomplished investigative journalist when she receives word that she has inherited Payson Isle...and all its ghosts. She returns to Maine to learn the truth behind the tragedy that has haunted her since childhood, aided by the rakish mentor who's stood by her side since she was a teenager; her trusty mutt, Einstein; and a mysterious stranger with his own dark past.
Soon Erin is enmeshed in a decades-old conspiracy rooted in lust, delusion, and betrayal as she fights to unearth the secrets of the Payson Church of Tomorrow - secrets someone will kill to keep buried.
©2012 Jen Blood (P)2015 Jen Blood
I received this audio book in exchange for an honest review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I thought that the mystery was well played out and the characters interesting. I really liked Erin as a character, she was brave, down to earth and likable. I enjoyed her friendship with Diggs and her less than stellar relationship with her mother was interesting. The story finished at a satisfying point but still had me crying out for the next installment.
The author did a great job with the atmospherics throughout and I found the town to be gloriously creepy.
I liked the narrator, however the quality of the audio wasn't fantastic with sudden changes in volume and the sound of the narrator's breathing clearly audible. Initially this was distracting, however the breathing reduced significantly after a while. Don't let this put you off as the quality of the story and the pleasant voice of the narrator more than made up for these audio niggles.
Story is fun. Mystery is intriguing. Love triangle entertains. Could do without some of the swearing. But that's just me...don't like lots of swearing. This is a little more than I prefer. The Kindle ebook has a few weird typos that can make you stumble over a sentence, but I hope that doesn't turn a reader away because the story is good. I'm not sure about the Audible performance. I didn't like how fast the actor reads. Also, sometimes the actor reads so fast that she sounds a little muffled, and at times the audio rose significantly in volume and it sounded strange. None of these technical issues messed up the story for me. I hope it wouldn't bother anyone else so much that they wouldn't get to the end, which isn't fully wrapped up. So, I'll want to move on to book two and get to a resolution...it is a good read.
At first I thought I had set the audio to read faster than the normal pace, then I was just frustrated by the narrator for reading so quickly and with almost zero affect, but by that time the story was drawing me in. I'm not sure if the narrator ever actually slowed down or I just got used to it but what I initially was irritated by became more an aspect of a first person voice of an investigative reporter and fit the story overall.
I do plan on spending my next two credits on the sequels but I'm very disappointed to find that the last two books in the series as well as the prequel are not available as audiobooks now. Especially because the series I was listening to before this has the same problem. It's extremely frustrating to find a likable series and then find that some but not all of the series on Audible.
It took several chapters for me to get interested. The narrator didn't do the book any favors either. She was hard to listen to. The ending wasn't anything to warrant me buying the second book in series.
I would. Like a great movie, you always catch things you missed the first time.
The fight scene in the old cabin on the island. I thought it read like a real fight would look, and it drew me in even more.
I found her to be very believable, especially in the expression of the sarcastic parts of the writing.
Laugh yes, cry no, mad as hell when it ended so abruptly.
I love this story. It was well written, and I was sucked in from the very beginning. The suspense was on point, and the action and back story was riveting.
Mother and catlover
Yes and no. It was interesting and well performed by the narrator, and I liked the questions asked and answered as intermediaries, but overall story seemed unfinished and incomplete.
Maybe. This book was the first of a five book series. I may read more to finish the story, but I have a bunch more material to read and listen to. If I had known that it was not entire in itself, then I probably wouldn't even have started it.
I enjoyed the suspense and many turns in the story. What I hadn't realized was that this being the first of of a Pentalogy, the author thought that loose ends did not need to be tied up! So on the one hand, it was a good book, but on the other one, it was totally incomplete and left me feeling very unsatisfied! There were more questions asked and answered, but the original mystery was unsolved :-( . Unsatisfying.
the story was great, and the actual performance of the narrator was great. But the sound editing was terrible; each time there was a line(s) overlayed, the volume was significantly louder. it made it hard to listen to with headphones
"A thrill a minute!"
A brilliant story diving in and out of the past with more twists and turns than a rattle snake. Melissa Redmond steps up to the plate and brings the story to life. As this is the start of a pentatology, don't expect all your questions to be answered but this is the sort of book where you stay up far too late trying to get to the end only to regret that it's finished...I can't wait to get book two!
"Spooky island tales"
Audiobook received free in exchange for an honest review (Thanks to Audio Blast)
This book was actually a pleasant surprise, I enjoyed it very much and will certainly be looking out for the Authors other titles and the 2nd book to this series.
Narration of the audiobook was good after she got "into the swing" of it, as at the beginning it was very monotone, and I was dreading listening to the rest.
The story follows Erin Solomon as she tries to find out what really happened to 34 people who died on a small island that she has recently inherited.
The story jumps between past and present to keep us in the loop and also throw in a few clues, but this was not confusing at all and I was able to keep up with the story.
I will certainly be reading book 2 in the series but I will wait for the audio to be released first.
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