A debut novel by award-winning author Holly Goddard Jones, about the people surprisingly connected to the discovery of a dead woman’s body in a small town.
Thirteen-year-old Emily Houchens doesn't have many friends. She finds more comfort playing make-believe in the woods near her house in Roma, Kentucky, than with her classmates, who find her strange and awkward. When she happens upon a dead body hidden in the woods one day, she decides not to tell anyone about her discovery—a choice that begins to haunt her.
Susanna Mitchell has always been a good girl, the dutiful daughter and wife. While her older sister Ronnie trolled bars for men and often drove home at sunrise, Susanna kept a neat house, a respectable job, and a young daughter. But when Ronnie goes missing and Susanna realizes that she’s the only person in Roma who truly cares about her sister’s fate, she starts to question her quiet life and its value.
The Next Time You See Me is the story of how one woman’s disappearance exposes the ambitions, prejudices, and anxieties of a small southern town and its residents, who are all connected, sometimes in unexpected ways: Emily; Susanna; Tony, a failed baseball star turned detective, aspiring to be the county’s first black sheriff; and Wyatt, a 55-year-old factory worker tormented by a past he can’t change and by a love he doesn’t think he deserves. Their stories converge in a violent climax that reveals not just the mystery of what happened to Ronnie but all of their secret selves.
©2013 Holly Goddard Jones (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc
"The residents of a small Kentucky town react to the disappearance of a local woman in this first novel by short-story writer Jones…. [The author] builds intense tension surrounding the choices her flawed but compellingly sympathetic characters make as they fight against lonely isolation within the tight confines of small-town America." (Kirkus Reviews)
I believe that the reader destroyed the essence of this book. Her voice is better suited to The Velveteen Rabbit than for a look at Kentucky, small town people.
The most interesting aspect of the book is the Kentucky setting. (I am from Kentucky and also an English teacher like the main character.). The least interesting parts were the stereotyped characters.
Nobody in Kentucky has diction consisting of overpronounced words, fake southern accents that make the reader cringe, and a prissy tone...think Nellie Olsen.
Sorry, but the novel was a disappointment.
The performance was the best thing about the audiobook. It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.
The plot was very good as well, the way the author broke up the story based on time was a good way to keep the listener interested.
My favorite character performance was Susana.
Gillian Flynn's high praise in reviews pulled me in and was what encouraged me to take a chance on this book. I can see why Gillian Flynn enjoyed it for I saw many similarities in their styles.
You will be shocked when I tell you that the ending of this book is the books weakness. It doesn't end badly, just not very inventive, surprising or powerful. Kind of ho hum. Don't let that stop you though. All the other parts of the book are mind blowing. The fact that this is the author's debut novel will have me watching her for years to come.
A large cast of complex and deep characters that range from 13 years old to 60. They are cleverly woven in such an impressive manner. The author really nailed each character "spot on". Cassandra Campbell was just masterful in her narration. Together they really spoke for those characters and brought them to life. Not a weak or boring one in the bunch.
How the author chains one character to another was keen and my favorite part. It's pure art how she did that. The author draws for you one character then hints to you the possible connection to a previous character in such a teasing slow method that allows you to slowly think ahead or assume that you have seen the relationship - sometimes you get ahead of yourself and you are wrong, other times you see it coming. A stunning novel.
Its the best book I've listened to this year
Its a very iteresting story & the way its written keeps you going
audible recommended this book & I am very happy. Thank you!!!
I don't know but I selected it based on a review I read.
No, not necessarily.
She was easy to listen to
disappointment as I was expecting better based on the review I read
jumped back and forth too much for my taste. Hard to follow and try to determine the main idea or plot.
Don't waste your time with this one! I read on hoping there would be a good twist but it never happened. I sat with my mouth agape and in shock that the book ended when it did- still waiting for that twist! It never came, you'll k ow all along and have absolutely NO closure! Sorry! I really tried to love this one and did enjoy some of the characters...but that's it! They never tied together! It's like the author got sick of her own story and just quit!
I am a nurse, wife, daughter, sister, and student. I don't have much free time but when I find a minute I enjoying listening to a good book.
I did enjoy this book, it was read very well! I admit it did end a little abruptly. I felt like I needed a little more information to feel satisfied but all in all it was a good book and worth the time and money !!
Loved the story! Looked forward to listening every day, and at the end I was sad that it was over. My biggest criticism was that the accent was terrible, though I am admittedly a Kentuckian, so maybe others wouldn't mind it.
I found the story really compelling and interesting, and I really wanted to learn more about the characters and about their past and future. I really did not enjoy the reading of the story however. I felt that the reader lacked a lot of character diversity and most everyone spoke with the same Rhythm and Cadence. no matter the situation, no matter the age, no matter the attitude or behaviors of each character, most of them were all read like the same person.
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