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  • Bad Mommy

  • By: Tarryn Fisher
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Lance Greenfield, Carly Robins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 749

When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it's not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It's because everything she desires is next door: the husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant- really good!

  • By Candice on 06-01-18

Brilliant- really good!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

Bad Mommy is an immensely entertaining yet genuinely creepy tale of personality disorders gone wild. Fig Coxbury wants what Jolene Avery has- a handsome psychologist husband, a beautiful little daughter and stylish friends. Fig sets her sights on the family, moving next door and inserting herself as a fixture into the family, all the while planning her takeover. Husband Darius is not all that he appears. Jolene now has her hands full. Told from these three points of view, this novel kicks into high gear from the start and doesn’t let up. Fascinating, haunting, scary and a little too easy to picture happening in real life, which makes it all the more interesting. Highly recommended!

52 of 53 people found this review helpful

  • Secrets and Lies

  • By: Lynda Renham
  • Narrated by: Rachael Beresford
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

When Flora and Adam McIntosh move to the country, neither of them knows that their new home holds a dark secret. Flora has a sense that something in the house is not right and that the villagers are hiding something. As she tries to uncover the truth, Flora finds herself entangled in a web of deceit, with no one to trust and her life in danger. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eery, vividly atmospheric; haunted

  • By Candice on 04-21-18

Eery, vividly atmospheric; haunted

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

Secrets and Lies is the second novel I’ve read by Lynda Renham, and having enjoyed the first one (Remember Me) I was no less impressed and enthralled by this one. We are introduced to Flora McIntosh, married to Adam, a upstarter in politics whose ambition doesn’t seem so driven so as to overshadow the fact that the only thing Flora wants is a baby. Will a new home in the country signal the new beginning they need to start their family?
They move to Hunters Moon in a tiny, inclusive and mysterious village full of dubious and unsettling townspeople who seem to have many secrets. Flora becomes obsessed with finding out the history of Hunters Moon- meant to be the couple’s dream house, Flora soon finds that her new home, including the village, is starting to feel like a surreal nightmare.
What I liked about this novel was the slow-burn feeling of adding layers to a mystery in true literary form, while the anticipation and tension build toward a series of climactic reveals. This wasn’t a thrill-a-minute ride. Rather, the plot was enjoyable in its sense of expectation shrouded in this atmosphere of uncertainty, almost a darkness, in a town in the season where fog hangs low late into the morning and a light rain falls while Flora walks through the cemetery, and a chill runs through the hall when she wakes to hear tapping at the cellar door.
Nothing more need be given away about Secrets and Lies. Lose yourself in the drama and suspense of the loopy, fey characters, the dark halls of Hunters Moon, and the sense of time weaving uncertain tales. Recommended.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Pact

  • By: S.E. Lynes
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Fifteen-year-old Rosie lies in hospital fighting for her life. She’s trying to tell her mother what happened to her, but she can’t speak the words out loud. Toni is a doting and over-protective mother, terrified for her daughter’s life. Having lost her husband in a tragic accident, Toni has dedicated her life to keeping Rosie safe from harm. She needs to know what secrets Rosie has been keeping and how she ended up in a hospital bed - but Toni has a secret of her own....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I don’t speak teenager

  • By Candice on 03-25-18

I don’t speak teenager

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

I think Tamsin Kennard is a really good narrator, but I couldn’t get past the teenage inflections, millennial-isms and otherwise maybe too authentic voice of Rosie. The plot seemed to go nowhere fast. I needed more to happen sooner. I couldn’t connect with the characters. This book was only so-so for me. I wouldn’t choose it again.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Friend

  • By: Teresa Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 364

On a train with her husband, miles from home and their four-year-old son, Ben, Sophie receives a chilling phone call. Two boys are in hospital after a tragic accident. One of them is Ben. She thought she could trust Emma, her new friend, to look after her little boy. After all, Emma’s a kindred spirit - someone Sophie was sure she could bare her soul to, despite the village rumours. But Sophie can’t shake the feeling that she’s made an unforgivable mistake and now her whole family is in danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good psychological suspense

  • By Candice on 03-25-18

Good psychological suspense

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

I enjoyed this novel and found the characters to be interesting and the plot riveting. The story is told in a somewhat disjointed way that jumps back and forward in time- not just from present to past, but also within chapters, where something is mentioned and then expanded on in a later chapter, so the reader will find it important to pay close attention to what is said in order not to miss important plot points. The narration was good. The suspense built up in a way that made me want to keep listening to the very end. Overall, a well-done suspense novel that focuses on character development and plot, rather than police procedural. Recommended.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Girls

  • By: Dylan Young
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

When a young girl disappears on the edge of the Forest of Dean and blood is found where she was last seen, the town is terrified a killer has returned.The local police are convinced it’s the same man who stabbed a girl to death 18 years ago. They know who he is. They’re desperate to finally have the evidence they need to put him away. To save another girl before it’s too late. Only Detective Anna Gwynne is sure he isn’t the real killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart, savvy suspense

  • By Candice on 01-21-18

Smart, savvy suspense

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

The Silent Girls by Dylan Young is a very, very good audiobook. The intricately woven plot provides an excellent and suspenseful crime thriller that keeps its edge until the last pages. I connected with the main characters on our protagonist team, tasked with cleaning up an old cold-case mystery while monitoring a new one that appears connected to stave off mistakes made in the earlier case that sent an apparently innocent man to prison- or is he innocent?
This is one of those rare books that grabbed me from the first chapter and had me riveted. It is smart, savvy and extremely well-written, with keen attention to detail and a grittiness typically seen only in the most admirable suspense thrillers. This is one to admire and one to pick up right away, in my opinion. Tamsin Kennard’s narration was a pleasure to listen to, and this American listener thought her accents were ace. An easy five stars for The Silent Girls.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Lies She Told

  • By: Cate Holahan
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden, Lisa Larsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,412
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,308

Liza Cole has 30 days to write the thriller that could put her back on the best seller list. In the meantime, she's struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing her down in both her professional and her personal lives, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine, Beth. Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she's home alone caring for their newborn. Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth is stranger than fiction is stranger than fiction is stranger..,.

  • By shelley on 09-23-17

Imaginings and Truths - Two Worlds Collide

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

This dramatic thriller deals deftly in the real and the surreal, and the inscrutability of the interchange between an author's life versus her imaginings as a writer.

Under editorial pressure to produce a long-overdue second bestseller, Liza takes to her laptop to write what she hopes will be an explosive romantic suspense hit. We hear alternating POVs between Liza in real life, and Liza's character, Beth, as she develops on the page in 'real-time.' Beth has an infant; Liza has been trying to get pregnant for years. Both have lawyer husbands. Beth's husband is cheating; Liza's husband is devastated since his friend and law partner Nick disappeared, and Liza becomes suspicious about the circumstances. Lines between truth and fiction, memory or dream, become blurred, leading to a climactic ending that did not disappoint.

This novel was well-written and the plot was unique and interesting. Once I got into it, I was hooked- about 1/4 of the way in- so give it a while to sink your teeth in. The characters were thoughtfully conceived and portrayed realistically in their roles.

Also, the relationship between Liza and her long-time best friend, Chris, is one of the best portrayals of an honest, bulletproof, one hundred percent, got-your-back (instead of 'stab you in the back') female friendship that I have seen in a book, ever. I called my best friend as soon as I finished it!

The narration was great for Liza, so-so for Beth-her tone was kind of flat at times making it lack feeling.
Otherwise-
Suspenseful, dramatic, murder mystery with a twist- I highly recommend 'Lies She Told.'

82 of 85 people found this review helpful

  • The One

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Vicky Hall, Simon Bubb, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

How far would you go to find The One? One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner - the one you're genetically made for. A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking - and deadlier - than others....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you read only ONE book this year...

  • By Candice on 05-19-17

If you read only ONE book this year...

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

...make it The One. What a great, engaging, and unique story.
What if there was really a soul mate for you somewhere in this wide world based only and completely on genetics? No matter your race, creed, religion, looks, where in the world you live, age, mental state, or even sexual orientation? And what if there existed a test, where for a simple swab and 9.99 your DNA match can be revealed to you? Would you do it? What if you are already happily married? Or what if your match is your same sex, and you are heterosexual (or at least, thought you were?!).
I found the concept of "DNA matching" a little suspicious at first, and actually that healthy skepticism stayed with me through the end. But that did not detract from the overall vision that I think the author was trying to convey.
The story is told through the points of view five main characters. Here are a few- Ellie, the CEO of a controversial mega-corporation who is both revered and reviled; Nathan, in love with his fiancé and ready to settle down, if only the girlfriend would stop insisting they "take the test;" Christopher, an ambitious and goal-oriented psychopath who finds his match and feels his life finally about to change.
The book is told in fast-paced, short chapters alternating between the five main characters. This choice made it near impossible for me to put the book down and it worked absolutely wonderfully to showcast the different experiences, opportunities, and dangers inherent in this technology. As is often the case with multiple POV storylines, some storylines may interest you overall more than others. But in the end John Marrs achieved the seemingly impossible: making me care about every single one of then, even the more than flawed ones.
Also, this book made me think A LOT about where the story ended for each character. Who "deserved" his or her fate? Was there ever a truly "happy ending?" If so, at what cost?
An excellent book- smart, savvy, and superbly well done- that I highly recommend. I will be looking for more John Marrs books in the future!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Kate

  • By: Alex Lake
  • Narrated by: Genevieve Swallow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Kate returns from a post-break-up holiday with her girlfriends to news of a serial killer in her hometown - and his victims all look like her. It could, of course, be a simple coincidence. Or maybe not. She becomes convinced she is being watched, followed even. Is she next? And could her mild-mannered ex-boyfriend really be a deranged murderer? Or is the truth something far more sinister?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent suspense thriller makes the mark

  • By Candice on 02-21-17

Decent suspense thriller makes the mark

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

Reviewed: 02-21-17

Killing Kate is about a 28 year old lawyer who has just broken up with her boyfriend. The boyfriend is taking pretty hard, but Kate is ready to move on. She meets a man who has the ability to draw her in, and things seem good until a recent string of grisly murders in her own backyard threatens girls her age- who look a lot like Kate. In a race against time, Kate needs to protect herself from danger and doesn't know who she can trust anymore.
This book started out a little trite but gradually hooked me. The storyline became more sophisticated and the characters well drawn out. Kate does not come off as too naive or trusting- you can identify with her situation and see that she makes educated decisions that sometimes just bring her closer to danger. I enjoyed seeing the close friendships between Kate and her long-standing group of friends who have her back. The suspense started to build pretty quick until I was holding my breath at the end to see whether the killer would be caught in time to save Kate! The narration was great and overall, while this book may not be a heavy-hitter, it was well written and enjoyable, and I would recommend it as an easy-to-read page turner!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • My Husband's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,981
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,441
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,439

For fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door comes an addictive psychological thriller that's already an international sensation. When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she's determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • weak

  • By Jen Irish on 09-16-17

An unexpectedly thoughtful and complex saga

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

Don't let the title fool you; this book is about more than a husband and a wife. There is a lot going on in this story and it requires attention to follow the different characters and plot lines. When the reader soon begins to untangle the yarns, however, the story will captivate.
Ultimately, I found that no detail of the story was placed without a reason, and there are a lot of details. The full experience of this story is worth the attention!
This is a great book, and I say "unexpected" because the description barely scratches the surface. This sweeping tale chronicles the lives of Lily, her husband Ed, and Carla, who grows from the precocious child next door to a beautiful, calculating and complicated young woman during the course of the story, which takes place over a period of more than fifteen years. There are other important people, of course, including a man whom Lily defends in court, who speaks in riddles, and to whom Lily is inexplicably drawn; The man in the shiny car who helps to shape Carla's perception of relationships; the brother who will never truly die.
The first several chapters of this book made me unsure if I would like it, but soon I was totally absorbed in the characters' lives. The author doesn't skimp on paradoxes within people and their relationships, the internal struggle of good versus evil, and the fact that people and situations are rarely black and white.
Ultimately, this rewarding book will absorb you, shock you, make you think about things in ways you maybe haven't before. The narration by Rosalyn Landon is nearly perfect for this book.
Lose yourself in the narrative and decide what your own truth is by the time you reach the end- you'll be surprised. This is a worthy book and I really do recommend it.

127 of 137 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,119

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST AUDIBLE BOOK EVER .....GRIPPING and UNEXPECTED

  • By Trisha on 03-06-18

A fantastic, engaging story, hands-down

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

If you could sum up Behind Her Eyes in three words, what would they be?

Expressive, dramatic, captivating!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't mind being a fan of a villain who shows such diabolically planned-out chaos, and Adele is one of these. Talk about an absorbing backstory and an even better present-day trophy wife come tragic victim come evil genius. One almost has to respect going to such lengths to hang onto the man she loves so very, very much...

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Each of the narrators did a great job with their respective characters and truly brought them to life.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

To Sleep perchance to Dream

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book and appreciated its use of a little fantasy to make it stand apart from others in this genre. This was not overdone, in my opinion, and it's use & effects on the characters' lives was appealing in that sense. There was something to like and to dislike about each character, so the common bad guy/good guy scenario was not really at play. Each person contributes to his and her situation in his own way.
As for the ending, I was not appalled at all, as some reviewers. I for one didn't see it coming at all, and was pleasantly riveted once I got it. I felt that the end was not disconnected at all from the story, and would encourage readers to not let it keep you from experiencing this engaging and wholly entertaining story. Overall, I loved it and highly recommend!

75 of 93 people found this review helpful