A psychological thriller about the murder of a teenage girl, from the author of Lacy Eye.
On a cold December day in northern upstate New York, the body of high school senior Joy Enright is discovered in the woods at the edge of a pond. She had been presumed drowned, but an autopsy shows that she was, in fact, strangled. As the investigation unfolds, four characters tell the story from widely divergent perspectives: Susanne, Joy's mother and a professor at the local art college; Martin, a black graduate student suspected of the murder; Harper, Joy's best friend and a potential eyewitness; and Tom, a rescue diver and son-in-law of the town's police chief. As a web of small-town secrets comes to light, a dramatic conclusion reveals the truth about Joy's death.
©2016 Jessica Treadway (P)2016 Hachette Audio
"Exceptional...[Treadway's] ability to define meaningful characters stands out, and the ending is a shock." (RT Book Reviews)
I almost put the book down because watching the parents cope with their daughter's death was almost too painful for me personally (having had to cope with death myself years ago). I am glad I stuck with it. I thought the character development was excellent--and the telling of how these dissimilar lives collide--the repercussions of someone's action on another and another and another--was seamless. Can't wait to read another book by Treadway. The narration was also excellent--I usually find the use of different narrators too distracting but it only added to the experience here. All were A+. Well done.
I typically enjoy books that are told from multiple perspectives as it often provides a layer of complexity that as a reader I find really gratifying. I especially love when it provides character development that is richer than it might otherwise be. Unfortunately, this book doesn't manage to achieve either one of those goals.
That's not to say it isn't an entertaining read, it is. But it is also sometimes tedious as it goes over and over the same material (told from different perspectives) without adding much to it. I found that really boring and I struggled to find the motivation to finish the book.
If you just want some entertainment this might do the trick, but there just wasn't enough here for me to give it a great review or recommendation.
This may be just me. I really don't feel that the book was going anywhere. The readers were fine and all, but the story just dragged. I guess it just wasn't for me.
I liked the plot, but it feel flat in some areas. Much better than Lacey Eye. It kept it a mystery until the end and it kept my attention. However there was something missing that kept it from being great. I would actually probably give it closer to 3.5 stars if I could.
Really enjoyed the different readers as opposed to every book I've listed to before that only used one reader
Resides in Elkton, M.D. (but my heart belongs in Upstate, N.Y.)
* THOMAS DEALING WITH HIS FATHER-IN-LAW
* HARPER'S SITUATION
AS WITH SO MANY OTHER STORIES, IT SHOWS HOW ONE INCIDENT CAN TURN AN ENTIRE TOWN UPSIDE DOWN, WITH THEIR DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS THAT PEOPLE KEEP HIDDEN. AWAY....
TOM AND HARPER
GOOD BOOK, SORRY OBAMA FANS, THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN LEFT OUT!!!
A serial listener. I average about 300 books a year 📚 + 👂= 😊
I listen to a lot of books but this had a unique sound, performance and feeling. Really hooked me with the characters and made me fully invest in finding out what happens to ALL the characters.
I'm not sure if everyone will think this (and I liked this book much better) but The Finch.
Too many to count.
No. But definitely kept me listening into the wee hours to find out what happened.
When you listen to as many books as I do you really look for those occasional book that stay with you. This will stay with me for sure. Made an impact on how I see the world around me. Bravo!!
Seemed to start off a little slow. I'm not sure if I would consider this a thriller (like the category I found it in, claimed it was), but it did have an unexpected twist at the end.
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