The young and the beautiful Carly Ruth Laden thought she had it all; two doting and loving parents who were always there for her, protective older brother, and a gorgeously hot husband who any girl would want for their own. Yes, life seemed perfect for Carly. But that was all an act. Inside, she felt that her seemingly perfect marriage was crumbling. She thought her husband was having an affair. When she discovers the truth of her husband's apparent change, she is given the shock of a lifetime. But things get even worse. When she decides to go home and confront her husband, all of a sudden, she disappears. Her parents and her brother are left to endure the agonizing and horrifying events that start to unravel, events that none of them ever thought were possible.
©2014 vicki lee zell (P)2015 vicki lee zell
I really enjoyed this book. Its format was unique. The story unfolds as multiple towns folk share their recollections and opinions of a murder and its resolution. The accents and phrasing placed me in the small town and helped me understand the characters and the relationships. The author has the dynamics of small town "characters" down pat! It is very well done.
The narrator was perfect for this story.
All in all, the book was very well done, although I did not really care for the ending. It was too heartbreaking and left me agonizing for the characters. I guess that is saying a lot for the author!!
The story itself.
To Kill A Mockingbird. It took me back to simple times, when people were neighbors and the trust and support was there between these individuals.
Miss Downing's take on the story was very well done. Sallie left you feeling a bit sad, yet in the same sense, she left you with a smile. Her rendition of the characters was spot on in my opinion, and I truly enjoyed the tone of her reading.
No, I can't say I listened to the entire reading in one sitting. It was four sittings, two hours the first three, then the last four, but only because I knew I was drawing toward the end and it was just to hard to let go when I was so close.
I hope that readers will recognize this author, VLZ, for the wonderful wit and writing technique which I have to say you don't see much of in this crowd of upcoming authors. VLZ should be one to be noticed.
I loved the way the author placed all their ducks in a row, and yet left me wondering some.
Identity Crisis is also a book by the same author, VLZ, and this author does have a sense of personality with their characters. In both books I felt I had come to know these people as if they really did exist.
Sallie's performance was outstanding. She nailed the characters and brought to life their backgrounds with humor and self-pity, and acknowledged their backgrounds as if she knew these folks personally.
absolutely, I couldn't get enough. It's a story line that just kept me interested. I had to stop listening of course, it's ten hours in length. As soon as I had a couple free hours I grabbed the audio version and started listening again. It's an anytime listening book, meaning, some books are best at night or on a beach, or just when you're laying around. This book will entertain you and you will love the listen.
I hope that VLZ writes more of these cozy mysteries. They remind me of those books my mother used to read to me and my sisters when we were young, full of mystery and scary things that go bump in the night.
A consistent storyline that doesn't jump all over the place, an ending that makes sense, and a lot less blather and more development of the characters would help.
Some of her characterizations of characters were cheesy and laughable.
Stinky whatever his name is-
I kept reading because I kept feeling that this story was going to tie things together is a suspenseful, makes sense kind of way, but that never happened.
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