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Theme Music

By: T. Marie Vandelly
Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
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Publisher's Summary

An utterly propulsive and unpredictable psychological thriller from stunning new talent T. Marie Vandelly

She didn't run from her dark past. She moved in.

For the lucky among us, life is what you make of it; but for Dixie Wheeler, the theme music for her story was chosen by another long ago, on the day her father butchered her mother and brothers and then slashed a knife across his own throat. Only one-year-old, Dixie was spared, becoming infamously known as Baby Blue for the song left playing in the aftermath of the slaughter.

Twenty-five years later, Dixie is still desperate for a connection to the family she can’t remember. So when her childhood home goes up for sale, Dixie sets aside all reason and moves in. But as the ghosts of her family seemingly begin to take up residence in the house that was once theirs, Dixie starts to question her own sanity and wonders if the evil force menacing her is that of her father or a demon of her own making. In order to make sense of her present, Dixie becomes determined to unravel the truth of her past and seeks out the detective who originally investigated the murders. But the more she learns, the more she opens up the uncomfortable possibility that the sins of her father may belong to another.

As bodies begin to pile up around her, Dixie must find a way to expose the lunacy behind her family’s massacre to save her few loved ones who are still alive - and whatever scrap of sanity she has left.

©2019 T. Marie Vandelly (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"This is the scariest book since The Haunting of Hill House.... The most gripping and suspenseful debut novel of the year...Theme Music is more than compelling; it is mesmerizing." (New York Journal of Books)

"[Theme Music] promises to be one of the strangest and most enchanting works to come out this year." (CrimeReads)

"[A] chilling, enthralling debut... Driven by a believable plot and populated with realistic characters, this delicious mix of horror, ghost story, and mystery marks Vandelly as a writer to watch." (Publishers Weekly starred review)

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Theme Music That Meanders

A horrible protagonist with an even more unsatisfying story and conclusion. Would not recommend.

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Refreshingly different

I'm pretty good at understanding where the plot is headed and who the likely culprit is most of the time. I am thrilled to say I was completely fooled in this story, several times. There were a number of twists that blindsided me. The author did a great job of introducing characters and developing their story line in a way that kept me wondering "what are they up to?" In short, it keenly held my interest all the way to the end. It's a great first book and I'm looking forward to her next one.

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Very Entertaining

It’s definitely not flawless, but it’s incredibly entertaining. The inner monologue gets little hokey at times, especially the end. However, the pacing, and the (somewhat convoluted) story are compelling enough to keep the reader engaged. “Twisty” enough to be unpredictable, but doesn’t use shock factor as a crutch.

Honestly, though, Sarah Mollo-Christensen’s performance was killer. Any of the little hiccups in the story itself are 100% made up for by her delivery. Good stuff.

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A little hard to follow at times

A few times I had a bit of a hard time following the story but all in all it was pretty good. The story line was pretty good and did keep me engrossed. I enjoyed Sarah Mollo-Christensen's narration. She keep there voice full of the right emotions at times it was like listening to a movie without watching it. I am glad I used my monthly credit on this book and will be lookign for more books by T. Marie Vandelly.

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Great book couldn't put it down

Unpredictable, loved the twists and turns. Definitely recommend this book! I didn't put it down and finished it in 2 days.

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STUPIDEST book I’ve ever read

Omg, where do I start? The plot and entire story was SO stupid and unbelievable. The protagonist was stupid and every single character was stupid. But to make matter worse, the narrator was absolutely HORRIBLE! One of the worst I’ve ever heard.

Every line was sing-songy, and the way she performed the male voices was COMICAL and very distracting. The narrator performed every single male voice in a deep, gravely, and QUIVERING voice that sounded gruff, drunk, and sensual, all at the same time. Like a bad joke. Oh and every male sounded exactly the same, so it was a nightmare getting through to the end. The only reason I stuck it out was my curiosity to find out how it ended. Spoiler alert: stupidly.

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Too dark and grisly for me

I don’t really know how to describe this book. The glibness with which severed heads and chopped up family members including children were described made me uncomfortable. Maybe it’s a horror story and that’s the intention. Anyway, I couldn’t face 11 hours of it. So after about 5 chapters I just skipped to the end. I had to know who did it so the mystery was engaging. Someone else may enjoy it, just not me.

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Nail biter!

A friend of mine who was struggling with insomnia recommended this book... Well now I know why she couldn’t sleep. I ended up hiding under my covers at one point! By turns horrifying, thrilling, chilling, funny, and surprisingly heartwarming. It will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat. Unfortunately, my children, work and husband got put on hold all weekend while I listened to this book. I don’t know if I loved the story or the narration more, or if they were just perfect forever! Already sent my sister her introductory first audiobook (and told her not to read at night when home alone!)

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Wow..

This is not a book you can’t listen to while doing something else. Not background noise. You must pay attention to follow the story but it is awesome. I found myself not wanting to stop and was really into it. Such a good read and the reader is great!

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Good story!

This was a good, pretty fast moving story. I found myself confused at times, but it all wraps up in the end. I can see this being a movie.