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A Child Is Torn Audiobook

A Child Is Torn: Whitley & Keal Mystery, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

When dependable Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His 10-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game, Super Mario - and he's covered in blood.

Veteran Police Officer Marty Keal is the first on the scene. With his many years of experience, he thinks he's seen it all. That is, until he discovers Brad's not really alone after all. Upstairs in their bedroom lies the brutally bludgeoned and deceased bodies of both his mother and his father. When questioned, Brad confesses to the horrific murders.

When Brad is transferred to a local mental health institution for children, Dr. Hope Rubin is brought in to evaluate and treat the child. A preliminary investigation shows no evidence of any kind of mistreatment in his past. She must determine the disturbing truth: Is Brad telling the truth? Or is he covering for someone else?

Detective Jean Whitely rounds out the investigative team and she suspects there is much more to the case than what meets the eye. The happily married mother of two is unwavering in her determination to uncover the real truth about Brad. Was he abused? Or is he the product of an evil seed born to kill?

As the layers of truth about Brad are systematically peeled away, you will be compelled to ask yourself, which is the more dominate factor in contributing to who we are - nature or nurture?

©2016 Dawn Kopman Whidden (P)2017 Dawn Kopman Whidden

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    TinkerMel 09-01-17
    TinkerMel 09-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not what I thought it was."

    This book was pitched as more of a book about the little boy, did he really kill his parents in cold blood... and if so why.
    It sounded like it would of been one hell of a great book.
    but sadly as the book goes on, its less about the kids, and why and IF he did it... But of of a tale about the romance and personal drama of the Drs, and cops involved in the case.
    I think this book would of been a blockbuster if it would of just stayed with the story line.
    Beth did a fine job on her performance.

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda 09-02-17
    Rhonda 09-02-17
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    "Interesting psychological mystery"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found this book to be engrossing. I wanted to find out if he did it and if so, how and why. This was one of the few books I really wanted to listen to all at once. I stayed up late to finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I liked this book and I feel Beth did a fine job narrating. She has a beautiful voice that was perfect for this type of book, especially calm and soothing while talking to a frightened child. Her additional character voices were also fantastic. One of the top female narrators I've listened to. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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    Amazon Customer 10-17-17
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    "a child is torn"

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

    Wow...how else do I explain what I thought about this book. I really enjoyed this book. Brad is found sitting in front of the tv playing a video game, covered in blood. His parents dead, did he kill them, did someone else kill them? When he is found he won't speak a word to the police & is taken to the hospital. Hes a little boy...you want to grab him & tell him everything is going to be ok...there is so much I want to say but the more I say the more I give away the book & I really think you need to read/listen to the book.

    I didn't want to put it down. I'm looking forward to the next one!

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    Suzan W Putman 10-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Climax was too early"

    This was a good story, but was slow after the opening story-line. While the end was somewhat of a twist, it wasn't enough of one to keep me interested. The performance was great but the book was a little slow.

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    mandy 10-10-17
    mandy 10-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great!"

    This was a really intense story unlike anything I've ever listened to before. It broke my heart a little but I was hooked from the beginning. Great narration!

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MELODY 10-04-17
    MELODY 10-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Heartbreaking storyline"

    It was a little anticlimactic , but I enjoyed the storyline. It is a heartbreaking story of such a sweet little boy and some very caring people there for him during the worst time in his life. The narrator read too slowly for me, so I had to adjust the speed. But, other than that, she did a good job.
    I was provided this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    April H. Kansas 09-28-17
    April H. Kansas 09-28-17 Member Since 2010
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    "A Child Is Torn"

    A Child Is Torn
    : Dawn Kopman Whidden

    This novel grabs the listener from the very begining and keeps you on edge until the last sentence. A ten year old boy confesses to the brutal murdr of his parents. The psychiatrist Hope, poïce officer Marty, and detective Jean all work together to solve the reasoning behind why. A romance, a death and relationships with parents
    are explored.
    I will look for more from this author.

    The narration was well done with the exception of at least one mispronouniation. The characters were well portrayed. Beth A. McIntosh covered the voices in the three different POV's.



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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darc 09-18-17
    Darc 09-18-17
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    "Nature vs Nurture"

    This was an extremely intriguing listen that kept me going. How and why did 10 year old Brad kill his parents? When police arrive at the Madison house they find Brad covered in blood calmly playing a video game. He admits that he hurt his parents. A caring psychiatrist is hoping she can help Brad by figuring out what is going on. The story revolves around Brad’s family, the psychiatrist, and the 2 police persons. The characters are well developed and realistic. The book was well written and very well narrated. I look forward to reading the next one in the series.

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

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    Kindle Customer 09-14-17
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    "Nature vs. Nurture."

    Wow, a heart-breaking story of what's stronger, Nature or Nurture. I didn't want to stop until the book was done. A absolute must. I received this audio book for free at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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    Tad B. New York 09-12-17
    Tad B. New York 09-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Might be More Romance Than Mystery"
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    I opted to listen to this book because the premise of a 10 year old boy brutally killing his father was very intriguing to me. And while the beginning of the book did live up to expectations, the second half ended up being an unwanted romance story. It felt to me like the writer got board with writing a mystery and decided to switch gears. At the last moment, the mystery was solved, but I wouldn't say it was satisfying. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy mystery and romance stories equally. Myself? I definitely do not prefer romance so it was an unpleasant surprise!

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Please, Dr.Hope, make me stop."

    Sent to discover why a trusted employee has not come to work, a police officer find a man and woman dead, battered, in the bedroom and a small boy, presumably the son, downstairs playing video games, apparently unhurt but covered in blood. He is in shock but everything points to him having been the killer.

    From the book blurb given, it would seem to indicate that the story is about that small child, Brad, and the investigation into if, and why, the murders had indeed been committed by him.. And yes, this does form part of the narrative. However, it is far more about the people who become involved in the case and, in particular, the growing relationship between Marty, the cop who first found the bodies and Hope, the psychiatrist, placed in primary care of the boy. As a growing love story, this was superb. As a psychological thriller, not so good, with the final resolution being somewhat spurious at best

    Beth McIntosh's narration was excellent - once the sound delivery was speeded to 1.25. Her delivery is warm and expressive, the voicings of each protagonist individual, distinctive and appropriate. And it still maintains a leisurely pace even after the increased speed is applied.

    My complimentary copy of A Child is Torn was gifted to me by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. This review is entirely mine and voluntarily given. Although I did very much enjoy the book, if a hard edged thriller is what is required, this is not the book for you. But it is a good , realistic-feeling peak into the everyday lives and hopes of individuals and families, nicely written, and with a little also set aside for the sad disturbed little boy.

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