Ella and her son survived her ex-husband's drunken wrath. They are starting a new life in a new town, Stutter Creek. She's even met a real man. A gentle wildlife biologist named Chet Boone. But now, her ex has been released from prison early. Is that him driving past their new house late at night? Is he the one causing the strange sounds and flickering lights? Can they survive a second round with a madman?
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Lilac Lane is the second book in the Stutter Creek series, but the third I have read, as I ended up reading these in the wrong order. But that didn't really matter, as each book works fine as a standalone and focuses on one couple in particular. Characters from the other books in the series make appearances, which is quite nice because after a couple of Stutter Creek books it feels like you are returning to a place you know which is inhabited by very likable characters. This one has been my favorite of the three I've now read/listened to.
It concentrates on Ella and her son, Nick, who are hoping for a fresh start in Stutter Creek after escaping the abusive behavior of husband and stepdad, Anson. The relationship between Ella and her son was touching and a very enjoyable element of the story. The romantic relationship between Ella and the local wildlife biologist, Chet, was believable and nicely done. The romantic elements remained very 'mild'. Lilac Lane was heavier on the suspense than on the romance. But there wasn't any overly bloody or gory violence either. Ann Swann did a good job of creating a creepy atmosphere and building up the suspense.
The narration by Mindy Grall was excellent. She had a very pleasant voice, nice intonation, and good tempo to make this into an enjoyable listening experience. All her characters sounded credible, including the 10-year-old child and the male characters. This was the first time I listened to Mindy Grall. I would definitely listen to more books narrated by her, and I'm pleased there was a change of narrator from book 1 to book 2. There were no issues with the quality of the production.
Overall, an easy and enjoyable listen which should particularly appeal to listeners who like fairly clean, almost 'cozy', romantic suspense stories.
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Top 75% of the books I have listened to so far.
No it did not I kind of figured it out as I read along. But it was exciting.
She brings excitement and questioning as to what will happen next.
When Ella's son becomes the man of the house.
Lilac Lane: Stutter Creek by Ann Swain
5 Star Read!!!
I listened to this book on Audible and enjoyed it. I enjoyed both the story line and the narrator! This book tells a story of a woman starting over, the mysteries of her new house, the chance of a new romance and an ex she doesn't want anywhere near here. The story line is creative and keeps the readers guessing! I expected a different ending only to be surprised and thrilled at the way it ends.
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it reminds me of a hallmark movie. it was well written. I connected with the characters. the narration was great, I loved her voice. she did a great job for the different voices.
I love audiobooks!!!
I really enjoy a good scare, but I don't always like to be inundated with gore. This series is spooky, but not too terrifying, and not at all bloody.
Scarier than Poe, but not nearly as terrifying as King, a nice happy medium. If you could qualify a book as a "cozy thriller", this would be an apt description.
She's a very talented voice actress. None of her characters seemed forced, and the rhythm and cadence of her voice is easy to fall into.
Sometimes a fresh start ends badly....
I received this book for free, from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
I loved all the characters. Well some I loved to hated. Lol. But they were all well developed. And who wouldn't love to live in this nice cozy little Town? This wasn't an action packed read but more of getting to know the town and about all the things going on. It was nice and peaceful feeling to listen to. The things going on at night in the heroine's house were scary. At times I would get so mad at her. I felt like she should've tried to do more by involving the police further. But maybe that's just because my hubby is in law enforcement. I guess moving somewhere and not knowing anyone would make me hesitant. Especially with what this poor lady has been through. Omg, the ending was superb! I thought I would have to pull off the road my knuckles were turning white from my grip on steering wheel. I liked the narrator but the way she pronounced certain words drove me crazy lol. She has a really nice voice though.
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