• Cape Refuge

  • Cape Refuge Series #1
  • By: Terri Blackstock
  • Narrated by: Rene Rodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (574 ratings)

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Cape Refuge

By: Terri Blackstock
Narrated by: Rene Rodman
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A gripping tale from New York Times best-selling suspense author Terri Blackstock. When the kindest couple in Cape Refuge is found murdered at their church, their daughter will have to find the killer...before her own husband is convicted.

Wade and Thelma Owens run a halfway house on the small island of Cape Refuge that caters to wayward souls just out of prison. So when Wade and Thelma turn up brutally murdered, the town goes into shock, concerned that one of the Hanover House residents is a murderer who could strike again.

Shattered by her parents’ deaths, Morgan Cleary struggles to keep Hanover House running while her husband, Jonathan, has been arrested for the murder.

As the killer runs free, a lethal race against time ensues, with far more than the halfway house at stake.

  • Full-length suspense novel with a thread of romance
  • Part of the Cape Refuge series
  1. Cape Refuge
  2. Southern Storm
  3. River’s Edge
  4. Breaker’s Reef
©2002 Terri Blackstock (P)2008 Zondervan

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I'd love to say I loved this.. but...

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I usually enjoy Terri Blackstock's stories. Some are unusual, some will make you think. This story is just a very good yarn. However, the narrator was SO annoying. The attempt at a southern accent is horrible and her portrayal of the young girl was whiny. It seems she wants to portray all Christians as flat monotonic beings without any Joie de Vivre. But then, that may be how they are written as well. They just don't seem to be.. really human - with conflicts and failings, etc. The story is good. A good message. I just wish I could have given it higher marks.

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Not bad for "Christian" fiction

If I had known this was Christian fiction, I would have skipped right over it. I'm glad I didn't. I am a pastor's wife, so I am sympathetic to writers and artists who use their gifts to reflect the truth we find in scripture. However, I have a very low tolerance for mediocre work. Terri Blackstock is not a mediocre writer, in fact the plot and the story telling were very engaging.

The gospel presentation is pretty heavy-handed, so the book is unlikely to appeal to anyone who isn't already persuaded. (I wish more Christian writers and artists would read Victor Hugo, for instance, and get the hint... )

My big gripe with this recorded book is the "recorded" part. Ms. Raudman whines and shrieks her way through the largest part of the performance. If I hadn't been drawn into the storyline the shrill narration would have been enough for me to abandon the book in the fist few chapters.

It's an engaging "lite" mystery. Safe for sharing with your grandmother or your kids. Unlikely to offend any sensibilities.

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Should be labeled as young adult fiction

I look forward to when Christian fiction catches up with Christian music. I only finished the book to try and support Christian writers. It was full of two dimensional characters, two female leads that were immature and screechy, and a Scooby Doo plotline. There wasn't even a nod to basic civics in the law enforcement and investigation aspect. The hero cop could successfully be sued by half of the other characters. I'm glad there are people trying to offer this; but it really should be labeled for young adults.

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Wonderful Book - Southern accent painful!

The storyline is wonderful and I love Terry Blackstock’s books but the southern accents were very painful. Being a southern girl myself, I don’t feel like it portrayed us accurately or intelligently what so ever. Every character in the book sounded like a backwoods hick and it took me a long time to be able to get over that thought and actually listen to the storyline.

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Wanted a Mystery Not a Morality Play

I bought this because it was highly rated by a reader I follow. The story was well constructed but the narrator was very poor at doing southern accents and male voices.
I skipped about two thirds of the book, but had no trouble figuring out what lead to the conclusion in the last chapters. Christian love, charity and forgiveness is wonderful to many of us, but extremely hard to swallow in such large doses from flat or fatuous characters in this book..

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a mystry of murder

i read this book earier in life and the audio book added a more dramatic flare to it and i enjoyed it i will listen agian

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Whiny narrator & Predicatable story.

I am not religious, but I am spiritual. I have read many books with religious storylines that I have enjoyed very much. However there was little I liked about this book -- including its approach to Christianity. I found this preachy and moralistic rather than inspirational. And the mystery was predictable. I knew the "bad guy" long before it was revealed. It made the police seem inept or uncaring. And the characters re all too one-note. The good people are only good. The bad people are only bad, and completely unlikable. It isn't realistic, and I couldn't ever find a character that made me want to come back for more.

Also, the narration is terrible. The Southern accent is atrocious. The Caribbean accent is bad. The voicing of the young girl is whiny. Ugh!

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well done!

the narrator played each part consistently and well! She captured the emotions of the characters without over or under playing it.

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Awful.

I wish I could get my money back. The narration is over-blown, with a fake-sweet voice used specifically to introduce Christian messages of forgiveness and redemption. There is no character development or even plot development. This is a terrible book and I won't buy any others from this series.

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Suspense until the end.

It was a good story. it kept me guessing who the murderer was until near the end.

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