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A pair of pink, silk underwear...

The quiet world of Melody and Jack Dickinson is about to be turned upside down. Twenty years of marriage hangs in the balance when Melody finds out about Jack's infidelity. The betrayal is made worse when Melody discovers his lover is Serena Rowland, a young woman who works at Melody's law firm.

A receipt from an overpriced hotel...

Harsh words are exchanged before Melody storms off to work, determined to have Serena fired. But when Melody hears Serena was murdered over the weekend, everything changes. Serena's body is found beaten and strangled with a pair of pink, silk panties, in the same hotel that Jack had admitted staying at over the weekend. Within seconds of hearing the news, Melody's life spins out of control when Jack calls in a panic. The police are at their home to arrest him for Serena's murder.

Pictures of a young woman's scantily clad torso on a cell phone...

Was she married to a monster? One who beat and strangled the young woman to death, or was Jack set up? Did Melody's own dark secret, hidden inside her heart for years, have something to do with the nightmare they suddenly find themselves in?

Melody and Jack are about to discover that one fateful mistake will destroy many.

©2014 Ashley Fontainne (P)2014 Ashley Fontainne

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A Magnificent and Thrilling Read.

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This is the second book I've read by Ashley Fontainne and honestly she is fast becoming an author that I will read anything by her. She is a master of suspense and intrigue!! <br/><br/>Melodys life is changed forever when she finds a pair of panties in her husbands briefcase. It's not just the fact that her husband cheated on her with someone she works with, it's the fact that that someone turned up beaten to death in the hotel room where the affair was taking place, it's also the fact that her husband is the number one suspect and is arrested for the murder! How is she supposed to live with the fact that her husband is a monster? Despite his continued declaration of innocence, the evidence is overwhelming and she may just have to face the facts. But is all as it seems? Who can Melody believe and how can she piece her life back together?<br/><br/>So ya, this book was so so good. I flew through this book in a matter of 2 days and was sad to turn the last page. <br/><br/>My heart broke for Melody so any times. Her life is turned on it's axis and poor Melody struggles to fix it. She loves her husband and is heartbroken when she finds out he cheated. They haven't been getting on well lately but Melody never thought he could betray her so completely. Then to hear that he may be a murderer!! It devastated her but she plows along because what else is there to do. She was such a strong character and I loved that about her. What she has to go through through out the book was horrible yet she kept her belief and her fighting spirit. <br/><br/>This author sure knows how to throw the reader off the scent. At no stage did I figure out the villain and for me that is a major bonus! I thought I knew who it was but I had no idea! She also makes her characters so believable and easily relatable. They are well thought out and developed. <br/><br/>Overall, Empty Shell was a magnificent and thrilling read. Through out the story there are twists and turns that will leave you reeling. There is betrayal, death, mystery and lies as well as shocking secrets revealed. You are left with a sense of shock and awe at the way Ashley Fontainne can grab you and leave you breathless. <br/><br/>I listened to the audio of this and loved it! Sara Morsey really did an awesome job of portraying Melody and her strength as well as her sorrow. She had a way of telling the story that was effortless and appealing. <br/>

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great characters

I got this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. Let me start of by saying, this book has a lot of religious forgiveness and under tones in it. I'm not religious, but I do keep an open mind.
I don't think it's possible for any one person to go through what Melody has gone through and still be breathing. All of the plot twists had me reeling. I was completely taken off guard. Regardless of the religion, I really enjoyed this book. I suppose to come out whole on the other side of all the crap she went through, you would have to be a believer. I flew through this book like lightning, couldn't turn it off. I went with very little sleep on many nights until it was finished.
The narration was exceptional! She did an excellent job of portraying all the different emotions and turmoil the characters were experiencing. My heart broke on many occasions for Melody. Great book, I will recommend it to my friends and family.

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Empty Shell

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Empty Shell is an interesting read that combines Christianity with mystery and intrigue. In the middle of a huge turmoil. Jack has been carrying on an ongoing affair with a woman that works with his wife, and his wife has just found this out. She goes to work just to find out that said female is dead... and then she starts to struggle with whether or not she should stay with her cheating husband, while he's being locked up for the death of his mistress

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Very Interesting Listen

Really enjoyed the story and narration. This tale has it all~love, loss, faith, murder, mystery, and so many twists and turns. I loved Melody, the main character, and most of her friends (especially Regina, Mel's best friend). Highly recommended.

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Another Triumph for Fontainne and Morsey

What did you love best about Empty Shell?

The story is so emotionally charged and driven and moved me to the core. The tragedy that Melody endures and how she gets through it is incredible. And Fontainne continues to keep me guessing with her twists and turns. Just when I think I've figured things out, I'm turned upside down on my head in the most enjoyable way. I appreciate her fearlessness in bringing such a strong and positive Godly message within this story in a way that I think we can all relate to. The struggles, pain and feelings of worthlessness and the ability to find strength within the Lord to persevere and survive...all something that we go through and allowed me to dive deeper into Melody's plight and become emotionally involved.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Melody. She's so shattered, so many layers and yet very strong.

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

I have enjoyed Sara's performances before in another of Ashley Fontainne's books and have found them to be a solid combination of strong narration and emotionally driven story that goes hand in hand. Sara masters the subtly of Ashley's characters that make them easy to relate to, believable and like-able. She really pulls you into the story with her performance in such a way that isn't distracting but still riveting enough to make me want to only concentrate on her storytelling.

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Great thriller that keeps you on the edge!

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Empty Shell is another great thriller by Ashley Fontainne.The story centers around Melody and Jack Dickinson, who after 20 years of marriage are in a bit of a rut, which is not that unusual for an "old married couple." We learn almost immediately that Jack is having an affair with one of Melody's coworkers, Serena Rowland. Soon after, we learn that Serena was murdered and Jack is arrested for the death of his mistress.<br/><br/>The rest of the story focuses on solving the murder and Melody coping with all of it. Melody is surrounded by great supporting characters in friends and family. Her faith also has a big part in this book. <br/><br/>Sara Morsey did a fantastic job narrating, differentiating between male and female characters. Her voice portrayals are consistent throughout and she narrates with appropriate changes in inflection and tone to set the proper mood.

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Wonderfully Dramatic

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

I would recommend this book to any of my friends that like a good sappy, dramatic, Christian fiction novel.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Empty Shell?

The most memorable moment, for me, was when Melody beat up Guy. That had me cracking up, and fist-pumping!

What does Sara Morsey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Sara's voice has that warm, Southern drawl... like a country love song, or Tupelo Honey. She differentiates between the characters flawlessly. She can drop her voice octaves for a man's voice, then vary the intonation enough that you know exactly who is speaking.

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

It made me laugh AND cry. As I said earlier, the scene where she beat up Guy had me chortling with laughter, and the part where her mom passed was heart-wrenching!

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My review on Amazon:Wow! Empty Shell is a really great story about a woman, for whom everything goes horribly wrong, who doesn't break. Melody Dickinson's world comes crashing down around her, repeatedly, and she keeps getting back up and brushing herself back off again. A truly Christian message about the power of God, without being too pushy or preachy about it. It's wonderfully Southern flavor (especially in audio format) made me crave a tall glass of sweet tea, and a plate of biscuits and gravy. I laughed and cried, mostly the latter, with these characters, and the ending left me satisfied and cozy-feeling.

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  • Terri
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  • 12-10-14

Fantastic Story - Bring Tissues!

I have read this book before via eBook. Now after reading / listening to it in audio format with an awesome narrator, it's like a whole new book! The audio version of this story is told in such an incredible way that it had me in tears several times and laughing at other times.

Empty Shell is a story about Melody & Jack. After 20 years of marriage, Jack begins to stray and his mistress turns up dead. Even though Jack proclaims his innocence the entire time, he is arrested and charged. We follow along with Melody as her life is ripped apart time after time until there is nothing left but a shell of a woman.

This story is so well written. The author Ashley Fontainne had me at the edge of my seat listening to this book, so much so that my boyfriend came home & I didn't even realize 8 hours had gone by! Great plot too! The reader will need lots of tissues. The narrator Sara Morsey did a fabulous job on reading the story to us. I loved the voice she used for Melody, it was so fitting. Even though I had already read this book myself, the narrator read it to me with so much emotion & drama, it was like a whole new book to me!

I strongly recommend picking this title up in audio format. The length alone gives us a big bang for our buck. The story and all the excitement that comes with it and all the raw emotions are only bonuses!

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Must Read!!! Incredible Listen...

Must Read! Hold onto your seat because "Empty Shell" is a heck of a ride! This is the 2nd book I've read by Ashley Fontainne & Narrated by Sara Morsey, the 1st was "Suicide Lake". This duo is without a doubt my favorite. 'Empty Shell' is filled with emotional twists, turns, and unexpected surprises, one minute you’re fuming mad, the next laughing out loud. I enjoyed this book so much, I found myself disappointed when it ended. I will absolutely recommend this book to my friends and family.

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Another great book from Ashley Fontainne!

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Rating: 4 Stars<br/>Title: Empty Shell<br/>Author: Ashley Fontainne<br/>Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense<br/>Audio: 12 Hours 45 Minutes<br/>Length: 385 Pages<br/><br/>Who killed the perky, little rich trollop? Melody’s husband of twenty years, Jack, is caught with his pants down and evidence is piling up against him so fast that he’s arrested for the murder scant hours after her body is found. ASHLEY FONTAINNE spins another solid suspenseful tale in EMPTY SHELL.<br/><br/>My husband and I listened to EMPTY SHELL in the audio version when on a cross country trip. I have to admit that there were events in the book that had us looking at each other with our mouths hanging open, never expecting some of the twists in this book. EMPTY SHELL is a great story, has great characters, and great unexpected twists and turns. <br/><br/>The only criticism I have in this book is the main character, Melody. I’m still not sure if I liked her or not. Ms. Fontainne’s female characters are always strong which I enjoy tremendously, but she seemed weak to me, placing blame on others for their actions and then in a complete reversal taking it on herself, which didn’t sit well with me considering the circumstances. This happened a couple of times in the book and it just didn’t come off as something that would actually happen in real life.<br/><br/>If you like mysteries, thrillers and suspenseful reading with strong plots and many surprises, pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed! <br/>

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  • Emily
  • 08-15-17

Cozy Mystery

I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Melody Dickinson's life crashes around her when she discovers that her husband has been having an affair with a younger woman from the same law firm. Everything is complicated by the fact that this younger woman is found murdered.

I really liked the suspense of this novel. It was really interesting to see the shrinking of Melody's friendship circle as each new piece of information was revealed, and three new light on who possibly killed Serena and Jack. It was also nice to read it from Melody's perspective because it focussed on her emotions and her guilt and her support network. The very frequent references to religion was a bit much and it did feel like it was being shoved at the reader.

Sara Morsey was a brilliant narrator, sounding exactly as I expected Melody to sound. She had this fantastic southern drawl and it sounded really natural and perfect as Melody. I didn't like her as much with the male characters, possibly because I connected her to Melody so much.