• When a Stranger Comes

  • A Gripping Psychological Thriller
  • By: Karen S. Bell
  • Narrated by: Karen S. Bell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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When a Stranger Comes

By: Karen S. Bell
Narrated by: Karen S. Bell
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Publisher's summary

2019 Florida Author Project Winner for adult fiction!
2018 Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal Winner!
Read Freely 50 Best Indie Books of 2019!

Unputdownable Faustian thriller! Greed, entrapment, and the world of book publishing.

"Riveting" (Kirkus Reviews)

Author Alexa Wainwright is losing her mojo. Her latest works aren't selling like her internationally best-selling debut. She vows to do whatever it takes to get back to being number one. But is she really?

As she makes this vow, suddenly a lightning bolt cracks across the cloudless sky transporting the clueless Alexa to an alternate universe. Here, the characters in her books are given the breath of life and she meets media mogul, publisher, and possibly the devil himself, King Blakemore, who offers her a lucrative but ironclad book contract that will guarantee her comeback. Alexa slowly realizes it might be more than just a contract for a book deal. Desperate to get her life back, she devises schemes to untether herself from this hellish existence.

Buy this book if you're a listener who loves a pause-resisting, heart-stopping, psychological thriller with some magical realism thrown in.

©2017 Karen S. Bell (P)2019 Karen S. Bell

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When a stranger comes

This book was a dissapointment. I enjoyed the first part,which was actually the book that was written by Mz Alexa. What came after was a lot of cosmos praising for her fame and patting herself on the back.I found the narration just too irritating to finish. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A Bit Haphazard

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This book has an intriguing blurb - which I loved. I loved the beginning of the book, but unfortunately, not so much the MC Alexa. Then this book was sort of all over the place. At one point, Alexa understands what's occurring and decides to fight against it but the next minute she is involved in a sex orgy. I just did not like the wishy-washyness of the MC. I also did not enjoy the information dumps which would occur periodically throughout the book. The villain, in a very long monologue, would provide an incredible amount of information - which after a while, you just sort of tune out. There were parts of this book which I really liked but overall, this was just okay for me.

The author is the narrator for this book. I usually do not like authors who narrate their own books. Narration is a skill and when done well will really elevate a book. While her narration was not awful, I wished she had used a professional narrator. At times the audio was muffled, her US northeastern accent was not completely fitting with this book, and she failed to raise the level of emotion required for this story. There were interesting bits throughout the book - such as speeding up and slowing down the narration for character effect which I thought were quite good.

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Really unique to have the author narrating their own book. Highly recommended I enjoyed the book!

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Great book!

I love that the book was narrated by the author! Very unique. Great story, I would definitely recommend it.

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