Practicing Murder

Narrated by: Craig A. Hart
Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
3 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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Graduate student Maddie Clare is never talking to her ex-boyfriend Joze Evans or God again. Still broken from Joze's betrayal, Mattie has to go home for her Aunt Lonna's funeral. But after a run-in with a stalker - who insists Maddie knows the secret that had Aunt Lonna investigating him - Mattie is afraid for her life and must accept Joze's protection.

As the stalker draws closer, Maddie and Joze have to face the past and a love that never died. Maddie sees she needs God's help to end her fears and to get through the new danger.

Can Maddie stay out of the stalker's grip long enough to figure out who he is and what secret he possesses? And how will Joze keep Mattie from being buried with the stalker's true identity?

©2019 Erin Unger (P)2020 Erin Unger

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Missed its Mark

Unfortunately, this story and performance missed its mark. Starts off super exciting with the stalker attacking Maddie. Then Joze comes on the scene and I just kept scratching my head. Several times the text had the listener/reader thinking that Joze and Maddie were still in high school (maturity-wise) and how Maddie's Mom treats both of them. Then just when I thought I'd found my place with each character and their relationship, it would fall apart again.

There are a couple of story lines throughout the book. One is the fallout between Joze and Maddie while in high school (her sophomore year). Maddie accuses Joze's best friend of something (we don't find out what it was 'til the end) and Joze didn't believe her. The other is the stalker, who warns Maddie to leave things be, but she has no clue what he's talking about.

The story has moments of suspense and there is mystery, but the telling of it never pushed me to suspend all else around me and get lost in the world of Maddie and Joze. I never got a really clear picture of Maddie. The way Joze remembers her, she sounded high maintenance. Then other times he's remembering her as being bossy and a take-charge kind of girl. Joze was
jerk for not investigating more about 'the incident' between his best bud and his best girl, but the rush and push to make Maddie forgive him was too quick (as in two sentences). Overall I could only give it 3 stars. It was pretty good.

This is the first time I've heard Craig Hart. I would probably listen to another. His voice is clear and nice. Handles both male and female characters easily enough. I would have preferred he used his own natural voice for Joze though.

I requested a free copy of this audiobook from Freeaudiobookcodes. My review is unbiased and left voluntarily.

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