Set in a small, picturesque North Carolina town, Charlie Donlea's suspenseful debut novel tells the haunting story of a murdered law school student, the reporter assigned to her story - and the intimate connection that comes when the living walk in the footsteps of the dead.
"No suspects. No persons of interest. Just a girl who was alive one day and dead the next."
Some places seem too beautiful to be touched by horror. Summit Lake, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is that kind of place, with charming stilt houses dotted along the pristine water. But two weeks ago, Becca Eckersley, a first-year law student, was brutally murdered in one of those houses. The daughter of a powerful attorney, Becca was hard-working, accomplished, and ambitious. Now, while the town reels with grief and shocked residents gather to share their theories, the police are baffled.
At first, investigative reporter Kelsey Castle thinks of the assignment as a fluff piece. But the savagery of the crime, and the determined efforts to keep the case quiet, all hint at something far more than a random attack by a stranger. As Kelsey digs deeper, pushing on despite danger and warnings, she feels a growing connection to the dead girl. And the more she learns about Becca's friendships, her love life - and the secrets she was keeping - the more convinced she becomes that learning the truth about Becca could be the key to overcoming her own dark past....
©2016 Charlie Donlea (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Lyrics to “She Don’t Like Roses” used by permission of Christine Kane.
This has enough twists and turns to make you always wonder "who" was the murderer. I look forward to her next book.
No. The story line is transparent, geared toward twenty-year-old audience. The narration is awful, she actually sounds like she's READING, which is monotonous. I have had to turn it off while driving because it puts me to sleep. That, and the "valley girl" dialect that creeps into several of the character's voices.
Completely detracted from a story line that was so-so to begin with.
I was hopeful when the book started with PART 1. Within 5 minutes the story was jumping all over time and places. I made it through 6 chapters before I gave up on trying to keep track of the WHO WHAT and WHERE.
A retired college professor, enjoying having time to read/listen through my wish list.
this book captures you on its first page and never let you go. I couldn't do anything until I finish this book.
Ending lacked punch. No unexpected last twist. And a dramatic plot development that had me eagerly searching for an explanation turned out to be nothing more than an unexplained coincidence.
As suspense stories go, this one is only average. Whilr the characters are compelling, but knowing from the start how it ends somewhat subdued my interest.
There were a couple of loose ends left unanswered and the twist ending that I was almost sure would happen did not materialize. This left me wanting to rewrite the ending myself. If you only by a couple of books a month, I would recommend passing on this one.
Good mystery, although I think the author kind of cheated by not revealing a piece of information about a key character earlier in the book. I did like the development of interesting characters and the way it was identified in the book when the story jumped between two times......post and pre murder. Often books that change time just leave me confused. Not perfect, but still a good solid mystery.
Hard to say, I was doing stuff while listening, so didn't waste time. I could have been listening to something better. The main issue here was the narrator. She wasn't right, her intonations were off and her voice made the story seem too light. I was intrigued by the story from the outset but was almost put off by the narrator. She made the ending seem very trite.
I don't think I would. Certainly not this annoying audio version. In the end the whole thing was a little bit trite, or maybe that was the way the narrator made it sound.
If I hadn't read it, perhaps, but not now.
Not a bad murder mystery, would be good on the TV, let down by the narration.
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