Two short works by Kathryn Meyer Griffith.Don't Look Back Agnes - Agnes Michaels is coming home. Home to her childhood town of Fairfield and the house her father lovingly built for her mother. A house surrounded by the woods where Agnes’ two childhood friends and her boyfriend, Tyler, were all murdered twenty summers ago when she was just seventeen. She was the only one who escaped, but not without emotional and physical scars. Agnes knows that the woods and the evil entity that lives in it have been waiting for her all these years but she has no choice but to return to Fairfield and her mother’s house when her mother falls very ill and needs her care. Agnes can no longer avoid her destiny. Because the killings have begun again and she’s the only one who can stop them. And with the help of a new friend and Tyler’s ghost, she’ll defeat the evil and save another child’s life.
In This House: Bernard and Althea have lived their whole lives in the neighborhood, in the same house and have grown old there. But Deer Run’s lead smelter plant has been buying out the houses around them because of lead contamination fears and now the lots are empty weeds and only their house remains. Their neighbors are gone. They’re alone. Althea’s been sick and Bernard cares for her even as he remembers how lovely she once was, all the friends they once had and all the good times they enjoyed when they were young. He loves her and he’ll never leave her. They’ll never leave their home. But they can’t stop time and they’re only waiting for their lonely daughter, Jenny, to make one last visit so they can say goodbye to her and introduce her to the man they know she’s meant to be with…then they can leave this earth happy.
Would you try another book from Kathryn Meyer-Griffith and/or Lesley Ann Fogle?
I would definitely try another book from Kathryn Meyer-Griffin as I enjoyed the way that she wrote. I would not from Lesley Ann Fogle, as I found that Lesley's style didn't suit my taste.
What did you like best about this story?
I liked that is was short and I was able to finish it easily in one sitting. I remained engaged and interested, but didn't have put it down at all. I found myself a little disappointed when it was finished.
What didn’t you like about Lesley Ann Fogle’s performance?
I didn't enjoy the sound of her voice and found she spoke more slowly than I would have liked.
Any additional comments?
I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The story line was a bit on the predictable side
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The story line was a bit predictable, though I admit there was the twist at the end that I wasn't expecting. But the rest .... A good read/listen for those who enjoy Chick books.
I really did enjoy this story, but then I am a fan of Kathryn Meyer-Griffith. I like the fact that it had not one but two happy endings. Always a plus in my book.
I love Lesley Ann Fogle's narration. I have listened to her before and loved her, and this book was no different. I just love the sound of her voice. What can I say? The only thing that kept me from giving her five stars is that I think she needs more work on her male voices. They sound too feminine. Of course, she has a very feminine voice, which is one of the things I like about it, so that has much to do with it.
The book is short, just under three hours, so it will be easy to re-listen to later.
I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Don't Look Back Agnes is a story about a woman named Agnes reluctantyl returning to her childhood home to care for an ailing mother. Agnes left 20 years ago after escaping from an unknown murderer who killed 2 girls and her boyfriend. Once back, it seems that the murderer is back, as the killing pattern reemerges. Along the way she runs into a mysterious male character.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Don't Look Back Agnes?
Most memorable was Agnes' trip into the woods when she encountered the monster and the ghosts of his victim.
Which character – as performed by Lesley Ann Fogle – was your favorite?
I loved the character of Herb, our mysterious male character.
Who was the most memorable character of Don't Look Back Agnes and why?
Once again, Herb. I wasn't sure if he was villanous until I figured out who he represented. Herb was well developed and mysterious and loving.
Any additional comments?
I liked this short ghost story.I think it should have been stretched into a full book.We need more!lol Agnes is back in town due to her moms sudden health decline.She hasn't been back since a bunch of kids were killed when she was a teen.It's happening again.Can Agnes help? The narrator,Lesley Ann Fogle,did a good job with all the voices.
The second story,'In This House ',was also good.I was gifted this copy for an honest review.
I wasn't sure what to expect coming into this book, I confess I skipped reading the blurb. It is a delightful ghost story that gets spooky but never frightful.
Agnes has come home and this is more about her exploring a place she left and reconnecting. The tragedy in her youth kept her away from her hometown and mother.
In order to settle in again she has to go back to that tragedy and help set things right. Ghosts and killers make a showing in this delightful story.
I loved the story and the interactions with her mother. It was beautiful and I really hoped it would have evolved into a series. There are more stories to tell here.
There is also the short story In This House, it is a sentimental journey. While I knew where it was heading I willing fell into the trap. I confess I was sobbing in the end. A very bitter sweet tale.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lesley Ann Fogle, who is a perfect fit for the story. She has a warmth and texture to her voice that lends added depth to the storytelling. Her narration moves seamlessly through the stories. I was enchanted all the way through!
I am eager to read more of this author. She has a delightful voice and a way of enchanting the reader.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, ratings and opinions are my own.