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)
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."
The narrator really didn't do well with this book. Every sentence, be it spoken by a character, exposition, or exciting action, was read in the exact same tone of voice. She uses a bizarre cadence for most of her readings, and seems to be channeling William Shatner as she. Regularly ends. Sentences in weird. Places.
I'm probably in the minority, but I didn't think her character voices were terrible. Many of the men sounded similar, but that's a common flaw with female narrators reading male characters (and vice versa).
The story is light and cute. Typical Nora fare--romance and mystery and family. Paced well, not too taxing on the brain and not boring. The story is good enough that I'm continuing despite a lackluster narrator. I grabbed this book on sale, so it's worth it to me. Think carefully (or listen to the preview!) before spending a credit or paying full price.
I just couldn't engage in this book.
I usually love all this authors. Oops, but this one just wasn't pulling me in.
The narrator. She couldn't keep the voices straight. Most the time I couldn't tell who was talking. She made the main female character sound male more often than not, and the main male character had the voice of a goofy beach bum.
Nora Roberts books are always fun, exciting, entertaining and thrilling. This book did not disappoint.
Barely worth listening to. I would have preferred to read it.
The narrator made the lead male character sound like a chain smoker and someone on pot half the time. I would have enjoyed this book much more had there been a different narrator. The male characters made it really hard for me to stay in the story.
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