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When You Come Back

Narrated by: Mitzi Pirkey
Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Forensic anthropologist Emma Graves knows about the dead. But can the dead help her remember why she’s still alive?

When you are lost....

Emma Graves was only eight years old when a tragic school bus accident shattered the rural community where she grew up. When the bus was discovered, the driver was dead and Emma, her older sister, and her sister’s best friend were missing. A frantic search through the cold, dark woods in the surrounding area began. As the sun rose the next morning, a cold and terrified Emma was found. Emma remembered little else beyond watching through the fractured windshield as her sister and her friend walked away from the bus to find help. Spring turned into summer and then to fall, and the missing girls never came back.

When you come back....

Twenty-five years later, Emma is all grown up. Though she is an acclaimed forensic anthropologist, her personal life is a different matter. After surviving another tragic accident, this one at a dig, Emma needs to hide somewhere and pull herself together again. After all, she has been fractured since she was eight years old; this breakdown has been coming for a long time. Going home is her only choice. The last thing she expected to find on her return was two more young girls missing. The small town is torn apart all over again. With Emma back, attention turns to her. What is she hiding? Why can’t she remember what really happened that day 25 years ago? Why is she back in town now and two more children are missing? When human remains are found deep in a cave that requires Emma’s expertise in retrieving them, the truth may just be more than anyone bargained for.

©2019 Debra Webb (P)2019 Debra Webb

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Emma Graves was 8 years old when she is on the school bus on her way home, when the bus driver has a heart attack and dies. Emma's sister Natalie, and her sister's best friend Stacy, disappear that day when they leave the bus looking for help. They are never seen again. Twenty-five years later Emma who is known as the girl who came back” has a breakdown while teaching class and decides to return to her hometown. When she returns she finds 2 girls are now missing. Emma decides she needs to know what happened all those years ago and with her best friend from 25 years ago decides to investigate. This is a fantastic story of coping with relationships and survivors guilt. This is a great story and the narration was excellent. I received this audible book free of charge in lieu of an honest review.

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Tense!

Power and cover-up of a 20-year-old tragedy lead our heroines on a sleuthing expedition to find the truth.
Well-written.

Mitzi Pirkey does a great job narrating and bringing the characters to life.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Suzan
  • SF Bay Area
  • 09-02-19

Wonderful

wow! This book was amazing so many emotions. I didn't want to stop listening. I had not read any thing by Debra Webb before but I will in the future. She is a wonderful writer. I didn't guess the ending which is rare for me. I also enjoyed Mitzt Pirkey as the narrator of this book. Mitzi does a wonderful job of giving this written book audio life. I was gifted this book with the understanding that I would leave an honest review. Well honestly it is wonderful and a must read.

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 08-16-19

A very good mystery

This was a very well-written mystery. You know the main players pretty early on but there was a constant reveal of information that kept you guessing. And even then, once you think you have it all figured out, the ending takes it to another level!

The story had a duo POV but I think the single narrator still delivered. Mom and daughter told each side of the story and the narrator kept the voices and energy separate.

This story could have been shorter but otherwise, it was a really good mystery.

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  • Yvonne
  • San Diego, CA United States
  • 08-14-19

Unexpected cold case secrets slowly revealed

What I liked most:
*The story piqued my curiosity. I was not able to guess the ending.
*The unexpected horrific secrets that are slowly revealed.
*Easy to follow. A perfect listening book for traveling or while doing chores.

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What I did not enjoy:
*Narrator trying to emulate the stereo-typical the way folks from Alabama speak.
*Unrealistic scenario that Emma (a non-cop, with emotional issues, and a heavy drinking problem) would be given so much leeway to investigate the horrific disappearance of her own sister.
*Brief reference and undeveloped circumstances about the fact that Lettie is black.
*Priest character could be developed more. He makes an appearance early on and then he is absent for much of the story.
*Dialog line that is overly repeated, “Everyone loved Natalie.” I began to cringe each time a new character repeated that very same line. On the other hand, it could be the basis for a new drinking game. :-)

DISCLAIMER: Received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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I very interesting and well written story

I really recommend it. It kept me wondering who did it, when, why, and wanting to hear more. I loved it!

The narrator does a great job of maintaining the attention of the listener. It is really easy to tell who is talking.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Good thriller that’ll keep you guessing!

There truly is no place like home!
Emma Graves has returned to her small AL hometown to recuperate from a mental breakdown. She doesn’t want her mother to know so she’s sneaking home while her mother is on an annual cruise. Except, her mom is standing holding a shotgun when Emma walks into the house! Turns out that her mom had recently suffered a heart attack and had to miss the cruise. Emma has always had a strained relationship with her mom...more particularly since her sister and best friend disappeared after their bus crashed 25yrs ago. Coincidentally, the day after Emma’s return, two ten girls disappear and suddenly the 25 yo case is back in the spotlight. When bones are discovered and it turns out to be that of the lost teens, Emma decides that she WILL find out what happened. But someone doesn’t want the truth to be exposed. Is Emma safe?
The unraveling of the tale of what happened all those years ago will shock you!
I enjoyed this thriller and the excellent narration. Worth the listen!
I voluntarily accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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When You Come Back
: Debra Webb


When Emma Graves was eight years old, a tragic accident threw the small southern community into panic. Twenty five years later she returns home to heal after a breakdown. History repeats itself when two more young girls go missing. This is part cold case, part mystery, part hidden secrets and a whole lot of suspense. This held me from beginning to end. I didn't want to stop listening.

This is a first read/listen of this author. It won't be my last.



The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed by Mitzi Pirkey.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.