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Publisher's Summary

From acclaimed film producer and novelist Galt Niederhoffer comes another no-holds-barred examination of the American domestic ideal. Poison is a literary psychological thriller audiobook about a marriage that follows minor betrayal into a bubbling stew of lies, cruelty, manipulation, and danger.

Cass and Ryan Connor have achieved family nirvana. With three kids between them, a cat, a yard, and a home they built and feathered, they seem to have the modern family dream. Their family, including Cass' two children from previous relationships, has recently moved to Portland - a new start for their new lives. Cass and Ryan have stable, successful careers, and they are happy. But trouble begins almost imperceptibly. First with small omissions and white lies that happen daily in any marital bedroom. They seem insignificant, but they are quickly followed by a series of denials and feints that mushroom and then cyclone in menace.

With life-or-death stakes and irreversible consequences, Poison is a chilling and irresistible reminder that the closest bond designed to protect and provide for each other and for children can change in a minute.

©2017 Galt Niederhoffer (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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Excellent Thriller

Highly recommended! The book title is more indicative than it lets on and the summary doesn’t do it justice. The story seems like it will unfold under standard, everyday events and circumstances - whether or not pleasant. However, it takes a razor sharp turn early on and accelerates until the end. I wish it was a little more subtle in the “plunge of thrill” in the sense that we knew more about their lives and why the characters take such drastic measures so soon. Nonetheless, this was a great thriller with twists and turns, an unusual dynamic of how families are formed and why.

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Painful!

I almost didn't finish listening. I just kept hoping the story would actually take an interesting turn but it just kept dragging on and on and on with monotonous unnecessary detail. characters were poorly built and even more poorly executed. rarely take the time to write a review but this one deserved it.

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Couldn’t get into the story because of the narration

The story had promise even though it was disjointed. But I couldn’t listen for another second. The narrator (Hillary Huber) used a pseudo sexy voice that made it unbearable. I couldn’t stand her various voices. Hard pass and if I think of completing this book I’ll wait for the print version on the bargain rack. I keep forgetting to preview narration but I didn’t this time and she seemed ok in the sample. But it was tedious!!!

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Chilling!

This is an edge of your seat psychological thriller. It kept me up late at night listening. I couldn't stop! The book is about Cass and Ryan, a married couple starting fresh in a new town in Maine from NYC. They seem to have it all, until very early on cracks and then huge chasms appear in their marriage. The book is told through the eyes of Cass. Scary, sometimes baffling, the tale is sure to cast a range of emotions. I loved this book and hope they make it into a movie. That said, I did not like the narrator. Sometimes she sounded like a radio dj and others robotic. In fact, my husband came in while I was listening and said "wow that sounds like a robot!" If the book wasn't so compelling, I probably would have gave up due to narrator. Other than that this is a must read/listen!!

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I'm only half way through...

I don't usually have any problems finishing an audiobook, even if I think it's terrible. However, I am finding it extremely difficult to continue listening to this one. I honestly can't tell if the storyline is just that boring, or if it is the narrator making it seem this way. The narrator has such a conspiratorial/patronizing (almost trying to be seductive) way of speaking - like every single sentence she is saying has some other meaning or like she knows something that you don't. This isn't the first book I have listened to with this narrator. The first few books I listened to with her as a narrator didn't bother me, (although her "man" voice is always the same and it makes me feel uneasy for some reason) but I don't know how much more I can take of this book. It's one of those books that make you stop and think, "Wait. Where is she? Let me see how much more of this book I have left..."

That being said, I WILL finish this book and I will update this if I feel any differently once I have completed it. I'm hoping it picks up soon. I just had to vent.

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Eye Opening Suspense

Although this is a story of murderous intent, the author still conveys normal family life. I really like both those threads happening at the same time. The victim draws so much sustenance from family. All I really want to say is that I enjoyed this book more than enough to give it five stars. It is exemplary for its genre: domestic psychological suspense.

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Suspenseful and interesting

The story is riveting and very well performed. It does drag in a few places, and a few times feels repetitive. But overall a great read.

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Unbearably dull!

Struggled through what I thought would be a taunt thriller. The story was weak, and the characters seemed to be just thrown together from the usual stereotypes. The narrarator sounds like she was narrating a documentary, or hosting a Prime time news show om NBC. Couldn't finish it, it read like countless other novels about cheating sinister husbands, e.t.c. I've read this, or similar stories like this before, give me something new.

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Could have been a great book

Such a good beginning and story line, but became so repetitious it was boring. I find it hard to believe a woman who knew her husband was poisoning her would continue numerous times to but herself in his company even eating chocolate cake she saw him put the poison on. No way she would have put her children in his reach allowing him to poison one of them also. The narrator was so monotone I almost stopped listening at first chapter

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Riveting

I stayed up all night listening. I couldn’t imagine not seeing the story through to its end.

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  • cara
  • 11-30-17

meh

it was a very predictable book, you could tell where it was going the whole time and i felt that it was a rush to wrap it all up at the end

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  • Alison Maxwell
  • 11-29-17

Slow moving

this book has bones of a great plot, but any dramatic tension is completely destroyed by tedious sections of verbiage, ridiculously over the top metaphors, and pointing out the blindingly obvious.

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  • Ursula T.
  • 11-26-17

A totally gripping listen!

the plot is good - it is not brilliant, and it has got some flaws, but the story is read so well that I didn't really focus on it. It is well written and entertaining and the ending feels good.
I can really recommend it.