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Publisher's Summary

The past is never over. It just gets dusty.

Lisa Grant was a rising star in a prestigious law firm in Lexington, Kentucky, when the firm went bankrupt and she lost her job. With an ailing mother to care for, she takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. Scott is as disagreeable as he is sexy, and Lisa suspects the only reason she got the job was Scott’s fond feelings for her mother, who treated him well when he was just a farmhand on the Grants’ large horse farm while Lisa was growing up.

After she misses an important court date, Lisa doesn’t get any special treatment from Scott. As punishment, he sends her to organize cold-case files in the basement of the courthouse. What Lisa expects to be a mind-numbingly boring task turns into anything but when a missing-persons case draws her attention. The details of the case are engrossing: an entire family — father, mother, and two children — disappeared without a trace more than 28 years ago. Except that’s not all: the mother in a photo Lisa finds could be her own twin.

Before Lisa can learn more, a series of catastrophes strikes close to home, and she realizes that finding the photo has put her in terrible danger. Determined to uncover the truth, she confides in Scott, and their relationship develops into something beyond that of employer and employee. Together they unravel a terrifying web of criminal connections that could shatter what Lisa knows of her past. And it’s clear someone will go to shocking lengths to make sure certain secrets stay hidden.

©2010 Karen Robards (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Robards proves once again to be a master of romantic suspense, creating likable characters and an intriguing, well-paced, and nail- biting plot." (Booklist)

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Good, but could be better!

Sometimes the story seems to drag a little! I liked the narration but I found the sex scenes too long - I am sure that is just me. I prefer the mystery to be a bit more unpredictable.

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Great book

Would you consider the audio edition of Shattered to be better than the print version?

I loved the Narrator, she gave life to all the characters, you knew who they were and felt for them all, super job

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the constant tension between Scott & Lisa that came to a......(well you will have to read it to find out) and then all the twists and turns with the case that she gets involved in, really great drama and suspense.

Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

Hard to choose but I loved Martha, felt sorry for her, and she played her well too, and then there was Lise and Scott, and I could go on... lol.

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

YES absolutely!

Any additional comments?

I just LOVED this book, it had twists and turns and romance and an ending you wouldn't expect, it was fascinating, and Susan Ericksen, the narrator, did a wonderful job with all the voices, I couldn't stop listening to this book, can't wait to read some more from both the author and the narrator as this was my first taste of both!. Kudos!!!!

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Good mystery pot, boring romance

What did you like best about Shattered? What did you like least?

I liked the mystery part of the plot, I was bored by the romance and long-winded writing. That said, I don't typically read or listen to romance novels. Also, Lisa, the main character, is a little too vulnerable for my liking.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Learning the truth in the end. The least interesting was the teenage-esque romance and the frequent parts about transportation. I've never read a book where there was this much concern about who was going to drive which car and when. Too trivial.

What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

It was good. Her voice was pleasant and it was easy to distinguish between characters. I think her rendition of "Lisa" sounded a bit too mature though.

Do you think Shattered needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Definitely not. Leaves no loose ends.

Any additional comments?

I was pretty bored with the book at many parts. It drags and the vocabulary is contrived. However, the mystery was interesting and I'm glad I stuck it through until the end because it proved to be an interesting surprise.

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Excellent Mystery Novel

Very intriguing story line. Especially liked the references to Lexington landmarks mentioned in this book. Captivating story.

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Great story and narration

Enjoyed the mystery and love story. Wonderful characters that brought the listener into the drama. Highly recommend to all who enjoy a non grisly mystery.

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Pretty Short Story

Where does Shattered rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the bottom.

Would you recommend Shattered to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not. The story was very simple.

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

Her narrating was really good.

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

The outcome had no deep impact.

Any additional comments?

It didn't matter how it ended, I just wanted it to end.

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Not My Cup of Tea

I love suspend novels and mysteries, but this felt more like a Harlequin romance than a thriller. Unnecessarily flowery language didn't help matters. I'm sure there's an audience for this sort of "damsel in distress" novel, but I'm not it.

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Really hope this becomes a movie

Incredibly riveting and captivating. So twisted and suspenseful. Also enjoyed the two point perspectives.
Narrator did a great job too!

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  • TK
  • 04-29-15

NO MYSTERY - Just a bad romance novel

What would have made Shattered better?

It should not have been marketed as a mystery - I have listened to over 9 hours and the mystery story line has not progressed at all. Almost the entire first 9 hours consists of "I want him - I can't stand him" - "She's so hot - She's a spoiled brat" on and on and on. After 9.5 hours - we are subjected to a 10 -15 minute obligatory sex scene - after which the main male character goes right back to "this is a mistake - yada yada yada. Additionally, I think Ms. Robards may be a wishful fashion designer because I think I know more about these characters wardrobes than I do my own.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing by Karen Robards

How could the performance have been better?

I have enjoyed this narrator with other books, but her "southern drawl" made the characters sound more like inner city hoodlums than gentrified Kentucky horse breeders.

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

Not really....

Any additional comments?

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!!!

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  • Lynn
  • Maineville, Ohio, United States
  • 04-24-15

This is a romance novel - NOT a mystery.

What would have made Shattered better?

Sticking to the mystery would be great but after five or six hours into it and it hadn't even gotten to the mystery yet, I had to abandon it. It is like the old Victoria Holt novels of 40 years ago. All it needs is a bodice to be ripped!

What do you think your next listen will be?

Freeman. Horns. Rescue Ink.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Ericksen?

Susan did what she could with such poor material. A different narrator would not have improved this book.

What character would you cut from Shattered?

The main character.

Any additional comments?

A waste of time. I would like to read a book with the premise advertised - the disappearance of a family 30 years prior and the resemblance between a lawyer and the disappeared mother in the photo from long ago. I wish this book had actually been about that.