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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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    Heather Christchurch, New Zealand 10-26-12
    Heather Christchurch, New Zealand 10-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "now that's romance"
    Would you listen to Shattered again? Why?

    No, but that's just because there's so many more books in the world. I really enjoyed this as romance and escapism. It's a lovely story


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 10-24-12
    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 10-24-12 Member Since 2010

    A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!

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    "Thrilling but absurd"

    Ok, so, your mother is dying, your house just burned down, you barely escaped inches in front of the flames (but no burns or scorching), and you decide to go to a PARTY? And spend your time thinking about a hot guy? Who also happens to be your boss. Yeah, absurd.

    However, the story has some interesting twists and turns. It kept me interested, though I laughed in several places I don't think we're meant to be humorous. I fast forwarded through the love scenes (which I don't usually do, but these were tortuous). The ending was satisfying, and the narration was good. I'm glad I got this on sale, and didn't waste a credit on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle C. Williamsburg, Ohio United States 10-18-12
    Gayle C. Williamsburg, Ohio United States 10-18-12
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    "Liked it alot"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shattered to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Plot was good


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

    Not listened before


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Book was a bit romancey for me, but still enough mystery for me!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda West Lakes, Australia 10-10-12
    Amanda West Lakes, Australia 10-10-12
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    "Loved it, great read"
    If you could sum up Shattered in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, riveting, good performance


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story itself was well written and continued to surprise me.


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

    No


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

    A family full of secrets


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Collins, MS, United States 10-08-12
    Cindy Collins, MS, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great plot twist!"
    What did you love best about Shattered?

    I really enjoyed this book. It is wonderfully suspenseful and never predictable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shattered?

    I can't say with out ruining the book for others.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    Lisa


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I will read other Karen Robards books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marianna ANNAPOLIS, MD, United States 10-02-12
    Marianna ANNAPOLIS, MD, United States 10-02-12
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    "This is a romance novel, not a thriller"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't like romance novels, and that's what this is, even though it's billed as a thriller. If romance rather than whodunnits are your guilty pleasure, you might like it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    10-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to Shattered the most enjoyable?

    the ending


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

    She is always a good narrator - you never are disappointed in her


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the moment they found the skeleton.


    Any additional comments?

    this is a very good listen - it has one of them twisted endings that I was not exactly expecting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janina Decatur, GA, United States 10-01-12
    Janina Decatur, GA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Okay performance"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would give this a qualified recommendation to a friend. I enjoyed the story and was hooked into the mystery, but grew tired of the whole 'scott disliking (supposedly) lisa' part of the book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I generally like unabridged books because I don't want to miss any part of the author's words, but during this book I started thinking "abridged books have a purpose." Just like adapting a book for stage or a movie, some editing for an audiobook can be a good thing. In short, It could have been shorter and been just as (or more) enjoyable.


    What aspect of Susan Ericksen’s performance would you have changed?

    Her voice felt a little stiff and stilted. I think the pacing of the editing added to the stiffness.


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

    I could definitely see this as a movie or TV series. Someone who can do a believable southern accent. Not sure who in the current crop of 'stars,' but Matthew McConaughey as Scott, Sandra Bullock as Lisa, though I don't think they're young enough.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    F4Thing Rochester Hills, MI United States 08-23-10
    F4Thing Rochester Hills, MI United States 08-23-10

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    "First and Last"

    Book is a bit interesting as far the the outline of story goes. It is the amount of needless narrative and the overstatement of the obvious that wears on the listener. This was my first and will be my last Karen Robards novel, until she progresses significantly in her craft as a novelist.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tonya La Mesa, CA, United States 06-23-10
    Tonya La Mesa, CA, United States 06-23-10 Member Since 2008
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    "OK Story Line but Boring Narrator"

    The plot was interesting enough to keep me engaged, but the writing style is somewhat simple and a bit trite. However, the primary downfall of this audio book is that the narrator sounds like a 45 year old uptight school teacher (which is fine) but it doesn't match the main character's persona as a 29 year old attorney with a lot of spunk and sex appeal. The romance element of this novel is completely subdued by this narrator issue.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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