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.
Yes, I did listen to the whole thing with some enjoyment. However, it left a really bad taste in my mouth at the end, because seemingly the author just lost interest and left all the loose ends dangling. I mean, to an extent that is frankly inexcusable.
Even before that, there was one totally absurd and extremely aggravating point, the victim is not only nine months pregnant and indeed with a baby that is described as especially large, but somehow no one notices that she is pregnant. Hello?
Now, spoiler alert stop reading now if you plan to buy this book - we never learn what happened to the narrator - we never learn who killed the victim's husband - we never learn what happened to the baby, did it die and if so how come, the mother was strangled but was still alive when the ambulance came so they should have been able to save a near-term baby, and why so much emphasis on the letter she left behind for the baby if it did die? Just so many frustrating loose ends, I will never buy anything from this author again because you just can't throw in the towel at the end and say the hell with it, I'm not going to explain all the points I left open.
Mother of three wonderful girls! I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute. Love to hear about any good books.
This story was just ok. It was slow at the beginning so it took some time to get into it. It did pick up a little, but I guessed "who done it" very early in the book. There were other flaws as well. One of them being that some of the story line was left unfinished at the end. I don't want to give any spoilers so I won't elaborate on that. Overall, it wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't great.
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