In Ava’s dreams, her son, Noah, looks just the way she remembers him: a sweet two-year-old in rolled-up jeans and a red sweatshirt. When Ava wakes, the agonizing truth hits her all over again. Noah went missing two years ago, and his body has never been found. Almost everyone, including Ava’s semi-estranged husband, Wyatt, assumes the boy drowned after falling off the dock near their Church Island home.
Ava has spent most of the past two years in and out of Seattle mental institutions, shattered by grief and unable to recall the details of Noah’s disappearance. Now she’s back at Neptune’s Gate, the family estate she once intended to restore to its former grandeur. Slowly, her strength is returning. But as Ava’s mind comes back into focus, her suspicions grow. Despite their apparent concern, Ava can’t shake the feeling that her family and her psychologist know more than they’re saying. But are they really worried for her well-being - or anxious about what she might discover?
Unwilling to trust those around her, Ava secretly visits a hypnotist to try and restore her memories. But the strange visions and night terrors keep getting worse. Ava is sure she’s heard Noah crying in the nursery, and glimpsed him walking near the dock. Is she losing her mind, or is Noah still alive? Ava won’t stop until she gets answers, but the truth is more dangerous than she can imagine. And the price may be more than she ever thought to pay….
©2012 Lisa Jackson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I didn't figure it out until the end! Good plot, Christina Traister did a very good job on narration.Think I will get another Lisa Jackson book.
Have been trying out new authors and Lisa Jackson is one of them. I liked the book. Found the premise likable. It reminded me of a '70's creep movie. Crazy house, creepy family.. 'Don't Look Now' , I'll pay you if you stay here overnight kinda weird. Even self admitted in the story itself. There were a lot of twists as others said but sometimes too many, sometimes predictable but it didn't really keep me on the edge. Was a little overacted by the narrator but I did like her. Weird house, weird killer, not sure how necessary murders or some of the ppl. I agree with the slow start, was definately that. Not good. Not bad. Just decent. Loosely borderline "kitschy".
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This book and narration worked for me in every aspect, and I highly recommend it - especially to those, who like me, enjoy a solid, beautifully-written, suspenseful yarn! I recommended it to a friend, who also gave it high marks. Thank you, Audible.com, for another winner, and as usual, from a very satisfied fan.
Tell us about yourself! I love to read or listen( audio), nothing abridged ,I want every word the author penned that is what I want.
I almost always know who did it but this book kept me wondering and changinig my mind several times
I wanted a thriller, and this author predominately writes romantic thrillers, so that may explain the problem, but I found her writing style ridiculous. The main character is very troubled and walks around following hunches with virtually no character development. To fill space, the author just puts in pointless filler. No one walks up stairs, they tread up subtly diminishing staircases. They don't dig a hole, they rythmically thrust a shovel into the soft earth, then move the soft earth in a rythm. Same words, adding nothing.
I was not expecting fine literature, but this book was so poorly written and edited that I felt cheated.
I found this book patchy and at times very repetitive. The main character would slip in and out of her character. One minute being strong and the next excruciating weak and pliable. What ever anyone says, (without giving the plot away) I am sure a woman would know if she had given birth or not!! the author seemed to run out of ideas as to how to end it and it became a bit of a circus. Not very satisfying.
One of the Best!
Loved the characters and the different voices for them!
Love, lust and deceit! A search for the truth!
Decent story but it took way too long to unfold. The author uses the term "gas lighting" way too much to the point I was tired of hearing it. There were some twists towards the end I was not expecting but overall it fairly predictable. I would try another book by this author.
This was the first Lisa Jackson book I have had on Audible, and I enjoyed it very much. The narrator Christina Traister did a really great job bringing the characters to life, and there were a lot of characters she had to work with. The story was good and was for the most part believable. I could see all the crazy people as a part of a family all living together in that great big house on the island, getting on each other's nerves. I suspected Ava wasn't quite as crazy as her husband made her out to be about 6 chapters in, but to find out more, you will just have to listen to the book. Oh, and just one more point. People who are in a wheelchair or are no longer able to walk are not referred to as handicapped. Please use the correct term "person with a disability", or someone who is disabled.
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