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The Mystery Box | [Eva Pohler]

The Mystery Box

Soccer mom Yvette Palmer lives an ordinary life in San Antonio, Texas when a box is delivered to her by mistake, and in taking it to its rightful owner-a crotchety neighbor named Mona who shares her back fence-is drawn into a strange and haunting tale...As Yvette listens to her neighbor's tale, she discovers a shocking connection, but doesn't know whether Mona's come to help or to harm her and her family.
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Publisher's Summary

Soccer mom Yvette Palmer lives an ordinary life in San Antonio, Texas when a box is delivered to her by mistake, and in taking it to its rightful owner - a crotchety neighbor named Mona who shares her back fence - is drawn into a strange and haunting tale.

Mona's ratty robe, mood swings, and secretive behavior all raise red flags, and Yvette is sure someone else is living there despite Mona's claim to live alone, but Yvette is unable to break away as she listens to how Mona transformed from a young college woman about to be married to the odd, reclusive, ghost of a woman she is now.

As Yvette listens to her neighbor's tale, she discovers a shocking connection, but doesn't know whether Mona's come to help or to harm her and her family.

©2012, 2013 Eva Pohler (P)2014 Eva Pohler

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    chris 08-15-14
    chris 08-15-14

    Golf pro. Reside in Asheville, NC. Love travel, outdoors, dogs. Bilingual French/English. Prefer mystery/suspense/psychological thriller.

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    "Spooky...Scary...NOT!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine. The concept was intriguing: mystery box delivered to wrong address, creepy neighbor, etc... But the story was so simplistic and convoluted. I wasn't able to believe a word of it, nor was I "lured" into being frightened by the protagonist's repetition of "spooky and scary" or "liar!" after every new "revelation" in this interminable story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Eva Pohler again?

    I wouldn't think so.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's performance was fine. My problem is with the script she was reading. Maybe she was as put out by the storyline as I was...she sighed a lot throughout the reading.


    What character would you cut from The Mystery Box?

    The protagonist and the "spooky and scary" neighbor "Mona".


    Any additional comments?

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    Nancy A Roozee 07-06-14
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    "Unexpected Good Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Mystery Box the most enjoyable?

    The story is very worthy of reading, but the narrator is definitely not appropriate.
    The events take place in Texas and the narrator did not attempt any Texas accent, but her voice was so very New Jersey/New York. Her narration was always getting in the way of the story interpretation of all the characters involved. I almost stopped the book because of the narration, but I am glad I stuck with it to hear the whole story which took an unexpected direction.


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