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.
I am not a police stories enthusiast but I would read one occasionally. I did finish this book so one could say it was not THAT bad, but really, I was longing for the end in order to start the next book in my library.
I found it full of cliches, most of the characters were found in mainstream movies, the good cop, the bad cop, the handsome guy, the cover-up... Best friends that one would confess the deepest secrets of their lives were made in a week. Many questions left, no answers given for the cover-up, the reporter's personal story.
The book has a good but rather plastic quality in writing, like the author would know how to write this kind of stuff but is really bored to think and plays with the same old recipe to be on the safe side.
The narration was not that bad - not the best I've heard ever.
In a nutshell I wouldn't recommend this book, also, based on this experience, I wouldn't risk buying another book by this author, but I might decide to listen to another book of this narrator if the story was good.
Thought it was a mystery but got some goofy ladies tale. Narrator needs to not take quick breath at end of sentences of some characters.
This was just a very average "suspense" novel. It is not at all realistic, but it's enough to pass the time during the work commute. I am not sure if I missed that this was for teens or young adults, but if it's not in one of those categories it definitely should be.
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