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The Next Time You See Me Audiobook

The Next Time You See Me

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, February 2013 - I agree with Gillian Flynn about Holly Goddard Jones’ mystery debut. “Astoundingly good”, it sucked me into both its small-town world and into the lives of its not particularly likeable-yet-nevertheless-sympathetic characters. I’ll be interested to see how narrator Cassandra Campbell gives voice to its three protagonists, who each take turns in revealing the mystery (and their secrets) from their own point of view. —Diana M., Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

A debut novel by award-winning author Holly Goddard Jones, about the people surprisingly connected to the discovery of a dead woman’s body in a small town.

Thirteen-year-old Emily Houchens doesn't have many friends. She finds more comfort playing make-believe in the woods near her house in Roma, Kentucky, than with her classmates, who find her strange and awkward. When she happens upon a dead body hidden in the woods one day, she decides not to tell anyone about her discovery—a choice that begins to haunt her.

Susanna Mitchell has always been a good girl, the dutiful daughter and wife. While her older sister Ronnie trolled bars for men and often drove home at sunrise, Susanna kept a neat house, a respectable job, and a young daughter. But when Ronnie goes missing and Susanna realizes that she’s the only person in Roma who truly cares about her sister’s fate, she starts to question her quiet life and its value.

The Next Time You See Me is the story of how one woman’s disappearance exposes the ambitions, prejudices, and anxieties of a small southern town and its residents, who are all connected, sometimes in unexpected ways: Emily; Susanna; Tony, a failed baseball star turned detective, aspiring to be the county’s first black sheriff; and Wyatt, a 55-year-old factory worker tormented by a past he can’t change and by a love he doesn’t think he deserves. Their stories converge in a violent climax that reveals not just the mystery of what happened to Ronnie but all of their secret selves.

©2013 Holly Goddard Jones (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc

What the Critics Say

"The residents of a small Kentucky town react to the disappearance of a local woman in this first novel by short-story writer Jones…. [The author] builds intense tension surrounding the choices her flawed but compellingly sympathetic characters make as they fight against lonely isolation within the tight confines of small-town America." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Gretchen H. Portwood United States 04-26-13
    Gretchen H. Portwood United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2001

    Gretchen

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    "I wanted to like this novel"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I believe that the reader destroyed the essence of this book. Her voice is better suited to The Velveteen Rabbit than for a look at Kentucky, small town people.


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

    The most interesting aspect of the book is the Kentucky setting. (I am from Kentucky and also an English teacher like the main character.). The least interesting parts were the stereotyped characters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Nobody in Kentucky has diction consisting of overpronounced words, fake southern accents that make the reader cringe, and a prissy tone...think Nellie Olsen.


    Did The Next Time You See Me inspire you to do anything?

    Sorry, but the novel was a disappointment.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 03-11-13
    Sarah 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Performance, Pretty good story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Next Time You See Me the most enjoyable?

    The performance was the best thing about the audiobook. It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was very good as well, the way the author broke up the story based on time was a good way to keep the listener interested.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    My favorite character performance was Susana.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tooonce72 03-05-13
    tooonce72 03-05-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Mesmerizing"

    Gillian Flynn's high praise in reviews pulled me in and was what encouraged me to take a chance on this book. I can see why Gillian Flynn enjoyed it for I saw many similarities in their styles.

    You will be shocked when I tell you that the ending of this book is the books weakness. It doesn't end badly, just not very inventive, surprising or powerful. Kind of ho hum. Don't let that stop you though. All the other parts of the book are mind blowing. The fact that this is the author's debut novel will have me watching her for years to come.


    A large cast of complex and deep characters that range from 13 years old to 60. They are cleverly woven in such an impressive manner. The author really nailed each character "spot on". Cassandra Campbell was just masterful in her narration. Together they really spoke for those characters and brought them to life. Not a weak or boring one in the bunch.

    How the author chains one character to another was keen and my favorite part. It's pure art how she did that. The author draws for you one character then hints to you the possible connection to a previous character in such a teasing slow method that allows you to slowly think ahead or assume that you have seen the relationship - sometimes you get ahead of yourself and you are wrong, other times you see it coming. A stunning novel.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Allison Kappadahl Charlotte, NC United States 03-04-13
    Allison Kappadahl Charlotte, NC United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Read"
    Where does The Next Time You See Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its the best book I've listened to this year


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Its a very iteresting story & the way its written keeps you going


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NA


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

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    audible recommended this book & I am very happy. Thank you!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Houston, TX, United States 02-27-13
    Sue Houston, TX, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2016
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    "confusion"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know but I selected it based on a review I read.


    Has The Next Time You See Me turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not necessarily.


    Did Cassandra Campbell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She was easy to listen to


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

    disappointment as I was expecting better based on the review I read


    Any additional comments?

    jumped back and forth too much for my taste. Hard to follow and try to determine the main idea or plot.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "You k ow who did it the entire time!"

    Don't waste your time with this one! I read on hoping there would be a good twist but it never happened. I sat with my mouth agape and in shock that the book ended when it did- still waiting for that twist! It never came, you'll k ow all along and have absolutely NO closure! Sorry! I really tried to love this one and did enjoy some of the characters...but that's it! They never tied together! It's like the author got sick of her own story and just quit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica CROWN POINT, IN, United States 08-09-16
    Jessica CROWN POINT, IN, United States 08-09-16 Member Since 2017

    I am a nurse, wife, daughter, sister, and student. I don't have much free time but when I find a minute I enjoying listening to a good book.

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    "Good twists"

    I did enjoy this book, it was read very well! I admit it did end a little abruptly. I felt like I needed a little more information to feel satisfied but all in all it was a good book and worth the time and money !!

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    MRH 08-04-16
    MRH 08-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Addictive story; poorly executed Kentucky accent."

    Loved the story! Looked forward to listening every day, and at the end I was sad that it was over. My biggest criticism was that the accent was terrible, though I am admittedly a Kentuckian, so maybe others wouldn't mind it.

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    Dessy Kismet Bedford Falls 07-15-16
    Dessy Kismet Bedford Falls 07-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Probably should have read it."

    I found the story really compelling and interesting, and I really wanted to learn more about the characters and about their past and future. I really did not enjoy the reading of the story however. I felt that the reader lacked a lot of character diversity and most everyone spoke with the same Rhythm and Cadence. no matter the situation, no matter the age, no matter the attitude or behaviors of each character, most of them were all read like the same person.

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    Amy Ruggiero 08-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Gripping story, depressing characters."

    Easy listening to the narrator. Characters are understandably down trodden, almost stuck in their lives with day-to-day repetition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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