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.
I rate on how mush I enjoyed a book, I am not a book critic.
Did not like this. Listened on fast forward
It felt like one long slow, gossip story with dull characters.
No chapter or character changes are announced, so you never know who is speaking. The "hut' is mentioned so many times, but no-one really goes there.
No surprises as to who dies or who killed them. Kept on hoping for exiting explanation, but all I got was 10-minute afterthought about what happened in the hut. Add conviction of an innocent person off a death not explained at the end. Wraps this up as unsatisfying and a waste of time.
The narration was slow and difficult to distinguished different character.
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
Great listen....I could not put it down..I listen mostly while driving ...but could not wait to see what happen next so..I listened till I finished it..The only negative thing I have to say....I can't wait for the next book .
I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily decided to review."
Someone with a lot more patience than I have. I tried and tried to get into this book. The false southern drawl really put me off. Maybe this book is better if it were in paperback. Not that the narrator wasn't talented...Just that awful southern drawl...And I am Southern, and have a drawl.
Yes, I would try again. Just not this one.
I don't really know. Just don't try to use a southern drawl.
To me it was just a jumble of people...Maybe less people and less babel.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."
This was one long, dragging story that kept me just interested enough to keep listening until the abrupt and anticlimactic conclusion. I did like the narration since I grew up in the country and could almost hear actual people in my small town telling a story in the ways it is spoken , however, that was the best part of this book. This story was drawn out and took hours to get around to what could have been much more exciting if it were just a short story because that is what it is, a short storyline that was made far too long. On top of being frustratingly long winded, it then has the most unfortunate, unfair and short ending I have read in a long, long time. The conclusion of what happened to Carly is summed up in less than twenty five minutes after ten and half hours of beating around the bush. This book was gifted to me by the author for an honest review and although I am grateful for the gift I would have been upset had I paid for this book. It just was not for me at all.
This novel was told from the point of views from various townsfolk. I found this to be very inventive, I can also definitely understand how some people could find it annoying. I felt that the narrator did a very good job of distinguishing the characters apart from one another. I will definitely be looking for more of this authors work. I was voluntarily provided a review copy of this audio book from the author and publisher or narrator
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