It’s been 30 years since the terrifying abduction of twin sisters Rebecca and Molly Underhill by a deranged man who lived in a cabin behind their house. Fearful of retribution against their family, the girls kept the incident secret. Rebecca, now a painter and art teacher, suddenly begins getting mysterious text messages. Is Molly - long lost to cancer - trying to communicate? It couldn’t be their attacker from so many years ago; he was imprisoned for a similar crime at about that same time. Surely he’d still be in jail or dead by now - wouldn’t he?
When one of Rebecca’s art students - an autistic savant - gives her a series of paintings, Rebecca realizes the paintings’ scenes match the nightmares she’s had every night since the horrific ordeal three decades earlier.
Escape into a pulse-pounding story that poses the question: What if you were forced to relive the most horrifying moment of your life?
©2012 Vincent Zandri (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Probably reading something spooky...
I was pretty disappointed with this one. In many ways I felt that it lacked verisimilitude, and not in a suspension of belief fun way. It was more annoying than anything else. For example, when Becca goes to the police initially, the detective is agreeable with her when she makes claims of extreme coincidence and supernatural connections. I don't know if this has to do with the novel being poorly researched or not (at least in characterization, the information about savants and autism seemed to ring true), but I felt like many facets of the novel were not very believable.
Another issue I had was with the narrator. Her portrayal of Franny, the autistic savant, was offensive. It's as though she took the author's historical note about how autism used to be classified as "retardation" in less enlightened times, and ran with it. Her chosen voice for this character is reminiscent of a 13-year-old boy doing an immature impression of their concept of a "retard". It was offensive, and I don't know how that escaped the director or editor(s) of this production.
I rather enjoyed Elizabeth Wiley’s narration. Her voice is a perfect accompaniment to daily chores, drawing you into the story without the high pitch of some female narrators. Her character voices are consistent and natural.
The story itself is rather formulaic with just enough twist to keep you interested. Inserting the autistic character Francis and his artistic talent…. Well, Amazon’s review does a better job here:
"Rebecca’s art student Francis, an autistic savant, gives her a series of paintings he’s done. Rebecca, with increasing dread, realizes the sequence of scenes depicted in the paintings match the nightmares she’s had every night since the horrific ordeal three decades earlier. How could Franny know? Is it a ghostly warning of some kind?"
Some of the philosophical questions Rebecca raises in her thoughts are questions we all ask at some time or other.
The bad guy that tinged Rebecca and Molly all of their lives is suitably creepy enough to make me look around a few times while on my front porch after dark.
Who doesn’t like a little spine-chilling?
Someone who has hormephobia (The fear of being SHOCKED). The only "twist" to this book, was that there were NO twists. everything happened EXACTLY the way one would predict.
Narrator was fine. Did the best that she could considering what she had to work with.
So incredibly let down. As the plot thickened, I started imagining different scenarios that could possibly reveal themselves at the climax of the story. These were the moments that I got excited about the story. (Thinking how maybe two people might be connected in an unexpected way)
A lack of emotion was all I was left with... Dumbfounded. "Oh, everything is EXACTLY as it seems".
It was terribly over-dramatic and the constant whining became annoying.
The idea of the story sounded really interesting, but just wasn't developed properly. The plot could have been cut by half. It wasn't much of a mystery, and some things were not believable, e.g. the time the protagonist found out about her pregnancy, actually most of the hospital scenes...
Totally lacking suspense, and by the end, I really did not even like the main character anymore, partly because of the narrator and partly because of her behavior.
Could have been shorter.
Anything by Sherrilyn Kenyon
One thing I enjoyed was that I did think I had the story figured out, but nope.
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