Katie Connell is a high-strung attorney whose sloppy drinking habits and stunted love life collide hilariously in a doomed celebrity case in Dallas. When she flees Texas for the Caribbean, Katie escapes professional humiliation, a broken heart, and a wicked bloody mary habit, but she trades one set of problems for another when she begins to investigate the suspicious deaths of her parents on the island of St. Marcos.
She's bewitched by the voodoo spirit of an abandoned house in the rainforest and discovers that she's as much a danger to herself as the island's bad guys are. As the worst of her worlds collide, Katie drags herself back to the courthouse to defend her new friend Ava, an island local accused of stabbing the senator she's been sleeping with.
©2012 Pamela Fagan Hutchins (P)2013 Pamela Fagan Hutchins
after listening to the first 2 chapters i went back to look at the other reviews to decide if it was worth finishing. the narration and the story line were painful, but i agree with the other reviewers that the story does get better making it easy to overlook that as you get into the book. the heroine made me cringe early in but she did redeem herself. i will probably look into the second book in the series.
Story was good overall. My only problem with the audio was that it skipped several times. Not sure if this is normal with audio books.
Hopefully next book won't have this same problem.
The fact that it was based in a tropical climate with a lot of mysterious things going on.
The narrator did an outstanding job but there was some type of audio noise in the background that was a little annoying.
I will be moving on to the 2nd book in the series. Already downloaded the 3rd too.
Ashley Ulery is a HORRIBLE reader. Her reading is so bad I couldn't get through the first chapter. This might be a good book, but I'll never find out because I am so turned off by Ulery's attempt at reading it. I LOVE audiobooks and have heard hundreds of them. This is the worst EVER.
She could have selected a professional reader (actor, perhaps). Lorelei King is one of my favorites.
Her reading was so distracting I couldn't even "hear" the book.
I don't know... I couldn't get past chapter 1. It was awful.
Thank you for asking.
Maybe if the narrator was different.
The narration was distracting. Her attempt at accents was especially bad. The NY/NJ one was about the worst I've ever heard.
The story wasn't fabulous but it wasn't awful either. I think it could have been a lightweight but fun listen if it had a different reader.
Retired. I can't hold books comfortably so Audiobooks is fabulous. I listen on my phone or my laptop.
Good story, poor narration like listening to a bedtime story.
Not sure, hard to follow because of narration.
I loved the descriptions of places, could feel like I was there. The details about the characters were so enriching, I found myself identifying with Katie all the time.
I love the characters, the way they were developed. I felt like I really got to know them. Of course, my favorite scene was the big surprise in the courtroom....and "mewling like a kitten" really felt visceral to me.
Katie, of course!
The courtroom scene really got me....although there were so many, it was hard to choose. I loved the ending as well...
More. Made me want more. As it was nearing the end, it felt like I was about to leave some friends for a while!
It was good but I didn't care for the Caribbean (?) accents. They were off.
I started another book with a similar story line about a year ago, but couldn't finish it and don't remember the title. Obviously, this was written better because I did finish it.
Katie discovering Annalise.
The reader's errors drive me nuts; saying Calvary when she meant cavalry and deposition when she should have said disposition. Her Island accent was ok but very Jamaican but her representation of Walker's New Jersey accent was so off it was painful. He sounded like he was an illiterate from Boston. Katie's accent become stronger and weaker all through the story. If your accents are not spot on, don't do them. She also had a consistent whiny tone that didn't add anything to the story.
Although I was disgusted by the main character's behavior at first, and I wondered where this was going, I kept listening and was rewarded with a good plot and interesting, albeit flawed, characters.
I wouldn't say it kept me on the edge of my seat, but I was anxious to continue listening every time I had to stop for a while. It kept my attention and kept me entertained.
Since the book is written in first person, I was confused when the narrator suddenly switched--or tried to switch--to a southern drawl when the character spoke. Why not just do the whole thing in the drawl since she's the one telling the story? That being said, as a Texan, I have to say her drawl was downright pathetic. Her Caribbean accent was much better, but her New Jersey one was even worse than the Texas one. However, I would enjoy hearing her narrate a story that doesn't require accents, as her natural voice is quite pleasing to the ear.
Nothing about this book is "moving," as in inspirational. It doesn't bring one to tears nor uncontrollable laughter. However, it is great escape fiction. It has a little bit of everything--unrequited love, adventure, murder, even the supernatural. I enjoyed it immensely, once I forgot to be judgmental over the accents.
I recommend this book for the person who is just looking for a quick, entertaining escape. It's not for the intellectual--it's not meant to be. It's just fun. I'm looking forward to the next volume in the series.
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