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Abby Kimball has just moved to New England with her boyfriend and is trying to settle in, but the experience is proving to be quite unsettling, to say the least. While on a tour of local historic homes, Abby witnesses a family scene that leaves her gasping for breath - because the family has been dead for nearly a century. Another haunting episode follows, and another, until it seems to Abby that everything she touches is drawing her in, calling to her from the past.

Abby would doubt her sanity if it weren't for Ned Newhall, the kind and knowledgeable guide on that disturbing house tour. Rather than telling her she's hallucinating, Ned takes an interest in Abby's strange encounters and encourages her to figure out what's going on, starting with investigating the story of the family she saw and exploring her own past.

But as Abby begins to piece together a history that's as moving as it is shocking and unravels a long-ago mystery that nearly tore her family apart, she also begins to suspect that Ned's got secrets of his own and that his interest may be driven as much by a taste for romance as by a love for history.

©2013 Sheila Connolly (P)2016 Tantor

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No more

Recap waaaay overdone. Narrator mispronounced/mis-stressed words disconcertingly, especially the overused name of the town. The plot was pointless. I kept going to find the why, but there wasn't one.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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This could be a good book--but misses the mark

What is good: the author seems knows the area she is writing about and has an interesting idea for a story.

What needs help: The story goes nowhere. at the end you are no further into the tale then you are at the beginning---she has a new boyfriend and moved but the story hasn't progressed. You need to sit down and focus on your story line--outline the progress you want to make in each book. Personally--after hooking up with the understanding boyfriend I would have shown an advancement in her specter ability. Let them come to her now or let her hear what they are saying. Let her find out a relative contacted and talked to the dead. You just don't give us enough; the ending was a flop with no promise of more. Do a rewrite--boost your story--focus on whats important--we need more advancement before the end of the story and a promise of something in the next book (following the main story line). Remember the specter ability is you main action line---relationships are a added secondary development.
I wish you well and would like to see this story again after a rewrite

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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ugh

whine whine whine ...i couldn't finish the book.
the main character is needy and annoying. slow read
i don't recommend

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Not a mystery

Boring, I thought it would be a cozy mystery but no such luck. The main character was not inspiring and within the first 10 minutes I was bored.

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seems like half of a book

I really liked the story and where it was going, but I felt cheated at the end. It was almost as if they had taken one overly long book and just chopped it in half. very disappointed in this venture by Ms Connelly.

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  • Carmela
  • walterboro , SC, USA
  • 09-02-17

not really a mystery but a fun story anyways.

Abby moves to massesusette in September and discovers she can see ghost, or echos of past event. the question that's is answered by the end of the book is which ghosts she can see and she also discovers some old family secrets. there are no clues and no puzzle solving for the reader but the characters are likeable and it's a fun story for a crisp fall day.

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It was good

It was a nice story looking forward to next book. Thought it was exciting when she would see her ancestrs

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Enjoyed this story and the narrator.

Connolly is a good story teller. Durante richly brings the story and characters to life.

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So far the best of all of her books

The narrator is very good with all voices and "heroine" is very like able and appropriate. The story is entertaining and believable. I hope the rest of the books in this series are as good!

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  • MaryAnn
  • Idaho Falls, ID, United States
  • 05-02-17

Not really a mystery

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

I feel this book was predictable and it was much more of a romance than a mystery novel. I simply don't like romances.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

a bit of boredom, sorry!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful