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"Grief can change us... rewire our brains and shift the way we look at the world..."

After returning home from her father's funeral to find her boyfriend in bed with another woman, Mackenzie Clair is looking for a fresh start. She thinks she'll find it in her favorite childhood vacation spot, but returning to Donn's Hill awakens more than nostalgia. Mac regains a lost psychic ability to talk to the dead, and the poltergeist haunting her apartment is desperate to make her use that gift to find his killer.

Aided by her new roommate - a spirited Tortoiseshell cat named Striker, and the ghost-hunting crew of the nationally televised show Soul Searchers, Mac struggles to learn how to use her powers. But she'd better get a handle on them fast, because someone in town is hiding a deadly secret. If Mac can't somehow divine the truth, Donn's Hill will never be the same.

©2017 Caryn Larrinaga (P)2017 Immortal Works

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Haunting Story, Award-Worthy Performance

Mackenzi Clair is leaving home--or is she finally returning there? This is the unstated question that colors the rich beginning of a book that invites the reader to come home to Donn's Hill as well. Pull up a chair, put on some Chai tea, and grab a plate of lemon squares. But don't get TOO comfortable. This home has a history, and you're about to get a full serving of it.

Enter Mac's world--at twenty-seven years old, she's lost both of her parents and finally ditched that duplicitous boyfriend. She's completely adrift, and finds her focus by returning to the vacation home she remembers so fondly from childhood. Listeners get a complete tour of the place, and we come to love the people in it: the ghost hunting apartment neighbor Kit, Gabrielle the medium, Yuri the show runner, even the unaccountably and perpetually cantankerous deputy-mayor who's got it in for Mac from the start, for no reason at all. Or ... is there a reason after all?

Because there's a reason for EVERYTHING at Donn's Hill, and a complete story-unto-itself for every character. The listener may be lulled into a false sense of comfortably wandering security early in this book, but really, you're kind of being set up, here. Author Caryn Larrinaga knows exactly what she's doing from the start, and you don't want to miss any of the details.

Ghosts, hauntings, poltergeists, and murder--take THAT with your lemon squares, Listener. This book has a real tendency to lure you in and then unexpectedly scare the stuffing out of you, so without spoilers, fair warning.

But half of the dark and comfortably-scented magic of this whole experience is the performance of the young but veteran voice actor Jessica McEvoy. In this particular medium (see what I did there?), there's absolutely no one better. She has an uncanny knack for reading the story exactly as you might hear it in your head, whether the part in question being read is a narrator of her own generation and gender, a middle-aged Russian, a Spanish gypsy psychic, or a ... strangely intuitive cat. Yes. Cat. She plays a cat. And before you tune out, listen to me: she pulls it off. Seriously.

More importantly, Jessica McEvoy has a natural empathy with the full emotional range of the human condition, and she brings reality to situations that are beyond the scope of most people's experiences. Couple that with an instant relatability to the simple pleasures, disappointments, self-doubts and fears that we all feel and express--she draws you in with the authenticity of her voice and delivery. It's really amazing, every time. She's done it before, but it surprises me every time.

Donn's Hill is so, so worth the time and investment. To reveal any more here would be criminal. But do yourself a favor: check it out. Enjoy the experience. It'll be one you don't soon forget.

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A fun mystery indeed

Caryn Larrinaga's newest book, Donn's Hill, was a blast to read/listen to and I quite enjoyed Jessica McEvoy's vocal talent as always. She brings the story to life and makes Mackenzie's character her own and the mix of great writing and wonderful character voices makes this audiobook a must-have for any fan.

A simple but well written novel for the entire family, this is a must-have for any fan of mystery on the more casual side.

Check out the Sample and see for yourself if this wonderful tale is worth your time. For me, it was.

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outstanding audiobook

Miss McEvoy is an outstanding voice talent with a well written story. drew me in

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Wonderful.

have been listening to this for the last few weeks on my commute and have to say that Jessica's narration really helps to make the emotional moments of the story feel very weighty and in other moments very calming.

would eagerly recommend.

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Great voice actor, okay story.

I heard about this story through the NoSleep podcast where the narrator, Jessica McEvoy, can be frequently heard. I very much enjoyed her performance, but the story was only okay.

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Great Performance. Good Story.

I've been a fan of Jessica McEvoy for some time thanks to the No Sleep Podcast, so the second I heard about her new narration of this book on the show I knew I had to listen. It definitely didn't disappoint. Jessica's performance is fantastic, she captures the main character beautifully and the supporting characters as well. The story itself is intriguing. Not a groundbreaking plot by any means, but absolutely entertaining.

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Fun story, exquisite narration

I found this book thanks to the narrator, Jessica McEvoy. I've followed her since she started narrating stories on the No Sleep podcast, in which she is always terrific, so it is no surprise to me that she does an incredible job bringing this story to life. The story itself was also very enjoyable. It was briskly paced and consistently had you guessing at what was really going on in Donn's Hill. Also, maybe I'm getting old, but it was nice to listen to a horror/thriller that had very little gore or bad language. I would let my kids listen to this if they wanted to. Clocking in at around 9 hours it makes for a great investment for a long car ride to pass the time. I recommend it!

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[Roxie Reviews] | 'Donn's Hill' by Caryn Larrinaga

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

Caryn Larrinaga tells a lovely story about a grown woman who is adrift in her life, struggling to find her place after losing everyone she loves. She only knows a portion of her history and longs to know more. She believes returning to Donn's Hill, a place she remembers visiting with her mother as a child, will help her do so. She has no idea what it actually has in store for her.

I listened to this as an audiobook narrated by Jessica McEvoy. Her narration is wonderfully done. Her voice is perfectly suited to this tale. She reads this exactly as I would have read it in my own head -- with perfect cadence, intonation, and emotion. She plays all of the characters impeccably, even the cat, if you can believe that. I have been a fan of McEvoy's for quite a while, and she never ceases to amaze me with her talent and her range. She is always able to convey the truth of human experience and emotion through the power of her voice. She's a real powerhouse.

The combination of Larrinaga's beautifully written characters, intriguing plot, captivating setting, and McEvoy's exquisitely done narration, this story comes alive. It's creepy yet endearing in the complexity of its humanity.

Read this review and more on my blog at roxiewrites (dot) tumblr (dot) com.

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Great book!

This was my first time with an audio book and I enjoyed it! Jessica McEvoy does such a great job reading and helps draw you into the story. I recommend giving this a listen.

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Great story, great narrator.

I have to confess that I came to this book after being a long time listener to a podcast, and I expected this book to be at leas

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  • Harriet Rose Smith
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Really loved this book.

A great story and amazing narration. Loved it really want more like this story and Jessica has a great voice.

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