At the age of 13, Charlie Quinn's childhood came to an abrupt and devastating end. Two men, with a grudge against her lawyer father, broke into Charlie's home - and after that shocking night, her world was never the same. Now a lawyer herself, Charlie has made it her mission to defend those with no one else to turn to.
Karin is my favorite storyteller. I just wish the publisher would get a different narrator for her books. First works had Judith Ivey and Patricia Kalembar who were both great. In trying to add drama to the story, Early constantly adds awkward hesitations, as if she's lost her place. Reads like an automaton. Doesn't do justice to the books.
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The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.
My first Ann Leary book but not my last. TGH is a nicely layered story but not convoluted. Hildy is flawed and real and I couldn't help but root for her and got mad at anyone who gave her crap. Mary Beth Hurt did a fabulous job at bringing everyone to life and was amazing with all the voices. Heard a rumor that Streep & DeNiro will be Hildy & Frank in the movie! Hope it's a true rumor .. how awesome would that be!?
Faith McMann comes home to a nightmare: her husband is killed and her son and daughter are taken. Although the intruders leave her for dead, she survives. Crippling grief and fear for her children make life unbearable. Until her anguish turns to anger...and she trades victimhood for vengeance.
Story started OK but seemed more like a teen novel by the time it was done. The 'action' was so simplified. However, I may have been able to get past this, but for the narrator. Sounded like a bored high school student being forced to read aloud in English class.
In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.
I like his acting a lot, but I may like his narration better. As for SK ... I feel inadequate trying to describe what he pulls out of me with his books. What an unlikely band of white nights in this trilogy! But SK works magic with them, and the personality Patton gives to each and every character is nothing short of genius.
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Callie Cantrell has only fragmented memories of the car accident that killed her husband and son. One year later, she's still trying to start over, yet she can't shake her unease. Especially when former LA cop West Laughlin barges into her life, searching for his young nephew. At first he thinks Callie's lying about who she is and what she knows. But soon it's clear that Callie and West are linked by a killer who has bent others to his twisted will. The worst night of Callie's life was just the beginning of his vengeance. And when her turn comes again there will be no escape...
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
I'm sure I would have - with a different narrator!
What was most disappointing about Nancy Bush’s story?
I'm not convinced the story was disappointing ... the narrator completely ruined this book for me. I have several of Nancy Bush's audiobooks and have gotten completely wrapped up in each of them, but I just could not finish this one.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marisa Vitali?
January LaVoy or Natalie Ross
Any additional comments?
I will borrow the book from the library because I'm sure the story is worth another chance.
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