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Publisher's Summary

A win brought them together, but loss may tear them apart.

When the sound of sirens cuts through a cool fall night, the small town of Worthy, Georgia, hurtles from triumph to tragedy. Just hours before, they'd watched the Wildcats score a winning touchdown. Now, they're faced with the deaths of three cheerleaders - their promising lives cut short in a fatal crash. And the boy in the other car - the only one to survive - is believed to be at fault. As rumors begin to fly and accusations spin, allegiances form and long-kept secrets emerge.

At the center of the whirlwind are four women, each grappling with loss, regret, shame, and lies: Marglyn, a grieving mother; Darcy, whose son had been behind the wheel; Ava, a substitute teacher with a scandalous secret; and Leah, a cheerleader who should have been in the car with her friends, but wasn't. If the truth comes out, will it bring redemption - or will it be their downfall?

©2017 Marybeth Mayhew Whalen. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Another Author I Will Look Out For

I stumbled across this book because I was checking for any books I may have missed by Joshilyn Jackson, one of my favorite authors. She narrates her own novels and I love to listen to her. I was so surprised to see some negative things said about her performance, I love the way she brings out the quirkiness in the characters she is reading about. I had never heard of Marybeth Mayhew Whalen, but Ms. Jackson as narrator was enough to sell me on giving it a try. I’m so glad I did. Besides the great performance, the book was wonderful. Great characters and a story that kept me interested from beginning to end. I hope to hear more from the two of them again.

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When we were worthy

The narrator ruined this book for me. I couldn't listen another moment. Books premise seemed interesting but the voice and timing did me in

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Horrible performance of a good book

While I completely loved this story, the performance completely took away from the work. Her southern accent is painful to listen to. Do yourself a favor and just buy the book.

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Good story, difficult accent to listen to

Good story but felt the characters story was diminished by the choice of backwoods southern accent on audible versus an contemporary southern accent. It made the story less shocking and difficult on the ears.

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Wow. Loved it!

I absolutely loved this novel told from the perspectives of two adult women and one teen. All these stories blended together seamlessly to let us in on life in a small southern town, where football IS a religion.

I will be reading/listening to more from this author.

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Narration killed it

Couldn’t get past the first ten minutes. I tried. I was excited to read the book.

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Horrible narrator

I almost stopped listening early on because I could not stand to listen to the narrator’s sickly saccharine voice. She should stick to writing not narrating.

The story itself was engaging if somewhat predictable but I enjoyed it overall.

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Great story but...

I loved the story about a small town and how the lives of four townspeople intertwine and are affected by a deadly car accident. However, I hated the fake southern accent put on by the narrator. Her normal voice was fine.

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Really enjoyed it

It wouldn’t have been the same without Josilyn Jackson’s lovely accent and perfect pitch performance. I was actually looking for a book by Jackson when I found this book. Now I will search for more by Whalen.

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Sometimes dumb is what you are looking for

So this book is just lame on so many levels. Is this a story for teen readers? Cuz it has a really juvenile tone and storyline. And the narrator is ridiculous. She sounds like a cartoon, by turns a sassy kitten or a hillbilly grandpa. Here's the thing that saved it for me -- Sometimes, when life is so stressful and heavy you need to listen to something that doesn't require much thinking on your part, kinda like when you watch a mediocre sitcom for the 70s -- like that. That's why I'm giving it two stars

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Intriguing

I loved listening to this story. Enjoyed every moment. Sometimes the narrator phrases sentences weirdly, but it doesn't take away from the story at all. Really recommend.