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 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.
Yes, but only because I've liked other Lisa Jackson books. If this were the first, NO.
The story itself has its good points but it is melodramatic and circles monotonously!
At the beginning, I loved this narrator. She enunciates slightly differently and in a way that keeps you interested. However, she screams every time the main character does and is as melodramatic as the character. I had to skip whole chunks of the book.
It make me want to scream myself - MAKE IT STOP!
There was not a dull moment in this book. I hope the author has more like this. I listened on my long commute and while I did paperwork at home. It made both far more enjoyable
I have seen a few negative comments but I think this book is true Lisa Jackson. I was taken into the story as if I was actually there. Loved it. The narrorator was excellent. I will always recommend Lisa Jackson books.
This book was a little slow to catch my attention, but when it did, I listened every chance I got!
There are a lot of characters on the canvas, and none of them feels like an "extra." Some are fleshed out better than others. Still, I was sure I knew early on how the story was going to end, then I figured it differently mid story, and still had it wrong until the actual reveal.
Story line was good although it became overwhelming towards the end. When the author interjected sexual thoughts of the characters, they often times seemed contrived and out of place, especially the thoughts of the police detective. And how many times can you use the term "gas lighting" in one book? I think the author exceeded that limit. After saying all that, it was a good book of guessing "who dunnit."
If I had to hear the narrator scream "Noah! Noah!" one more time, I thought I would scream too. Of course, it could have been the writing as well as the performance. I got it after the first 10 times the main character called out for her son, whether sleeping, awake or in a hypnotic trance. Maybe it wasn't so noticeable in print but it certainly was annoying in the audio format.
No... I know the ending... duh!
It was SUPER suspensful from the beginning to the end and incorporated just enough sexual tension, etc...
The narrarator was the best I've ever listened to... she could read anything and make it amazing.
When the truths came out! Crazy twists at every moment.
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