When dependable Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His 10-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game, Super Mario - and he's covered in blood. Detective Jean Whitely rounds out the investigative team and she suspects there is much more to the case than what meets the eye. The happily married mother of two is unwavering in her determination to uncover the real truth about Brad. Was he abused? Or is he the product of an evil seed born to kill?
10-year-old Brad is found playing video games while the battered bodies of his mother and father are discovered upstairs in their bedroom. Brad confesses that he hurt his parents and is sent to an institution for children with emotional and behavioral problems. Here, Dr. Hope Rubin is tasked to evaluate Brad and find out what exactly happened in the Madison’s family home.
Told from various perspectives and switching between first- and third-person narrative, readers get a thorough insight into the lives of Hope as well as the police officers involved in the case: veteran officer Marty Keal and detective Jean Whitley. What surprised me was that there was very little to be discovered about Brad.
I generally don't like stories that switch between first and third person, but that's just a personal pet peeve. Overall, this was an interesting story that held my attention throughout; certainly helped by the fact that Dr. Hope and the two police officers were very likeable and realistic characters that were easy to relate to.
It wasn't quite the story I had expected at the outset, but if you don't mind a little bit of romance mixed in with some family drama, then you'll likely find something to enjoy here.
The audio was narrated by Beth A. McIntosh. She has a very pleasant voice and her pacing was great. I would have liked a bit more variety between the different characters' voices, but in general a good audio performance.
I received a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for a review.
The new dark psychological suspense novella by ex police officer and child protection social worker, John Nicholl. Every aspect of Kathy's life is dominated by her abusive bully boy husband. Now she's pregnant and in fear for her life. Can she ever escape him?
In Bully Boy Blue, John Nicholl created a very believable villain who was extremely vile.
Michael, a respected policeman, has successfully alienated and isolated his wife Kathy from family, friends, and the public by making her reliant on him financially and convincing everybody that she is mentally unstable and receiving psychological treatment. Ever since their wedding night 3 years ago, he's been physically, emotionally and sexually abusing her, but now Kathy is determined to find a way out.
This was a short listen but it definitely packed an emotional punch. It's an intense story and the domestic abuse scenes are raw and unflinching.
A very good short story raising awareness of domestic abuse situations.
Jake Urry narrated this poignant story with the quality I have by now become accustomed to: individual voices for all the characters, the female ones are portrayed in a credible way, and emphasis, intonation and pacing are excellent as always.
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Hidden Falls is exactly as Samantha Parker left it - small, insular, and prone to gossip. Eighteen years have passed since she witnessed her brother's murder, but she's still the talk of the town. Until a handsome child psychologist with haunting memories of his own arrives. Dr. Ethan McClane isn't exactly a newcomer. If it weren't for his latest case, he'd never set foot back in Hidden Falls. Thankfully, no one seems to recognize him as the troubled teen from years past.
Straightforward romantic suspense novel. More emphasis on the romance than the suspense. Characters a bit too clichéd and the plot too predictable. The narrator made the characters sound too alike. Some male characters sounded way too feminine.
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Sometimes there are monsters hiding in the people we love. Monsters we don't see until it's too late. As a psychologist to abuse victims, I see the damage those monsters can cause every day and the hell the women go through to regain their lives. My experiences in life are a double-edged sword. Without them, I wouldn't understand the women who seek my professional help. Having them has ruined me for any woman. I refuse to let history repeat itself.
Lindsey and Joseph are co-workers. Both are psychologists. One working with clients who have experienced abuse, the other concentrating on exploring the minds of criminals. One needs protection from an escaped convict, the other needs to come to terms with an upbringing characterized by abuse. One is looking for a loving, committed relationship, the other learned from an early age that you need to build up walls and refuse to let people in for your own health and safety as much as for theirs.
This has been my third book by B.L. Mooney in recent weeks now, and I've become a big fan of her creative mind. She crafts wonderfully complex main characters, surrounds them with interesting, well-developed side characters and puts them through intriguing storylines that are dark and emotional and combine thrilling suspense with scorching romance.
I loved the way the audiobook was narrated with the female narrator and the male narrator interlacing throughout. The audio production with the sound effects indicating flashback scenes was also really well done. What I was missing, in particular from the male narrator, was the emotions. This was such a highly emotive story, but the delivery was more suited to a news broadcast at times.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBoom dot com.
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Normal. It was a relative term, or so I thought. After a relationship from hell that almost killed me, I didn’t want another man in my life. A job, a home, and great friends were all I needed. Simple. Uncomplicated. Until two men interrupted the calm I was pretending to be. One could take me to the future—a future I never dared to dream I could have. A man who gave me a chance to smile and fix the mistakes I’d made. But, I shouldn’t get a second chance at a happily ever after.
Four years ago, Drew escaped an unhealthy relationship. With the help of her therapist, Joseph, and her best friends, Terri and Mark, with whom she has been living, she is striving for normal. Drew's abusive relationship with ex-boyfriend, Craig, is revealed through therapy sessions and flashbacks. Her friends believe she should be moving on and encourage her to see Dennis. Dennis is an all-around nice guy. Reliable, funny, safe.
But when Drew meets Carl, who is a widower with a little girl Drew is taking care of in the childcare center where she works, Drew has conflicting feelings whether normal and safe is right for her. Carl is self-assured, manipulative and controlling. In many ways very similar to her ex-boyfriend, Craig.
And what will happen when Craig comes back into their lives?
This was a very compelling story with a brilliant mix of romance, suspense, family drama, lots of emotions and some nice twists. B.L. Mooney's writing really draws you in and the characters are very well developed, that includes all the secondary characters.
I had a bit of a love/hate relationship going on with Drew. She is obviously a very vulnerable young woman with a traumatic past and I really wanted her to succeed. But, she made some pretty stupid decisions along the way. Some of the events relating to the childcare setting I found very difficult to believe.
The narration by Meghan Kelly was convincing and enjoyable.
I received a complimentary copy of the audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.
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The hunter becomes the hunted.... When a man is found dead at the remote church of Heavenfield, DCI Ryan is the only other person for miles around. The police have no weapon, no motive and no other suspects. Already suspended from Northumbria CID, Ryan must fight to clear his name. But soon more than his career is at stake when prominent members of the mysterious Circle begin to die.
Heavenfield is the third book featuring DCI Ryan and follows on from the events in Holy Island and Sycamore Gap. These have been getting better and better. This one is definitely my favorite. The history that is weaved into the story and the atmospheric settings in the North East of England combined with the fast paced, clever plot and the fantastic characters made this an excellent crime thriller. I would love to see Ryan, Anna, MacKenzie and Phillips investigating other cases in the future.These characters have really grown on me and it is nice to follow how they are developing with each book.
The narration by Jonathan Keeble is absolutely fantastic. He kills it with the different accents and I've been super impressed how consistent the different characters' voices have been across all three books. He has really brought these characters to life for me.
I would recommend the entire trilogy to all fans of fast-paced crime thrillers with believable characters.
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When Eloise's granddaughter, 20-year-old Finley, comes to live with her, Eloise's abilities start to change - things seem to be getting easier. Her load is lighter, and rather than chasing down people she needs, they are coming to her. She teams up with detective Jones Cooper to help a desperate father bring his daughter's killer to justice. Meanwhile, Finley, who is developing gifts of her own, has bigger problems than she's willing to admit.
The final novella in The Whispers trilogy. The entire trilogy covers a timeframe of about 30 years. I really liked the characters, the writing and the plotlines, but at the end of it, I feel I'm missing a large chunk somewhere. This is set in The Hollows as are several other books by Lisa Unger.
Another 5-star narration by January LaVoy.
It’s a day like any other for Eloise Montgomery - until tragedy strikes. While she is recovering from a horrible accident that takes the lives of her husband and oldest daughter, and as she works to help her younger daughter move forward, Eloise experiences her first psychic vision. Though she struggles to understand her newfound gifts, Eloise finds a way use them to save lost women and girls - for whom her help may be the only way out...
My first book by Lisa Unger. Excellent narrator. It's a short story introducing Eloise who discovers she has psychic abilities. Well written, featuring interesting characters, and considering its length, a remarkably solid story.
Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is unforgivable. She wanted to forget her past. He wanted to change the course of his future. She was everything he never knew he needed. He became her unexpected. Everything was perfect. Until....
No summary because the less you know when you start this the better. This one does exactly what it says on the tin: it is an unforgivable love story. It made me swoon to start with as girl meets boy, then there was an almighty WTF moment and I felt extremely angry, but things started to make a lot more sense and I thought why didn't I see that before, then I started to feel very conflicted about the characters, and when I got to the end, which wraps up the story well, I felt really unsure whether I liked it or not. The ending that is. The book, I loved. Clear as mud? Yup. Basically, if you like unconventional, angsty relationship dramas, you can't go wrong with this one. The author gives you three consecutive perspectives, each one ending with a mind-blowing moment. It is beautifully written, quite flowery in parts and made me wish I had an eBook copy to mark some quotes. I will definitely check out her other books.
The narration was excellent. Great job by a female narrator to portray the male characters so convincingly. She also got the entire range of emotions across perfectly, and each character was portrayed with a distinct voice.
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Most murders are committed by someone the victim knows. So when Steph Ryder is found dead, D.S. Allie Shenton begins her investigations close to home, starting with Steph’s family and friends. As each of the suspects scrambles to cover up their actions on that fateful night, Allie focuses on Steph’s husband, Terry. Soon, despite herself, she finds herself powerfully attracted to the ambitious and charming businessman, risking not only her marriage but her job and the investigation itself.
The first book in the DS Allie Shenton series set in Stoke-on-Trent. Steph Ryder, a woman pretty much disliked by everybody, is murdered on a night out. There are plenty of suspects from her bratty teenage daughter, Kirstie, to her shady husband, Terry, to her 'best' friend Carole; everyone is lying for one reason or another. I didn't find any of the characters likable, and while that doesn't usually put me off, I need to feel something to make the characters interesting and become invested in the story. For some reason, I just didn't care about these characters. The sexual attraction between DS Allie Shenton and the victim's husband, Terry, didn't work for me. Just didn't feel it, sorry. I started to like Allie more towards the end of the book, and the indication that the next book may deal with the case of Allie's sister made it interesting enough that I will read it at some stage in the future.
Overall, this was an entertaining enough listen that didn't require a lot of concentration and was relatively fast-paced with a couple of nice twists but just nothing very memorable. The narration by Heather Wilds was well done.
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