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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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    Jana K. Cheaney 03-15-15

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    "Interested to the end"

    While expecting hero and heroine to get together nothing else was predictable in this story. Narration is very good and story is excellent.

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    "Mrs. V" MA 03-14-15
    "Mrs. V" MA 03-14-15

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    "It was ok"

    Dragged a lot wasn't my favorite but I love the narrator. It was too much of a love story than a mystery.

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    audiobookfan 11-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic Narration by Susan Ericksen"
    Would you listen to Shattered again? Why?

    The story, a legal/thriller/romance, is quite good, with a lot of creative twists that make sense. And the growing relationship between the two main characters, Lisa and Scott, makes sense because they'd known each other since childhood. But what elevates this book is the UNBELIEVABLY HYPNOTIC NARRATION by Ericksen. She is FANTASTIC, and now on my short list of favorite narrators. It's a truly stellar performance.


    What other book might you compare Shattered to and why?

    Some of the EARLY Lisa Scottoline books, such as Rough Justice, but only the unabridged versions read by Barbara Rosenblat. Or the Suspicion series written by the late Barbara Parker, but again only those narrated by Rosenblat.Ericksen also does a stellar reading of Dying to Please by Linda Howard. Similar tension, and similar stellar narration.


    What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotion, interpretation, and a true feeling for each character.


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

    Discovering a life not chosen.


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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 11-03-14
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 11-03-14 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Kept you guessing, I enjoyed!"

    The only problem I had with this listen was Susan Ericksen, and I love her; however, this sounded like an Eve Dallas story, she just has a different profession. Susan has narrated all the Eve Dallas stories I have listened to and I enjoy her, I just kept picturing her during this story. Otherwise, the story was interesting and kept you guessing to the very end, I didn't figure it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 01-25-14
    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted to Audible.

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    "Good but could have been great"

    The overall story was quite good even though the writing was mediocre. This book, handled a little differently, could have been exceptional.

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    krawle Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 12-14-13
    krawle Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 12-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "mediocre murder mystery"
    Would you try another book from Karen Robards and/or Susan Ericksen?

    maybe


    Would you recommend Shattered to your friends? Why or why not?

    I found the story line weak, the mind set of the killer was not explained well "because I was told to do it" just did not cut it for me.
    I could not really recommend to friends.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    put more tension in to the story


    Could you see Shattered being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yes with revisions
    The stars: Eva Mendes, Colin Ferrell, Mila Kunis, Billy Bob Thornton


    Any additional comments?

    Hands down the hottest sex scene I've listened too thus far... yoah baby!

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    Rev. 12-03-13
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    "Lost opportunity"
    What disappointed you about Shattered?

    This author needs a good editor. It starts with a decent premise, but devolves into formulaic romance novel stuff. The narrator tried as hard as she could, but the writing was clumsy and heavy-handed.


    What could Karen Robards have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Use a larger, more creative vocabulary, and better interactions between characters.


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    Marcia 11-20-13
    Marcia 11-20-13

    Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.

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    "OMG But needed an epilogue"

    Fabulous book with all of its twists and turns and a narrator whom I think is the best. WOW! Each of the characters and their stories were written so well. Loved It!

    After all is said and done, I HAVE QUESTIONS and I would love answers. I wish there was an epilogue to tighten things up.

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    Carol 06-03-13
    Carol 06-03-13 Member Since 2010

    Can't stop listening

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    "Shallow dime store novel"

    Based on several glowing reviews, I gave this a try. If you like a richly evolved sentence and living, breathing characters, a sharp plot with action or at least mystery, move along. If you want simple writing, shallow characters who have sex and an unchallenging plot, go ahead. Far from the worst I've read, but certainly nowhere close to good.

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    M. Byerly 05-30-13
    M. Byerly 05-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved the mystery and the romance!"

    This book just "clicked" for me and I loved it! I was drawn into the plot of the mystery and couldn't wait to solve it. I was so sure I "knew" what had happened, only to realize I was way off base and had to start all over in my solving of the case. lol At the same time, I found myself pulling for Scott and Lisa to get together. Lisa was raised wealthy and priviledged, but was not written or narrated as a "witch" when we meet her in the story. Scott came from a hard childhood, but does not go about with a chip on his shoulder. Their time together as children form the bond of trust they both need as adults. Love the twists and turns of the story. Had a hard time taking a break to do little things like ... my job (lol) until I finished it. I really enjoyed Ms. Ericksen's narration and plan to look for more of her work. I appreciated the richness of her narration through the different characters and their moods. Good mystery, good romance ... best of both worlds!

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