Over the years, terrible things keep happening to Anna Ray on February 17. First, there was the childhood trauma she's never been able to speak about. Then, to her horror, her husband killed himself on that date.
A year later and a thousand miles away, Anna tries to find solace in the fresh start of a new job in a new place. She takes comfort in her outspoken cousin Jeannie, the confidant and best friend who's there whenever she needs help. On the day of the dreaded anniversary, Anna and Jeannie hit the town, planning to ease the pain with an alcohol-induced stupor and then sleep....
When Anna awakes the next morning, she thinks she can put one more February 17 behind her, but fate is about to intervene in the form of two gruesome murders with eerie similarities to her violent past. This time, however, she won't be an abandoned daughter or a grieving widow. This time, she'll be a suspect.
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The characters of Anna and Jeanie were so relatable. Flawed and tragic yet we could be best friends. I loved their connection throughout and how they held each other up in times of tragedy. They were cousins but choose to be sisters.
I couldn't stop listening. I found myself driving aimlessly around my small town just to get in a few more chapters.
This was the first of Amy McFadden's that I listened to, but I will be looking for more of her narrations. Terrific performance.
There were moments I teared up and moments I laughed. Thoroughly enjoyed every part of the book. S. G. Redling is a master storyteller.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
There are two mysteries running through this novel. One involves the heroine's past, the other a murder of a professor at the university where she works. And there is a third mystery, how is her past connected to the murder. That should be enough to show us where the twist lies, but its a far cry from explaining what will happen. I can tell you I was surprised at the conclusion and even more pleased at how it all makes sense.
Amy Mcfadden pulls off one of the best performances I have experienced. I would put her up there with Kathleen Early and Caroline Lee.
Perfectly paced, great character development, awesome use of backstory, and a mystery that'll keep you guessing without all the red herrings and obvious distractions that so many authors seem to rely on. How have I never heard of this author before? I loved everything about this book, and I'll definitely be looking for more from S.G. Redling.
This has been one of my favorite audiobooks, as evidenced by the fact that I've never felt moved to write a review before.
Even when I thought I had everything figured out, I was wrong. I liked how it managed to touch on several different genres. There was the mystery/thriller aspect, but also drama and a little bit of (dark) comedy as well.
She gave every character a very distinct voice.
Absolutely! I only listen to audiobooks while I'm at work, and the day just flew by. I was disappointed when my work day was over, because I wasn't finished with the book, and wouldn't be able to listen again until the next day.
I had previously listened to Flowertown by the author, and so took a chance on Baggage. I'm so glad I did! I think I actually enjoyed it more. The quirky characters and their backstories made it so much more than just a mystery. I'd recommend it to anyone.
This was a really good book that caught my attention immediately and kept it. My only complaint is that it wrapped up too quickly. I really loved the narrator & found her voice so comfortable I felt like I was listening to my best friend. I will definitely look for more books by this author and more narration by the narrator.
Completely enjoyed this latest story by author, S.G. Redling. It kept me interested in the characters and their interaction. Wonderful job by the narrator as well. My first time listening to her, and it won't be the last.
For the most part I agreed with those who loved it. I wanted to keep listening and was anxious to get back to it when I had the chance. I thought the narrator did a great job. I was left a bit confused about what actually happened with her parents - but maybe I missed something along the way as that part of the story was told in flashbacks through a child's eyes, a child who didn't really grasp what had happened.
Anyway, I recommend it, especially as the price is quite low.
I mostly listen while exercising or driving around and my favorite genre is mysteries.
I was not drawn into this story at all and the major characters all seemed weak. There were constant reminders that the day was likely to be doomed but there was no feeling of suspense.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
After listening to The Widow File and The Redemption Key by SG Redling Baggage is my third book authored by her. Like Redemption Key, Baggage gets extra credit for a great twist at the end. Baggage is a solid suspense thriller, but it is not one that I would listen to again.
i tried Kindle Unlimited several years ago and was disappointed by the limited selection. I signed up again several months ago and am now finding that it is now a great deal at $9.99 per month and an even better deal with annual membership due mostly to books like the three SG Redling novels mentioned above that come with free or reduced price narration.
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