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A fire ignites a whirlwind of action and accusation in a swamp town that hasn't seen excitement since the big lottery win 12 years ago. Little does reporter Chloe Keyes know that when she sniffs around for clues, she'll end up facing her own demons while unsettling the very foundation of her hometown.

Chloe starts her day by pulling a gun on two intruders - and things only go downhill from there. Driving to Boyd's General for her daily caffeine fix, she finds the place ablaze. When the flames die down, she uncovers evidence that points to a dire fate for her missing childhood friend, Hoop. He disappeared 12 years ago, on the same day his girlfriend was struck and killed by a car. The events have left a dark mark on Chloe.

Over the next two days, strange occurrences pile up: Chloe's neighbor is found floating and bloated in Black Swamp, the head of a cosmetics conglomerate is arrested by federal agents, phone records point to a dead girl making calls, and a handsome stranger mystifies everyone he encounters. Through it all, the promise of a spectacular magic show captivates the local residents.

Close calls with gators, crossbows, and armed felons lead to a startling conclusion, complete with illusion, chicanery, and the most divisive trick of all: cold, hard truth. Will Chloe's murky existence finally be clarified, or will she succumb to the demons that haunt her?

©2015 Anne McAneny (P)2017 Anne McAneny

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  • Mary
  • Centerville, OH, United States
  • 10-24-17

The Peeling of Small Town Onion Layers

Buried secretes, murder, betrayal, and greed of the most prominent citizens of a small Carolina swamp town get pealed and exposed layer by layer in a long term vengeance sting operation.

12 years ago14 year Maise was killed by a drunk driver and the young son of the drunk driver, Hoops, who was also Masie's boyfriend, disappeared.

Chloe, the heroine of the story who is now a reporter was Masie's best friend and had a major crush on Hoops. Also twelve years ago on the same day that Masie was killed and Hoops went missing four town residents won a supper muti-million dollar lottery jackpot.

Cholie receives an assignment to do an article on that week in the town's history.

A small fire breaks out at the general store, where the winning ticket had been sold. The fire uncovers a pot growing business and a hidden room with handcuffs and a bloody shirt that matched the shirt that Hoops was wearing on the day he disappeared.

Layer by layer more secrets will become uncovered in this novel. Also the lottery winners seem to be having a run of bad luck.

Then there was the attractive mysterious neighbor of Chole, Rafe. I figured out fairly early in the novel who Rafe really was. I don't know why it took Chole so long to figure it out. Even with Rafe's changed appearance, ie: tinted contacts, dyed hair and plastic surgery his mannerisms, speech patterns and interests were unchanged. No one suspected who Rafe actually was.

This was a very interesting novel with multiple surprises. The narration was also very good.

In peeling layers there was one innocent victim at the end of the story. On one hand five criminals were exposed, however I really felt for the innocent victim who was collateral damage in the sting.

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Jan M
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  • 07-04-17

Great Book!!

This book by Anne McAneny was very well written. I loved all of the twists and turns this story had. Laura Jennings did a great performance and put so much into it. I loved the suspense and the imagery this story had. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. Before I listened to this book I didn't have a clue what the cover art had to do with the story, but I totally got the bicycle tire and snake after I started it. Love and adventure are two words that describe part of this book. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no cost by the author, publisher, and/or narrator. I will most definitely look for more books by both the author and narrator, and will listen to this one again.

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The Circle of Life

Would you consider the audio edition of Circled to be better than the print version?

I love the feeling that the narrator portrays in this novel. She does an excellent job!

What did you like best about this story?

This novel had so much shadowing and foretelling feelings toward it! The name, in and of itself took, along with the picture on the cover, has so many different means and symbolism within this novel.

Which scene was your favorite?

There was so many excellent scenes, but probably the magic show was my favorite!

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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An engaging suspense with a magical ending!

Circled is a suspenseful and intriguing well-written story. The story moves along at a fast pace with a fresh and original plot. Anne’s writing is solid and nearly flawless. The characters are well developed and engaging. You can easily relate to the flaws of the characters and the skeletons that many have hidden in the closet. It is an unresolved past that is reaching for understanding and resolution.

This is a story that focuses on good against evil and how good can prevail in the end. It will unfold one page at a time until you get to the magical ending. You do not want to miss reading this book and seeing how the story unravels. A good story that is full of suspenseful twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Laura Jennings did a splendid job with the narration. She has a clear and crisp voice that is easy to follow. I thought she does a good job with the story, which led to a good reading experience.

This is the first book that I have read by Anne McAneny and will certainly not be my last. I was not disappointed at all. I recommend Circled to anyone that is looking for a good suspenseful and magical show that will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing to the end.

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Circled

I loved this book!It was a great story of people living in Beulah.Cloe and Hoop are best friends,until he dissapears.A fire twelve years later brings many answers in a spectacular way.Laura Jennings was a fantastic narrator.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Solving a cold case crime few knew was a crime

I am reviewing the audiobook narrated by Laura Jennings. I received a copy of this book from Audiobookworm in exchange for an honest review.
I had a really hard time getting into this book. I went back and re-listened several times but I had a hard time following it. Perhaps the narrator's voice was a little too soothing for me or the many flashbacks distracted me.
Nothing exciting has happened in the swamp town of Beulah, South Carolina since The Week 12 years ago when a young girl was hit by a car and killed, her boyfriend disappeared, and 4 local men won the biggest state lottery ever. Chloe, a reporter for the local newspaper was a friend of the girl and her boyfriend. She has been assigned a follow-up story on the big win but it evolves into a cold case crime investigation of a crime only a few people know was committed. I enjoyed the ending of the book, the big "reveal" that was done in a unique if not totally believable manner reminiscent of the old TV mystery shows.

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Captivating tale that is well written and narrated

I loved this story and how easily it unfolded and wrapped me up in it's lovely prose and intriguing tale of love and mystery in the swamps. The author successfully makes you care about the characters and keeps you interested in the tale about Hoop, Macy and Clover. The narration in particular was key to making this story work so well. I have heard this narrator, Laura Jennings, narrate other novels but there is a slight difference here in that she clearly enjoys this book and that enjoyment comes through with her reading. The characters are perfectly delineated without overplaying them and instead of falling into the trap of some narrators who are "performing," Laura keeps the focus on the story and gives each character just the right amount of variation so we always know who is talking. If there are awards for narrators then she could easily win for this book. The marriage of writer and narrator is perfect with this audiobook and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to be transported to another world for a few hours.

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Clover

Gotta read this to understand Clover. 12 years in the making. This book takes you back 12 years. 12 years of murder deceit drugs magic and in the end holograms showing the truth. The Sheriff in the middle of the entire problem. This has got to be the best story that I have read in a long time.
I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.

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Oh My Gosh What a Story!

If you could sum up Circled in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, intense and suspensful

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chole, this story depicts her life as a child and as an adult grieving the loss of a childhood friend.

Any additional comments?

This book had me hooked right from the beginning. Such a great murder mystery with a twist. The narrator did a great job performing this story and made you believe you were actually inside the story as was caused by amazing writing. Nothing makes me happier than to be able to crawl inside a book as I did this one. I look forward to the other 3 books in this series. Take a chance on this book and you won't regret it. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

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  • Casey
  • Huron, SD, United States
  • 08-31-17

Loved It!

There really wasn't anything I didn't like about 'Circled' by Anne McAneny. I loved the setting and the vivid imagery that came to life in my mind's eye.

Even though there was one plot point I figured out fairly quick there were still a lot of twists and turns, questions to be answered to keep my interest the whole time. Listening to this book felt like pluff mud had grabbed me and wouldn't let go.

All credit to McAneny for crafting a wonderful story but Laura Jennings' narration was also excellent. There is a low whisper or even sinister tone in her narration that plays well with the mystery that is unfolding. And I thought her vocals for Hoop were fantastic in particular.

Listening to this audiobook made me want to hear more of both author and narrator.

I was provided a copy of this audiobook at no cost from Audiobook Worm Promotions in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 07-10-17

A brilliant story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I'd recommend this book. The story is well written and the mystery held my attention from start to finish.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Circled?

It is quite a poignant story as it involved the loss of childhood friends. Experiencing a loss like that at such a young age has a huge impact on young people and I felt that the writer portrayed this very well with Chloe. The events surrounding the death of her friend and the disappearance of Hoop changed her outlook on life and affected relationships she had in the future. I loved how she wouldn't give up on discovering the truth, even 12 years later, and her dogged determination to bring those responsible to justice.
Some of the 'Hoop' story was quite obvious after a while but I enjoyed watching those events play out.
There were plenty of comedic scenes which lightened the tone of the story and had me laughing out loud. The little bit of romance was also a nice touch.

What does Laura Jennings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narration was excellent and I would look out for more titles performed by Laura Jennings.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story surrounding the death of her friend Macy who was so close to escaping poverty and living a nicer life with her mum.

Any additional comments?

I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy.