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Psychologist and police consultant, Dr. Pepper Hunt, relocates to Wyoming after her husband is murdered. When her new patient disappears after a therapy session, she joins the investigation. As she follows the trail of her patient's obsession to dangerous places, she must face her own haunted past or risk becoming the next victim in this gripping novel of psychological suspense.

©2017 J L Doucette (P)2017 J L Doucette

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Good psychological mystery.

This was a good book, however it was darker than I expected. I don't mind dark stories I just wasn't prepared for a more in depth internal dark tale. It had a Steve Hamilton-Alex McKnight or CJ Box-Joe Pickett feel to it. The characters are great although most of them had complex personalities and there were only two characters I actually liked. The narration was different than I am used to; there was a male and female narrator and it would switch from chapter to chapter depending on which character was in play. Each narrator did a wonderful job and I didn't notice the switch once I was sucked in. There was a lot of internal thought narration with each character and again they were very complex. It is a solid mystery that I didn't figure out until a little before the big reveal. I would certainly listen to another by both the author and narrators. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great Story and Narration Looking forward to More!

I really enjoyed the this book. The characters were very interesting, many quote unique, and the story took some twists and turns you didn't expect. I enjoy a good mystery and this one was a great listen. I liked having the back and forth male/female narration from the various perspectives. I look forward to more books in this series!

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Great job at suspense

I loved this story. A small town with a big crime. When a beloved resident goes missing, the fingers begin pointing toward the husband, who seems not at first concerned, but as time goes by, he becomes worried that something has happened to her. Is it a cover-up for his crime? Or is his concern genuine? Did he do it or not? Those are the questions that plagued my thoughts throughout the book. Then the author slipped in a surprise and I didn't know what to think until the very end. Great job Doucette! The plot was well-planned, and the characters typical of a small town. Morgan Laure did an outstanding job at narration. While Dave-Trosko did a good job, I found his performance a bit monotone is some of the scenes, I found myself confused about which character was in the scene. I would definitely welcome another segment in the series.

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the story written nice . the narrators are fine.

the story written nice no more the start is boring . the narrators are fine.
in the end its much better.

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  • norman
  • burlington, nc, United States
  • 12-29-17

Well written mystery

This is the best written mystery I have listened to in a good while. The characters were deeply written and the plot well thought out. I liked that there were two narrators, one for each of the two central characters. A good start to a series.

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  • Mike
  • Glendale, AZ, United States
  • 12-23-17

More Twists and Turns Then a West Virginia

Backroad. This review copy was a lengthy tale to unravel. Definitely a page turner. A story with a ending that hits from leftfield.

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Worth your time - very enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book. Great story with fantastic narration. It's a well written, very entertaining good solid story. This one will keep you guessing. It will pull you in from the start and never lets go for a minute. Even though it's not a fast-paced story it does constantly move forward at a nice steady pace slowly building. Just because it builds at a slower pace doesn't mean it's any less engaging or interesting. A story doesn't have to be fast paced and full of non-stop action to pull you in, hold your complete attention and keep the suspense building.

Along with an interesting cast of characters there is plenty of mystery, suspense and twists you won't see coming until suddenly it all comes together.

Dave Trosko and Morgan Laure both did a fantastic job with the narration. They both have voices that are easy to listen to for long periods of time. Dave Trosko's voice is almost hypnotic. I mean that in a good way. Is this really the first book he has narrated? His voice just pulls you into the story. Morgan Laure's voice is also great. With just a slight change in tone and cadence her male voices were also very good. Their voices compliment each other. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Really good character voices. They brought the characters and the story to life. Very enjoyable.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request ad voluntarily provided this review.

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So good!

My husband is a big fan of psychological thrillers and I thought this sounded like a good book for our road trip. We both loved it! This story kept us hooked all the way through! Well written and fantastic narration! I can't wait to check out more by this author!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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Uncertainty of your loved one's fate is hell

First let me explain it's 4.5 for both the story and the performance from me rather than 4, but as there are no half-stars I have to stay with 4.

It's my first book by J. L. Doucette and it's been a good experience. The plot is engaging though not really as fast-paced as in many other crime stories. The beginning is quite typical - a woman vanishes, nobody has seen or heard from her for a few days so an investigation proceeds. And this is when the interesting part starts: we see the events from different perspectives, narrated by various characters - mainly the police officer leading the case, who also happens to be related to the vanished woman, and the psychiatrist who was her therapist. There are also other characters related to the victim in various ways - by blood or friendship - who have their say in the story. All this allows for a deep insight into what happens to people left behind when a person vanishes; it's like a whirlwind that leaves nobody untouched - they all suffer, blaming themselves for not being there when they were needed or neglecting the person they should have taken care of more...
The ending is surprising enough, although a careful reader will probably find clues as to the solution of the missing woman's case quite soon in the story, but the book is written well enough for it to not really matter. So why is it 4.5 not full 5 stars? There were a few moments that seemed a little slow, when the tension slacked somehow and my focus wavered. Luckily, these were really rare and overall it's a good crime book.

Now, for the performance:
The book is interpreted by Morgan Laure and Dave Trosko who respectively read the female/male narrators' chapters. I liked that a lot as it went well with the multi-narrated character of the book. Generally, it's a very good intepretation, especially on Ms Laure's part. The only thing that bothered me a little - and only a little - was the way Mr Trosko read his chapters. His pace was maybe a bit too slow compared to Ms Laure's tempo, and - I can't explain it otherwise - he sounded really sad all the time... In my mind I had a picture of someone reading to a seriously ill person, slowly and quietly and in a monotone... But even though I got used to it after a few minutes and even though it turned out to be a really good narration I feel I have to deduct half a star just to be honest in my review...

So overall, it's a good crime book in a very good interpretation - so grab it and read or listen to it.

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

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Great book!

This is the first book from this author that I’ve listened to and I’m interested to listening to more. The storyline kept me guessing through most of the book with a big aha moment towards the end. The narrators did a great job. Their performances were very natural and believable.
I was provided this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.