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After two years of brutal captivity, Portia Lamont has escaped and returned to her family's Vermont horse farm - only to find her parents gone to New York to try an experimental treatment for her mother's cancer, and her childhood friend Boone Hawke running the farm. The man Boone has become frightens her to near paralysis, but she's too traumatized and physically devastated to put up a fight.

Like the rest of her family, Boone has never given up hope that Portia would return. But when she turns up battered, skinny as a 12-year-old boy, afraid of everything and unable to talk about what happened, he does the only thing he can - try to help her heal. He summons the town doctor and Portia's parents, and sets out to put this beautiful, broken woman back together again.

Through her family's love and Boone's gentle affection, Portia gradually comes back to herself, and starts to fall for her old friend in a whole new way. But one thing threatens her fragile hopes for recovery: The man who took her promised that if she ever escaped, he'd kill her. Slowly. And someone is definitely watching her...waiting to make a deadly move.

©2014 Aaron Paul Lazar (P)2014 Aaron Paul Lazar

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Thrillride that will not let you stop listening!

When I started listening to this book I did not know much of the back-story. I don't follow news or TV, I am a bookworm what can I say. In the beginning this book was dedicated to the women held captive in Ohio. That got me thinking "okay so this could have actually happened to someone" and I kept that in mind while listening.

The Story is of Portia who was kidnapped and held for 2 years by a psychopath named Murphy. He made her wear a nurses uniform and kept her locked up and inside. She finally escapes and makes her way home only to find her parents gone, in another state and a neighbor taking care of the family farm.

Boone, a neighbor and Portia's childhood friend looks after her until her parents can make it home. Eventually her sister and new husband come too. Boone never leaves her and was a strong character throughout the story. (Yes I loved him!)

Portia making it home is only half the battle, she doesn't know if she killed Murphy or just stunned him so she is constantly jumping at any odd noise. I think that would be awful, just looking over your shoulder constantly. In the end I was so glad that things were resolved.

The narration was amazing. Gwendolyn Druyor did a fantastic job portraying different voices for the characters and I could easily tell who was speaking. The flow of the story was made that much clearer with the seamless narration.

I will definitely be listening to more from this Author/Narrator team in the future.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Time to heal: an abducted woman coming home

What did you love best about Devil's Lake?

I love the opening scene, because it sets the tone for the entire story. We hear Portia coming back home, having escaped from her abductor. She is in a severely weakened state, "Her heart slammed against her ribs, quickening with every mile she recognized," and has an overwhelming yearning for safety, for home. "Green mountains surged into the clouds in the background. guarding the rolling hills of the valley where her family's farm nestled in the hollow." But the place is empty, except for her childhood friend, whom she barely recognizes, and because of her harrowing experience, she is afraid to be touched. "`It's me.' He offered her a hand, but she pulled her away."

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The description of the abduction is vivid and at time quite stark, as it must be, so I wanted to reach out and rescue Portia from her abductor. <br/><br/>"Shhhh," says Murphy, in his frighteningly metallic voice. "It's okay. You're with me now, sugar." <br/><br/>We get a glimpse into the way she managed to survive the torture and starvation. "Pretend to be respectful and sweet," she tells herself. "Go along with him. Watch and wait... If you don't fight him, he'll have nothing to push against." And throughout the ordeal, she braces herself. "You can do this."

Which scene was your favorite?

The last part creates a much needed conclusion to the story. Anderson and Boone work their way toward Devil's Lake and watch for the cabin with the boarded up windows. Grace, Portia's sister, plays a great role, which I am not going to divulge here, except to say that in the end, she and Portia renew their bond of sisterhood, and cleanse themselves of the past. It is so symbolic that they do it by diving beneath the surface of Devil's Lake. This is the part I love best, because it suggests the possibility of harmony.<br/>

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

in spite of the suspense at certain twists and turns, I truly took my time with listening, because some parts of the story are heat wrenching and I wanted to take it all in. I wanted to savor every shade of every word, as the narrator, Gwendolyn Druyor, gave expression to Portia's pain, her initial confusion and mistrust in others, having gone through an unimaginable ordeal. And towards the end I could feel, in her voice, the beginning of healing and hope, not only for Portia but for her sister, too.

Any additional comments?

This book is dedicated to the women kidnapped and held hostage for ten years in Cleveland, Ohio, and so it is with great tenderness that the author, Aaron Paul Lazar, imparts this story, which I imagine must have been inspired by what he learned about the case, and by his great compassion. Being based on a true story is not enough--an author must make it vivid, even in the most harrowing parts, to the listener, which Aaron Paul Lazar does brilliantly.

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Intriguing Listen

I was not familiar with the author or narrator before I started this book. I found it very well written and narrated. Parts of the book were far-fetched while others were very realistic. I loved the unexpected twists and turns. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher.

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 02-21-17

Had some dark moments but a very good listen

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I love a listen with strong women at the helm and this one delivered! There were quite a few hard-to-take moments, especially when the POV changed to the bad guy, but if you can stand it, the ending offered up a pretty decent reward.<br/><br/>I've listened to a few Lazar books and I'm constantly amazed at his creations. The relationships are so real they're practically palpable.<br/><br/>I liked the narrator too. She took the various POV's to a completely new level!<br/><br/>Like I said, this book has some dark moments but if you can get past part two, all will be right with the world. Eventually.

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  • Christina
  • PLATTE CITY, MO, United States
  • 04-12-16

What A Ride!!!!

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Wow!! Double WOW!! I was up with this book all night. Every time I tried to put it down it seemed to call to me and I was listening 10 minutes later. This is one that tugs at your heart strings. I felt myself rooting for her from the beginning of the book. I can't wait to read the next one.I was given this book in trade for an honest review.

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Outstanding

What made the experience of listening to Devil's Lake: Bittersweet Hollow Book 1 the most enjoyable?

This book grabbed my attention from the very beginning and never let go. That's the best kind of book! I will definitely be purchasing other books in this series and I have a new author I love!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Devil's Lake: Bittersweet Hollow Book 1?

Just when you think you have it all figured out, it has a twist and you are caught up again in the plot turns; I didn't want to stop listening!

What about Gwendolyn Druyor’s performance did you like?

Easily recognizable characters just by the voices. The antagonist in the story had a creepy voice, which just added to the story plot.

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

When the main character begins to recognize she can move past her trauma and have her own life, and possibly love...

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

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Well done suspense tale

"Devil’s Lake" by Aaron Paul Lazar held my interest from the start. The story about a young woman who escapes the clutches of a madmen after two years of captivity is not new. However, I was captivated by Portia’s plight and the descriptions of family and friends who support and later defend her when the madmen comes to reclaim her. The narration by Gwendolyn Druyor is exceptional. The reason for Portia et al not telling the police everything—clearly a plot device—had me rolling my eyes, but other than that I strongly recommend this one.

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great read

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

this is not the type of books i normally listen to or read but I loved it anyway. would read more like it

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A Kidnapping!

I first gave it a 4 star rating until I realized and learned this story was based on a true story. I honestly can't say I heard it mentioned in the start or even in the end if the audio. Of course I normally tune out the beginning of the story when it starts and at the ending when it's over. I went back and listened to the story again. From what I learned a group of women were kidnapped for 10 years in Cleveland.

The author, Aaron Paul Lazar wrote this story and it truly surprised me of his understanding and the compassion he had writing this story. I am thankful that he changed the story from the true story. He wrote this story and made it his own even though the true story inspired him. Aaron has written a story that inspired me, it was intense, it kept me glued to my seat, and my heart pumping hard at certain times in the story. Aaron pulled it off and did a magnificent job in doing so. This is my first story I've ever heard by this author but he has a new fan for life.

Narrator Gwendolyn Druyor did an outstanding job. I've never heard any of this narrator's work before Devil's Lake. I'll check to see other stories she's narrated. Gwendolyn brought so much emotion and feeling to this story. With this story being based on a true story the narrator made it feel so real to. Druyor captured my attention and she held it from start to finish. She brought this story to life as I listened to her tell this story. I'm sorry that I don't write about the stories and give details in my reviews but I hate to be one of those spoiled people. I think The excerpt gives you enough detail to capture your attention. Overall, my first rating of 4 stars is now a 5 star rating from me. This is a great story, not my normal genre but I enjoyed it immensely, so much that I listened to Devil's Creek immediately after.

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I'm looking forward to more from this author!!

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I love it when I find a HIDDEN GEM in the sea of books!! TRUST ME WHEN I SAY THIS IS ONE OF THEM!! I CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR MORE BY THIS AUTHOR!! THE NARRATOR DID A GREAT JOB AS WELL!! I don't do reviews that give spoilers nor do I just repeat what the book is about.... SO HERE IS A BREAKDOWN DID YOU<br/>~Did I enjoy the Book??<br/>**ABSOLUTELY**<br/>~Was The Book Worth A CREDIT??<br/>**AGAIN IT ABSOLUTELY WAS IN MY OPINION**<br/>~Was the NARRATOR Good??<br/>**Yes**<br/>

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  • 02-22-17

Emotional Drama.

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

This is an incredibly emotional book. it started off slowly and I was not sure that it would be any different to other similar books I have read.However, it then became very personal with a first-person account of the trauma of being kidnapped and kept hostage by a madman for 2 years. It all became very real to me and I was able to empathize to a degree where I was hurting along with Portia the girl that was taken. After that, every word resonated with me and I listened to the whole story in one sitting. It is a very well written story and I am sure it closely resembles real cases of captured girls. That is a horrible thought but something we should all be aware of.