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Publisher's Summary

You can’t be married to someone without sometimes wanting to kill them....

As Long as We Both Shall Live is JoAnn Chaney’s wicked, masterful examination of a marriage gone very wrong, a marriage with lots of secrets.... 

“My wife! I think she’s dead!” Matt frantically tells park rangers that he and his wife, Marie, were hiking when she fell off a cliff into the raging river below. They start a search, but they aren’t hopeful: No one could have survived that fall. It was a tragic accident. 

But Matt’s first wife also died in suspicious circumstances. And when the police pull a body out of the river, they have a lot more questions for Matt.  

Detectives Loren and Spengler want to know if Matt is a grieving, twice-unlucky husband or a cold-blooded murderer. They dig into the couple’s lives to see what they can unearth. And they find that love’s got teeth, it’s got claws, and once it hitches you to a person, it’s tough to rip yourself free. 

So what happens when you’re done making it work?

©2019 JoAnn Chaney (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“Unputdownable….This novel is anything but predictable. The female characters are forces of nature, and the plot twists are deliciously demented, a la Gone Girl and Big Little Lies.” (People)

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Great story, weird narrator

I loved this story but the narrator was too dramatic. The story was captivating, I just cringed a lot with the weird voices and accents the narrator used...I’d recommend reading this book over listening to it.

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A compelling listen

This novel is not your typical story of a marriage. Rather, it is a tale of secrets, deviousness, and hatred within the confines of a 24 year marriage between two people who probably should never have ended up together. There are many twists and turns that will keep the reader in suspense, and it is doubtful that one will be able to guess the outcome of this mystery in advance. The story moved quickly and held my interest throughout. The narration was also good and overall this was a pleasant listen. I recommend this book to people who like mysteries and suspense.

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Great Book

I loved it! Best book I have "read" in a while. It really Kept you guessing until the very end!

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Quadruple cross!

The story seems very straight forward at first, but it runs through so many twists and turns. Double cross leads to triple cross leads to quadruple cross?!?!?!!! (Is that possible?)

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engaging

very well told story. would have prefered a male voice for the male parts but was able to deal with it.

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Makes you think about your marriage.

I listened to only the first 30 minutes. It was depressing. Nothing nice to say about it. I returned it.

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Can We Please Get Past Gone Girl?!?!

The story had some serious potential and might have been a stand-alone success were it not for three things: first, needlessly overdramatic narration (seriously... what was she doing?! Egads!!); second, incessant dime-store crime novella dialogue that NO ONE in today's world would use in everyday life; and third, almost chronic overt and covert reference to Gone Girl. (It was original and thrilling, yes! But can writers please stop trying to duplicate another writer's success through poor imitation and create your own stories, please? If I wanted to read Gone Girl again, I would!)

I don't necessarily have to like the characters in a book to enjoy it. Sometimes a book can be a better read if I just can't relate to the characters but am offered an opportunity to participate in a unique viewpoint through their eyes. Sadly, this book offered me nothing in that regard when it was all said and done. By the end, I found the story an improbable mess. The only upside for me was hearing about familiar places, and as much as I hated living in Colorado at the time (it was a hard three years for me) I was at least able to put flesh on the story by being intimately familiar with its setting.

My recommendation is to save your time and credit in search of a better story... and narrator. Blimey!

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Thought I'd hate the narrator

The narrator seemed a bit too dry and crass in the first paragraph or so. But, I ended up really liking her! Why are criminals always stupid enough to think they can get away with it? Guess that's what keep people like me reading books like this.

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The voice ruined it for me.

Although I enjoyed this book’s plot and characters, the narrator’s voice was so abrasive that I didn’t finish it.
I realize that voice preferences are subjective, but it felt to me like Ms. Delaine wanted so badly to sound hard-boiled that at first, I thought she was joking. It seemed disingenuous and I just couldn’t listen to it anymore, though I was about half-finished with the book. This is a highly unusual occurrence for me, in fact, it has happened to me only once before, a number of years ago. It was a book called “Plum Island” by Nelson DeMille, and was read by a male narrator, who also affected a hard-boiled way of speaking.
I mean no insult to Ms. Delaine. I am sure that everyone else loves her narration. It simply took too much away from the book for me to enjoy it.

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Too many unnecessary side stories

This has too many distractions from the main storyline that did nothing to enhance the book.