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From number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa Jackson comes an atmospheric and riveting novel of suspense that uncovers the horrifying secrets buried within a ramshackle house....

Vowing to make a fresh start, Sarah McAdams has come home to renovate the old Victorian mansion where she grew up. Her daughters, Jade and Gracie, aren’t impressed by the rundown property on the shores of Oregon’s wild Columbia River. As soon as they pull up the isolated drive, Sarah, too, is beset by uneasy memories - of her cold, distant mother, of the half-sister who vanished without a trace, and of a long-ago night when Sarah was found on the widow’s walk, feverish and delirious.

Ever since the original mistress of the house plunged to her death almost a century ago, there have been rumors that the place is haunted. As a girl, Sarah sensed a presence there, and soon Gracie claims to see a lady in white running up the stairs. Still, Sarah has little time to dwell on ghost stories, between overseeing construction and dealing with the return of a man from her past.

But there’s a new, more urgent menace in the small town. One by one, teenage girls are disappearing. Frantic for her daughters’ safety, Sarah feels her veneer cracking and the house’s walls closing in on her again. Somewhere deep in her memory is the key to a very real and terrifying danger. And only by confronting her worst fears can she stop the nightmare roaring back to life once more....

©2014 Lisa Jackson LLC (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Creepy Mystery-Thriller Psychodrama

What made the experience of listening to Close to Home the most enjoyable?

The mystery hung together well and everything made sense in the end. Although it was a little too creepy for me, there was the satisfaction that the puzzle ultimately made sense.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Close to Home?

There was a satisfying love story that was a great counterbalance to the creepy, scary parts of the story.

Have you listened to any of Joyce Bean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Joyce Bean was a great reader and did a wonderful job with different voices, both male and female.

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

Would be a spoiler to say.

Any additional comments?

"Close to Home" was a lame title and did not give enough of a hint of what the story was about. I was not prepared for it to be as creepy as it was.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Close to Home

Any additional comments?

Just under sixteen hours of listening, read by Joyce Bean. Joyce Bean does a good job, voices unique, good tempo and timing, a nice audio production.

I suppose one would have to say this story evoked emotion, which in a way, is a good thing. However, the emotion for me was one of aggravation. The character of Jade was one of an angst ridden, obnoxious, insulting, rotten brat. She is obsessed with no one but herself, which is typical rebellious teenaged behavior, but for me it was over-the-top and annoying, If I had spoken to my mother the way Jade speaks to Sarah, I’d have been picking up my teeth. I was hoping the author would kill her off ….

The story is a bit formulaic. Sarah moves her two girls to a the back-water town of her youth, to restore the homestead. Sarah’s childhood was abusive and secrets from her past filter through to the book climax and will ultimately involve her children. An old high-school flame is rekindled, a requisite part of this type of story. It’s the tale of a dysfunctional family with a few ghosts thrown in for good measure. I think this author might be a fan of Nora Roberts, as the entire story arc has that type of vibe.

If you can take teenaged angst, go for it … I had no trouble finishing the story. The ending is a twist.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Great mystery, great narration by Joyce Bean

Loved the story, kept me guessing til the end. Joyce Bean does a good job of narrating the story, making the characters real.

21 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Stevon
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 07-06-15

good story

First time author, genre: romance thriller. Sometimes when a book is labeled a romance novel you get a lot of hot, heavy sex but not in this one and I enjoyed that. There was some good romance but it didn't get down and dirty although it seemed at times that it might. There were several good story threads in this novel; haunted houses, kidnapping, human trafficing, warped family histories, there was a lot going on. And, there was some good suspense. I'll have to check the author out for other books.

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great listen

started off a little bit slow but after awhile I couldn't stop listening to it.

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Sub-par

The writing of this story is sub-par; overly-expository, unnecessarily winding and disconnected. It's an interesting enough story to keep one's attention, if only because the listener wants it all to come to some sort of finish. The narration was also sub-par. Joyce Bean has never struck me as a compelling reader and this was no exception. Her vocal differentiation is inconsistent to the point of confusion at times.

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So so ......

Unruly teenagers can really ruin a story but I guess it wouldn't make a decent story without them, this book was ok. It's not the best from this author as I've heard much better in past audio books. The story did keep my attention for the most part.

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 09-01-15

Meh...

A fast pace mystery with a paranormal twist. A mother of two young girls moves back to her small town to remodel an old family mansion after splitting from her husband. I thought it was going to be the same as many other tell tale, starting over stories, but when a heartless villain is added it gets interesting. Young girls in this quiet, small town start disappearing and we are privy to the fact that the abductor is hiding in plain sight but we are not told until the end who it is. There are a few holes in the story, for example the youngest girl falls over a dead body and even after the police arrive it is not discussed at all. The narrator did an okay job but her male voices sound like she is possessed. A daily deal so it was worth the time.

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Immature, crude, unneccesarily vulger,

What would have made Close to Home better?

The characters are angry, selfish and shallow. Without exception they are immature in their thinking and motives. The crudity of language, not just the vulgarity, which was at times made the characters even more unsympathetic than they should have been, was entirely unnecessary to the story line.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The reading was very good and the story could have been excellent had it been told with more maturity. The shallow, selfish qualities of the characters made the story dark and unpleasant.

Have you listened to any of Joyce Bean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think so

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Close to Home?

The interruption of off subject thoughts that the characters are prone to.

Any additional comments?

Its a good story, but the telling of it is immature and the characterization makes it hard to like.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable, engrossing listen

Nothing deep, just a nice mystery to pass the time. The only thing that took me out of the story was a bit of the teen dialogue that tried too hard. I appreciated that the romance part of the story was subtle and not a main focus.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful