Rory Mackenzie is juror number seven on a high-profile murder case in her hometown of Ransom River, California. It's a place she vowed never to visit again, after leaving behind its surfeit of regret and misfortune and the specter of a troubled past that threatened to disturb the town's peaceful façade.
Brilliant yet guarded, Rory has always felt like an outsider. She retreated into herself when both her career aspirations and her love affair with a childhood friend, undercover cop Seth Colder, were destroyed in a tragic accident.
While most of the town is focused on the tense and shocking circumstances of the trial, Rory's return to Ransom River dredges up troubling memories from her childhood that she can no longer ignore. But in the wake of a desperate attack on the courthouse, Rory realizes that exposing these dark skeletons has connected her to an old case that was never solved, and bringing the truth to light just might destroy her.
Departing from her popular series novels, Meg Gardiner has gone deeper than ever into the utterly convincing lives and compelling pasts of her characters. Ransom River is an intimate crime thriller with a dark mystery at its heart - one that will keep listeners breathless.
©2012 Meg Gardiner (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
The story and characters are revealed through non-stop action. Believable characters, flawed and human, even the bad guys have motivation. Don't expect to read this one at bedtime unless you can stay up all night. Great performance on the audio version, too.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
Gads, this started out fast and 11 hrs later, ended with the same fast pace! This kept me on the edge nearly the entire listen. This is a pure mystery with a small amount of romance, so beware, if you wanted a steamy romance, this is not it.
This was a great thrill ride with lots of mini stories that got connected and kept the listener glued to the listen to find out the how and why of the story. If you like the reader, check out Phillip Magolin's "After Dark" it will not disappoint and has this same emotional thrill.
I purchased this author because Ms Dawe was the reader and was thrilled that the story was so fast paced.
generally, I don't think many of my listens would translate to film, but this one most certainly would. Think in terms of the film, "LA Confidential ".
this author left room for more books with these characters so we can only hope she did write them and they will be produced for Audible.
I have read most of Meg Gardiner books so picked this one up as soon as it came out. It started out slow -- but picked up the pace as the book went on.
I am not sure about the ending -- did not make much sense - but the story was good
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