But now she has been summoned back. Pamela's e-mail had been short and cryptic. More alarming, it included the code word they had used as teenagers, suggesting an urgency and secrecy that puzzled Irene. What could be important enough to make her former friend get in touch after all these years? She won't find out - at least not from Pamela, who lies dead in the luxurious home of her father, a U.S. senator, pill and liquor bottles beside her. The shock has barely subsided before the rumors begin to swirl.
Irene had planned to get out of this place as quickly as possible. But her reporter's instinct - and her own hunger to know the truth - compel her to extend her stay at the local lodge.
Even more compelling is the man who runs the place - a hazel-eyed ex-Marine who's as used to giving orders as Irene is to ignoring them. Luke Danner can see the terrified young girl hidden beneath Irene Stenson's black-clad, confident exterior - and he is intent on protecting her.
But Luke is also driven by passions of his own, and together they will risk far more than local gossip to sort out what happened to Pamela Webb - and what really happened on that long-ago summer night.
©2006 Jayne Ann Krentz; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"The dialogue, which dominates the book, is strong throughout; the plot is tight....this is an impressive page-turner from a master of the genre." (Publishers Weekly)
"Kathy Garver capably differentiates the female characters through careful modulation of tone and emotion. David Colacci's smooth, sultry tone breathes life into Luke and emphasizes the arrogance of the famous senator." (AudioFile)
Krentz delivers, as usual, but I had difficulty with Kathy Garver's style. While she differentiated between characters, her cadence takes away from the story - substance is lost to enunciation. She'd be great reading children's books. On the other hand, David Collaci was a joy to listen to, and I'd look for him again.
Irene Stenson was told but really never believed that her father had killed her mother. While everyone else said it was so and she had been the one to find their bodies one night when she was a teenager, she knew her dad wasn't the type of man who would do such a thing. When she gets a note from a friend that she had to meet her and tell her something she decides to come back to her old hometown. Before she can meet her friend, her friend dies (well, it is a murder mystery). This mystery kept me listening and riveted to the headgear as a good mystery should. Plenty of plot twists and turns and good character development. Highly recommend.
I really liked the book. It was difficult to put it down. The woman who played the main character was just perfect. My only complaint is that the male character sounded like no one I would call "sexy" or even "loving", yet the part he played in the book was both. He was just unbelievable.
This is my first book to read of this author and it won't be my last. I enjoyed the whole book, well worth the read.
I really enjoyed it. It is a mystery, a love story and was suspenseful. I liked that she really finished the book. Left nothing questioned at the end.
I liked the way the way the story unfolded and I really liked that the narration was done by both a male and a female. I didn't find the the main female character to be all that likeable so that's the reason I didn't rate higher.
This book needs a warning for very explicit sexual content. Other than that it was a good story - and I would have enjoyed it without the sex. This isn't a book I would recommend.
The story itself was okay, not great, but okay. If it wasn't for the worst narration ever I would have given it 3 stars. The male narrator wasn't too aweful, but the femail narrator was painful to listen to. Her narration was too forced and choppy. Mix that with a story that was very two dimensional predictable and flat it makes for a poor listening experience. If you like Krentz read this book, don't listen to it.
While the book itself left a lot to be desired (the story was a little predictable, and the dialog was rote), I'd have given it a 2-star rating were it not for the really odd delivery of the female narrator.
Kathy Garver's narration was nothing short of odd for a romance novel. She is a great enunciator, but emphasis often ended up on the wrong word or syllable, so that many passages did not make contextual sense. It felt as if she were reading a children's book or even a business text. Her distracting delivery was all the more evident because the male narrator was great. Were it not for his voice, the money I spent on this book would have been completely wasted, as I would never have finished listening otherwise.
Bottom line: before you buy this book, listen to the sample recording and multiply any annoyance you feel by 10. That'll be how you feel an hour into this book.
Someone tried, unsuccessfully, to dress up this drab mystery with a multi-voiced presentation that serves only to make it more annoying and distracting. The writing is immature; the story is predictable; the charcters are too cliche. It' one of those books that makes me know I wasted good Audible crdits and, worse than that, valuable time listening.
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