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Shattered | [Karen Robards]

Shattered

With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa Grant takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. What Lisa expects to be a mind-numbingly boring task turns into anything but when a missing-persons case draws her attention. The details of the case are engrossing: an entire family — father, mother, and two children — disappeared without a trace more than 28 years ago. Except that’s not all: the mother in a photo Lisa finds could be her own twin.
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Publisher's Summary

The past is never over. It just gets dusty.

Lisa Grant was a rising star in a prestigious law firm in Lexington, Kentucky, when the firm went bankrupt and she lost her job. With an ailing mother to care for, she takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. Scott is as disagreeable as he is sexy, and Lisa suspects the only reason she got the job was Scott’s fond feelings for her mother, who treated him well when he was just a farmhand on the Grants’ large horse farm while Lisa was growing up.

After she misses an important court date, Lisa doesn’t get any special treatment from Scott. As punishment, he sends her to organize cold-case files in the basement of the courthouse. What Lisa expects to be a mind-numbingly boring task turns into anything but when a missing-persons case draws her attention. The details of the case are engrossing: an entire family — father, mother, and two children — disappeared without a trace more than 28 years ago. Except that’s not all: the mother in a photo Lisa finds could be her own twin.

Before Lisa can learn more, a series of catastrophes strikes close to home, and she realizes that finding the photo has put her in terrible danger. Determined to uncover the truth, she confides in Scott, and their relationship develops into something beyond that of employer and employee. Together they unravel a terrifying web of criminal connections that could shatter what Lisa knows of her past. And it’s clear someone will go to shocking lengths to make sure certain secrets stay hidden.

©2010 Karen Robards (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Robards proves once again to be a master of romantic suspense, creating likable characters and an intriguing, well-paced, and nail- biting plot." (Booklist)

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    Holly Bentonville, AR, United States 04-15-12
    Holly Bentonville, AR, United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2008

    I believe there are 3 elements to a great romance audible book: good narration, believable plot, flawed characters and great dialogue!

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    "It was ok...."

    This was my first Karen Robards book and purchased based on a another's listeners reviews. I really liked Scott's character but felt like Lisa's character was weak. The romance story line was good but the mystery is what kept me listening. Susan Ericksen did an excellent job narrating!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Davis, CA, United States 03-27-12
    Michael Davis, CA, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Too Much Superfluous Stuff"
    What would have made Shattered better?

    To move it along.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Robards again?

    No.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any short one if there had been one.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was an intriguing plot/mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a 4 hour story stretched into 13 hours for no good reason.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Norman, OK, USA 04-19-10
    Karen Norman, OK, USA 04-19-10
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    "She Thinks He's Hot...Okay I Get It Already"

    The story has some interesting characters and a reasonable line. While the history and relationship of the two main characters is and should be part of this story, with every page harping on her eyes and his chest, I got bored. The narrator's delivery and accent was pleasant and she did a very good job; however, the constant high drama delivery also got very old. Except that the ending was pretty good, I was glad it was over.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 11-23-14
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 11-23-14 Member Since 2015

    I'm an avid listener who is always in search of another good listen. And I'm willing to share my thoughts with an occasional review.

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    "Limited audience for this one."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    In my opinion, this one will not appeal to many men. The romance is exaggerated, and the love scenes are over worked. I was expecting more mystery, and found myself fairly confident of the culprits early on. One testimony at the end of the book, ties everything together.


    Has Shattered turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will continue, on occasion, to pursue the genre. But I will avoid this writer and narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator has difficulty with voice changes required for the character changes. I also seem to recall a few mispronunciations. For some reason, I find myself sensitive to such things, but they seldom detract from the story.


    Any additional comments?

    It's an unchallenging sophomoric novel with pages of useless drivel. It's unlikely readers will be requiring the assistance of a dictionary for this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kmrsy Fort Wayne, IN United States 06-18-14
    Kmrsy Fort Wayne, IN United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2015

    kmrsy

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    "Romance Novel"

    This book was misclassifed as a thriller; it is a romance novel. I was bored out of my scull. Oooh...his abs, oh, I have too much skin showing, ahhh, his big strong arms. Good grief, woman, get on with it. I gave it slightly higher marks than I should have because, the plot itself had great potential, but the writing of it was so bogged down in Lisa's never-endingly-analyzed emotions. A waste of a good credit - unless you like that sort of fluff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 09-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Highly addictive"

    Wow, I downloaded this book a long time ago and finally got around to listening to it. Should have done it sooner. What an addictive listen! My ears are sore. The way it starts out, I think I will get bored with it, and figure it out easily, but that doesn't happen. A dozen scenarios went through my head, as to who murdered the family, and are a couple of them still living. There are suspects galore, with a romance blooming in the middle of it all. It's an entertaining mystery, that doesn't disappoint.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juan Hernandez 08-17-13

    Books books books

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    "Good book"
    What did you like best about Shattered? What did you like least?

    I liked I couldn't immediately find out who did it. Least was the ending


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

    Susan is great I've listened to other books and she always money


    Any additional comments?

    Wouldn't mind having a Scott in my life

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liz 09-14-12
    Liz 09-14-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Fabulous"

    I bought this on sale - what a gift! Fabulous storyline and narration. The plot had me intrigued from beginning to end.

    Thoroughly recommend this to everyone - mystery, romance, intelligence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Cape Town, South Africa 04-28-12
    Patricia Cape Town, South Africa 04-28-12
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    "ROBARDS SHATTERS THE LOVE SCENES"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    TOO MUCH PADDING WITH LOVE SCENES, SPOILS A GOOD STORY. EXCUSE THE PUN IN THE HEADLINE!@!!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Karen Robards? Why or why not?

    NOT REALLY


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    VERY GOOD


    Was Shattered worth the listening time?

    TOO MUCH PADDING


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K.S. 03-06-12
    K.S. 03-06-12
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    "Enjoy"

    Karen Robards almost never disappoints me and this is a good story. Not her best in my opinion but definitely readable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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