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Dying to Tell: A Slaughter Creek Novel, Book 1 | [Rita Herron]

Dying to Tell: A Slaughter Creek Novel, Book 1

Sadie Nettleton fled Slaughter Creek ten years ago, leaving behind the only home she’d ever known - and the only man she ever loved. Unable to cope with her sister's madness, or the terrible secret she and her sister share, Sadie swore never to return. But when her grandfather is murdered, and her sister charged with the crime, Sadie has no choice but to come back and face the ghosts of the past... For Sheriff Jake Blackwood, time has not dimmed the love he felt for Sadie Nettleton - or the pain of her leaving.
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Publisher's Summary

What happened to Sadie Nettleton’s twin sister at the psychiatric hospital all those years ago?

Sadie Nettleton fled Slaughter Creek ten years ago, leaving behind the only home she’d ever known - and the only man she ever loved. Unable to cope with her sister's madness, or the terrible secret she and her sister share, Sadie swore never to return. But when her grandfather is murdered, and her sister charged with the crime, Sadie has no choice but to come back and face the ghosts of the past... For Sheriff Jake Blackwood, time has not dimmed the love he felt for Sadie Nettleton - or the pain of her leaving. Now that she’s back, he’s determined to help her uncover the truth about her grandfather’s death and what happened to her sister at the asylum. As their investigation leads them deeper into a world of secrets, lies, and betrayal in Slaughter Creek, Sadie becomes the target of a madman who will do anything to keep the truth buried. Jake would give his life to protect Sadie. But can he again risk giving her his heart?

©2012 Rita Herron (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 10-09-14
    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 10-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful read.."
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    I really liked this book. It was a little wordy but not so much that it ever got boring.
    Loved Jake and Sadie. Felt really sorry for Amelia but liked her other personalities, Bessie, Viola and Skid.
    I was surprised at who the bad guys were.
    This was a great mystery, murder, love, lust and sex book.
    Now, I'm off to the next Slaughter Creek adventure.

    I got this book and the audio for free with my KindleUnlimited.

    As to the narrator: FANTASTIC! She gave every man his own voice, I loved Jake's.
    When the book called for a whisper she whispered, and that tells me when a narrator is any good. When you're hiding out or sneaking around and someone "whispers" to someone else and the narrator just reads in a normal tone I lose all interest in the book at that point. Narrators have to be aware of HOW things are being said, murmur, yell, whisper, laughter in their voice, anger, whatever. Like Tanya Eby or Kirsten Potter or Katherine Kellgren or Robert Petkoff, these are all great narrators. IMO..

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 01-20-13
    Michelle 01-20-13

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    "Is this a book for adults?"

    I haven't finished listening to this book, but there is something I just have to say.
    The writing, especially the romance, was very juvenile. I rolled my eyes so many times over the romantic thoughts going through the characters' heads I'm surprised I can still see. I kept asking if these were really adults. In checking out the author, I can see that she's an adult. So, why are her characters so immature?
    The author also repeats things over and over. Guess what? I'm a reasonably intelligent adult who doesn't need to be bashed over the head with the same details you just mentioned in the last chapter. And the chapter before that. And the paragraph before that.
    The narrator did an excellent job. I'm going to search out more books by her.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    CM 01-17-13
    CM 01-17-13 Member Since 2010

    Better things to do but this is more fun.

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    "Not what I expected - Mystery, not romance"

    Not what I expected, definitely not. I was expecting a romance with some mystery and instead this is a mystery with some romance. The H/h circle each other endlessly (while the mystery plays out) and the final chapter is where they really come together as a couple. Too little, too late for my taste. If the romance portion of the book had been a little more developed, I would have given it another star. I'm thinking of books like Dream Man by Linda Howard, for example.

    ***SPOILERS***
    I also had a few plot issues - overall, the mystery is well developed but it starts to get sloppy toward the end. Jake and his brother Nick are both law enforcement and are both representing their agencies (County Sheriff and FBI) in the investigation of their father's case. Wouldn't this be a conflict of interest? I can't imagine any DA agreeing to have a case investigated by a family member because of the potential trouble it would generate if the case were to go to trial. I was equally distracted by the fight scenes that take place near the end of the book. Maybe it's because I was listening (audible.com) and not reading that they struck me as fake. E.g., does anyone still refer to a 'karate chop' motion in today's fiction? Maybe so, but more important is how Jake comes out the victor, without harm, in every fight and regardless of who is armed, who has the element of surprise, etc. Then there is the repeated reference to who the mastermind is - Jake & Nick catch the bad guys but they talk about who was in charge. Yet they never follow up, this particular thread is just left to unravel for someone to maybe pull it loose in a future book. Not all loose ends have to be tied up by story's end (this is not Charlie's Angels, after all) but somehow I'd have liked it if Ms. Herron had acknowledged the we'll-never-know aspect of this one, or maybe never raised it at all.
    ***END OF SPOILERS***

    Those items were irksome but overall, the book was good. I picked it up thinking it was a romance, however, so be aware it leans more toward mystery.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 06-28-15
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 06-28-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Good Psychological Mystery! Great Narration."

    This was a great mystery. A bit of a psychological thriller going on. I didn't figure it out until close to the end, so in my book that makes for a good mystery. I usually figure them out pretty quick. This was an interesting story from beginning to the end.

    I liked the hero and heroine of the story. I also like the sister Amelia including her extra personalities. LOL

    The story line and plot were good. Kept me guessing. There was lots of dialogue throughout the book, I love lots of dialogue.

    The romance is not the main focus of this story but it was a good underlying story. As for the romance portion Jake and Sadie did have good chemistry, there was sexual tension and one nicely written sex scene. Not erotica.

    As for the narration it was great. Tanya Eby does a great job with all the voices, the men sound like men and everyone has their own distinct voice. She reads with emotion including whispers, yelling, etc.. I really enjoy her narrations.

    This was a free read free listen with my Kindle Unlimited so it was a great deal for sure!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zulu 02-15-15
    Zulu 02-15-15
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    "Mystery with a touch of romance"

    If you're expecting a romance book, this isn't it. There is some romance but more toward the end. Jake and Sadie had had a close relationship in the past, but circumstances separated them. They fight their feelings through the majority of the book. There was one sex scene but it was pretty low key.

    This was more about the mystery of who's going around killing people and what's being covered up. There were some flaws in the story, but this is fiction after all and not real life. The characters were well developed, including Amelia's multiple personality alternates.

    There was also some violence but nothing too major.

    The narrator did a terrific job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-07-15
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    "Excellent plot with believable characters"

    While the book is a little slow at the beginning, it picks up speed and has lots of teists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer RADCLIFF, KY, United States 02-22-13
    Kindle Customer RADCLIFF, KY, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2014

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    "I was surprised by how much I LOVED this story!"
    What did you love best about Dying to Tell?

    GREAT story. I couldn't quit listening...narration is awesome, too!


    What other book might you compare Dying to Tell to and why?

    A Karen Rose book...it's that GOOD


    What about Tanya Eby’s performance did you like?

    She's great at doing multiple characters voices...I love the way she GETS the nuances of books, like I'd read them. I just truly enjoy her narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several, but just overall a great listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be buying more Rita Herron...waiting for new books in audio!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A User 01-08-13
    A User 01-08-13
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    "Absolutely Fabulous!!!"
    What did you love best about Dying to Tell?

    One of the best books I have ever heard!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Saddie!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the Sherrif saw his father with Saddie


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No...


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deb 01-14-13
    Deb 01-14-13
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    "Horrible"
    What disappointed you about Dying to Tell?

    Soooo much angst. The same thing repeated over and over. If you insist on reading this, just read the 1st two chapters and the last 3 and you'll get to keep the hours you would have spent on the whole book. How many times do we have to have the female characters kidnapped or drugged or attacked or helpless. Don't waste your time. I feel for the narrator.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Almost anything else.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narration was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha J. Sargent 09-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Pleasantly surprised"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dying to Tell to be better than the print version?

    Yes, listening to someone's voice brings everything alive.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book for free as a promotion and I didn't know what to expect. I went into it not knowing what I would get but the mystery had me hooked. I thought I knew what was happening the whole time but the twists that come are amazing ! I loved it and now I want to read more !

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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