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I'm Still Here

By: Jon Mills
Narrated by: Jennifer Groberg
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
4 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Twenty-five years ago, four kids entered a dark forest. Only three came out.

Everyone was a suspect. One man was condemned. The police closed the case. A mother became obsessed.

Still haunted by her brother's disappearance and the high-profile murder trial that gripped the nation, New York homicide detective Kara Walker deals with survivor's guilt by tracking down killers. But as the anniversary of her brothers abduction approaches, Kara receives news of her mother's death and is drawn back to her rural hometown in the Olympic Peninsula to tie up loose ends. She soon makes a shocking discovery that brings into question the facts surrounding her brother's case, her mother's obsession, and the man who pled not guilty.

In a race against time to find the real killer, Kara must risk losing her mind, jeopardize the safety of those close, and face her darkest fear, all to answer the question - who is truly innocent?

Full of twists and turns that keep you guessing, I'm Still Here delivers a captivating mystery thriller that forces you to question how far you would go to solve the disappearance of a loved one.

©2018 Jon Mills (P)2019 Jon Mills

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Very different from Mills usual style...

I really like the author Jon Mills. He also writes the Jack Winchester series which is a whole lot different than this book. Winchester is a for hire fix it man who travels to where he’s needed. The protagonist in this story is a far cry from that. Kara Walker is a detective from NYC with a much more believable character. Which is not to say anything negative about Winchester. He has a more fun, informal, take matters into his own hands (not realistic ) personality.
In this book Kara returns to her hometown following her mother’s suicide. Much to the dismay of her ex-husband who has their son for a visit. Kara’s brother disappeared years ago and a man was sentenced to prison for his murder even though no body was found. Kara’s mother had determined that the man convicted was not the person who took her son. Kara doesn’t understand why she killed herself and left a wall of notes and evidence but she’s adamant about finishing her mother’s work and finding out what really happened when her brother went missing.
Jennifer Groberg does a very good job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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great story horrible narration

If you can get past the terrible narrator...kept you going and intrigued throughout. Narration was painful.

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Decent Whodunit Mystery

This played out like a typical murder mystery. Was a completely caught off guard by the ending, but overall all it was your basic whodunit. There are two levels to the whodunnit as one murder seems to be linked to a solved disappearance. Even though I didn’t think the overall story was super unique, it was a good listen and I had a hard time putting it down.

The setting of the small town provided a comfy feel. The town where most people know each other, you have your typical trouble makers, and either you get out early or stay forever is one of my favorites. The town is rocked by missing children and blame the only one who has been accused of molesting children. Kara returns home when her mother commits suicide and the game is afoot.

I liked Kara’s resolve, although I didn’t care for her that much as a character. I didn’t feel that connected to her and thought she was more or less just going through the motions of your typical damaged detective. The twists and turns she goes through to solve the two interconnected cases had me guessing constantly and in the end, I never saw it coming.

I struggled a bit with the narrator. I liked her voice and think she did a good job with Kara’s character. I just didn’t like her for any of the other characters. I felt like her cadence was a bit off and their conversation didn’t feel natural at all.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Very good mystery.

Well written, though the beginning had been a little rough for me. The story and the plot was very good. The ending was definitely a little twist, though the culprit was on my suspect list. The narrator did a good job as well.

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Jon Mills sure can write a thriller...............

I'm Still Here opens with the main character, Kara Walker, at an uncertain point in all areas of her life. She has just resigned her position as an investigator in New York, she is fairly recently divorced from her husband, and she is at odds with her son for always being busy at work. At one of the lowest points in her life, she receives the news that her mother has killed herself, and her father needs her to return to her hometown. Kara has spent the last 25 years haunted by the kidnapping of her younger brother on Halloween and blames herself for not only his abduction but the seeming disintegration of both her parents. When she returns home, she finds that her mother has spent the last 25 years investigating the disappearance, and Kara is quickly sucked into continuing her mother's quest to find the truth.

Thus begins an investigation into a string of kidnappings on Halloween that is intriguing and adrenaline filled. Every time I thought I knew the answer, the author would introduce another twist that had me second guessing. I did guess the identity of the killer at one point, but I had already replaced that guess with ten other people by the end. Although the mystery kept me glued to my iPod, I enjoyed even more the depth of the characters in this story. Kara is an incredibly strong yet vulnerable woman, and I thoroughly enjoyed her interactions with the other main character, Noah, an investigator for the Washington highway patrol. Much of the story moves around very tragic and heavy elements to these characters lives, but the overall story (especially the epilogue) left me feeling not only satisfied by the story but hopeful for all the characters' futures.

Jennifer Groberg's narration is terrific. She performs smoothly and skillfully, and she added just the right touch of emotion to both the scary and the solemn portions of the book. Her delivery was flawless, and I will be watching for more of her audiobooks in the future.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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Book Was Good Except For The Part About...

The book is actually good but I had a true issue w/ the reference to Ms.. Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise" being referred to as, "I Rise" and not one person at the memorial being an American Black to correct the travesty. No, non American Black is going to choose that poem to read at a memorial for missing children. I appreciate the author taking the ignaitive to honor Ms.. Angelou but let's be realistic.

Now, the narrator was on point. The story line is good. However, the reason dude was taking the kids was a little weak and glimpsed over. He stated why in all of 20 seconds.

I enjoyed the book and would definitely advise others to listen to it despite the fact they will get upset about the poem reference as well.

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  • Michele
  • CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS, United States
  • 10-28-19

I can't get passed the narrator

She speaks like she's concentrating on her annunciation instead of her performance. Her reading is stilted.

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  • Leslie
  • StaffanstorpSweden
  • 10-28-19

Story was ok, narration was horrible.

It was hard to actually know if the book was good as I was distracted by the horrific narration.

The.way.she.read.reminded.me.of.how.I.read.when.I.was.in.first.grade. It just dragged on....
I won't be trying any other stories narrated by Jennifer Groberg.

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Brilliant thriller you wont be able to put down!!

Kara's brother disappeared 25 years ago and the alleged culprit was apprehended. When new evidence comes to light, she has to risk everything to find the real killer not only for her own peace, but for the closure of other families as well.

This was a brilliant thriller! It was full of suspense and mystery with little clues along the way to keep you guessing and intrigued. It totally worked! I was on the edge of my seat listening to this story and was WOWed by it overall.

The narration was a good fit for the story. I like that it was a female voice for the performance given that the main character point of view was a female. It really just worked very well.

Overall i would recommend this great story. The plot and characters were very cleverly developed and interwoven into a masterpiece. I look forward to more from Jon!

Note: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this objective review voluntarily.

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Loved it!

Everything about this book is good. The story, the writing and the performance all work together to make this a can’t miss. I couldn’t stop listening.

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  • Elizabeth Frounks
  • 10-30-19

An interesting tale

Everyone was a suspect and a mother became obsessed - as per the summary, this is exactly true. We see the story of Kara and how she handles how her brother's disappearance comes back into question. It's a grippingly fast-paced tale at moments and the anxiety of trying to find the real killer is visible in Jennifer's narration.

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

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  • Helen
  • 10-21-19

amazing book

Twenty-five years ago, four kids entered a dark forest. Only three came out.

Everyone was a suspect. One man was condemned. The police closed the case. A mother became obsessed.

amazing book can't wait for more from the author

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-20-19

A Gripping thriller

I recieved this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first Jon Mills book and now it will not be my last. the story is gripping as we follow Kara through a tough time in her life as she tries to uncover the truth.

the book is fantastically written and the story is incredible. the narration was good however I did find the Male voices came off a little robotic.

overall this book is well worth a listen.