Everyone in the quiet Jersey Shore town of Silver Bay knows the story: on a Sunday evening in September 1991, Ramsey Miller threw a blowout block party, then murdered his beautiful wife and three-year-old daughter. But everyone is wrong. The daughter got away. Now she is nearly eighteen and tired of living in secrecy. Under the name Melanie Denison, she has spent the last fifteen years in small-town West Virginia as part of the Witness Protection Program. She has never been allowed to travel, go to a school dance, or even have internet at home. Precautions must be taken at every turn, because Ramsey Miller was never caught and might still be looking for his daughter.
I would put this one in the "just ok" category. Although I could invision the situation really happening- it gets a little more implausible as it goes on. As another reviewer stated, the people don't seem "real" -I agree. The reader/listener is never really engaged in caring about them, so maybe that would have changed if they had been given more depth in the quality of each character-they were kind of shallow. Although it was a little suspenseful, it never rose to the level of my feeling really afraid for the kidnapped girl- but maybe that was due to the plot being pretty apparent from the beginning. However, I would not rule out listening to this author's next book. This one was entertaining, just too predictable.
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A master storyteller at his best - the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant fan. "I made them especially for you," says King. "Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth."
Each and every story is a wonderful trip into the unexpected, twisted, bazaar, shocking, or in some cases, really sad.
None of the stories I would classify as "horror" - but in there own way, they do terrify. I'm not a big sports fan, but loved the story about Lucky Billy. Also, I kept skipping over the story that started with "something under the bed" because that is one of the things that gives me the most chills. However, this story turned out to be completely different that what I was expecting.- - and don't worry - the under the bed reference is not a spoiler--you find that out in the first 60 seconds.
A lot of the stories deal with the subject of death - what happens when we die, and if there is an "afterlife" at all. Interesting views on the subject.
Adding to the stories, the narration was just excellent. King narrates a few himself. He also gives a little insight into how he came up with the idea for each one, and those little interjections between each story were gems in themselves.
For a short story collection --highly recommended.
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The unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George's novel of crime, passion, and tragic history. As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire, deceit, and murder.
Oh how I miss the early novels by E. G. I think after she killed off Lynley's wife, Helen, the books just have not been nearly as engaging. All of the usual characters used to be more interesting, and likable. I loved it when Simon St. James and his wife, Deborah were a big part of the group. They have been pretty much non-existent with her latest novels. Also, Barbara Havers used to be one of the more well thought out characters, but in the last two novels she is projected as much more sloppy and uncaring about what she looks like or what decisions she makes. She was always prone to get into trouble, but somehow didn't seem as dysfunctional in the earlier novels.
E. G. usually has a cast of hundreds, and the stories go on too long in some cases - which is true with this one as well. It was hard to keep track of who was who at the beginning, and I ended up going back several times. Starting with an excellent storyline of an extended dysfunctional family, a controversial author, a murder, attempted murder, a possible suicide, and many current and past secrets to be revealed, the book takes a downward turn by being drawn out too long. Maybe the length was objectionable to me because I really, really did not like the narration by John Lee. It was so clipped and hurried, it made me want it to be over with.
Wish I could recommend this one--I would say if you don't mind the narration it may be more tolerable.
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In the middle of his usual hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm. Carl is dismissive when he realizes that a new case is being foisted on him, but a few hours later he receives some shocking news that leaves his headstrong assistant, Rose, more furious than usual.
Roes and Assad quietly go about the business of doing most of the work of crime solving, even as Carl tries to nap. He gets interrupted repeatedly with complaints from his two assistants, but ultimately, they work together like well-oiled cogs.
This series is just brilliant in it's detail and character development- each installment is just as good as the last. Although this could be a stand alone novel, and the same for the others, the enjoyment is expanded greatly if starting at the beginning and reading each in order. Best to know the little quirks and backstories for each of the Dept Q characters,
Adler-Olsen has hit upon a winning series!
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Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.
When the severed leg arrives , it seems to plainly be a message for Cormoran Strike, due to the fact that he is missing part of a leg from service in Afghanistan---however, the package is addressed to Robin. Thus starts the increasingly tense hunt for the person who sent it. Amazingly to Robin, Cormoran says he can name at least four men he knows who are capable and have reason to send him this kind of thing.
Part of what makes this crime novel so appealing is the continuous wit and increasing attraction between Robin and Cormoran. Without them, if would be just a so-so story.
This one reveals a big secret in Robin's life, and a more in depth look at her relationship with her family and her fiancé. The wedding day is set, but everything is not all rosy. There is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end which might throw everything into another direction in the next installment--
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Who Goes There?, the novella that formed the basis of the film The Thing, is the John W. Campbell classic about an antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient body of a crash-landed alien.
As kids, my sister's and I would sit up late and watch every vampire, werewolf, and zombie type movie ever made. As adults, those movies don't look so scary now, but, boy back then I felt chills the first time I saw James Arness as "The Thing" - it gave me nightmares.
This novella is sooo good. The narration is excellent and brings all characters to life- I enjoyed this story just as much as the movie version by Carpenter, and much more than the remake.
For good old fashioned chilling suspense, this is the one to get. Suggest listening in bed with the lights out for the full effect.
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On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?
As another reviewer said- "i didn't want to like these girls" -- I too started out that way. Kirsty and Amber, however, fell into a situation when they were young that was not something they were looking for- and certainly their young ages made them perfect "victims" as well.
Throughout the story there is a feeling of impending doom, which is slowly developed and very well written. The scenes going back and forth from the past to present day were well done-it was a completely riveting story. My heart ached for these two girls as their story was revealed, and I almost didn't want to hear the ending-fearing the worse.
While there were some "side stories" that I didn't think were necessary and didn't offer anything to increase the enjoyment- in fact were kind of a distraction - it was not bad enough to interfere overall.
I'm going to watch for future works by this author-they can only get better.
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In 1893 Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams--a member of the Adams family that has given the United States two Presidents. Clover's suicide appears to be more than it at first seemed; the suspected foul play may involve matters of national importance.
I know that sounds harsh--but I was so disappointed in this book. It seems as though D.S. just sat down and started with an idea and then wrote anything that roamed into his thoughts that could be remotely related. Sure it has an interesting premise, and a lot of semi-historical fiction- but each piece seemed so disjointed from the other. I was left scratching my head at most of it.
Seems anything about Sherlock Holmes is popular these days, and I know there are plenty of people who loved this book- I'm just not one of them.
Dan Simmons is a favorite of mine - try The Terror - it is so unique and addicting (don't listen to the abridged version- better to read the print or on kindle.)
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On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovers an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms are taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loves, and the world as he knows it.
This was the first time I listened to the original story --and so glad I did.
The horror and suspense builds so slowly- so deliciously - it was a straight through listen with no breaks- what a great production!
The small town of Mill Valley California is about to be invaded. It isn't clear if these invaders are evil and threatening, or possibly some other type of creature - maybe coming to earth to save us from ourselves? The anxiety is there either way. The movie version differs in some ways- the movie was great in it's own way- but I still like listening better.
Dr. Miles Bennell is confronted with bizarre stories from some of his patients that people they know, or are related to, are somehow not themselves. They are convinced that family members are absolutely identical to the real people, but aren't them. He discounts this as a type of mass hysteria or something else- but certainly not to be believed. He is in for a wild ride.
The narration is a big part of the pure enjoyment of this book. An interesting twist --Kristoffer Tabori is the son of Don Siegel, who directed the 1956 film. Mr. Tabori is an amazing narrator.
Another spooky listen for October.
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Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?
Great writing, with a deeply moving storyline. Psychological terror as it progresses -I held my breath at times hoping the inevitable would not happen with people I cared about. Everything works here- the narration by Stephen King is amazing.
Every once in awhile I come across a story that stays with me long after I read (listen) to it. In this case- if you don't listen- you will miss so much! I had listened to this one a long time ago, and for some reason failed to write a review. I re-listened last week, and enjoyed it just as much, if not more, the second time around.
The ghosts are terrifying, the cabin is spooky, the lake scared me, and some of the people too. Pretty amazing for a story that starts out with a tragic and sad storyline. King can send chills up my spine with the most innocent of events, no gore or slashing required.
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