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Circled

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A fire ignites a whirlwind of action and accusation in a swamp town that hasn't seen excitement since the big lottery win 12 years ago. Little does reporter Chloe Keyes know that when she sniffs around for clues, she'll end up facing her own demons while unsettling the very foundation of her hometown.

Chloe starts her day by pulling a gun on two intruders - and things only go downhill from there. Driving to Boyd's General for her daily caffeine fix, she finds the place ablaze. When the flames die down, she uncovers evidence that points to a dire fate for her missing childhood friend, Hoop. He disappeared 12 years ago, on the same day his girlfriend was struck and killed by a car. The events have left a dark mark on Chloe.

Over the next two days, strange occurrences pile up: Chloe's neighbor is found floating and bloated in Black Swamp, the head of a cosmetics conglomerate is arrested by federal agents, phone records point to a dead girl making calls, and a handsome stranger mystifies everyone he encounters. Through it all, the promise of a spectacular magic show captivates the local residents.

Close calls with gators, crossbows, and armed felons lead to a startling conclusion, complete with illusion, chicanery, and the most divisive trick of all: cold, hard truth. Will Chloe's murky existence finally be clarified, or will she succumb to the demons that haunt her?

©2015 Anne McAneny (P)2017 Anne McAneny

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    Jan 07-04-17
    Jan 07-04-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book!!"

    This book by Anne McAneny was very well written. I loved all of the twists and turns this story had. Laura Jennings did a great performance and put so much into it. I loved the suspense and the imagery this story had. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. Before I listened to this book I didn't have a clue what the cover art had to do with the story, but I totally got the bicycle tire and snake after I started it. Love and adventure are two words that describe part of this book. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no cost by the author, publisher, and/or narrator. I will most definitely look for more books by both the author and narrator, and will listen to this one again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Harris USA 06-20-17
    Lisa Harris USA 06-20-17
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    "Oh My Gosh What a Story!"
    If you could sum up Circled in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, intense and suspensful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chole, this story depicts her life as a child and as an adult grieving the loss of a childhood friend.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had me hooked right from the beginning. Such a great murder mystery with a twist. The narrator did a great job performing this story and made you believe you were actually inside the story as was caused by amazing writing. Nothing makes me happier than to be able to crawl inside a book as I did this one. I look forward to the other 3 books in this series. Take a chance on this book and you won't regret it. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Robinson Saint Albans, WV United States 10-21-17
    R. Robinson Saint Albans, WV United States 10-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Solving a cold case crime few knew was a crime"

    I am reviewing the audiobook narrated by Laura Jennings. I received a copy of this book from Audiobookworm in exchange for an honest review.
    I had a really hard time getting into this book. I went back and re-listened several times but I had a hard time following it. Perhaps the narrator's voice was a little too soothing for me or the many flashbacks distracted me.
    Nothing exciting has happened in the swamp town of Beulah, South Carolina since The Week 12 years ago when a young girl was hit by a car and killed, her boyfriend disappeared, and 4 local men won the biggest state lottery ever. Chloe, a reporter for the local newspaper was a friend of the girl and her boyfriend. She has been assigned a follow-up story on the big win but it evolves into a cold case crime investigation of a crime only a few people know was committed. I enjoyed the ending of the book, the big "reveal" that was done in a unique if not totally believable manner reminiscent of the old TV mystery shows.

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    Taavi Mark Texas 09-07-17
    Taavi Mark Texas 09-07-17
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    "Captivating tale that is well written and narrated"

    I loved this story and how easily it unfolded and wrapped me up in it's lovely prose and intriguing tale of love and mystery in the swamps. The author successfully makes you care about the characters and keeps you interested in the tale about Hoop, Macy and Clover. The narration in particular was key to making this story work so well. I have heard this narrator, Laura Jennings, narrate other novels but there is a slight difference here in that she clearly enjoys this book and that enjoyment comes through with her reading. The characters are perfectly delineated without overplaying them and instead of falling into the trap of some narrators who are "performing," Laura keeps the focus on the story and gives each character just the right amount of variation so we always know who is talking. If there are awards for narrators then she could easily win for this book. The marriage of writer and narrator is perfect with this audiobook and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to be transported to another world for a few hours.

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    Casey Huron, SD, United States 08-31-17
    Casey Huron, SD, United States 08-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved It!"

    There really wasn't anything I didn't like about 'Circled' by Anne McAneny. I loved the setting and the vivid imagery that came to life in my mind's eye.

    Even though there was one plot point I figured out fairly quick there were still a lot of twists and turns, questions to be answered to keep my interest the whole time. Listening to this book felt like pluff mud had grabbed me and wouldn't let go.

    All credit to McAneny for crafting a wonderful story but Laura Jennings' narration was also excellent. There is a low whisper or even sinister tone in her narration that plays well with the mystery that is unfolding. And I thought her vocals for Hoop were fantastic in particular.

    Listening to this audiobook made me want to hear more of both author and narrator.

    I was provided a copy of this audiobook at no cost from Audiobook Worm Promotions in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J&M Demildt Cedar Rapids, IA 08-30-17
    J&M Demildt Cedar Rapids, IA 08-30-17
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    "Interesting Premise but a Little Slow"

    This book started out strong but toward the middle I felt it began to lose momentum. I really enjoyed the tough-girl with a heart main character and I thought the narrator captured her very well. I also thought the solving a cold case mystery was intriguing especially because it was so connected to the main character. One thing I didn't love were the lengthy flashbacks to the past- I realize they were necessary to help us figure out what happened, but I felt they were too long and slowed the story down. Overall it was an ok read- but it's not one I envision re-listening to.

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    EzJack Milkyway 07-25-17
    EzJack Milkyway 07-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome!"
    Any additional comments?

    I received a free copy of Circled in exchange for an unbiased review."This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom."With that said, I can not say enough about this story. Circled by Anne McAneny kept my attention from beginning to end. The book is fast moving, and just never lets you go. When I wasn't listening to it, I was thinking about it. The story spans through the last 12 yrs of the happenings in this small southern town, and the mystery, suspense, and intrigue that consumes it. The narration by Laura Jennings was miraculous. She brought the story and the many characters to life. I will be reading more by this author.

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    Wanda Florida 06-28-17
    Wanda Florida 06-28-17
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    "Clover"

    Gotta read this to understand Clover. 12 years in the making. This book takes you back 12 years. 12 years of murder deceit drugs magic and in the end holograms showing the truth. The Sheriff in the middle of the entire problem. This has got to be the best story that I have read in a long time.
    I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.

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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 07-05-17
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 07-05-17 Member Since 2011
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    "intrigue and small town relationships"

    Chloe Keyes, a reporter and small-town resident of Black Swamp holds onto a dark moment in history.  One moment that has haunted her dreams and her very soul.  She knows better than anyone, that small towns have their deep dark secrets and her beloved Black Swamp is no different.

    Faced with writing a “recap” story on the four lottery winners, the largest lottery win ever, Chloe learns firsthand how deep those secrets run and the secrets of relationships.

    A gripping thriller filled with guns, knives, men in dark suits and an AARP gator that will keep you engrossed guessing who is behind the intrigue and mystery.  There are moments of humor followed by moments that shake the foundation of human faith.

    Anne McAneny sets the stage for the small town secret and its "reveal" in such a way that will leave the listeners gasping!  McAneny builds her characters to larger than life but in such a way that her listeners cannot help but connect to them.  The story line is captivating with moments of humor, love and a deep resonating darkness of evil.

    Laura Jennings, the narrator, provides a performance that is natural and precise.  Her easy, smooth flowing voice is soothing and captivating. Jennings was an excellent choice as a narrator as she owned the audio.

    I highly recommend this audiobook if you enjoy mysteries, intrigue and small town relationships.  I look forward to more by Anne McAneny.

    There were no issues with the audio or production quality of this audiobook.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    "A brilliant story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'd recommend this book. The story is well written and the mystery held my attention from start to finish.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Circled?

    It is quite a poignant story as it involved the loss of childhood friends. Experiencing a loss like that at such a young age has a huge impact on young people and I felt that the writer portrayed this very well with Chloe. The events surrounding the death of her friend and the disappearance of Hoop changed her outlook on life and affected relationships she had in the future. I loved how she wouldn't give up on discovering the truth, even 12 years later, and her dogged determination to bring those responsible to justice.
    Some of the 'Hoop' story was quite obvious after a while but I enjoyed watching those events play out.
    There were plenty of comedic scenes which lightened the tone of the story and had me laughing out loud. The little bit of romance was also a nice touch.


    What does Laura Jennings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narration was excellent and I would look out for more titles performed by Laura Jennings.


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

    The story surrounding the death of her friend Macy who was so close to escaping poverty and living a nicer life with her mum.


    Any additional comments?

    I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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