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  • Forgive Me, Alex

  • By: Lane Diamond
  • Narrated by: Kevin Scollin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Tony Hooper stands in shadow across the street, one amongst many in the crowd of curiosity-hounds gathered to watch a monster's release. Seventeen years after Mitchell Norton, the devil, terrorized Algonquin, Illinois on a spree of kidnapping, torture and murder, the authorities release the butcher from psychiatric prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • has you clinging to the edge of your seat!

  • By Heather C. Cox on 05-12-14

Suspense with Grit

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

This was a different type of mystery/suspense novel, but one that I enjoyed. Diamond writes with a unique style that comforts you in one moment while shaking you in the next. What I enjoyed most was the fact that I didn’t know what was going to happen next. He kept me guessing, and the ending was another nice surprise. I gave it 4.5 stars and recommend this for anyone who likes suspense books with a bit of grit.

  • How Will I Know You?

  • A Novel
  • By: Jessica Treadway
  • Narrated by: Ryan Vincent Anderson, Christopher Ryan Grant, Cynthia Farrell, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 456

On a cold December day in northern upstate New York, the body of high school senior Joy Enright is discovered in the woods at the edge of a pond. She had been presumed drowned, but an autopsy shows that she was, in fact, strangled. As the investigation unfolds, four characters tell the story from widely divergent perspectives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very, very good

  • By cristina on 12-16-16

Pretty Good Mystery

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

This book had its ups and downs. I enjoyed most of the mystery/suspense aspects, but there were several instances of character dialogue and thoughts that didn't sit well with me. It simply felt unnatural. Overall, it was still worth reading if you like mysteries with a twist, and I gave it 4 stars. I felt like some of the race-related writing came across as forced rather than as a part of the story. 

  • Before He Finds Her

  • By: Michael Kardos
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,103

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting Mystery Glues-2-U for Hours

  • By W Perry Hall on 02-09-15

Nice Surprise...

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

I loved this book. It had such a strange beginning that I couldn't tell the direction it was headed, Then, at the perfect time, the mystery took on a life of its own. I enjoyed the mixture of love, suspense, betrayal, and forgiveness. The characters were messy, and the ending was unexpected, leading to 4.5 stars. 

  • Lie to Me

  • By: J. T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: Matthew Waterson, Saskia Maarleveld, Sarah Naughton, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 703

Sutton and Ethan Montclair's idyllic life is not as it appears. They seem made for each other, but the truth is ugly. Consumed by professional and personal betrayals and financial woes, the two both love and hate each other. As tensions mount, Sutton disappears, leaving behind a note saying not to look for her. Ethan finds himself the target of vicious gossip as friends, family, and the media speculate on what really happened to Sutton Montclair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sharp Psychological Thriller - 4 Amazing Narrators

  • By Erryn Barratt on 09-07-17

Annoying but still sort of good

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

There were times when I couldn't stand this book, and there were other moments when I really enjoyed the story. My biggest problem was with the main character, Ethan. His responses and actions went beyond the point of simple annoyance. He wasn't believable, and his actions/speech took away from the mystery, which actually ended up being pretty good. I gave it 3 stars, yet I somehow still recommend it, but I'll warn you to be prepared to become agitated. 

  • The Ex

  • A Novel
  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,743
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,743

Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night’s party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ex: cellent

  • By Lady S. on 04-29-17

Nicely Balanced Mystery

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

This was a surprisingly good read. I particularly enjoyed Olivia's character, her flaws, and her passion for her job. The mystery part of the book kept me guessing while the relationship aspects were also relatable. I will admit that I sort of saw the ending coming, but I didn't see it exactly the way that Burke wrote it. I gave it 4.5 stars and definitely recommend this one. 

  • The Child Finder

  • A Novel
  • By: Rene Denfeld
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054

Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon's Skookum National Forest. She would be eight years old now - if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as "the Child Finder", Naomi is their last hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beauty and Brutality, Haunting and Healing

  • By Marisa on 10-03-17

Emotional Mystery

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I wasn't sure about this one when I started it, but I liked Denfeld's writing. The book is a mix of sadness and that search for a happy ending. I won't give anything away, but the journey is worth taking. The main character, Naomi, is relentless and doesn't let anyone walk over her. While there were a couple of connections that felt oddly pieced together, this was still a really good book. 

  • It's Always the Husband

  • A Novel
  • By: Michele Campbell
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 967

Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, despite being as different as three women can be. Kate was beautiful, wild, wealthy, and damaged. Aubrey, on financial aid, came from a broken home and wanted more than anything to distance herself from her past. And Jenny was a striver - brillliant, ambitious, and determined to succeed. As an unlikely friendship formed, the three of them swore they would always be there for each other.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible

  • By Linda Howell on 03-08-18

Loved the twists & character struggles

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

I really loved this book. Campbell pulled me in from the start, and I enjoyed seeing the story through the eyes of the different characters. Some, okay most, were frustrating, but the book was written in a believable way. I liked where the story went and the struggles of the women. If you're looking for a different type of suspense/mystery, this one is definitely for you. 

  • Where They Found Her

  • A Novel
  • By: Kimberly McCreight
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert, Lauren Fortgang, Rachel F. Hirsch, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,330

At the end of a long winter in well-to-do Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town's prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, twist filled novel

  • By Chad G. on 04-18-15

A Nice Surprise

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I found this book to be entertaining and surprising. I enjoyed how the different perspectives from the main characters intertwined, but it was a bit confusing at times. Still, I did not see the ending coming, and that is always a nice treat. This is a wonderful blend of suspense, mystery, and psychological suspense. I gave it 4 stars and definitely recommend it. 

  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,901
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,892

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can't move. She can't speak. She can't open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn't remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from 20 years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller audiobook asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Highly recommended.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-17-18

Pretty good, I think...

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

This book wasn't great, but it wasn't horrible either. I found myself confused at times, and some of the author's language choices felt out of place. With that being said, there were nice twists, and she kept me guessing what would happen next. I gave it 3.5 stars, and if you enjoy psychological thrillers, you'll probably like this one. To be honest, I'm still not sure what to think about this novel.

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  • The Women in the Castle

  • By: Jessica Shattuck
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,762

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined - an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times notable book The Hazards of Good Breeding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skating On The Thin Ice Of Life

  • By Sara on 04-29-17

Tough to get through

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I really wanted to like this book, but it was difficult to finish. While parts of the novel were interesting, so much of it was simply boring. As I read it, I felt like this was the type of book that smart people read and raved about. I consider myself fairly smart, but I could not find enough pleasure from the book to justify how slow and dry it was. The writing is not to blame, but it felt like reading for work rather than reading for enjoyment.