Pendant

Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
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A field trip gone awry. A student gone missing. 

Haunted by her student's disappearance for more than a decade, Elaine finally stumbles onto a vital clue, only to discover someone will do anything to keep the truth buried. 

When her life is threatened, she allows the one person she trusts to whisk her away to Texas for safety. But assuming a false identity and hiding among the quirky residents of a nursing home is not what she had in mind. 

Now Elaine must solve the mystery from afar, as soon as she figures out if her friend is keeping her from danger, or the truth.

©2017 Mary L Hamilton (P)2018 Mary L Hamilton
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Pendant

A book full of suspense that once you start reading it, you can't put it down! I thought I had it all figured out but, the suspense keep me wanting to see what happened next

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Not for me

I'm sure this is a good book, but it's not for me. The subject matter is too dark and I couldn't finish it. However, in good conscience I could not give this book a bad review.

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Fun Story, Great Narration

Even though it started out very sad for the main character it was a fun mystery. It wasn't so intense that I couldn't get stuff done while I listened (I found it a bit predictable) and I did want to finish it quickly. I read a lot of mysteries, so maybe that is why I figured a couple big parts of the story fairly early in and for me it made it a bit frustrating.. Mostly because I was still enjoying it but felt the characters missed a couple of obvious things. I would say I felt it was well written and I loved the thread of the importance of faith and love and that this was a clean read. The narrator did a fantastic job with the acting and the start telling. Overall, I liked the book and would recommend it to anyone who likes the clean mystery genre.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great Story, Great Narration!

I have listened to several books by M L Hamilton and really enjoy her writing style and the level of suspense and character development. I was greatly impressed by the narration by Jenny Hoops. I love it when a narrator performs various characters of different ages, genders, and ethnicity. This book was refreshing to me having the main character of a similar age that I am. I could relate to many things in this book. I loved how the author included some mention of having faith, especially near the end where it was so fitting. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. Without giving away spoilers, the ending in this book was spectacular. I never suspected who the killer was. Well done!

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Great read!

I throughly enjoyed this mystery book. It is well written with characters that seem real. I laughed and cried! Recommend highly. The narrator is wonderful also!

I was given a copy of this audiobook in return for my unbiased opinion

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a great mystery

the book was written in a very interesting way.
I liked it quite much the author made very interesting thing without losing himself and staying in the suspense and mystery he didn't overwhelmed the reader or the Listener in this case and I think it's a great achievement BTW the narrator did a wonderful job I liked it very much everything about the book was quite perfect

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Pendant Found---Girl Still Missing

Review Title: Pendant Found---Girl Still Missing (review of Pendant by M. L. Hamilton

Reviewer: Janice S. Garey

***** 5 Stars

This fast paced mystery will keep you guessing and pulling for the protagonist, Elaine Sutterfeld, throughout the pages. All the characters draw you in to spend time getting to know them. Just enough backstory emerges so the reader can glimpse the driving motives of the bad guy, a perfect antagonist. Elaine has a formidable problem in not knowing who she can trust. That factor really raises the tension and suspense.



The characterizations in the novel are outstanding. I did not want the book to end, and I think roots are established to continue onward with these character's stories. The plot has a good resolution which shows that despite tragic events life goes on. Those who suffer are able to help those who suffer similarly. As in real life, some of the characters have rejected faith in God and others  are believers. A small portion of the book is involved with things of a religious nature. Those uninterested in that aspect can easily skip over it to the rest of the story. The whodunit should appeal to anyone no matter which side of the fence you are on.



The fun part of the mystery is being a sideline detective trying to solve a case. This story does not disappoint with its doling out of clues. You will find yourself thoroughly engaged trying to solve the crimes. I highly recommend this book for those who appreciate mystery and suspense. Since the subject matter dips slightly into sex trafficking, I suggest this book for mature Young Adult and older readers. It is not graphic in any form, but the subject could be difficult for younger readers to grasp.



The reading aloud of this novel on Audible enhanced the story as the professional reader had all the voice parts down as believable. The characters came alive in our car as we listened on our commute. I liked it so much that I purchased a Kindle copy, too.



I received the Audible copy as a thank you for doing a reader survey from the author. I had no obligation to listen or review the book. I could have given it to someone else. I chose to listen and now have written my honest review based on my enjoyment of this author's story.

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VERY ENTERTAINING MYSTERY, LOVED IT!

Great story! Full of intrigue and suspense, and held my interest from beginning to end. I thought the author and the narrator both did an excellent job of telling us a great story. The characters are beautifully developed, and the story is gripping throughout. I'd definitely recommend this book, it's a very compelling story that will grab you and keep you :)
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Great Mystery

A great mystery that keeps you guessing until the end!! Narration was great!! I highly recommend this book. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Engaging

Good characters, a plot that has some teeth and a satisfying ending. While the tension was a little uneven at times, it kept me engaged and needing to get to the finish line. I'm curious to see where this writer takes future stories.

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  • Ostfeld
  • 09-08-18

Mary does it again !

Another masterpiece by M L Hamilton, pure genius, beautiful creation !
Her writing style is excellent, so easy to understand and follow which just makes you fall in love.
This is one of those books that you just can’t put down no matter what !

Excellent story full of twists and turns, guaranteed that all will love this one so I can without a doubt full heartedly recommend this one to all !!!




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  • Suzi Baker
  • 02-02-20

Well written and narrated but very, very dull.

The narration was good and the characterisation in particular was excellent. There were issues with the audio in places though, I suspect due to heavy handed use of a noise gate, but it didn't detract from the performance.

The story, however, was incredibly dull. It wasn't a 'mystery' and the principal character was a nice person but was capable only of deferring to men. She did what she was told and had no agency of her own. There was no excitement or intrigue - it was just the story of part of a woman's life while things went on around her. Her stupidity/ lack of common sense was also beyond belief, except when it came to nurturing people - in that she was an expert. The 'clues' in the story were mind-numbingly obvious. I kept waiting for twists, for something unexpected to happen, but instead I had to patiently wait while the nice lady failed to notice the obvious and accepted her fate

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  • Norma Miles
  • 07-12-18

Be strong, Lainie!

A newspaper picture of a young girl, recently missing, caught the attention of Elaine. Not so much the girl herself, but the pendant she was wearing. She'd seen that pendant before.
Twelve years earlier, she had been a teacher and husband, Roy, a police detective when a girl in her charge had been lost from a group she was escorting. Never found, the girl had worn an identical necklace, custom made by her father. Both husband and wife lost their jobs over the disappearance, Elaine for actually losing the girl, Roy dismissed because he felt someone in authority had not wanted the girl found. Now, another missing youngster was wearing her pendant.

This nicely crafted and well written book is not so much an investigation into that initial disappearance as the consequences that follow after Roy does, indeed, find out who took her, although this is not revealed until quite late in the story. Instead it builds a picture of emotional friendship, trust, loyalty - and betrayal. Perhaps somewhat predictable, it is nevertheless is a thriller with tensions building as Lainie simply does not know who to trust. Characterisation is excellent, these three dimensional people growing ever more real as the story progresses.

This is additionally assisted by the excellent performance of narrator, Jenny Hoops, whose warm and pleasing voice captures the nuances of Elaine's emotion, the reading well paced and modulated. As well as becoming the voice of the main protagonist, she also breathes extra life, through the dialogue, to all of the other characters giving each very individual and appropriate voice, be they female or male.

My thanks to the rights holder of The Pendant, who, at my request via Audiobook Boom, freely gifted me a complimentary copy. Although I usually avoid stories of abducted children, this one felt different, a celebration of life and hope rather than wallowing in the depravity of the crime itself. Which isn't to say that excitement is missing - far from it - but it is the people who are formost and their relationships with each other.