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The Next Time You See Me | [Holly Goddard Jones]

The Next Time You See Me

Thirteen-year-old Emily Houchens doesn’t have many friends; her classmates find her strange. When one day she happens upon a dead body hidden in the woods near her house in Roma, Kentucky, 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 came home late, Susanna kept a neat house, a respectable job, and a young daughter.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, February 2013 - I agree with Gillian Flynn about Holly Goddard Jones’ mystery debut. “Astoundingly good”, it sucked me into both its small-town world and into the lives of its not particularly likeable-yet-nevertheless-sympathetic characters. I’ll be interested to see how narrator Cassandra Campbell gives voice to its three protagonists, who each take turns in revealing the mystery (and their secrets) from their own point of view. —Diana M., Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Allison Kappadahl Charlotte, NC United States 03-04-13
    Allison Kappadahl Charlotte, NC United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Read"
    Where does The Next Time You See Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its the best book I've listened to this year


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Its a very iteresting story & the way its written keeps you going


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NA


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    audible recommended this book & I am very happy. Thank you!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Houston, TX, United States 02-27-13
    Sue Houston, TX, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "confusion"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know but I selected it based on a review I read.


    Has The Next Time You See Me turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not necessarily.


    Did Cassandra Campbell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She was easy to listen to


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment as I was expecting better based on the review I read


    Any additional comments?

    jumped back and forth too much for my taste. Hard to follow and try to determine the main idea or plot.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Orlando, FL 11-29-14
    Sandy Orlando, FL 11-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Just wasn't there..."

    This book had a lot of potential. First the Narrator ruined it since her southern accent was long and drawn out and over acted. I got past that and started to like the story, but some of the storylines just leave you empty. Didn't finish out on some of them. I could have given this one more stars. Butt,, the ending really was horrible. The who dunnit, left you "shaking your head" and it just didn't fit at all.
    Not worth the credit or on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anastasia Lester Peachtree City, GA United States 08-15-14
    Anastasia Lester Peachtree City, GA United States 08-15-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Long Story, Disappointing Ending"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Overall, this was a good book, so the time was mostly well-spent. There are a lot of characters to keep up with and it is sometimes difficult to remember how this person knows or is related to the other person that is speaking. In addition to keeping up with a boat-load of characters, the listener is subjected to flash-backs, flash-forwards, and even sideways time jumps. The story would be better told in chronological order - starting with the Thanksgiving scene instead of ending with it.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I did NOT like the ending at all. After listening for all of those hours and anticipating how the characters would resolve some of the issues, there was really only a conclusion for one character out of a cast of 15 or so. Very, very disappointed with the ending.


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have listened to Cassandra Campbell in other audio books. She does a great job. This book had so many characters that they started to "sound" alike at some point - which isn't her fault. Cassandra is clear, concise and easy to understand.


    Could you see The Next Time You See Me being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, this book would NOT make a good movie because people want an ending that makes sense. People want finality, or at least the knowledge that certain issues are resolved. Moviegoers would be upset if they paid $10 to see a story where 90+% of the characters are left with no end.


    Any additional comments?

    Please do not write books that flash forward and backward in time. It is confusing when the story is so complex and there are so many characters that interplay in the events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Louise 04-16-14
    Louise 04-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great until the ending leaves you disappointed."
    Any additional comments?

    I loved the characters and the plot of this book. I don't care if a book has a happy ending or not, but the way this one ends is not satisfactory. All of the coincidences in the book tie together beautifully, except for the final moments. I am still glad that I listened to it, and I enjoyed returning to it each time with curiosity and pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Hartsville, SC, United States 01-15-14
    Terri Hartsville, SC, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    There is an air of expectancy all through the story. Cassandra Campbell's narration draws you in with her softness and easy flow. This is a quiet story, yet you don't want to stop listening because you have been drawn into each character's life. Some say they figured it out before the end, but you are giving just enough to think "maybe not". You realize that as you walk through your day you are intersecting with a drama all your own. This is one of those rare stories where you become attached to the characters and you know you will miss them tomorrow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DRae KEITHVILLE, LA, US 10-16-13
    DRae KEITHVILLE, LA, US 10-16-13 Listener Since 2006
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    "Slow and full of people wallowing in misery"

    I would say that listening to this book was time not worth my time. Thought about returning, but I finished it because I got so far that I wanted to find out how it ended. I expected a surprise twist, but that didn't happen. Finally got to the end and was very disappointed. You are left in limbo about what happens to the main character. The part about the victim's sister's marriage was distracting and annoying. I wanted to shout at her and tell her to deal with it and do something about it. I kept wondering what was going through Emily's mind.

    Cassandra did a very good performance. Probably would have given her 5 stars if the book was enjoyable.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Austin, Texas USA 09-11-13
    Amazon Customer Austin, Texas USA 09-11-13 Member Since 2014

    Eclectic lifelong reader

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    "Almost gave up on it once"

    I almost returned this book to Audible, for the second time in all my years with them, a few chapters in. Goddard Jones penchant for describing every little detail was driving me up the wall. But then the details started building some very believable characters, so I stuck with it - only to be disappointed, as some reviewers have said before me, by the ending. It struck me that is was the same way I felt after I listened to Tana Rogers' book, In the Woods. A lot of emotional investment in the characters, only to be stunned by a "That's it?" Sort of ending. I obviously like my characters to go through a bit more dynamic change, and a bit more redemption in the resolution. Not here.

    I did like Cassandra Campbell's narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 08-16-13
    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a mystery or thriller..."

    This book was more about the lives of people and how they intertwine, the mistakes and decisions they make, consequences of all those things. I didn't find it intriguing or even find myself trying to guess the who dunnit. Was not mysterious at all. That being said, the characters were well developed and the relationships between them were established in a way that flowed. Liked the narrator, very engaging. So I give it 3 stars, but not for being a well written mystery but because the players were well written. Not for you if your wanting anything gripping.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Dallinger Fort Worth, TX USA 07-17-13
    J. Dallinger Fort Worth, TX USA 07-17-13 Member Since 2006

    library goddess

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    "Not really a mystery"
    What did you like best about The Next Time You See Me? What did you like least?

    The characters in this novel were well developed. I think that it has been placed in the wrong genre. This is no mystery. Yes, a murder is committed but the reader knows early on who the murderer is. As evidenced by the title, the characters in this book just want to be "seen" by someone....just want their lives to have value.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Did not find the ending satisfying for all characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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