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 used inaccurate emphasis so many times I had to grit my teeth. There were run-ons, pauses in the middle of phrases, and shifts in pronunciation which completely changed meaning at times.
The story was as good but the reading was far worse. I have listened to several other Lisa Jackson books and enjoyed them, but this was disappointing. As I said, good story though.
I became so leery of hearing mispronounced sentences that at times I lost track of the story.
Noah age 2 has been missing for two years. Ava his mother has never given up hope even after a stay in a mental hospital. Everyone thinks she is a certifiable nut case. As the story unfolds we learn the secrets this family is keeping. Each is more bizarre than the next.
Just when you think you have figured it out, the author throws you a curve. The story becomes so bizarre as to be unbelievable. The ending doesn't make much sense.
Another thing I had a hard time with was the hardcore cussing. The cursing would make a rapper blush. It is not necessary to spice up dialogue with G**D*** & F******C***** and much worse.
I would not recommend the book.
This is a great listen! Just when I thought I had it all figured out....I was wrong.
Say something about yourself!
Yes! I did not want to turn it off!
Yes, it kept me guessing until the end. It was full of suspense!
The main character, Ava
If I didn't have a book to read-I would listen to this again-especially looking for more clues now that I know.
had me guessing throughout
voices of others-helps to have a visual
-you don't want to know-
A GREAT Narrator And a GOOD Story!!!
it was different from what I normally listen to. the story was intriguing and held my interest !!
was when Ava almost threw Jewel ann over the second railing....
YES! I really liked all the twists & turns in the story!!
I REALLY Enjoyed .....my first L.Jackson novel am on my Second one Now!!
I've read several of Lisa Jackson's books...and this is as good or better than others. However, the narrator was very distracting. She never seemed to get the *flow* of the story, and seemed to struggle with the voice changes and the overall feeling of the story. I will listen to other books by Lisa Jackson, but not with this reader. She needs more coaching or maybe a director.
If you are looking for a book with lots of twists and turns, this is your book. A little bit slow at first but picks up midway through. Kind of a cross between a romantic novel and a who done it mystery. I must admit the main character drove me a little bit crazy. Ava is supposed to be a strong willed business women. Some called her a tyrant and/or a 'bit**". Her son Noah is taken or drowned when he is two and this is where the book begins. I am a mother and grandmother and I can only imagine what Ava would be feeling, but she turns into a weak, sappy, blithering mess. A bit too whiny for me. That aside, the book is a good read and definitely worth the purchase.
The book was entertaining enough and I would continue listening past my commute to and from work...but (without giving any of the story away) I feel that the ending maybe wasn't thought through well enough... could have been stronger or just different.
i am addicted to audio books. I always have one on in my car, or on my i-pod when I'm cleaning or shopping. I always have loved to read
I love this author, but this is not her best book. Plot to involved
I would say that the book is not one I would purchase again
The reader is okay. I could listen to it and do other things
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