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The Music of the Deep

A Novel
Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4 out of 5 stars (169 ratings)

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Fleeing an abusive marriage and tormented by her past, Alexandra Turner finds solace in a small coastal town on Puget Sound and a job with a local marine biologist studying orcas.

After befriending a group of locals, Alex learns that she has moved to a place that has a reputation of being the "most haunted town in Washington." Such superstitions would be easy to dismiss...if Alex wasn’t already on edge.

Haunted by shreds of memories of her days with her husband, Alex can’t keep from looking over her shoulder. As unexplained sounds and scents accumulate and unnerving forces seem to take hold, Alex is beginning to believe that she’s not escaping her ghosts, after all. In fact, she might finally be inviting them in.

©2018 Elizabeth Hall (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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An Escape from domestic abuse not a HORROR story!

I'm not sure which is better, the story this book tells or the stellar performance Emily Sutton-Smith gives with her narration.
This is a gripping tale of domestic abuse. A husband (Daniel) used to be the perfect guy. He wooed Alexandra and within a year they were married. A few arm squeezes and threatening looks later Alex becomes pregnant. Daniel is responsible for her miscarriage and insures there's enough damage that she will never be able to have a child. She knows it's past time to leave. But Daniel isn't done with Alex, he visits her at her mother's house and shows Alex that he owns a gun AND knows the trails her mother likes to walk on to go bird watching.
The statistics quoted in this book about women who are murdered or their family or friends by the abusive spouse is incredibly disturbing.
When she finally runs 1200 miles from Daniel she still cannot relax and believe she's safe. But she's surrounded by a community that cares for her and a family of orcas the teach her even more.
The publisher's summary mentions this being the most haunted town, but the paranormal is really a background prop bringing in tourists. This could have been left out all together and it would not change the story.
This is such a wonderfully well written book. It is captivating, horrifying and believable. It is told in both present time with flash backs that come together toward the end. The book has a good ending if not an explosive ending.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is FREE!!!!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Trope Not Trite

I've seen a good many of this sort of novel in the last few years: A stranger arrives in a remote town (,often tiny) with an adorable name and is transformed by good food, nature and community. I think of it as the Northern Exposure Effect. Alex Turner arrives with a face full of bruises and a jumpy attitude to assist septogenarian marine biologist in archiving her life's work. The town has the reputed of being haunted, especially the Captain's house, where Maggie houses Alex. The old house features cold spots and noises enough to make Alex wonder if she's being haunted by ghosts or the memories she is running away from. Along the way Alex meets The Spinsters, a group of spinners and knitted who meet on Sunday night's to play their craft. Then there are the orcas, called black fish by the locals, who are in danger of starving.

The Music of the Deep is filled with well drawn characters, local colour that 's charming without being twee and overly cute. It is as soothing as a good yoga class and as refreshing as a cold glass of water.

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Beautifully written

This story held many layers of interesting stories. I was drawn in to each character and the part they held. Well written with informative content. Left me wanting more.

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Enjoyable but hard to follow

It was an enjoyable story, but I think it was hard to follow as an audiobook. I was often confused by which character and timeline the story was focusing on at any given moment.

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In a word, brilliant

Short version, survival and coping mechanisms on many levels. Abuse, both human and animal, and it's consequences. The family you choose, rather than whatever family you have, and the lengths they will go to defend one of their own. Empathy, and it's lack. I'm not going to give a synopsis here, just my reaction. F. Scott Fitzgerald would have read this and approved.

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Excellent book

I really enjoyed this book far more than I expected to. The story was very well told and although I did not “fall in love” with the characters or I should say main character. I connected with every one of them. They were individually strong, complex and deep if they makes sense. I believe I didn’t just love one but all of them is probably the better way to explain it. The story was original, rather dark and spun in a way that left me wanting to find out what happened next. It was believable but I must say the only reason I gave it a 4 is because of the paranormal component. It’s not that it wasn’t believable but that it was put out there yet never explained or concluded. As an afterthought who can explain the paranormal I guess? That’s why I gave it a 4. Would love to hear what others thought of this book!! I recommend it!!

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Grabs your attention, suspenseful, endearing story

Riveting story that has many twists. I highly recommend this read!! Suspenseful and endearing. Loved this read!

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The Music of the Deep

Great reader, but in some instances, too much dialogue that doesn't seem to be important. Time lapses a bit confusing.

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Great story, interesting characters, & settings<br />

the story kept me interested from start to finish. all the characters were interesting and having lived on Puget. Sound many years ago I enjoyed the visit back and seeing the Orca's in my mind's eye.

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so much potential

The story had me!! Great character development, good story line and proceeding nicely. Then it wad like the author had another idea, wrapped this up in one chapter and moved on. Could so easily have been an incredible read with more story development at the end.