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.
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".
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
I liked that my attention was kept during the whole reading of the story.
The reader was very convincing especially when she heard Noah crying.
The ending wasn't quite what I thought.
I don't think so. The story seems interesting, but the reader's screaming is driving me crazy. A good choice for Whispersync.
So far, how annoying the 'screaming scenes' were.
Heaven forbid no!
Hoping there aren't TOO many instances where the reader feels the to 'act' instead of READ.
Really good story but the narrator is so distracting - she spends half the story screaming, literally screaming Noah's name over & over. I enjoy narrators that speak in a realistic way but her screaming is too much for me. I'd probably enjoy reading this book more than listening to this one.
I really enjoy other Lisa Jackson titles, and would continue to buy her books as long as they are not narrated by Christina Traister. The narrator had an incredibly whinny voice.... I don't know if was the writing or the narrating but I found myself disliking this book. I later went back and read the book and without the distracting whine of the narrators voice I rather enjoyed the book. so my over all review more reflects the book after I re-read it
The story was not quite suspensefull, but it did have enough twists to keep me interested
anyone other than Christina Traister
I really enjoyed this book! It drew me in from the start, and kept me listening til the end. I loved the twists and turns. A real who-dunnit that kept me guessing until the last chapter. Despite some reviewers' bad opinion of the narrator, I found her voice to be very well-suited to the characters and the storyline. Some of the "sound effects", like "creak" and "bamm" were a little corny, but not distracting. Also the inflection on the proper words was very good until the last couple hours. I guess if I sat and tore it apart I could find a couple places where I would have read a line differently, but it really did not affect the meaning or the the storyline itself. I admired the main character's persistence, and was happy that the romance was not overdone. I also thought the ending was very realistic and believable. Really worth the credit!
I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
A gripping story that keeps you captivated until the end. This could lead to sequel book.
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