#1 New York Times best-selling author Lisa Jackson creates her most electrifying thriller to date, as a mother’s unspeakable crime sparks a new killing spree....
The most hated woman in Savannah, Georgia, is about to be set free. Twenty years ago, Blondell O’Henry was convicted of murdering her eldest daughter and wounding her two other children. The prosecution argued that beautiful, selfish Blondell wanted to be rid of them to be with her lover. Now Blondell’s son, Niall, has recanted his testimony and demolished the case in the process. Reporter Nikki Gillette is determined to get the true story, and not just for professional reasons. Blondell’s murdered daughter, Amity, was Nikki’s childhood friend. The night she died, Amity begged Nikki to meet with her, insisting she had a secret to tell, but Nikki didn’t go. Her guilt is compounded by other complications - Nikki’s favorite uncle, Alexander, was the attorney who helped save Blondell from execution. And rumors swirl that he was one of her many lovers.
Nikki’s fiancé, Detective Pierce Reed, is concerned she may be compromising the case. As she digs for answers during one of the most sweltering summers in Savannah’s history, he also worries for her safety. Everyone involved seems to have secrets, from Blondell’s old boyfriend and his fundamentalist, snake- handling in-laws to the cop who led the original investigation. And somehow, the events of that tragic night connect to Nikki’s own fractured family. But now the killing has begun again. Is Amity’s murderer still at large, or is this a new, darker danger? Soon Nikki will discover what really happened twenty years ago, but the answers may come too late to save her life....
©2013 Lisa Jackson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Wow! This was my first book by Lisa Jackson --will definitely be reading more from this talented author. I look forward to reading the other prior books (Savannah 1 & 2) in the series, as Tell Me was #3; however, it can be read as a standalone.
I purchased the audio version from audible.com and the narrator (Julia Whelan) was outstanding –capturing the essence of each character perfectly with the southern charm. I was listening to the book while hiking in the Carolinas in the woods, so the ideal setting. I also liked the reference to the Dahlonega, GA (Lumpkin County) cabin -- a very quaint little town north of Lake Lanier (I previously dated a guy who lived on the lake in the area, and is rather remote) so can envision the hideaway for the snakes. Savannah, GA is so historic and was fitting area for Nikki, the author in the book and the central character with some mystery.
I could not put down my iPod as listened to the wee hours of the morning, as you do not want to miss a thing. The books goes back and forth from the original murder to today, twenty years later when the mother (Blondell) imprisoned for a murder of her daughter Amity who was pregnant and damage to her other children. Her sentence is being overturned, due to the testimony of her son, since he was only 8 during the original trial.
Nikki is close to the situation as Amity was her best friend, the murder took place in her uncle’s cabin (and the lawyer for Blondell, who is now in a rest home), snakes, and an array of characters and men connected to this blond bombshell femme fatale. There are many other connections and secrets from the past leading up to the murder and Nikki is bringing a lot of these to the surface while she battles her own past (which I will learn more about from her previous book).
During this time, Nikki is assigned to write a story, and her fiancé Reid is a police detective, assigned to the case. Lots of romance and sex with this dynamic duo (similar to Castle except Nikki is the crime writer and Reid is the PD).
I loved Lisa Jackson’s writing style, as she gives you enough to keep the tension mounting yet not as gruesome as some mystery and crime writers. I highly recommend – a 5 star and look forward to reading her previous work as well as new ones to come! PS I figured out the killer before the ending; however, had to keep reading to confirm. Full of crime, mystery, suspense and romance!
I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.
Surprisingly, I was disappointed with Lisa Jackson's latest book, as I've mostly enjoyed them in the past. Another reviewer said it felt like a 'first try' and I agree. The plot lacked substance and the characters were flimsy. The writing style was formulaic and there were no surprises unless you call the climax one. I didn't, but not because I had guessed the 'perp' but because it was a continuance of just pulling something out of the hat, in this case a character, to be the badie. It really didn't make a lot of sense. Unless you like fairy floss, don't bother.
A long time reader and listener - I just can't get enough of Audible! (Especially mysteries and Buddhist texts and history and ...etc!
I really did not care for this book. I think the premise was good - a woman in prison for 20 years for murdering her daughter. But did she do it?
Also, the narrator was very good. Good accents, good differentiation of characters.
But - the good stuff ends there. At least for me. The quality of the writing is borderline romance novel. Which in itself wouldn't be bad - but, the story and the bad writing and weak characters just dragged on and on and on. Even that could have been ok if there had even been any point in the continual dragging out of the story, but there really wasn't. It was just blah-blah-blah.
Seriously - this book could have been (should have been!) six hours, not twelve. I listened to the first five hours, got fed up and quit. Then I decided I did want to know how (or if) the mystery was solved, but without having to put up with the boring characters and bad writing. So - I skipped ahead to track 12 in part 2 of the book. Listened for 30 minutes, then skipped ahead to the last hour. And - I really just needed to listen to about 40 minutes to have the whole story summed up, and I feel like I didn't miss anything at all.
I love Lisa Jackson but I don't know what happened here. This book was one tedious interview after another with vast numbers of characters who overall contributed little. The main character is spoiled and unlikeable. She disregards laws when it's convenient for her and relies on her cop fiancee to bail her out of her own stupidity time after time. There were loose ends all over the place. I finished it because I had used a credit on it, but it took me a month and I got a headache from rolling my eyes so much.
Had a confusing beginning, but the story definitely fleshed out fully. Kept me interested the entire time. Would read more from this author.
Right at the top. Lisa Jackson is one of my favorite authors and the narrator brought the story to life perfectly.
I loved the addition of the prison interviews. The reader had the chance to see inside the mind of the woman behind bars. What was going on in her head while being interviewed.
The climactic ending! I was driving home and noticed my speed was increasing with each sentence. Next time I listen to another Lisa Jackson bestseller, I will do so while walking around the block.
A few of the less than stellar characters made me angry enough that, if they were real and close to me, I would enjoy giving them a punch in the throat.
I actually usually like Lisa Jackson books, so I will probably try one again.
She did not have an accent when narrating the book, only when doing the dialogue. I found that distracting.
I just really didn't like the main character. She made stupid selfish decisions. I'd probably slap her if I knew her in real life.
The story kept repeating the description of the murder. The narrator cannot do male voices. It was predictable and started to lag towards the end.
The performer was unable to do male voices. Reed sounded snobby and bored. Some of her southern dialect is ok but for the most part, she almost made the book unbearable.
The story itself was the best part of the experience.
I chose it to go to sleep listening to, but had to stay awake for as long as I could because the story was so good.
Well worth the credit.
LOVED IT BUT WILL HAVE NIGHTMARES ABOUT SNAKES! Julia Whelan did an excellent performance.
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