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Publisher's Summary

Isaac Childs has the perfect life - until that life comes crashing down when his wife Ramie vanishes.

Isaac learns that his wife's disappearance is the ninth in a string of similar cases. In the wake of this news, he struggles to cope, to be a good father to his daughter and college-bound son, and to reclaim something of an ordinary life even as he conceals his troubled past.

After the FBI makes an arrest, and his wife is presumed dead, Isaac begins to move on. Yet will his secrets catch up with him? Has he conquered his vices for good? And what of the FBI's theory that the case isn't completely resolved, after all?

Evolved Publishing presents the first book in the An American Family series, contemporary suspense thrillers that explore one family's trials and tragedies.

Books by Jackson Baer:

  • An American Family (book one in An American Family)
  • Life after Death (book two in An American Family) (Coming November 2018)
  • Clouds Fall like Fire
  • The Earth Bleeds Red
  • The Lights Will Never Fade

More great thrillers from Evolved Publishing:

  • Forgive Me, Alex by Lane Diamond
  • The Syndicate-Born Trilogy series by K.M. Hodge
  • The Oz Files series by Barry Metcalf
©2018 Evolved Publishing LLC (P)2018 Evolved Publishing LLC

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Excellent plot

I loved the story and how the characters had real life flaws. They was relatable to modern day issues in families. The ending left me wanting to know how the delimma is going to be resoved. The only downside was the narrator didn't fit the story. He was great with the mens voices but the womens voices all sounded too similar for my tastes and the narrative part had more of a bedtime story quality. Aside from that this was an excellent book.

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Loved it

I absolutely loved this one. It has all the feels. Isaac had it all then tragedy strikes. This is a story about dealing with life changing events and learning to cope with the outcome. I really loved this book and look forward to the next one.

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very interesting

this was very interesting.. some spots was creepy.. and the narrator did an amazing job with that haha. the story was very seat of your pants gripping type of story.. very well written. the narrator captured the feelings of the story and the characters very well . i liked this a lot

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What Would You Do?

The author did a great job establishing the characters and the character relationships. Not only do they seem like real people, but they struggle with the same 'demons' that a great many people struggle with such as infidelity, temptation, addiction, abuse, and more. At the same time, these characters also experience some of the genuinely best parts of life such as following their dreams, love, new beginnings, success, etc. One of the best aspects of this book is the author's ability to weave in this element of honesty of the reality real people encounter in their daily lives.

This isn't your typical abduction story. This isn't the typical 'person is abducted and then killed' or 'person is abducted but is saved and everyone lives happily ever after', it is so much more. However, there are periods throughout the book where I would start to forget that this was supposed to be a 'contemporary suspense thriller'. These periods are still intriguing, but the details do start to seem irrelevant to the overall story if you don't know that there is a 2nd book. Since there is a 2nd book, there is some stage setting going on that will likely make more sense later on and character interaction that will likely come to fruition. One very important question we are left to consider: what would you do if you were Isaac?

I think the narrator really did a great job with this performance, on a general level. He was consistent, clear, and he differentiated the character voices very well. I think he could have done exaggerated some emotions throughout the performance to add an extra layer of intensity to the story. As a narrator, he did great; however, I'm not wholly convinced that his actual voice was the best voice choice for this particular story. Regardless, he absolutely must narrate the next book. There is nothing worse than a narrator change in the midst of a series.

Excellent writing and great narration. Anxiously awaiting book 2!

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Something Different

This book is completely different than any other I've ever read. The characters are flawed and sometimes tough to root for.

FINALLY!

I hate it when books have these perfect characters who are nothing like people in real life. An American Family offers mystery, suspense, drama, love, and hope for redemption.

I will 100% be reading the next book. I also enjoyed the narrator. His voice is soothing, and while the female characters need some work, I simply loved this book. I'm literally waiting for book two to come out.

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Wow, just wow!

This book was pretty bad on all levels. The story was weird, the characters, especially the main character, were entirely unlikable. I will not be purchasing anymore in this series. I'd also like to comment that the narrator was by far, the worst narrator I've ever listened to. He sounded like a creepy old man reading to kindergarten children. I will be sure to never purchase a book narrated by him again.

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A good story - more dramatic than thrilling

this was a good story, but for me it fell more to the Dramatic General Fiction, than a Gripping Suspenseful Thriller. The story does have merit though. Families struggle in stressful times, and this story delves into the dynamics of a family that has experienced stress that we can only ever hope we do not experience ourselves. While the narrator has a pleasant, clear voice, I do not think he was a good match for this book.

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