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Dreams of becoming a professional writer are abruptly put on hold for college student Nica Mitchell following the unexpected death of her mother and her father’s cancer diagnosis. Forced to return home when he’s hospitalized after encountering a near-death experience, Nica learns that her father has been keeping a dark secret. Something in between the stages of life and death that, when revealed, will change her life forever. 

Narrator Ashley Watkins is a professional actress and dancer who’s been a fixture of the entertainment industry for more than 10 years. An accomplished artist and performer, Watkins’ resume encapsulates the full spectrum of drama, comedy, horror, and dance. Watkins is known for her national campaign and commercial work. She was featured as a symphonic conductor in a Fruit of the Loom campaign and was spokesmodel for two of Toyota’s Scion Zeus national campaigns. A gifted dancer, figure skater, and aerial acrobat, Watkins has appeared in more than 30 music videos, including ones by such artists as LMFAO, Black Eyed Peas, Disturbed, and Luca Hänni.

©2018 James Wood (P)2018 James Wood

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Keeps you guessing! Excellent reader!

James wood keeps you guessing in this great novella in which he delivers a great twist at the end that you will not see coming. There are twist, and there are twist, and then there is this twist!

Ashley is a great reader. She easily brings the characters to life and has a great ability to add the appropriate giggles, laughs, and other verbal queues while reading the story. For example, if the text says “giggling Sarah says...”, Ashley’s voice sounds perfect as she giggles while delivering Sarah’s line. Actually It doesn’t sound like she is reading you the story. It is more like she is just telling you the story.

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Quick & Gripping - with a twist

This novella was a great quick read! Actually, in my case it was a listening experience because I decided to go with the Audible download. I liked that I was able to complete the book in one afternoon. It was a total immersion experience - no interruptions, just like going to a movie.

You easily get pulled into the story and begin to travel with the characters through their lives and trials. The author paints a good detailed background and then the action unfolds pretty quickly. i enjoyed the fact that the reader, Ashley, did a great job portraying the various characters to help me visualize the action. No strained voices or bad accents.

Previous reviewers mentioned the twist at the end and I admit I did not see it coming! It got me thinking for sure! It was a totally new idea for me. Interesting.

I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 because I believe this author will definitely improve. Afterrall, it's only his first book. I want to see where he goes with this idea. I'm saving that last star for a gripping sequel.

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Not the plot you thought!

This was enjoyable from beginning to end! The ending was not guessed at all, perfect!