Posing as an abused wife and mother, Sue will do anything or kill anyone it takes to keep her identity a secret.
Dana Dupinsky has spent years working for Hanover House and is fiercely protective of the women she encounters. So when Sue asks for her help, Dana can't refuse. But the better Dana gets to know Sue, the more alarmed she becomes. Harm is befalling the people that she loves, and she doesn't know whom she can trust.
With a background in Special Forces in Afghanistan, Ethan Buchanan promised the Vaughns he would do everything he could to find hearing-impaired Alec. With the number of dead bodies left in the wake of this kidnapping growing at every turn, time is running out. Ethan has seen Dana with the woman he suspects of kidnapping Alec. Can he convince her to trust him and enlist her help to find Alec before it's too late?
©2007 Karen Rose. All Rights Reserved; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
"A caring women's advocate heroine; a determined, gritty hero; and a diabolical villain drive the plot of Rose's riveting story." (Library Journal)
I wasn't aware it was abridged when I got, it leaves out to many things. I think the full story would make characters deeper. The way it is here just barely touched them.
I hate to say this about the narrator but I didn't like her. I know she's deceased but her makes characters sounded like good balls.
I am a 40ish woman with more interests than time but some of my favorite things are books, audio books and e-books. I have over 325 audio titles and have already listened to about 2/3rds of them. I drive over 25000 miles a year and my listening keeps me sane on the road.
I liked this book by Karen Rose though it had a few flaws that kept me from loving it. First of all as an audio selection the narrator was not great. She sounded like she was speaking in a monotone for most of it and I found it distracting. All the male voices sounded the same and that was also grating. The amusing thing is that the narrator has a voice that sounds like Ellen Degeneres but with limited inflection. Weird.
Anyway the story itself was pretty good. The villain was ruthless and pure evil but what I liked the most is that the cruelest criminal in a long list of them was female. I liked Dana to an extent. She was too reactive and emotional for my taste. She didn't use her obvious intelligence when it would have best served her and that bothered me. I liked Ethan a little more but their romance was a little too fast. I felt like it was rushed.
There were some procedure things that got to me a bit. Like after being kidnapped and assaulted the victim was not taken to the hospital or processed for evidence. There were some other glaring issues but I know the author has corrected some of them in more recent efforts. All in all I would say 3.5 stars.
This was a great listen. Narration was perfect. It keeps you guess throughout the book. My only feedback would be for the author to use only first names...towards the end of book she would jump back and forth and it did get confusing.
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