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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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    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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    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.

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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
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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


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    K.S. 03-06-12
    K.S. 03-06-12
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    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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    Avernel Bronx, NY, United States 11-06-11
    Avernel Bronx, NY, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2010
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    This story is so wonderful. You will fall in love with this couple and her mother.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    aja 04-18-11
    aja 04-18-11 Member Since 2014

    I love books!

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    It was good up til the last few minutes. i didnt like the way it ended, there should have been just a little bit more.

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    Julie Jones Stevenson Ranch, CA United States 04-02-11
    Julie Jones Stevenson Ranch, CA United States 04-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Keeps you guessing"

    If you can get past the unbelievable twist at the end this is a great book...really kept me wanting to listen and the narration is great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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