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Sue Walsh wants two things: money to pay back her debts and revenge. With her eyes on the ransom money, she kidnaps 12-year-old Alec Vaughn and escapes to the only place she knows she can "disappear" for a while: Hanover House, a battered women's shelter.

Posing as an abused wife and mother, Sue will do anything or kill anyone it takes to keep her identity a secret.

Dana Dupinsky has spent years working for Hanover House and is fiercely protective of the women she encounters. So when Sue asks for her help, Dana can't refuse. But the better Dana gets to know Sue, the more alarmed she becomes. Harm is befalling the people that she loves, and she doesn't know whom she can trust.

With a background in Special Forces in Afghanistan, Ethan Buchanan promised the Vaughns he would do everything he could to find hearing-impaired Alec. With the number of dead bodies left in the wake of this kidnapping growing at every turn, time is running out. Ethan has seen Dana with the woman he suspects of kidnapping Alec. Can he convince her to trust him and enlist her help to find Alec before it's too late?

©2007 Karen Rose. All Rights Reserved (P)2007 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A caring women's advocate heroine; a determined, gritty hero; and a diabolical villain drive the plot of Rose's riveting story." (Library Journal)

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  • STEPHANIE
  • Florence, AL, United States
  • 02-21-16

I hated abridged books.

I wasn't aware it was abridged when I got, it leaves out to many things. I think the full story would make characters deeper. The way it is here just barely touched them.
I hate to say this about the narrator but I didn't like her. I know she's deceased but her makes characters sounded like good balls.

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Save your money

I’m sure the full book is as amazing as every other Karen Rose book I’ve listened to, but this abridged version is horrific!!!! I don’t know who did the editing, but you can seriously tell where they shaved off pages of the book, it’s almost to the point that its hard to follow. After listening to several other Karen Rose books, I feel so cheated out of the probably 6 or 7 hours they cut out. The performance was not good. Her male voices were strange, and she should of just spoke normally at that point because the awkwardness of it was more distracting than anything. I would not bother with this one, I wished I would of just read the book or waited to see if an unabridged version would become available.

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loved this story!

such a good story. I absolutely loved it. read it (listened to it) in one day. i can't Waite to start the next one. Thank you karen rose for another wonderful tale.

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Terrible male accents

OMG why did all the make characters have to have the same lousy Southern or Chicago accents. this almost ruined the book for me.

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Enjoyable but falling shy of great

I liked this book by Karen Rose though it had a few flaws that kept me from loving it. First of all as an audio selection the narrator was not great. She sounded like she was speaking in a monotone for most of it and I found it distracting. All the male voices sounded the same and that was also grating. The amusing thing is that the narrator has a voice that sounds like Ellen Degeneres but with limited inflection. Weird.

Anyway the story itself was pretty good. The villain was ruthless and pure evil but what I liked the most is that the cruelest criminal in a long list of them was female. I liked Dana to an extent. She was too reactive and emotional for my taste. She didn't use her obvious intelligence when it would have best served her and that bothered me. I liked Ethan a little more but their romance was a little too fast. I felt like it was rushed.

There were some procedure things that got to me a bit. Like after being kidnapped and assaulted the victim was not taken to the hospital or processed for evidence. There were some other glaring issues but I know the author has corrected some of them in more recent efforts. All in all I would say 3.5 stars.

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Great story line

This was a great listen. Narration was perfect. It keeps you guess throughout the book. My only feedback would be for the author to use only first names...towards the end of book she would jump back and forth and it did get confusing.

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hairy butt

love it very good hasn't been was good the storyline was good very good book

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