Nineteen years ago, Indiana police found the body of a young girl, burned beyond recognition and buried in the woods. They arrested George Calhoun for murdering his daughter, and his wife testified against him at the trial. George maintains he didn’t do it. That the body isn’t his little Angelina. But that’s all he’s ever said—no other defense, no other explanation. The jury convicted him. Now his appeals have been exhausted, and his execution is just six weeks away.
Dani Trumball, an attorney for the Help Innocent Prisoners Project, wants to believe him. After all, there was no forensic evidence to prove that the body in the woods was George’s daughter. But if the girl isn’t Angelina, then who is it? And what happened to the Calhouns’ missing daughter? Despite the odds, the questions push Dani to take the case.
For nineteen years, George Calhoun has stayed silent. But he’s ready to talk, and if the story he tells Dani is true, it changes everything.
©2012 Marti Green (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I can sum it up in one word, "Intense."
"The Chamber" or "The Innocent Man" both by John Grisham, because of the intense anxiety that you feel for the legal team, and the defendant (The Chamber). In addition to these feelings you can't help but feel anger and frustration toward the legal system willing to execute a man without a sense of justice behind it (The Innocent Man).
You hear the voice of each character. As a listener Eby allows you to hear the thoughts, emotions, priorities, and sensations of each and every character. Eby transitions so well you don't always realize that you only have one professional narrator. She is absolutely amazing.
When George is telling the story of what really happened to his daughter, I was driving down the interstate. It was necessary for me to take a moment and remind myself that this story is a fictional story. It was nothing happening to anyone I know or love. This was the only way to keep from crying while driving down the road.
The book wasn't even over when I was searching Marti Green to see if there was a sequel to this book. I was nearly bereft at the thought of losing any contact with these characters. Sounds a bit dramatic doesn't it? Well, so it is. But I have read the Harry Potter novels over and over because I just can't say good bye to people I have learned to like and respect without a fight.
For the record, this is a debut novel. There are no additional writings by this author at this time. I seriously hope I will hear more from Marti Green.
Addicted to books, but especially to audiobooks!
Love the story line from the beginning. If you are a supporter of the Death Penalty, this book might make you reconsider your position. The main character, Dani Trumball, is an attorney that works with the Help Innocent Prisoners Project, she is confronted with the decision of taking on a new case to defend George Calhoun, a man that is on death row and only a few weeks away from his execution. He and his wife were convicted of murdering their your daughter 17 years earlier, but claims that they did not commit this crime. What follows is an intense chase for the truth and evidence, filled with lots of interesting twits and turns. I stayed hours awake last night because I needed to hear the conclusion to the story.
The book it's at moments very intense, with many of the characters involved on a crazy chase for evidence in order to save a man's life, at the same time it has moments moments of introspection that make you think and consider (or perhaps even reconsider) your position on the death penalty.
I have enjoyed Tanya Eby's performances before, specifically narrating the Rizzoli & Isles series, but I absolutely love her voices on this audiobook, both males and females. She is the rare narrator that can incorporate many different characters of both sexes, without annoying you (at least not me!)
There's a moment where Dani is in the prison cell with George, just a few hours from execution, awaiting a decision on their request for a stay and it surprised me how emotional I became, it's a very powerful moment in the book...
If you like Legal Thrillers, you will probably enjoy this one, very much worth the credit!!. I look forward to more books by this author.
They say authors should write what they know, and I assume Marti Green did some of that, but not the parts that interested me. I thought the premise sounded promising, with murdered children in the woods and someone facing execution for it; but the parts dealing with the legal proceedings and private investigations were disappointingly weak, while most of the book focused on the humdrum dealings of working and stay-at-home moms dealing with disabled and diseased offspring. There are good books out there dealing with those subjects, but I wasn't expecting it in a murder mystery. All that aside, it was just appalling how inept virtually all the professionals seemed. Total amateurs. I like to learn something from legal, medical, and police procedural novels that I read, though I know they are fiction; but this one taught me nothing. And I knew whodunit almost from the start. No challenge.
As for the narrator: though I usually really like that kind of light fast-paced voice, NOT when it's having to strain that much to differentiate a bunch of male voices. It kinda hurts to listen to that. They do make computer equipment that can simulate voices, if she really thinks she needs to sound like a man. Seems like it would be a good investment, if for no other reason than to protect her own perfectly lovely voice. Really, you can get nodules on your vocal cords fooling around like that.
Definitely a 5 star story, enjoyed every minute of it. Felt as if I was a part of the story, hated to put it down. The characters are well portrayed and felt empathy for them. Can't wait to start another book by Marti Green.
Enjoyed the narrator, easy to understand and will listen to other books she narrates.
Not gorey, and not too stressful. I could listen and drive and work. My second only audible book, and it is fulfilling to listen to a book while I'm driving.
The story in this read was very interesting. The characters were plausible and the outline of the story was fresh and not trodden down a beaten path. I gave this book 4 stars because of the profanity sprinkled throughout the read. At first it was only mildly present, it was the normal language preference for one of the characters. Toward the end the use of profanity grew for this character so that it became annoying to me. Apart from that it could have been a 5 star read for me.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
Great listen for the price. This is a darker side of a mystery story. No horror, but this one did make me cry for the injustice people can get if they have little money. If you like a roller coaster mystery with deep human emotion, then this is for you. Talk about a time cruncher!
this had lots of characters to like and my fave was our ex FBI investigator.
I loved Jonas' big vocabulary.
when old detective gets his man!
When Dani sits with the inmate! If this doesn't make you get a hankie...well
I purchased this book due to Tanya Eby reading it. She does a fab job for this author. I just am not sure if this author is for me...subject is so spot on with dark reality.
The storyline was okay, but seem to have a bit of incredulity included. Not a book I would listen to again.
This was an enjoyable book and a good story. No sex or gratuitous violence, which I appreciated as many authors seem to throw those things in unnecessarily. This story stood on its own. The narrative was also good.
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