As an archaeologist, Callie Dunbrook knows a lot about the past. But her own past is about to be called into question. Recruited for her expertise on the Antietam Creek dig, she encounters danger - as a cloud of death and misfortune hangs over the project, and rumors fly that the site is cursed.
She finds a passion that feels equally dangerous, as she joins forces in her work with her irritating, but irresistible, ex-husband, Jake. And when a strange woman approaches her, claiming to know a secret about Callie's privileged Boston childhood, some startling and unsettling questions are raised about her very identity.
Searching for answers, trying to rebuild, Callie finds that there are deceptions and sorrows that refuse to stay buried. And as she struggles to put the pieces back together, she discovers that the healing process comes with consequences - and that there are people who will do anything to make sure the truth is never revealed.
©2004 Nora Roberts; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
"As in other delectable entertainments by Roberts, it is not the wild denouement but the pursuit itself - studded with scrumptious romantic encounters - that is the real dessert." (Publishers Weekly)
Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
I really enjoyed this book. Rank? Well, I've read so many....Top several hundred. But it made me smile - a lot - and I cared about the characters & found them interesting and smart. I've read ALL of Eve Dallas series (Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb) and a goodly number of Nora Roberts and this is definitely in my top few Nora Roberts, probably bested only by The Search and The Witness.
This book had me from the very first scene: the little boy waiting to see Santa -- writing was very visual and I could see and feel everything...
She's a little breathy, especially on Lana. Her Jake initially pulled me up short but I got used to it.
Not possible. Multiple parts. But looked forward to listening every chance I got.
I was really engaged in this story. I cared about the characters and liked spending time with them.
I am about half-way through and simply stunned that Nora Roberts and her publishers would permit this narrator anywhere near her books. She should fire whoever hired Ms. Quigley. I'm sure she's a very nice person and I think she's a B-list actress of some note (maybe?), but she needs to rethink her career if narrating is an ambition (and I note she hasn't done a book that's on Audible since 2008, so perhaps she has.) The women all sound arch and breathy. The only way she is able to "do" a man is to make her feminine voice gravelly. After a bit, everyone end up sounding much the same. She also seems to struggle with modulation - I have had my ears blasted a few times by sudden elevation in her volume. I concede this may be a production issue.
The story is OK. It's not Roberts' best, but an intriguing tale, mostly fast-paced, with well developed characters. There is a bit of stereotyping (or perhaps it's archetypes?) This always seems "lazy" to me on the part of the author, but I will concede that the narrator may have affected this a bit for me.
I realy would like to give this book 2 ?? stars and need to review it on 2 levels
1st the narrator: The actual reading was not bad her different voices were terrible. The voice for female lawyer was not appropriate ??? a constant bedroom voice. The ex-husband, Jake was by far the worse. He is described as being hot yet he sound like an old man that has smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day. In fact all the men in the book all sounded like they smoked way too much. I would never download another book with her as a narrator. I give her a 1 star.
2nd the book: I enjoyed the story ??? I knew nothing about archaeology was fascinated and how they applied that to Callie???s life discoveries. At times I found Callie to be a little too strong. I did feel the story dragged on a little too long ??? it could have been a little shorted. I must say I usually figure out the ???who did it??? but I did not on this one.
I almost did not get this book because there was some really harsh reviews. So i have few things to say about that.
If you are a Nora Roberts fan, the plot should be right up your alley (as i found it very typical of Roberts.) If you are a fan of audio books, the narration should not bother you. i have listened to A LOT of books. while not great narration, (the lead male character's voice was a bit irksome) i have heard REALLY bad narration and this does not meet the criteria of REALLY bad. To me, it again was typical. SO- if you are used to listening to books where the narrator takes liberties with voices you should be ok with this one. The plot wasnt Roberts best, but it was ok. For a weekend spent doing yard work i found this book good enough to keep me entertained while i worked and do not regret the points spent. I feel like a lot of the criticism i read came from people who were either not familiar with Roberts or used to audio books.
I had a few quibbles: Things dragged and were repetitive when the mother talked about her grief and angst over her baby’s kidnapping. Heroine was stupid to chase a bad guy with a gun when her only weapon was a can of insecticide spray. I wanted to see how the bad guy was able to get victims tied up in the final scene. It was hard to believe.
But still, I enjoyed it. There is mystery about who kidnapped the baby. There is suspense and murder. There are two romances happening. There is a happy ending.
Bernadette Quigley was fabulous. She does so many voices differently and well. And her voices for men were sexy. And no annoying breaths. She used good recording equipment. I will look for other books she narrates.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: romantic suspense.
I read reviews that the performance wasn't good, but I got it anyway and I'm glad I did! While she doesn't do male voices as well as some, I think she had an excellent voice, and is well suited for Nora's stories. I also think some of the reviews were critical of the performance when it should have been the editing. And I think that has been fixed. Now, the time between some chapters is almost as short as between sentences. :) And yes, Nora had done it again. Great story, really interesting characters. Had me trying to solve it as it unfolded. :)
I can't believe they hired this Ms. Quigley to narrate this book. really bad.
I really wanted to like this book; tried to listen to it several times but couldn't get past the narration. I have thoroughly enjoyed many other books by Nora Roberts but just couldn't get into it due to the absolutely horrible narration. Ugh!!!
The overall story of a dig was moderately interesting, though the dates seemed a bit preposterous. The family melodrama was interesting. Roberts did a good job of intertwining the various "good-guy" families together, but was a bit two-dimensional in describing the "bad-guy families."
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