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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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    Jennifer 05-01-13
    Jennifer 05-01-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Very Dark"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Kept hoping for a different ending. She did a good job of going back and forth between characters but did not like how it ended.


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    Janet Austin, TX, United States 04-29-13
    Janet Austin, TX, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Fantastic! A pleasure to listen to."

    If you are looking for an action-packed thriller, this isn't for you. However, if you are looking for a good story with perfect character descriptions, mystery and a great voice, I recommend this. I am a big fan of Laura Lippman. If you like her books, you will like this one too.

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    Karen 04-28-13
    Karen 04-28-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Scary possibility"
    What other book might you compare The Next Time You See Me to and why?

    Similar to Gone, Girl in the story...but also much different.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance...look forward to her next performance


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

    Frightening that this could happen...but we hear the news with way too many of this type of story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 04-10-13
    Anne 04-10-13
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    "Just couldn't get into it."

    The book just couldn't catch my interest. I wanted more story. I wanted more character. I wanted a character whom I could like. It dragged. It didn't go anywhere.

    I got about 1/2 way through this book.

    Fair enough, I generally read straight up mystery. I don't want romance. I like dead people and a plot to catch them.

    I really wanted to like this book but I didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon United States 03-26-13
    Sharon United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Haunting!!!"

    Jones does an excellent job of weaving the characters together in the story. She gives you just a little piece of the puzzle at a time, keeping you on the edge of your seat. You really don't get the whole picture until the last couple of minutes of listening. Consider me a Holly Goddard Jones fan!

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    Joni BLANDING, UT, United States 03-23-13
    Joni BLANDING, UT, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting enough to finish"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    During the winter, yes. If it were summer time I should have been in my garden


    Would you recommend The Next Time You See Me to your friends? Why or why not?

    no, there are much better books that I would recomment


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    IDK


    Did The Next Time You See Me inspire you to do anything?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Meriden, CT USA 03-18-13
    Amazon Customer Meriden, CT USA 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very slow story, slower narration"

    This is a very slow listen/read. The story moves very slowly toward the end, which was not all together satisfying. Things you should know: the narrator takes her time with every syllable and sentence. That might not be so bad if the story development moved at a faster pace, which it does not.

    This is also not a book where there are happy characters - not one character is happy, and there are really no life-lessons learned to grow from. It's a mystery at it's core, which comes together through the many different people in the town who touch it, yet the human connections are not deep or satisfying in any way.

    I recognize that all of my critiques boil down to personal preference - I am ok with slow-building stories if they lead to something remarkable - however this one does not. I am ok with flawed, sad characters if there is something for me to learn from hearing their stories - and here, there was not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. Keeney Amesbury, MASS 03-12-13
    P. Keeney Amesbury, MASS 03-12-13

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    "Odd characters but a great story line"
    Would you listen to The Next Time You See Me again? Why?

    Yes, the characters were less than stellar people but the author did an amazing job of making you want to learn more about the cast.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ironically the killer is the one character I liked. He had more depth than the others.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene at the end with the brother finding the dog. It was the silver lining in a grey book.


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

    yes- I laughed and cried.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 03-11-13
    Sarah 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Performance, Pretty good story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Next Time You See Me the most enjoyable?

    The performance was the best thing about the audiobook. It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.


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

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    My favorite character performance was Susana.


    0 of 0 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 2010
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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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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