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Editorial 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

Critic Reviews

"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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Odd characters but a great story line

Would you listen to The Next Time You See Me again? Why?

Yes, the characters were less than stellar people but the author did an amazing job of making you want to learn more about the cast.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ironically the killer is the one character I liked. He had more depth than the others.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene at the end with the brother finding the dog. It was the silver lining in a grey book.

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

yes- I laughed and cried.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Sue
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 02-27-13

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.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Keep browsing.

Ugh. What a waste of time. Too many chapters spent setting up the plot of a small town murder. Wasted time waiting for the climax, never happened.

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Any additional comments?

I still have no idea what this book was about, it seemed like every time I listened to it, that I was listening to a different book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Very Dark

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Kept hoping for a different ending. She did a good job of going back and forth between characters but did not like how it ended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Scary possibility

What other book might you compare The Next Time You See Me to and why?

Similar to Gone, Girl in the story...but also much different.

What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

Excellent performance...look forward to her next performance

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

Frightening that this could happen...but we hear the news with way too many of this type of story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful