Doctor Sam Russell's wife is missing. The police don't believe his story - and Sam isn't so sure himself since he can remember nothing about the day she disappeared.
Detective Hannah Montgomery sees something in Sam and his young daughter that touches her own sense of loss. As she delves deeper, shocking secrets come to light making Hannah wonder whether she's protecting a wronged man or a cold-blooded killer.
©2005, digital 2012 Jonnie Jacobs (P)2015 Jonnie Jacobs
Interesting story and the narrator did a good job with all the Boston accents but overall it could've been trimmed at least a couple of hours from almost 13! The twists kept my head swimming a bit I'll just say without any spoilers. The twists at the end we're not explored at all and I would've liked Sam to confront the enemies from his past, because, gosh, there sure was plenty of time. In saying it was too long for me I will add I didn't find it boring and seldom fast forwarded just a lot of details I didn't think added to the story. I've had this in my wish list and love being able to read for my review. Without being able to give half stars I would give this 3.5 and I looked forward to listening to it until finished.
Sam had been tried for murdering his first wife and was only released due to a hung jury. 7 years later, his second wife goes missing. Is Sam guilty? What followed was a great murder mystery with interesting characters and lots of twists and turns. Some developments were predictable, while the happenings in the last few chapters were so convoluted, I definitely did not see the end coming. Changing between Sam's perspective in the first person and third person accounts, the writing was impeccable. Listening to the audiobook was an absolute pleasure due to a fantastic job done by George Kuch. This was my first book by this author, but I will definitely check out her other ones in the future.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com".
I have never read any books by Jonnie Jacobs but will be reading more from this author. I have already checked out the rest of her books available on Audible.
This was one of the best audiobooks I've listened to in quite awhile.
The plot had so many twist and turns that you could not stop listening and unlike a lot of mystery books the end was a complete suprise to me.
As we all know a narrator can make or break the story and George Kuch did not disappoint. The narration was excellent.
I highly recommend this book!
Oh dear. This was the silliest story I have heard in a long time. The protagonist was so so so slow - gee should I tell the police about this? I wonder IV his is important? Oh dear, Why me? Clues popping up all over the place never followed up on - by anyone ... Until the very last minute when everything is explained in great detail - excruciating detail actually ... I don't understand all the raving reviews of this novel! Or the reader for that matter - his inflections were so strange - everyone had the same dumb questioning voice. Very strange. No I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
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The Only Suspect (Unabridged)
Author: Jonnie Jacobs
12 h 56 min
Doctor Sam Russell's wife is missing. The police don't believe his story - and Sam isn't so sure himself since he can remember nothing about the day she disappeared. Detective Hannah Montgomery sees something in Sam and his young daughter that touches her own sense of loss. As she delves deeper, shocking secrets come to light making Hannah wonder whether she's protecting a wronged man or a cold-blooded killer
This is an elaborately plotted mystery, using illusion and deception on several levels to fairly astounding effect. Take, for example, the very first scene of the book, where we find our protagonist in his car, in a ditch, with no memory of his last day, let alone how he got where he was. What *is* is always in opposition to what *seems* to be, and few authors could pull off this game of smoke, mirrors and magician’s tricks. This author does. The complexity of this story isn’t found in the Byzantine twists of plot, but rather in the shadow play between what (and who) we think we see, and what (or who) we are actually watching. In some ways, this book reminded me of some of the tricks Elizabethan playwrights used with identities …and I found that I had to seriously suspend disbelief, and trust the author to work it all out effectively. Both my effort and my trust were amply rewarded, because, although the author uses a very thin high wire as part of the foundation for his plot …he makes it work, and that, to me, demonstrates a more than admirable amount of skill.
In addition, the characters are beautifully developed, even the villains. These are all real people, neither all “bad” or all “good”, and, as we come to know them, we also come to understand, if not always empathize, with them. There is a little girl in this book, and the author portrays her well, too …neither a baby doll with no brain, nor a miniature adult, but a growing little girl, ahead of her age in some respects, catching up in maturity in others …in other words, typical, and therefore engaging.
The writing is vivid and interesting without being self-conscious, and the narrator is just about perfect for this book. He presented all of the characters extremely well, subtly giving each a distinctive voice, as well as differing phrasing and rates of speech, so that listening to people speaking together sounds like a conversation.
This narrator’s voice quality is also perfectly matched to this book, though my comments here have nothing to do with narrator skill. Sometimes, whoever chooses which narrator really makes a very fortunate choice, and this is one of those times. Had the narrator had an extremely cultured voice, or, perhaps, a noticeable Southern accent, all his skill would have been unable to hide the fact that it wasn’t a good match. Usually, I can listen to almost any narrator, having listened to audio books in one form or another for most of my reading life, but, when I come across such a perfect match, it’s definitely a treat, and I appreciate it.
I quite happily give both book and narrator 5 out of 5 stars, and recommend this to anyone who loves complex mysteries.
Avid reader (listener) and Audible Fan!
Finished this 13 hour audiobook in a 24 hour period~could not stop listening (only to sleep)! GREAT character development, especially Sam and Hannah~I even became attached to Dallas eventually. Never a dull moment as the twists, turns, and secrets just keep coming until the very end.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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Since I worked in law enforcement for years, I love crime thrillers. I always like the authors that can get a “real-life” feel to the workings of the case, and Jonnie Jacobs did not disappoint. She did a great job in telling this story of a husband whose wife went missing and he didn’t really want to contact police because his first wife was murdered. He got off from that case, but that doesn’t mean that the police look at him questioningly. Throughout this book there is a lot of suspense and feelings building that are so palpable that I felt my heart racing at times. If you like any kind of thriller, suspense, or crime novels, then you will definitely enjoy this! I give 4 SOLID STARS!
A child of God who loves to read, listen to audio books, knit, write, and color.
First book by this author, but not the last. Kept me hooked from the first sentence. Lots of twists and turns. Narrator tried to change voices, but it was a little difficult for me to handle because his voice sounded like one that belonged with a middle aged detective.
Having not read the print version it is hard to gauge but the narrator did a fantastic job so I would surmise that I would enjoy the audiobook better
Everything! Well written, lots of twists and turns, a mystery that you can't quite figure out but has a believable end, a great narrator, interesting characters, and just an all around good story.
Without giving anything away there were several 'reveals' as the mystery started to unravel that I really enjoyed.
No extreme reactions but felt it was one of the better audiobooks that I had listened to in awhile.
This audiobook was provided by the author at no charge for an honest review. Thanks Jonnie, I really enjoyed your book.
I almost always like the audio book versions of novels better and that is true with this book.
When Sam threw his car keys at the arrested suspect.
Dallas. He was obnoxious although he actually was a good guy. I felt like punching him out many times during the book.
There were several moving moments. One was when the detective Hannah was comforting Sam's daughter Molly. Another was when Dallas shared a secret about his personal life with Hannah.
“I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot come”This was a very intense suspenseful psychological thriller with a multitude of surprises and twists and turns. Just as the puzzle starts to come together it breaks apart with a new surprise.
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