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In July 1970, actress Elaina Styles was slain in her rented Seattle mansion along with her husband and their son's nanny. When the baby's remains were found buried in a shallow grave close to a hippie commune, police moved in - only to find all its members already dead in a grisly mass suicide. Now, decades later, a film about the murders is shooting at the mansion. On-set caterer Laurie Trotter ignores gossip that the production is cursed. But then people start dying.... As Laurie digs deeper into what happened all those years ago, she discovers that the truth is more twisted than any whispered rumor, as a legacy of brutal vengeance reaches its terrifying climax.

©2015 Kevin O’Brien (P)2015 Tantor

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This is O'Brien's best yet!

What about Jonathan Yen’s performance did you like?

Jonathan Yen gave an excellent performance. His tones, inflections, cadence and gravity hit the mark every step of the way.

Any additional comments?

This was Kevin O'Brien's best book to date. The book has two thriller plots going on simultaneously, each could have been a book in itself but together - WOW! When I first read the short description of this book I thought it sounded kind of contrived and wasn't sure this was going to work. Why in the world would a young woman working for a caterer play junior detective? This is a young single mother who moved to a new town, new job, people getting brutally murdered all around her - HELLO? Why would she stay? On top of that there is a looney who wants to pulverize her and take her young son in her home town looking for her. Next thing you know her face is on TV and still she stays. I kept thinking it can't work but to my surprise it did. Sorry I can't tell how or it would ruin the story so all I can say is GET THE BOOK! You won't regret it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If you found this review helpful please indicate so. Thank You.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Riveting!!!

A great story consisting of characters you will love hate and be unsure of right to the end with intersecting storylines and unexpected twists leading to a heartfelt finish. The first of Kevin O'Brien's books i've read but definitely not my last

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not very good.

I think I heard the word gape used at least 10 times in the first 4 hours of the book, and it didn't even get into what was described. Very disappointed in the writing. The narration was not too bad but I'm returning this snoozer of a book.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandra
  • Pflugerville, TX, United States
  • 09-23-15

SLOW

Would you try another book from Kevin O'Brien and/or Jonathan Yen?

NO

What do you think your next listen will be?

I am listening to Never Die Alone

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was fine

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

not really

Any additional comments?

Just really slow - i quit listening after Chapter 4

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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and this got published????

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

nothing

What was most disappointing about Kevin O'Brien’s story?

everything

Which scene was your favorite?

the last one

What character would you cut from No One Needs to Know?

all of them

Any additional comments?

only the fact that i was doing major house cleaning kept me listening to this... holy crap... this is right up there with the book former vice presidents wife marilyn quayle wrote... and i didn't think that could happen

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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a little slow but kept my interest.

What made the experience of listening to No One Needs to Know the most enjoyable?

The characters were well developed. I wanted to know what was going on.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

A surprise but not outlandish.

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

No I haven't but he is a very good narrator and will definitely listen again.

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

As a mother the story of the children was moving and terrifying as well as the dark desolate roads.

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A Sociopath, Psychopath, and s Serial Killer...

What made the experience of listening to No One Needs to Know the most enjoyable?

The plot was a little different from most of the books in thrillers today. While there were a few predictable moments, the past and present views of one storyline were being worked out, while another subplot was also taking place. There were several twists and turns that made this book keep a steady pace without being to overloaded.

What was one of the most memorable moments of No One Needs to Know?

The A-HA moment at the murder house when two of the characters figure out who was behind most of the mayhem.

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

His character voices were handled well, and he didn't try to read the female roles in any over the top falsetto.

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

It wasn't one that I just had to stay awake and finish, but I was curious as to how it would all fit together.

Any additional comments?

Throughly enjoyed listening to this book. Worth the credit.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful