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Playing Dead: A Novel | [Julia Heaberlin]

Playing Dead: A Novel

The perfume-scented letter that turns Tommie McCloud’s world upside down arrives from a stranger only days after her father’s death. The woman who wrote it claims that Tommie is her daughter—and that she was kidnapped as a baby thirty-one years ago. Tommie wants to believe it’s all a hoax, but suddenly a girl who grew up on a Texas ranch finds herself inextricably linked to a horrific past: the slaughter of a family in Chicago, the murder of an Oklahoma beauty queen, and the kidnapping of a little girl named Adriana.
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Publisher's Summary

“Dear Tommie:
Have you ever wondered about who you are?”

The perfume-scented letter that turns Tommie McCloud’s world upside down arrives from a stranger only days after her father’s death. The woman who wrote it claims that Tommie is her daughter—and that she was kidnapped as a baby thirty-one years ago. Tommie wants to believe it’s all a hoax, but suddenly a girl who grew up on a Texas ranch finds herself inextricably linked to a horrific past: the slaughter of a family in Chicago, the murder of an Oklahoma beauty queen, and the kidnapping of a little girl named Adriana. Tommie races along a twisting, nightmarish path while an unseen stalker is determined to keep old secrets locked inside the dementia-battered brain of the woman who Tommie always thought was her real mother. With everything she has ever believed in question, and no one she can trust, Tommie must discover the truth about the girl who vanished—and the very real threats that still remain.

©2012 Julia Heaberlin. All rights reserved. (P)2012 AudioGO

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    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 09-17-12
    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I tried but I just couldn't"

    I wanted to like this book. The premise sounded interesting and different so I purchased it. Yes, I had listened to the sample and knew the narrator had a southern drawl.. what it didn't say to me was.. 'Her voice hardly ever changes. No matter what the situation, be it funny or panicked or serious.. it almost always stays the same'.. This in turn makes it seems like the chapters I have listened to have all run together in one big sentence. The characters are flat, don't know if this is because of the narration itself or because they are just that..flat. I do know however that I was having a hard time deciphering the ppl because the narrator made them all the same.. blending them all together in one big whirlpool. I did try to get past this.. hoping she would get better as the book evolved and I hate to say it, I am on 5 hours of listening and I don't think, no, actually - I know - that I can no longer put myself through it. Those are 5 hours my ears will never get back. Even thinking about turning it on again sends a cringe down my spine. Would rather have a pinched nerve. ( ok just trying to express my distaste and telling you it is not worth it) IF the book is good, it might be better on paper. Having Madeline Lambert read it is the biggest mistake that was made. Definate Thumbs Down...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Dallinger Fort Worth, TX USA 02-09-13
    J. Dallinger Fort Worth, TX USA 02-09-13 Member Since 2006

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    What disappointed you about Playing Dead?

    I am not a native Texan but have lived in Fort Worth for over 20 years. No one in Fort Worth has the accent that this reader used. I was really looking forward to this novel because I have read the author's work in the Fort Worth Star Telegram for a long time. I was extremely disappointed in the reader and the story itself fell flat. I never came to care about the characters and nothing rang true for me. Will I read any by this author again? Probably but I will avoid this reader for my audio books.


    Has Playing Dead turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love a good mystery but this wasn't one.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Madeleine Lambert?

    Someone who respects Texas and doesn't give us that west Texas twange...doesn't ring true for a character raised in north Texas.


    Any additional comments?

    Who chooses the reader? I cannot believe that the author was supportive of this choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Arcata, CA, United States 06-09-12
    Lisa Arcata, CA, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    If you could sum up Playing Dead in three words, what would they be?

    A interesting book that had me listening eagerly to find out the end. Lots of twists and turns.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character


    Have you listened to any of Madeleine Lambert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, haven't listened to her. Found her ok. She seemed to miss some of the humor in the book, but she did a nice job with the voices. She was a bit inconsistent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Dead babies finger


    Any additional comments?

    Not totally predictable. The characters were interesting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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