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Publisher's Summary

You're out there watching me. I can feel you. What do you want? Why did you come back here?

Jordan Russell had the perfect life until the brutal monster from her childhood resurfaced, opening up scars she thought were healed. With the hope of finally finding closure, Jordan leaves her cheating husband and her career in the FBI and returns to where her nightmare began. But what awaits her in Thorny Creek will push her to the very edge of sanity and bring her face to face with her abductor.

©2011 Anne Patrick (P)2015 Anne Patrick

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Nice REad

The mystery in this book, and the solution to that mystery, was good and kept me guessing to the end. But Ms Patrick's constant use of certain phrases, (he/she) "snatched a kiss", "wrapped his arms around her", etc, in my opinion took the book from a well written, albeit romance laden mystery, to a schoolgirl dreamy love story. I could have done with a lot less romance and more development of the mystery. The narrator did a good job voicing the characters, and I enjoyed listening to her.
Note: I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author or narrator in exchange for this unbiased review.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good book

STORY REVIEW......

It's a good story. Worth reading. But to be honest it could have been better. It needed more danger or at least sense of danger. And as obsessed as the killer was supposed to appear to be with her it mostly didn't really come across that way. Plus there didn't really feel like there was a connection established as to why she was so special to him. That being said I did think it was good it just had potential to be better.

AUDIO REVIEW......

I found the narrator to be very good at reading the book as well as giving the characters life and voice.

*****Received this via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review. ****
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Really Great Mystery!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would if they liked Mysteries, because this is a good one!

What other book might you compare A Familiar Evil to and why?

It's a crime drama mystery...and there are many out there...but I dont want to compare it..its just really good!

What does Leonor A. Woodworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She nailed it!!! really great narration! She brought the book to life!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Man parts...but especially how Judd saves Jordan in the end again....I was like YES!!!!!!!!!!!!

Any additional comments?

** I was given a fee copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

I really enjoyed this! Jordan is an ex FBI profiler and now police chief in the town she grew up in...a town where she was the victim of a heinous crime as a little girl...She had followed cases of this type for many years and feels the killer has resurfaced....she was lucky enough to have escaped..and has been haunted her whole life by this event..well this guy has gone serial and she is determined to stop him...Her estranged husband comes to help her and they slowly rekindle there marriage and when he learns what had happened to Jordan...he is also determined to catch this killer with her....well there are many twists and turns and I was guessing the whole time till it was revealed who the bad guy was...and I loved it!!! 2 thumbs up! I wouldn't mind more of Jordan and Sam...they make a good team!!

Thank You Audiobookblast(dot)com

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • Centerville, OH, United States
  • 07-21-15

Well writen mystery thriller

Would you listen to A Familiar Evil again? Why?

Maybe in a situation were I only had access to books that I've already listened to. The book was a good listen, however not one that I'd listen to over again..

What did you like best about this story?

The heroines rapport with Devon, a foster child.

Which scene was your favorite?

The climax where the villain met his fate.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were a few moments that were moving such as: when the heroine read her childhood friend's diary, when the heroine gave an eulogy for her childhood friend, when the heroine divulged her childhood trauma to her team and lastly the ending of the book.



Any additional comments?

“I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot come”The book was a well written and performed mystery thriller/romantic suspense novel about a serial rapist/killer. The heroine was the rapist/killer's first victim when she was just a child and the only victim that escaped.The killer has targeted the heroine and everything is now coming full circle. The heroine was a FBI profiler and is now a police chief investigating the killer's latest murders. This novel would make for a good start to a series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good book

A good book. Well worth it. Good suspense, real life struggles, plenty of twists.
I love that this book is clean, good entertainment. Clean, but quality. Well done.
I like the narrator, great feminine voice.

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Marvelous, edge of your seat suspense

This a wonderful edge of your seat romantic suspense. Mixed in with the suspense is a wonderful renewal of a marriage. I thought several times I had this figured out but I wasn't even close.

As usual Leonor A Woodworth did a fantastic job at the narration . I know I will be listening to this again.

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When Evil comes home to roost

In some ways, this seems like a rather formulaic psychopath mystery …and, although there many elements which have become all too familiar in murder mysteries over the past several years, there is much more here, and it is that “much more” that sets this book apart. First, there are the characters. The author crafts them with sensitivity, compassion and makes them real individuals and entirely believable. She then places them in a setting which, though again a fiction stand-by (a fairly small town in North Carolina), has its own personality, and comes to life under her hand. Then, there are the side stories. First, of course, is the story of a marriage in very serious trouble, and while chasing a monster, the protagonists find that they must also deal with their feelings, their marriage, and ultimately their future, which they do, without ever either distracting from the main plot or becoming trite and predictable. There is also the story of the heroine’s childhood and the impact it has on her now, and the story of her relationships with her family and old home friends. All are nicely woven, and the result is a very satisfying read.

The narrator was quite competent, despite the occasional sloppiness of her enunciation. She tended to slur words together occasionally, and reads very rapidly, but I could get used to her pace, and could then concentrate on her excellent qualities. She was excellent, for example, at differentiating characters, and also at giving them the right voice expressions and tones. Angry people *sound* angry, and shy boys *sound* shy and awkward, yet she never overdoes this.

I’d give the book 4 out of 5 stars, and the narrator 3.5 out of 5 stars.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Finally, a real suspense mystery!

Where does A Familiar Evil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top!

What other book might you compare A Familiar Evil to and why?

The Dance of Murder

Which character – as performed by Leonor A. Woodworth – was your favorite?

Laura, tenacious, sensitive, vulnerable

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Suspenseful,wanted to listen to it in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I received this book for free with the caveat to write a review. It was my pleasure.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Could not stop listening!

***I received a copy of this book from narrator of the audio in exchange for an honest review

This book from start to finish was a do not put down! My kids were crazed that I had my headphones on all the time. The storyline of the history of Jordan's childhood all the way to today kept me riveted. The underlying romance and compassion of Sam made the story believable. And the ending was unexpected!!! The narration was wonderful, each character easily recognized and differentiated from the others. Her voice was warm and clear.I recommend this to anyone who loves suspense and romance.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This will keep you guessing until the end

What did you like best about A Familiar Evil? What did you like least?

This book is well written and it did keep me guessing until the end. Even though it is a short book, the author did well with character development. I also liked the choice of the hero in the end. There is a delicate balance between providing readers with enough clues in a who-did-it and not making the ending too predictable. Most of the clues came after the suspect was identified.

If you’ve listened to books by Anne Patrick before, how does this one compare?

This was my first Anne Patrick audiobook.

What three words best describe Leonor A. Woodworth’s performance?

Versatile and consistent. While more than a one word description, I am always impressed when a female narrator can do fairly good male voices.

Could you see A Familiar Evil being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

This has 'Lifetime' movie written all over it!

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author at not cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 07-06-15

Easy to listen to- recommended

What did you like most about A Familiar Evil?

I liked the suspense and mystery. The narration was enjoyable and the characters' voices were credible and done well.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the build up of tension and with the multiple suspects, it made it difficult to guess too early who the murderer was.

What does Leonor A. Woodworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Leonor's strength lies in her ability to create a voice for each character, male and female. I got a real sense of the characters' feelings and fears both from the words in the story and in how the narrator was able to express all these different emotions. It was very easy to listen to and the narration made it flow nicely. I really enjoyed it and would certainly look for other books narrated by Leonor A. Woodworth.

Any additional comments?

"This audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."