New Eden, Montana, is a piece of heaven on earth where one woman died in her own private hell. Now it’s up to ex-court reporter Marilee Jennings to decipher the puzzle of her best friend’s death. But someone has a stake in silencing her suspicion. Someone with secrets worth killing for - and the power to turn this beautiful haven into a...dark paradise.
And as Mari digs deeper beneath New Eden’s picture-perfect exterior, finding the truth is suddenly no longer a matter of justice. It’s her only hope of staying alive.
©2012 Tami Hoag (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Really mediocre. I am having difficulty deciding if it is the hackneyed writing that turned me off or the overly dramatic narration and unpleasant voice of the romantic male lead. Sounds like a elderly redneck rather than a hot young cowboy. Hard to imagine the female lead would really be turned on by him. Yuck!
Marilee. An everyday woman who encountered an unbelievable situation.
yes because the suspense was well developed and the character, especially the central character Marilee was well developed and you wanted her to "win" - find the answers she was looking for!
Great characters and plot twists!
If you are looking for a shallow story that becomes boring as the sexual play progresses through the pages, this might be for you.
I'm not sure what genre Audible assigns to this work.
This book was more a dang love story than anthing else. I might have enjoyed it more with out the 'obligatory' sex scenes.
Best: It was entertaining, Least: You can tell this author is a romance novelist. The romance crap was driving me nuts. I wanted a mystery thriller, not some kind of whining, crying, sniveling, introspective crap on "the hard case around his heart hiding tenderness she could see" blah blah blah blah blah. It was repeated so often, I'm sure the book would've been half as long without it. I rolled my eyes more often than I can count. I also hated the narrator. You can tell she is a smoker, and she definitely is dehydrated bc you can hear the lack of spit smacking when she talks.
Cut out more than half of the romantic lovey dovey introspection and can-see-this-line-from-a-mile-away cheesy comments.
Get a narrator that DOESN'T SMOKE and ISN'T DEHYDRATED. She needs to drink more water, I can't stand the smacking noises her mouth makes. I had to stop midway between sentences more than once bc I couldn't take the grating on my nerves any more.
No more smoker narrators.
It took me a long time to get through the story with the narrator. She was ok but did a poor job on voices. I wonder sometimes if the writers hear the story before it's published. They can make or brake the book. Especially when there is a man reader for a female main character. Anyway to the book. It was by no means a thriller or mystery it's a love story which was most of the book. It was ok
I think I might have liked it better with an abridged version or just reading it so I could skip a lot of the long thought processes of the characters that didn't exactly seem to relevant to the story. Just made it long. I generally like Tami Hoag's books but there was very little suspense, and the mystery was pretty elusive and it was more a romance novel which I'm not a fan of.
I remember reading this book many years ago... the prologue alone- shook me up. Asked my mother to read just the prologue (she hides her emotions) but her eyes were shining when she finished and she didn't want to give it back. It was my first Hoag read and I was only through a few chapters. "Soon", I told her and watched anger build on her face. I thought I may have a fight about to ensue. It still puzzles me, but not Hoag's abilities.
This was my first Hoag audible (as well). I had to dig through boxes of paperbacks with the frustration of a reader of 3-4 books a week (so many years prior), just to get the title.
Back to the audible. I love flashbacks- the emotions, the recall of too many things to count, that struck an accord with my memories. It is, without doubt, my favorite of Tami's though that is not to say that I have not enjoyed nearly all of her books.
Tami does enjoy 'chaptering you out' (leave you hanging and move back to another 'left hanging' scene and so on.) It is a Hoag trait, so be prepared and do not let your frustration rule over the spin of her talent.
It was narrated well but, for me, the best narrations are very close to radio plays (the good old days, that have been explained to me thoroughly by my elderly friends). They are very nearly acted out and if really well done, you'd swear that you remembered sound affects, though you know there really weren't any.
Joyce Bean will get better and more polished as time moves along.
Overall: a very tense and fun trip. Well done, even with the long hours of listening, as it is complex with it's characters and twists. Well worth the package...
WHEN READING THE ENTHUSIASTIC REVIEWS OF THIS BOOK AND ITS AUTHOR I HAD HOPED TO HAVE FOUND A NEW SOURCE OF INTERESTING AUDIO BOOKS. NO SUCH LUCK!
A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF WHAT I HAVE HEARD - I FINALLY GAVE UP AFTER NEARLY TWO HOURS OF BOREDOM - CONSISTS OF SILLY LONGWINDED DESCRIPTIONS OF HOW THE ARTIFICIAL PROTAGONISTS LOOK AND WHAT THEY WEAR,SUPPLEMENTED BY TIRESOME RUMINATIONS OF THE FEMALE PARICIPANTS IN THIS CHARADE ON THE MISFORTUNES AND MISTAKES IN THEIR DRAB LIVES. YUCCHH!!
the intricate details of the characters
Such description of Montana; I felt like I was on the mountain with Marilee
When JD finally figures out his true meaning in life
she moves the story along with her narration, inflection and character voices
The ending - I'm a sucker for a happy ending
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