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Publisher's Summary

When teenage sisters go missing in the mysterious "Bennington Triangle" of Vermont, an area renowned for its disappearances and strange occurrences over the past 100 years, FBI agent Jack Juarez brings K-9 handler Jamie Flint and her dog Phantom in to assist with the search.

When Jack realizes the case shares haunting similarities with the murders of the missing girls' aunts 10 years before, it becomes clear that he and Jamie are dealing with much more than two girls who simply wandered off the beaten path.

©2016 Jen Blood (P)2017 Tantor

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Too unrealistic to believe

I'm willing to suspend my disbelief and make allowances to further the plot but there is no way ANY police officer, let alone the FBI, would let a paranoid, distraught old man run free among innocent civilians with a loaded gun in plain view even if it's on his own property. Then not to pull their weapons in response to his threats with the gun and shoot him after he shoots an innocent teenager. Then to allow the man to take that injured teen hostage and allow another teen to offer herself as another hostage. Then for the lead agent to barely argue and return to his hotel room that same night to conduct the other side of the investigation. He should have remained at the house near the hostages and called in HRT, SWAT, an ambulance, backup and begun negotiations. Only an idiot would have allowed the situation to get so out of hand.
Then there is the boy's mother standing quietly by after she sees her son shot and knowing he is going to be taken hostage with no medical care. What kind of mother would not be screaming bloody murder and needing to be physically restrained to keep her from her son. Then she mutely allows the girl to be taken as well when she is also responsible for her. No one insists on medical treatment or even offers to take medical supplies to the house for the boy. When he goes down in front of her she does nothing. Except for his fellow hostage no one seems to be particularly worried about his medical condition throughout the remainder of the story. When the lead FBI agent tells his mother the plan to rescue the hostages if the old man's demands aren't met isn't any of her business she meekly accepts that mentally acknowledging it isn't any of her concern??!! The hostages are her gunshot son and his friend whom she is responsible for. It is totally her concern. She stated at least twice in the book that she isn't intimidated by aggressive men then several times she turns around and acts in total opposition to her claims of being tough and independent. She's supposed to be an excellent dog trainer and tracker yet she repeatedly dismisses the alerts of her dogs and several times the alerts of all the rescue dogs in the vicinity. Her character is too inconsistent to be believable.
The seemingly somewhat involved father tells her he won't come unless he's needed? His son has been shot and taken hostage and that's not being needed?!
Then to top it all we're supposed to accept that mother and son can see and communicate with the dead and those around them who know just blithely accept it without question or any skepticism or suggestion that they go see a psychiatrist. Mother and son are more bothered about it than everyone else is.
I finished listening despite the above and more as I wanted to know how it ended and it was well written and remained interesting but I will not be listening to the rest of the series.

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Good characters, sloppy plotting

This is the second book I’ve listened to now with sloppy, too-crazy-to-believe plotting. I liked the characters so I stuck it out, hoping for a resolution at least to the wildly unbelievable actions and in some cases inaction. Again wish I hadn’t wasted my time or money.

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Book 4 stars, narration 2.

I found the narration of the main character irritating due to the accent. The accent presence and intensity carried throughout the story. An accent can add depth to a character and authenticity to the book setting. The accent of the main character gave an impression of her being an unintelligent, crude and aggressive back woods woman. The details of the character implied she was intelligent, independent, and confident. None of the other characters were given the same accent adding some disjoint in the story.

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Hang in there it’s worth it!

The narration starts out rough on this one. I’m not sure if it’s the narrator or the writer, but if you can just get through the first couple of chapters the book is really good and the narrator gets much better. It’s a good story and not too gory or scary but absolutely suspenseful and it keeps you guessing until the very end.

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Wow

I really liked the narrator. I never would have thought who the killer was. Awesome listen.

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The accent is horrible - can't listen

The "performer" has the same accent as the haughty woman vampire who ran Fangtasia in True Blood.
It's just so put on and hick/fake fancy. Bizarre. Can't listen.

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Dogs got lip service

Very unimpressive book. The idea of a K9 story was only used as a vehicle for the author and had very little baring on the story line. Really, the dogs were back at the hotel for the whole second half of the book. Yet the handlers were totally involved in solving the crime, though suddenly were able to connect with ghosts.. And what was with the southern accent of the reader, when the story is told from the heroines perspective and she was supposed to be from Maine. I found that very distracting. While I listened to the entire book, I won't be listening to another one by Jen Blood.

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Great dog & ghost book

I enjoyed this book a lot. I like female readers (especially with a southern accent). The story was interesting, many surprising plot twist. Some nice flirty moments. I have already signed up for another of this authors books. Tom Last

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Enjoyed

I enjoyed this book very much!
The main character’s accent seemed quite engaging, the character development was interesting, and the surprise ending was satisfying. Overall, I found it to be a good read!

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awesome story

loved it ! great plot & unexpected ending. great narrator!! will get more books by author

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  • 09-01-19

Good book

Very enjoyable. Just a little lost at times when time lines clashed. Didn't see the culprit coming. The author kept them well hidden. Not for the claustrophobic as there is lots of time underground, still not sure how victims got there. The paranormal side is low key but integral, good read.