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A long-buried secret that was never meant to be uncovered could suddenly put a target on both Detective Mark Friessen and Billy Jo McCabe.

Twenty-five years ago, Billy Jo was born to a meth addict and spent her first few months being weaned off the drug. Labeled a difficult baby, she was bounced from foster home to foster home. Later, she was called trouble, a runner, and was accused of starting fires and stealing. She pulled a knife on one foster brother and threatened to bash in the head of another, then spent time in jail by the age of 15. That was before she pulled a gun at a gas station and was adopted by Chase McCabe. Her file was then sealed. 

However, Billy Jo feels growing resentment for the woman responsible for her first 15 years of hell, the one who tossed her away as if she were garbage. That has her seeking out leads as to where her real mother is, her last known whereabouts based on the sealed file she isn’t technically supposed to access. But following the rules is not something Billy Jo is known for, especially not when she’s playing amateur detective, asking about a woman who evidently doesn’t want to be found. 

Before long, Detective Mark Friessen shows up on her doorstep after someone files a complaint against her, warning her about harassing the locals. But then, Billy Jo finds herself terrorized by someone determined to stop her from uncovering the truth. 

Trusting anyone in her search could come at a cost, as Billy Jo soon learns that when her mother disappeared, she took with her a secret that someone doesn’t want unearthed. Ultimately, her quest for answers puts a target on her that could see her killed, and that leaves Billy Jo once again forced to trust Mark, a man she will likely always be at odds with.

©2021 Lorhainne Eckhart, Inc. (P)2021 Lorhainne Eckhart, Inc.

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A secret is revealed. Absolutely loved this book!

Mark and Billy Jo are two of my favorite characters, but Billy Jo is both stubborn and determined to uncover a secret about her past, even after Mark warns her, sometimes a secret is best left where it is. The characters were brought to life by the narrator Leo Jones in this fantastic series.

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The premise is lame

Throughout this book I felt I was missing something. It seemed there was some history that was never revealed. Even the book synopsis mentions details that aren't described in the story -- a story that is very much anticlimactic. The big secret isn't all that earthshattering. The entire premise of the story is lame. And the narration by Leo Jones does nothing to enhance the story. His performance is competent at best. I was left feeling rather unsatisfied in the end.

Note: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A few answers

Billy Jo is on a mission. Adopted at age 15, she spent the first years of her life recovering from being born to a meth addict. Weaned from the drug, but troubled, she bounced from house to house until she finally found happiness. This built up a desire to find her birth mother and confront her. She thinks she may have found her on the island, but when approaching the woman, she is later told to stay away. And not only by her other, but the police. Again, Mark Friessen has stepped in her path to keep her in check. Will these two ever get along? And will she heed his advice? Some things are better off not known. Lorhainne Eckhart had my attention with this installment from start to finish. There were times I felt Billy Jo was a little self serving, but the story is so compelling and the outcome a surprise! I love the growing friendship or even love/hate relationship she has with Mark. These two are quite the pair, and I love their banter. This story does stand alone, but I would definitely grab the first book for a little additional background.

Leo Jones continues his narration of the series. I am enjoying his voice and his ability to bring out the suspense. This one has a lot of emotionally compelling elements as well, and he pulls it all together, letting us feel frustation and horror. He truly brings it all out and gives us a fantastic performance.

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  • 05-31-21

Interesting story, but world building lacking

I received a free review copy of this audio book, at my request, and am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review.

When I requested this book, I didn't realize that it was book 2 of a series, and I haven't read book 1.

This is a short story about an adopted woman trying to confront her birth mother. The story hints a lager world, but it only ever hints at it, without developing it anything further.

The story is a little frustrating at times, with the entitlement of the title character (Billy Jo) and her treatment of the police officer that fills the second lead role. The story suggests that this treatment is justified, but nothing in the story explains it. It may have been explained in the previous book, but it never comes up in this story.

The story itself is light on actual world building, but heavy on emotional depth. It being so short, it's surprising how much I cared about the events of the story. However, I never really I had a clear picture of the main characters or their motivations (other than skin deep and stated motivations). This isn't completely odd, in a short story, but I feel that this could have been expanded on, as well as pertinent events of book 1, without too much trouble.

The voice narration, by Leo Jones, is well done. He has a decent range of male voices and has a passable female voice. Overall, he does a pretty good job.

All in all, this is a good story. Voice narration is well done and the story is compelling. It has emotional depth and likeable characters. However, the story lacks background and the world building that would make it great.

I will continue this story, if I get the chance.

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  • Polli.P
  • 05-23-21

Mad for mysteries?

Hands up, I didn’t realise this was book 2 of a series before read/I listened to it-(and my thanks to the author for the free audio copy in return for an honest review). But even as the second book in a series it is that well-crafted that you can read it as a stand-alone. However, you might, like me, feel the traces of absence in the story line and want for more, which isn’t a bad thing as it just means it was good enough to persuade me to read the trilogy!

Unlike other reviewers I didn’t find the plot that full of twists and turns: I wasn’t looking for an all-out thriller just a very good mystery, which I got. And the hint of a blossoming romance is always welcome!

Billy Jo is an intriguing character, especially with the baggage of her past weighing on her and I truly hope she does find love somewhere – especially with Detective Mark Friessen! She certainly deserves something after the way her birth mother treats her!

Now as delightful as this story was, I have to mention the audio version – it was jarring! I couldn’t make up my mind (because I haven’t physically read the book) whether the author wrote in very short sentences, or the narrator decided to read the story in short bursts because he thought it would be more dramatic. Well, I even tried to adjust the reading speed and to no avail. For me the narration was jagged and grating but that’s just a personal thing.

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  • 05-18-21

Family mystery

Billy Jo , wants to find out the truth of her birth mother. Some people don't want the truth to come to light and finds herself threatened.
Mark Friessen a police detective, finds himself helping and protecting her.

A good mystery.

I did enjoy listening to this book.

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  • tomsboxers
  • 05-15-21

Good story, well written.

This review is based on the audiobook.
A good story with mystery abound, I feel it flows well and has some interesting characters.
Unfortunately for me, the narrator is not to my liking, but maybe that's because I am from the UK and voices can be so different.
I received this audiobook for free from the author and wanted to give an honest review.