It is to this backdrop that Lilly Martin returns to close the sale of her mountain cabin, marking the end of her turbulent eight-year marriage to Dutch Burton, Cleary's chief of police. Dutch's reluctance to let her go isn't Lilly's only obstacle. As she's trying to outrun a snowstorm, her car skids on the icy road and strikes a man. She recognizes the injured man as Ben Tierney, whom she'd met the previous summer. They're forced to wait out the storm in the cabin, but as the hours of their confinement mount, Lilly begins to wonder if the greatest danger to her safety isn't the blizzard outside, but the mysterious man right beside her. Is Ben Tierney the feared abductor? Or is he who he claims to be...her rescuer from harm and from the tragedy that haunts her?
©2005 Sandra Brown; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division.
"Lust, jealousy, and murder suffuse Brown's crisp thriller, set in the snowbound mountains of North Carolina....The snowy suspense will cool off Brown's fans during the dog days of summer." (Publishers Weekly)
I don't usually take the time to write reviews but in this case I hope to save you from wasting your credit like I did. This may be a great read, but it is a terrible listen! Stephen Lang can not do voices. He is most irritating. I suffered through two hours before I had to chalk this one up to a loss. His idea of a southern accent is unbelivable, he reads the female lead like she is an airhead and he sometimes forgets which characters he has assigned which voice. He ruined this book for me. He is so bad that I will always be checking future purchases to make sure he is not narrating. If I had his number, I'd tell him he owes me an audio book!
I have enjoyed Sandra Brown's books for some time. She keeps getting better and better. I couldn't put this one down for long. It kept me guessing until the end. And the ending was terrific.
No, it is not pronounced "Don Quicks-Oat." Go to jail.
Sometimes an actor's interpretation of a character is merely distracting; in this particular instance, it's wrong to the point of making me regret that I didn't read Chill Factor instead of listening. Stephen Lang does a credible job with characters that are meant to be 'played' for grins, like a just-the-facts-ma'am FBI director. But with one of the key protagonists, he couldn't be farther from the mark.
I'm talking about "Dutch," the ex-husband of the heroine. This is the character that sophisticated Lily is said to have found so charming and "erudite" when they met that she fell for him immediately. But as voiced by Lang, Dutch is cursed with a specific variety of overdone Southern accent that screams "inbred backwoods moonshiner." You can't even call it a drawl; it's as if Dutch is a slow thinker who struggles to speak; the polar opposite of anyone that magazine editor Lily would ever have found attractive.
In fact, until I got to the part of the book where Lily reminisces about their early relationship, and how Dutch captivated an audience when he spoke at a fundraising event, I actually there to be a backstory that would explain the horrible mismatch between the sophisticate and the yokel. He isn't written dim-witted, but he certainly SOUNDS it here.
If Dutch were a minor character, this off-the-mark performance wouldn't matter much. But if Sandra Brown meant to create the tension of a possible three-way love triangle between Lily, Ben Tierney, and Lily's ex-husband, Lang's portrayal of the ex makes it impossible to even imagine Lily and Dutch together in anything but a shotgun wedding.
Tight writing by Brown, and a suspenseful plot. Too bad the audiobook misses the mark.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
yes, Mr. Lang is very good
He has a rich voice. Very surprised how good he was reading this story
Hold your breath
If you like a mystery that keeps you guessing and guarantees surprises, read/listen to this book! Sandra Brown at her finest with another multi-layered plot including unpredictably complex characters. Although this story takes place over a period of just a few days, it delivers like an epic.
I found myself changing allegiances among characters over and over as bits and pieces of the puzzle were revealed. In this story, it's just as tough to identify the good guys as it is to peg the bad guys. You gotta love it!
Wow, this was my first book by this author. After, 250+ Audible books, this was a breath of fresh mountain air. Very inovative plot line, and well thought out characters. Nice plot twists and fantastic ending. Narration was even well done. A definite must read for any mystery/suspense/who-done-it readers. Enjoy!! I will definitely purchase more from Sandra.
This was my first, and last, experience with Sandra Brown. Every character is a cliche' and the main plot and subplots are all over-the-top. I'm not finished yet, but I fully expect to hear the words "heaving bosom" at some point very soon. The narrator, too, is grating on my last nerve. I can't say it any better than an earlier reviewer did...he makes all the male voices sound like Forrest Gump. Thanks for that, btw...as I finish the book I'm going to think of 'Jenny' every time he says Lily!!
This book was fantastic! This and Envy are my favorite of Sandra Brown's. I would love to here more like these two stories. She really writes a good mystery/suspense, we want more!
I have been a fan of Sandra Brown for a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Worth the read. The narrator is good. I've known some people with Dutch's mentality - he sounded believable to me!
Sandra Brown always comes through with a suspenceful story that is easy to listen to and follow. The narrator was a little off on switching voices but all and all a good listen. You won't be disappointed if you enjoy suspence and romance.
"A fairly average thriller"
This is a fairly uncomplicated thriller, told from the perspective of several characters set in a secluded town during a blizzard. Many of the characters in the novel are fairly stereotypical, the gruff police officer who has transferred from a large department to the small town, the mysterious stranger in the town, the list goes on. Whilst there are twists to the novel along the way, for the most part they are neither shocking nor entirely unanticipated.
That being said, this is a reasonable slice of entertainment which has made the commute and gym trips much more entertaining. As always the narration by Stephen Lang was just splendid and though the book itself may be lacking somewhat, his superb narration brings it back up.
Not having the chance to give it 3 and a half stars, I rounded it up rather than down. I'll probably get other books by this author, and I'm already familiar with Mr Lang, the narrator. A positive aquisition to the library.
*Spoiler* - From the opening lines, I knew that what was implied was not what to be believed - the mystery being who else it could be!
"Don't buy this book!"
The abridged version may have been tolerable, but my guess is that even 6 hours would be too long for this padded out thriller. 13 hours was excruciating. If you must read this book, you can get it for about ?2 from service stations (which gives some indication of the shelf-life of the novel). At least then it would be useful as firelighters afterwards.
Although I guessed 'whodunnit' very early on, I enjoyed this very much. The ending was a bit too twee for me though!
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