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At forty-five, Hannah Smith is at a crossroads. That's her spin on it. The reality is she's divorced, jobless, and moving back to her family home in Iowa to keep an eye on her mother, who's slipping into dementia. Her return stirs up the same unnerving sense of disconnect Hannah has felt since childhood - always the odd girl out, the loner outshone by her two older sisters. Hannah knew the feelings of hurt would come back. But she never expected fear. Because when her mother looks into her eyes and whispers, "You're not my daughter," Hannah is beginning to believe it's not just the rambling of a confused woman.

It's the truth.

Now Hannah's following the trail of a family mystery to the dark coast of Big Sur, where years ago a lie was born - and buried. As frightened as she is to unearth it, Hannah knows this is the last chance she has before her past - and all its terrible secrets - are lost forever.

©2017 Victoria Helen Stone. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 09-24-17

She never felt like a member of her family,...

...and at age 45 she has reason to wonder why. She looks like her dad, but blood tests show the woman she has always called mom cannot be her mother. Hannah Smith's year 2017 search for her true identity takes her from Iowa to California to find the truth of what happened in the early 1970's. This novel is an excellent psychological mystery. Narration is stellar.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Imagine being 45 years old and...

finding out that the woman you thought was your mother could not in any way shape or form be the woman who gave birth to you! This is what happened to Hannah when she returns to her home town to help care for her mother who is suffering from dementia. While at the nursing home the staff draws blood and Hannah learns that her mother has type AB while she has type O, her mother is not her mother. And her journey begins... The adage "be careful what you ask for" holds it's truest meaning in this story.
I really enjoyed this book. Although it's not an edge of the seat kind of thriller, it is a good mystery. The end shocked me, I didn't see it coming.
Emily Sutton-Smith did a fantastic job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Great plot with excellent narrator

For fans of genealogical mysteries this was a great book. The characters are believable the main character someone I could identify with and the setting one I know well, it was described perfectly. Perhaps I'm bias as I absolutely love Emily Sutton Smiths voice but I thought she did a wonderful job here. She really shines on doing introspection and her soothing voice is both mysterious and yet calming even when she's reading action scenes. Don't pass this great find up!

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Too Slow for Me

Would you try another book from Victoria Helen Stone and/or Emily Sutton-Smith?

Yes

What was most disappointing about Victoria Helen Stone’s story?

I found myself skipping ahead ... and never felt like I missed anything.

Which character – as performed by Emily Sutton-Smith – was your favorite?

none

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was well read and the story was actually good - just took too long to tell it.

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decent listen

great narrator but the story didn't really hold my interest. the main character is written over the top to prove she is different from her family. very irritating

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Corny

Couldn’t finish, just didn’t care. Narrator was good, author was just too corny, lots of eye rolling moments.

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Never saw ending coming

All around sad story line. Unwise choices by so many including main character leads to even more unnecessary sadness.

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  • Italy
  • 11-09-17

Wasn't what I was expecting

I really thought this was going to be more fast paced and interesting. But there weren't as many twists and even the reveal of the few twists included was rather weak. I saw the biggest twist coming early on. Also, the narrator had low energy and there was something about her voice that didn't fit with the character.

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  • Elissa
  • Taperoo, Australia
  • 11-09-17

Easy Listen

Not riveting or especially engaging. There are some potentially good threads, but fell short of my expectations as the book develops.
Just a mellow easy listen instead of a psychological thriller.

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Awsome

Awesome book, great storyline that keeps your attention. Highly recommend. Narration best I heard in too long.