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The Halo Effect Audiobook

The Halo Effect: A Novel

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In this tour de force, a father, shaken by tragedy, tries to avenge his daughter's murder - and restore his family's shattered life.

It was supposed to be a typical October evening for renowned portrait artist Will Light. Over dinner of lamb tagine, his wife, Sophie, would share news about chorus rehearsals for the upcoming holiday concert, and their teenage daughter, Lucy, would chatter about French club and field hockey. Only Lucy never came home. Her body was found, days later, in the woods.

The Eastern Seaboard town of Port Fortune used to be Will's comfort. Now, there's no safe harbor for him. Not even when Father Gervase asks Will to paint portraits of saints for the new cathedral. Using the townspeople as models, Will sees in each face only a mask of the darkness of evil. And he just might be painting his daughter's killer.

As Will navigates his rage and heartbreak, Sophie tries to move on; Father Gervase becomes an unexpected ally; and Rain, Lucy's best friend, shrouds herself in a near-silent fugue. Their paths collide in a series of inextricably linked, dark, dangerous moments that could lead to their undoing...or to their redemption.

©2017 Anne D. LeClaire (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Crystalle Overstreet 05-08-17
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    "Disappointed"

    While I am sure the story line was OK. I could not even get past the third chapter. I guess I don't understand why every other sentence has to take the Lords name in vain. I understand the use of a curse word now and then for emphasis, however, proficient and skilled written never needs to use cursing, much less cursing with the Lords name. I found it disgusting and offensive.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    shelley Raleigh, NC 05-02-17
    shelley Raleigh, NC 05-02-17 Member Since 2010
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    "I can't begin to imagine..."

    I found this book heartbreaking. That's not to say I don't think it is a good book, what I am saying is that the protagonist is a father (Will Light) whose daughter has been murdered. Through most of the book you hear his narrative of his personal struggle with life after his daughter. You see a man who went from a relatively happy home life with a good marriage to a lonely bitter man who purchases an illegal hand gun, has started drinking, has anger issues and whose wife decides to move out and get her own apartment because she can't deal with him any longer.
    The ending is a surprise because the story leads to an obvious person but of course that is not the case. You don't find out who killed the Light's daughter until about 20 minutes before the end. That took the predictability right out! Although this book is classified a mystery and you don't know who committed the murder until the end, I didn't find it suspenseful, instead I found it more emotional.
    I found the narration to be a little on the slower side and had to listen at 1.25 speed. The narrators did a super job getting the Massachusetts accent.
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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    Tallone NEW YORK, NY, US 06-18-17
    Tallone NEW YORK, NY, US 06-18-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Very dark but captivating"

    Sad insight to the struggles of a father whose teenage daughter is murdered also a story of the strength of a marriage

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    rural senior 06-16-17
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    "The Halo Effect"

    I finished this in two days. It's ending was not anticipated!
    It leaves you wondering what I would do and with more
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    Amazon Customer MI 06-11-17
    Amazon Customer MI 06-11-17 Member Since 2015

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    "A story of human emotions and action. "

    I liked the book because it had great character development. Also it was kind of related to spiritual redemption which cannot be explained without acknowledging Christ.

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    VG 06-03-17
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    "It tough to endure."

    I struggled to finish because there's too many chapters of suffering and not a lot of murder mystery.

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    Book Smart New Jersey 05-01-17
    Book Smart New Jersey 05-01-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Proceed with caution"

    The story reminded me why I stopped reading Joyce Carol Oates. Ultimately, I did finish, and I was glad of it. Not for the feint of heart. Not for those who have buried a child.

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