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A Woman Misunderstood

Tennessee Delta Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
Series: Tennessee Delta, Book 2
Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
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On a sweltering July morning in rural Tennessee, 50-year-old Rebecca Reynolds visits the family farm, where she literally stumbles across the mutilated bodies of her parents and younger sister, a sister who had spent life in a wheelchair after a birth fraught with complications.

Rebecca's first thought is to call 911. Her second is to find her estranged sister, Lena, who was disowned by the family years before. Her third is to wonder how long it will be before Lena is arrested for the murder of their family.

As the police gather evidence pointing to Lena, the sisters turn to attorney Brian Stone. Convinced of Lena's innocence, he agrees to take on the case. But in a family ripped apart by dysfunction, is anyone truly innocent?

©2016 Melinda Clayton (P)2017 Melinda Clayton

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A Woman Misunderstood

It was a strange tale, two sisters brought up in a poor environment. Family killed, only the two sisters survive. All evidence points to Lena, the worst of the two

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A compelling suspense story

Rebecca Reynolds returns to her parents' home for her weekly visit only to literally stumble over her wheelchair-bound sister's dead body.

Her parents are also dead, all three hacked to death with an ax.

She calls 911. She wonders where her other sister, Lena, disowned by the family years ago, is. And she wonders how long it will be before Lena is arrested.

It's a very effective, chilling set-up for chilling psychological suspense. We see the story through three sets of eyes--Rebecca's, Lena's, and those of the lawyer Rebecca hires for her sister (who is indeed arrested as the most likely suspect), Brian Stone.

Lena truly is the most likely suspect, and the evidence mounts against her, even as Stone becomes convinced of her innocence.

We see all three viewpoint characters develop as complex and sometimes ambiguous figures. Other characters, seen only through the eyes of these three, also become nuanced and layered.

Michelle Babb does an excellent job of narration as always, and Melinda Clayton kept me guessing till the end.

Highly recommended.

I received a free copy of this audiobook, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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So GOOD

This book is not something you would expect. You have to listen to till the end! I don't want to give to much about the book but I would so listen to this mystery again. Look at all of the clues!

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  • Jan M
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  • 07-28-19

Chilling!

A Woman Misunderstood by Melinda Clayton is full of twists. The storyline is chilling. I was riveted listening to this book. Michelle Babb is fantastic bringing the characters to life, She adds the right emotions and inflections to her voice. Rebecca and Lena are the survivors in this story, yet is one the killer? The author really impressed me with her imagery, suspense, and twists. I didn't see the ending coming, which is kudos to the author.

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Couldn't Put It Down

In the July heat of Rural Tennessee, Rebecca Reynolds enters her parents' house. The scene that she enters into is one that no one wants to enter, the death of her parents and her wheelchair-bound sister. Rebecca cannot help but think her only other living sibling Lena is the killer. Lena has been estranged from the family for decades and hates their parents. Despite not really believing in Lena’s innocence Rebecca gets Lena an attorney, which turns out to be Brian Stone. Brian may have his own problems but can he put them behind him and prove Lena’s innocence?

This book is very well written. There are several dark subject matters covered in this storyline. They are written in a realistic way without getting too graphic in the descriptions. The book is written mostly in the first person point of view, by having the chapters written in Rebecca, Lena, or Brian’s perspective with the occasional chapter in the perspective of a trial transcript. This gives the reader more insight into each main character thoughts and life, allowing the reader to determine what really happened to the Reynolds.

I listened to the audio version of this book from Audible. Narrator Michelle Babb does a fantastic job telling this story. She brings each character to life with excellent accents and tone of voice. She gives the story life, keeping the characters realistic without any over the top accents. She has great timing and diction, bringing an already great story to greater heights.

I recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers and family dramas. I voluntarily agreed to read this book in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.

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  • Lynn
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  • 01-27-18

A great who-dun-it!

If you could sum up A Woman Misunderstood in three words, what would they be?

Wait to judge

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Woman Misunderstood?

Getting to know the characters and their family.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending because you never knew that was coming!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The fact that the story was believable keeps you listening.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

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A Woman Misunderstood

This was a fascinating look into the lives of all the members of a family.When some of them are found dead, one is blamed.Can they find who did it?Lena is blamed and is waiting to hear her fate from the jury.She isn't sure if she did it or not.She was drugged at the time.It is a twisted tale of love and hate.Michelle Babb is good at the narration.I was provided this book free by the author, narrator or publisher.

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Great book from start to finish!

If you could sum up A Woman Misunderstood in three words, what would they be?

suspenseful, powerful and emotional

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

This book definitely kept me interested. I listened to it all at once and it kept my attention from the beginning right through to the shocking ending.

Which character – as performed by Michelle Babb – was your favorite?

Lena

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found this to be an emotional book. The characters were interesting and the plot was believable.

Any additional comments?

This was one of the better books I have listened to. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. That being said, I would not have been the least bit disappointed had I paid for this book.

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The story of a dysfunctional family

Any additional comments?

I have received this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Rebecca Reynolds goes on a Saturday morning to her parent's to help with the chores of the farm, to discover them dead and mutilated along with Kelly, one of her younger sisters. Rebecca calls the cops and Lena, her other sister, gets arrested, even though she does not remember anything from the night her family was murdered. Lena has always been the problematic daughter, doing drugs and living a life which nobody approved of. But Lena and Rebecca have a lot of baggage, and maybe some secrets too. Rebecca calls Brian Stone, a semi-retired layer to assist with Lena's case. He believes Lena is innocent but she is not even sure about that.

This is the second book of a series, but it can be read by itself, since this story is not like a second part of the first book. In fact, I have not listened to book 1, even though I would love to do it one day, and that did not prevent me to fully enjoy this book.

One of Melinda Clayton's strong point is creating beautifully constructed characters with complex relationships amongst them. She is a licensed psychotherapist, and you can see that in her books. The Reynolds were a dysfunctional family, but each one of them felt completely real. Little by little we see how their family dynamics were, and Clayton peels off the different layers of their relationships, ending with a very realistic portrait of a family.

Even though there are not many twists to the story, Clayton was able to keep my interest until the end. I was almost sure we would never have known whether Lena did it or not, but the end was something I did not expect, and it really shocked me and had me thinking for many hours. The word I would use to describe it is 'disturbing'. If an author gets to move and sock their readers I think it is a victory, and Melinda Clayton won me with this book.

The book is narrated by the wonderful Michelle Babb, one of my favorite narrators these days. She gave different nuances to the sisters so that they sound really different to the ear. She is expressive, and transmitted the characters' emotions in a powerful way. Male voices were also very well done, and I can say that Babb's narrations always provide a five star experience.

This was a very good book, and greater even because the end really surprised me and made it even better. I am curious about Brian Stone's story, so I will definitely listen to the first book in the series. I would recommend it to anyone who would like a well told story but stay away if you are looking for a happy book.

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Watch out for the ending!

A Woman Misunderstood by Melinda Clayton is second in her Tennessee Delta Series. This book can be read as a stand-alone although there are some references to prior happenings that may be further clarified by reading the first book of the series, Blessed are the Wholly Broken. Rebecca comes for a visit to her family home and finds her parents and a disabled sister dead...hacked to death. Not surprisingly the black sheep sister of the family, Lena, is accused and soon to be defended by Brian Stone. The author keeps her readers' interest with lots of twists and turns in the plot and good character development. And whoa, I did not see the ending coming! Michelle Babb does a remarkable job of narrating the audiobook, telling the story well and bringing the characters to life. I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook and was not required to give a positive review. The opinions are my own.

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  • Raven
  • 07-03-19

Murder mystery

This was an interesting listen and kept me guessing for a time about who the killer was. The plot and characters were well written and the world building good. I thought the narrator did a good job of both the text and the production.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 06-12-18

A mirage. Something which appears real, but isn't.

A tale of two sisters and one man, each seperately damaged by the memory of their pasts. And the brutal murder of three members of one family.
Rebecca returns, as she always does, to the family farm where she grew up and finds both parents and her younger sister dead, brutally hacked to death. Kelly, the daughter, was brain damaged, requiring constant attention and Rebecca had driven the four hour journey from her work place evey weekend to assist her mother care for her and her father, who had been weakened by an heart attack. Her whole life had been one of subservience to this family care. Trapped. The third, and youngest, sister, always overlooked in the family dynamic, had left when sixteen, turned to drugs, prostitution and minor criminality to survive, so immediately became a prime suspect. When charged with the killings, Lena's defense attorney, Brian, once very good, is still grieving the loss of the only people important in his life, a married couple, his anchors until the husband murdered his wife.
None of the three main protagonists had had an easy childhood. All still lived with the results and without hope for the future.

The book is artfully written, mostly in the first person, the story driven forwards through alternating chapters from the perspectives of Rebecca, Lena and Brian. In the latter part of the book, there are also occasional short trial transcript excerpts. This device not only brings an immediacy to what is happening but also reveals the inner workings and fears of the main characters. Each becomes very real. It further allows the reader to try to determine for themselves what actually happened: did Lena kill her family, as accused? Or is there an alternative solution?

Michelle Babb's narration is superb. Each of the main protagonists have their own distinctive and appropriate voice as their story is revealed. And within their own stories, the other characters have seperate voices, too. Her reading is warm, inclusive, natural, further bringing each person to three dimensional life. A marvellous performance.

A very enjoyable listen overall, a mystery also charting the very different effects of a dystopian family on the children. Chilling, but with very little visceral gore revealed, A Woman Misunderstood should appeal to all enjoying psychological and legal mystery thrillers as well as those with an interest in family dynamic.
Both well written and narrated: highly recommended.

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  • Sara Niña
  • 02-05-17

Prepare to be deceived

This book, while it wasn't as good as the first of the series, was incredible in its huge build-up of suspense. I didn't know what to think, and the ending was shocking. No better word for it.

It was a strange tale, two sisters brought up in a poor environment. Family killed, only the two sisters survive. All evidence points to Lena, the worst of the two. So, Rebecca, along with Brian (the lawyer from the first book), help the court and the jury see her innocence. A difficult task when Lena has such a terrible memory of the event.

It was strange in the sense that it was dark, eerie at parts, yet at other times this darkness was subdued giving way to a lighthearted, deceptive sense of calm. I was glad to find Brian in this book, he being my favourite from the first of this series. Though, I would say that this book can be read as a standalone, but I do recommend you read the first- I found I liked that tale better. I feel it would have been interesting to hear Brian's thoughts regarding Anna's child, or even the father of the child.

I listened to the audio book for this, it was narrated by Michelle Babb. I really liked it, it felt fitting and gave a good feel to the book. The emotion was there, as was the way that even the narration didn't give much away- in terms of the ending.

Both stories are emotional and engaging in their own way. And as with life, you can say, a lot feels unresolved. This also happens to be something true of the first of this series.

I received this book from the narrator, for review consideration.