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The Halo Effect Audiobook

The Halo Effect: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Wayne Matthews, NC 07-21-17
    Wayne Matthews, NC 07-21-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "Painful and tragic contemporary fiction novel"

    The Halo Effect is a well written and narrated audio novel that is painful and tragic. A teenage daughter, an only child, is murdered and her parents seek to find ways to move forward with their lives. He father has more difficulty as he threatens to fall into hopeless despair. Read the publisher's summary before purchasing this novel.

    5 of 6 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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    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
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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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    Marc 09-19-17
    Marc 09-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A good read"

    A good story I liked it The two narrators narrating the same character at different points in the book was to say the least interesting

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    Lynn B. 09-18-17
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    "Heavy but very well written and narrated"

    I had a hard time getting through this novel because the subject matter (murder of a child) so so painful. However the story and the writing were well done.

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    Gary Scheufler 08-30-17
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    "Inspiring Read"

    Please don't give up after the first few chapters which are depressing in the extreme. As the story unfolds you will be rewarded for your perseverance. The characters are wonderfully developed and inspirational. I am recommending it to our book club.

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    "I don't know... Blah"

    I found myself listening, but not hearing the story. Seems like I would listen and before I knew it I wasn't. Never really captured me, kept starting over, just to realize I had no idea what was going on.

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    Sheila Ali 06-27-17
    Sheila Ali 06-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Just Okay"

    I didn't find anything remarkable about this. I was glad that it was over. I found the performance of the female narrator better than the male.

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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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    "Recommended read"

    At first, I put the (audio)book down, thinking it would be totally dark and depressing. I couldn't see how the main character could be anything but negative and dreary throughout the whole book, and with good reason, I certainly felt his anguish and pain.

    One day, on a dog walk, I had finished another book and having nothing else left to read in my library, re-established my listening to this.

    Thank goodness I did. The story goes from strength to strength, unravelling the lives of the characters and ending in a breathtaking finale. I have religious views like Will, I am even an artist just like him, and was totally on his side throughout the narrative. I had wondered about the identity of the killer and for once I was correct in my guesswork.

    If like me you begin to read it and are not so sure, carry on, you will not be disappointed.

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