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.
No. The narrator was so distracting that there were many occasions that I would imagine how I would have said it had I been reading it out loud.
She emphasized words in an awkward manner. She didn't seem to find the right rhythm and cadence. It was so distracting to listen to her. She needs a director.
Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.
Decent book. Would have been excellent if some of the repeation was removed, but then it would have been abridged. Good mysteries that kept me guessing. If yelling from a narrator bothers you, be warned there is yelling that catches you unaware. I didnt find it too bad, it just became annoying.
This book is great as are all of Lisa Jackson's book, the only complaint I have is the woman reading the story sounds older and the character of Ava I imagine is under 30 so I constantly had to remember that Ava is not older so maybe a younger person would have been better for the story but overall it was a great book!
As promised Lisa Jackson has once again given an edge of your seat thriller--twists and turns in every direction plus a little love thrown in for good measure. She is and still remains one of my favorites. She makes you feel as if you are at the scene of the crimes and living in the main house on the island --isolated as all whom dwell there. Highly recommend for anyone who likes thrillers and mysteries.
This story was WAY too long!....not really believable and quite boring most of the time. Had I not been "captive" on a long road trip, I never would have finished it. Not worth a credit or a penny !!!!
At first the mystery in this novel drew my in, but by the end I just wanted to get it over with. The plot line of this mystery went overboard to the point of ridiculous with it's plot twists. By the end the narrator's voice was annoying - or maybe it was just the main character herself.
I've been enjoying many great Laura Lipmann reads, and decided to switch it up. I'm going back to Laura.
This book would probably be better as a shortened, edited movie. It might actually have potential on screen.
The storyline in this book was exceptional! Lisa writes great, griping, exciting books. This one is no exception. The story was all those things, but the narrator was terrible. Her mispronunciation of words was distracting and her misplaced inflections were horrendous. It appeared she had not read the book before she began her narration as it would often feel like she thought she was at the end of a sentence and "turned the page" only to find the rest of it. Her voices for various characters were nearly the same, also making it quite hard to follow. I highly recommend this book, but read it - don't listen to it.
Don't even start unless you can stomach the narrartor wailing "Noooaah" over and over again. The protagonist is sooo pitiful. Sure, she lost her small child, and she knows she is acting "insane", but she keeps doing it.
After about the 10th time, one just wants the story to end, yet it drags on. When you think it might finally get going, the protagonist (a supposedly tough, intellegent, former business woman) devolves into a puddle, and moans some more.
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