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Publisher's Summary

To save a missing girl, he'll have to explore his dark past. He may not survive the journey....

Adam Rutledge is haunted by his childhood. The drifter never forgot how helpless he felt when his best friend was abducted, and his hometown never forgot his involvement. But when a strange dream sends him back to Cold Springs, he realizes that another child has gone missing and he has no choice but to help.

Adam knows that to prevent history from repeating itself, he'll need to dive deep into the darkness of his own upbringing. When his efforts unleash dreams and visions he's spent decades burying, he's unsure if his sanity will survive.

To bring the missing girl home alive, Adam must solve the riddle of his tragic past. But between his fractured psyche and the schemes of a madman, he may lose himself in the process....

Prodigal is the first book in the Dead Hollow psychological suspense trilogy. If you like crime thrillers, authentic characters, and a dash of paranormal, then you'll love Judy K. Walker's haunting series. 

Buy Prodigal to unlock the mysteries of Dead Hollow today!

©2017 Judy K. Walker (P)2018 Judy K. Walker

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A story with many layers.

A good mystery with a well constructed story with characters that are easy to be drawn to.

The story in my view uses unneccessary gimmicks but with a good Narrator is able to hold the listeners interest for the entire Book.

Most listeners who enjoy this genre will consider this Audio Book worthwhile.


This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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GREAT SUSPENSE/THRILLER!

This is a well written, well developed story with a strong plot, complex characters, and fastening circumstances. I thought narration was great, and both the story and narrator kept my attention from beginning to end. It's really a great mystery/thriller that I think anyone and everyone will enjoy. Would definitely recommend it to others, and would definitely be interested in reading more in the series. Well done!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Very strong, multi-dimensional characters

Adam Rutledge has a special gift - he can see through the eyes of crime victims. He returns home just as a young girl goes missing, and quickly gets involved in the search for the missing child. At first listen, this is a psychological mystery about a man returning home after a tumultuous childhood.

As I listened I quickly got caught up in the characters' personal histories and struggles. The author goes deep into the minds of her characters - how decades-old friendships shaped them; how adults look back and process childhood trauma; and how pain can be turned around to help others. The suspects are given the same care.

The mystery plot is solid and well crafted. As the characters become more complicated, the author adds layers to the plot. I listened to this book over the course of two days (the equivalent of not being able to put it down). Highly recommend.

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Good Book That Kept My Attention Throughout

I am always looking for new authors as I read quite prolifically. When I had the opportunity to request this book for free as long as I took the time to review it, I went for it.
I like books that include a bit of "twilight zone" aspects while keeping the storyline otherwise straightforward and believable (think Dean R Koontz). This book did well in this regard. The storyline flows well and we slowly learn more about the main characters as the book progresses.
The narrator was solid. He definitely did not detract from the book and he depicted believable male and female characters without wild pitch changes.
Overall, this is a book I would recommend to friends.

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Interesting Story

Good story and interesting. Like others have said, this a good thriller with a dash of supernatural. I'll look for the next book. The narrator did a great job.


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Excellent start to a series

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this is the first book by Judy Walker I have listened to. in my opinion I thought she does an excellent in building the story without giving away too much. Can't wait to listen to the next book. Alex Know does an very good job of telling the story and building suspense.

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A moonshine of the mind.

Three childhood friends, Adam, J.J. and Danny, spent all of their free time together until, one night, Danny is stolen. Not long after, another little girl from 20 miles away is taken. Despite intensive searching, they are never found.
Twenty years later, Adam feels the pull to return to his old home only to find that a new child has gone missing that very day, a girl called Rachel who lived in the house next door to that of his old playmate, J.J. Still beset with grief and guilt at the death of Danny, Adam still has nightmares about his and the first girl's deaths. Now he believes he must solve this latest kidnap and bring Rachel home, alive. But who will believe his terrifying visions that he believes come from the child, especially as his father and grandfather had both been deemed mad and he, himself, had been considered unstable as a boy, the very reason his grandmother had sent him away from the small rural town so many years before?
The race is on to find Rachel, but with so much forested land to cover and Rachel's own asthma problem and no inhaler, the chances are very bleak.

Superbly written to build both characters and tension as the book proceeds, this paranormal thriller is not airy fairy ghosts and magical appearances, but hard nitty gritty, brief nightmare visions, often puzzling and terrifying to Adam. Dialogue and emotions feel real. Hidden family secrets uncovered. People are not simply good or evil but a realistic mix. It all seems totally plausible right to the very satisfying ending.

The book is further enhanced by the narration of Alex Knox. His voice is pleasing to the ear, with good intonation and conveying emotion but without overdramatisation. He paces the text well, not too quickly, further building a feel for the Adam character. All of the protagonists have their own distinctly appropriate voicings, a!so. A good performance which enhances the story.

I was fortunate in being freely gifted, at my request, a complimentary copy of Prodigal, from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. I am not often a fan of straightforward paranormal stories but this one was not a normal paranormal book. It felt real, possible, but still mysterious. Life can be like that.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening and recommend it as a very good read.