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  • Pendant

  • By: M L Hamilton, Mary L Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

When her student disappeared from a field trip, Elaine lost her job, her reputation, her identity, and her confidence. Twelve years later, the girl's distinctive pendant necklace turns up in a current newspaper photo of another young girl.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entire story revealed in the publisher summary????

  • By JK907 on 06-20-18

Entire story revealed in the publisher summary????

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-18

I really hate to rate a book I haven't read or listened to (Audible doesn't allow the writing of a review without providing a star rating beforehand) but I am confused because I purchased this book before reading the whole publisher's summary, but I just finished reading it since I was about to start the book...however, it seems as though the summary is a thorough spoiler for the entire book. If I am mistaken, I apologize and it is just my opinion that so much detail was revealed that I ultimately felt no need to listen to the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Twin

  • By: Marti Green
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Mallory Holcolm is an unfulfilled waitress and aspiring artist living in a Queens boardinghouse when she learns she has an identical twin sister named Charly she never knew existed. Charly is a Princeton graduate, a respected gallery owner, and an heiress married to her handsome college sweetheart, Ben. Charly got everything she ever wanted. Everything Mallory wanted, too. And now it might be easier than Mallory ever imagined. Because Ben has reasons of his own for wanting to help her. It begins with his startling proposal. All Mallory has to do is say yes. A chilling deception is about to become a dangerous double cross.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced, some surprises, a little predictable...

  • By shelley on 05-18-18

A Chick-Lit Book w/a Dark Cloud Hoovering on Top

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-18

First and foremost, this is most definitely a chick-lit (drama/romance etc) book but with a few, mild, dark twists— but in my opinion, not enough to consider it a legit mystery/thriller. With that said, I very much enjoy chick-lit books and mystery/thrillers so I was ok with the book. It’s one of those stories that would never happen in real life but for the sake of entertainment you have to just go along with it— and if you do, it will be more interesting. I thought I had the book mapped out and predicted...until part two that is. You may think you’ll be able to guess what will happen, but you won’t guess the way it is executed by the characters, and that was this book’s saving grace. I would only recommend this book if you’re into chick-lit, because otherwise you’ll be either perplexed or rolling your eyes for most of the story. But you never know, you might like it either way.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • What She Doesn't Know

  • A Psychological Thriller
  • By: Andrew E. Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 141

Sometimes what you don’t know can hurt you. In Riley Harper’s case, it’s what she says she can’t remember. Nearly a decade ago, Riley was the suspect in a murder investigation that destroyed her life and drove her into a psychiatric facility. Locked away for years, she was always guilty in the eyes of an unforgiving public. Now, after being released, all she wants is a fresh start, but the effort stalls when she becomes fixated on her new neighbor’s extravagant life. She can’t stop watching Samantha Light. And it’s curiously satisfying.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely a psychological thriller...but

  • By JK907 on 04-10-18

Definitely a psychological thriller...but

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-18

This was a definite psychological thriller but it got a little confusing at times. Some confusion was in a sense intentional and eventually became relevant, but I found it hard to figure out what to focus on. There were essentially only 3 main/active characters the whole time and every single additional character was poorly integrated. I am still not 100% sure on what became of these people and their significance toward the story because they were very remarkable: a detective from the past with a vendetta, and an agoraphobic neighbor that overcomes her fears and ends up being “best friends” with the main character. They just kind of come and go. The narrator was a little over the top with melodramatics; at first she really embodied the emotions, then it got a bit much for me — quite a bit of actual screaming and shrieking. But all things considered she was just expressing what the author wrote. As a whole I stayed fairly interested and entertained but it wasn’t cohesive enough for me and left a lot unfinished and unclear. I don’t know if this last sentence I’m about to write is considered a “spoiler”, so read on accordingly....but I found the ending utterly depressing and it’s always a bummer when not only does no one win, but everyone completely loses.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mister Tender's Girl

  • By: Carter Wilson
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

As a 14-year-old girl in London, Alice survived a horrific stabbing attack by two classmates obsessed with Mister Tender, a graphic novel character created by Alice's own father. Now, a decade later and an ocean away, Alice is trying to focus on the present - but the past won't leave her alone. Someone knows far more than they should - not just about the night she's tried so hard to forget, but also deeply private details about Alice's life.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Proper Mystery/Thriller Based on a True Event

  • By JK907 on 02-20-18

A Proper Mystery/Thriller Based on a True Event

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-18

This book is very well written and especially interesting as it is loosely based on a real incident that occurred a few years ago called the "Slender Man Stabbing". I had never heard of it prior to this book but I looked it up before listening to it and it really helped to set the scene, context and mood. I recommend doing the same before listening or reading this book.

I am always impressed when authors are able to make all of the characters and events purposeful, intentional and relevant and Carter did this excellently. I was not confused at the end and he spun a web that I would've never predicted. Though you might be able to guess particular angles and intentions of characters, the author takes it further than you would anticipate. He doesn't abandon any event or action and concludes the story and side stories thoroughly.

The story is from Alice's perspective, but she is unusually brave and isn't easily scared - which does makes sense since she survived a near fatal stabbing by two friends at age 14. However, her "braveness" makes certain elements "less" thrilling and spooky than they could've been. That may sound odd, but I thought some events did not unfold as creepy or exciting as it could have. Nonetheless, the author does a fine job of creating other scenes and occurrences to make this a thorough thriller.

Overall, I recommend this book, it is not in any of my "top" lists, but it's a very solid read - a proper mystery/thriller all the way. I listened to the author's other book, "The Comfort of Black" and it was very good as well but nothing at all like this book - they are in completely different genres, so I was pleasantly surprised with how well this book was executed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wife

  • A Novel of Psychological Suspense
  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,096
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,939
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,931

When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother's home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Toni R. on 02-03-18

Alafair Burke’s best book by far

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-18

Despite the genre this book is categorized in, as I was listening to it, I thought it was going to be just a drama with a little mystery due to the tone and beginning pace of the story. However, as the story unfolded, new revelations kept emerging and changing the direction of where you thought the story was going. As the story started to wrap up, a backlog of hints came into light and completely altered how and why the events occurred. The character development is so strong and the main character is very intriguing so I never grew disinterested. We also get the perspective of most of the other characters which helped reinforce their roles. I highly recommend this book and of the many Alafair Burke books I’ve read or listened to, this is his strongest in my opinion and definitely my favorite so far.

59 of 62 people found this review helpful

  • Her Last Lie

  • By: Amanda Brittany
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

She thought she was free of the past. She was wrong. Six years ago Isla was the only victim to walk free from Carl Jeffery's vicious murder spree. Now, Isla vows to live her life to the fullest, and from the outside it appears perfect. Determined to finish her book, Isla plans her final trip to Sweden, but after returning from Canada and meeting a man she never thought she would, her life begins to derail. Suddenly Isla is plagued by memories of the man who tried to murder her....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Almost but Not Quite

  • By JK907 on 01-22-18

Almost but Not Quite

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-18

This book had entertaining moments - however, the only thing that held my interest was how the author did a decent job of keeping the mood and tone as a thriller. The character development was so weak that it interfered with understanding the events that unfolded. There were many side story lines that were never followed-up and just left unanswered. Certain actions of most of the characters made no sense because we don't understand the motivation or reason since we know so little about that person. For example, the relationship of the main character with her boyfriend, it was hard to know how serious or how each person felt about the other. Even though the boyfriend does something to take their relationship to the next level, the way they felt about each other was still unclear. There was no background story or substance to back-up the actions of pretty much all of the characters. It was very surprisingly lacking. I just went along with it because as I mentioned, the writing, language, pacing was the way a thriller should be. Ultimately, keeping a reader/listener confused and in the dark and only barely explaining everything at the end isn't an effective mystery/suspense.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Know My Name

  • By: C. J. Cooke
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine, Joshua Manning
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

On a small Greek island, a woman comes ashore with no memory of who she is, where she's from, or how she came to be shipwrecked there. Worse, she has no way of leaving. As she's nursed back to health by the island's only inhabitants, four friends on an annual retreat, she detects tensions between the group that suggest not all is quite as it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The 3 Face of Eve + The Dying Game

  • By JK907 on 01-18-18

The 3 Face of Eve + The Dying Game

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-18

This story is a blend of the movie “The Three Faces of Eve” (old film from 1957) and the TV show with Toni Collete “United States of Tara”, combined with the book “The Dying Game” By Asa Avdic and “The Birthday Girl” by Sue Fortin.

Its paced well and doesn’t take long to get into. I really had no idea what kind of story this was going to be based on the summary (such as kidnap, killer, ransom etc.) but it gradually becomes clear as the book moves along. It wasn’t what I thought would happen at all, which was a great surprise, as the story took typical mystery/thriller elements and even plotlines but combined them with unique amounts of each. Though there is a lot going on in the storyline such as parallel stories, flashbacks, different character points of view, I think the author pulls it off fairly well and I think any future books will be even better.

The story is about a woman who ends up on a somewhat abandoned Greek Island and is taken in by four people who are there on a writer’s retreat. She has no recollection of how she got there and why – and, she can’t even remember her own name. However, in London, Lochlan, a husband and father of a 3-month-old baby girl and 4-year-old boy finds his wife, Eloise, and the mother of his children gone in the middle of the day. But, there are no signs of any intentional or forced departure, and her phone, money, cards, ID etc. are all still at home and furthermore, the 3-month-old is still breastfeeding. Eloise’s grandparents join Lochlan in the now nation-wide search for her and to help care for the children.

Meanwhile, at the small Greek Island, this woman, still confused about her identity, has no way of getting off the island and very much feels like a burden – using up food and  on this intimate writer’s retreat. For the most part, she gets along with all of them - but not all of the time, as the four writers don’t seem to have anything in common. Furthermore, she becomes increasingly alarmed with the behavior of one person in particular and finds herself not knowing who to trust.

As these two stories unravel, we learn about Eloise’s childhood before she moved to live with her grandparents who raised her as their own daughter, the home life of Lochlan and Eloise, and Eloise’s increasingly complicated thoughts. I very much enjoyed this book, definitely worth the credit, and will be looking out for more books by the author, C.J. Cook in the future.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Got You Back

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

James never intended to lead a double life; with a wife in London and a mistress in the country, it's exhausting. But that's all about to change. Stephanie, his wife, isn't really snooping when she finds a text message from a strange woman on her husband's mobile. But now she's found it, how can she ignore it? It's time to track the woman down and find out what's going on. Katie has no reason to believe her boyfriend, James, is cheating on her until someone claiming to be his wife gets in touch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good chic lit

  • By Yikes on 03-06-18

A Monster fueled by Schadenfreude

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-18

This was another good Jane Fallon story with her usual elements of friendship, fidelity, rightful retaliation, schadenfreude (pleasure from the misfortune of another) and without being cheesy. This story closely parallels the 2014 romantic/comedy, “The Other Woman” with Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton – where the mistress and wife collude against the husband (except in the movie, there is a second mistress). In this book, a man leads a double life for over a year, splitting his time in the city and the country as a veterinarian in two different clinics. His “real” life is in the city with his wife and son and his other life is with his mistress in the country. The two women get into contact after one learns about the deception and instead of taking out their fury on each other, they plot against the husband. They devise the ultimate plan to disgrace and oust him at his 40th birthday party, but as it is months away, they make his life miserable in the meantime. However, one of them starts to take it too far and the other must decide whether to put a halt to everything or continue with the plan he deserves. The ending is satisfying and the narrator was particularly excellent with a range of realistic voices from a young and old woman to a little boy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Faking Friends

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott, Kristin Atherton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Faking Friends by Jane Fallon, read by Sally Scott and Kristin Atherton. Best friend. Soulmate. Confidante. Backstabber. Amy thought she knew who Melissa was - then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fiancé. When her career begins to unravel, she pays a surprise trip home to London. Her boyfriend Jack is out, but another woman has been making herself at home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Schadenfreude to the max

  • By JK907 on 01-15-18

Schadenfreude to the max

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-18


This was a good book and though it’s in the chick-lit genre it’s not at all cheesy (not that it has to be, but it’s typically a main ingredient for chick-lit). The story delves into a deep-rooted, toxic, best friendship between childhood friends and the elements that hold it together and tear it apart. It explores the meaning and recognition of genuine friendships and how “schadenfreude” is not and should never be in the mix. Overall, the story is solid, character development is great, and the ending is truly satisfying.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Life of Crime

  • By: Kimberley Chambers
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Dragged up on a council estate, Jason Rampling was determined to change his lot. Jason's a chancer, shameless with his good looks and his gift for earning a few quid. Life is easy when the money rolls in. Melissa thought she'd struck gold marrying Jason. Being on his arm meant she was finally a someone. But there's no glamour in waiting for your husband to come home or waiting for a knock on the door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable , with a twist

  • By Anonymous User on 02-06-18

A Chronicle of an Inevitable Demise

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-18

This book is a chronicle of the lives of Jason and Melissa, from the very beginning of their relationship at a young age and all of the family and friends who come and go along the way.

Amid crazy circumstances, necessity and chance rather than love (initially), the pair end up together. The story fast-forwards in several, various time spans from days to years as drama, tragedy and inevitability dictate the direction of Jason and Melissa’s lives until their mid-to-late-30’s.

It’s a decently entertaining story, lengthy, but the fast-forwarding of time moves things along and keeps it interesting. Nothing is sugar coated and harsh realities are blatant and foreseeable. The character development is very strong so you really get to know them all which contributes to keep the audience engaged.

In the beginning, Jason is a 20 year old ladies man, extremely good-looking and has a 4 year old daughter whom he adores and whose mother abandoned both of them. He has several half siblings, a deadbeat mother and comes from a bad area in Britain. On the other hand, Melissa, 21 years old, very homely and plain in appearance, is an only child from a well-off family, and has a 2 year old son from a one night stand.

The central theme of the story is that Jason lives his life constantly trying to get away with stuff. He has many faults but truly believes he has good intentions. He is forever hustling to make a buck as he has the burden of supporting his wife (who isn’t as naive as he thinks), daughter, stepson, 3 half-siblings and grandmother but can never seem to catch a break. Inevitably, Jason and those involved in his life ultimately get the comeuppance they deserve.

I had a hard time with the narrator at first but eventually grew accustomed to her. The story is also extremely heavy in British jargon and slang - not just unfamiliar words that I had to look up, but regular words used in different contexts, but I think it gave it a sense of authenticity.