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Who Is Sarah Lawson?

Richie Stevens Investigates, Book 1
Narrated by: Megan Green
Series: Richie Stevens Investigates, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
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How would you feel coming home to find a family living in your house who call you Sarah, tell you your brother's name is Andy, and insist that you should be ashamed of calling the police for help? 

My name is Rowena Shaw and I've never seen any of them before. 

They are total strangers. It's Thursday and it's just the beginning.

©2011 K.J.Rabane (P)2018 K.J.Rabane

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Unique and refreshing storyline

I think I can give this’s solid 3.75 stars which rounds right up to 4. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’ll admit, I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this book much at first, but once I was introduced to Richard Stevens I knew he was a character I was going to enjoy getting to know.

I listened to this book and the narrator was lovely, I never realized there were so many types of British accents!

Although the different voices were distinct, there were a lot of characters and once the book went back in time to “before,”I was getting confused. As soon as I realized I was in over my head, I grabbed a notebook and spent a chapter or two writing down peoples names and drawing lines to other characters to signify how they were related. Who know that 6th grade character web would come in handy in real life! It didn’t take much time at all. I’ve done it with authors like Liane Moriarty and it always makes the book more enjoyable. Also, it was a good excuse to buy a notebook. I love notebooks :-)

I know some people are very concerned with bad language, but I’m the opposite. If I see a bunch of reviews praising an author for writing a book without “bad words” I question the diversity of characters and the authenticity of the dialogue. In this case however, I didn’t notice any bad words but everyone still seemed real to me.


I hate spoilers so none will be included in my review. As far as the story goes, I think it’s best if you go in as blind as possible. Just read the blurbs and dig in. I thought I knew what was going on within the first chapter or two, but I was wrong. As I continued to listen, I continued to guess and I continued to be wrong. Eventually I stopped trying and just enjoyed the story. I liked several characters and hated at least one. If an author can make me hate someone, she’s doing something right. While this is definitely much lighter than my usual read, it was a refreshing change of pace.

I see this novel is marked as a thriller/psychological thriller but for some reason that doesn’t seem to mesh with what I just read. When I think thriller, I think of edge of your seat, nail biting, and a really fast moving story. I don’t want to say it’s slow, but it did feel a little on the relaxed side. Maybe if I had different expectations going in, this wouldn’t have been an issue.

I’m not saying I thought it was full on cozy. Maybe...cozyish-psychological thriller-lite? If that’s not already a genre, it should be. If you’ve read this, comment on what you think the genre should be on this book. I would be interested to hear!

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My Mind is Messed!

You have done messed with my mind LOL!

Very interesting story by KJ Rabane, and narrated by one of my favorites, Megan Green. She did a wonderful job, and I was captivated by this story from beginning to end!

Great psychological mindbend thriller, I'd definitely recommend it.. .just listen! :) Crazy! But fun! :)

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

Wasn't expecting the ending great listen was interesting with its twists and turns great job by narrator

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Interesting premise but...

I received a free copy of the book in exchanged for an honest review.

I really enjoy reading mind twist books -- where you don't know which character to believe or you don't know what is reality within the story or what is manipulation. This book started with a great premise -- a woman states she is Rowena Shaw but is told that she is Sarah Lawson. So who is she? Is there any merit to the claim?

I was really interested in the story premise. But the story really fell short for me was in some of the actions of the characters just did not seem to be credible or were inconsistent with what you were told by the author that these characters were thinking or believed. For example, at one point in the story, Owen, Rowena's fiance, believes he is being stalked which is causing chaos to his world. When he is notified by law enforcement that his possible stalker is injured in the hospital, his first thought is to go to the hospital to assure the wellbeing of his possible stalker. OK, what?? Several times characters were given the opportunity to discuss events or pecularities in another character's behaviour but each time they declined to do so -- I guess if they did, other characters would not falsely jump to conclusions about events or characters. The dialogue was sometimes odd or wooden.

The private investigator and his PA were interesting characters and very likeable. I can understand why the author is pursuing additional books with them.

It is a very interesting premise for a story and had some interesting twists but I just wish it had been executed better.

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How Well do People Know Each Other?

The book itself was very well written in that it had you second, third, and fourth, guessing about the truth of the story, and just when you think you have all the webs untangled, the author throws in a new wrinkle. It is a psychological rollercoaster that depends mor on true mystery and bafflement more than suspense or violence. Even the ending did not turn out like I thought it would.

The narrator does well although her voice is a bit suprising to the unworldly like me. Where I was expecting a stereotypical high british accent, the nerator's is more commonplace, although that faded to insignificance as I begin to puzzle over the story.

A few things that made this book less enjoyable for me were the fact that if you are not familiar with the current modern jargon and slang of England you might have to look a few things up like I did. Also most glaringly, there was a large section of the audiobook which repeated itself word for word. At first I thought this might be an error in the download, but the story flow afterward seemed unaffected (like I hadn't missed anything by a section being overwritten) so I began to believe that the repeat section was a different character viewing the same events...however if this was true, I must have missed the listener's que that this was a different character. Overall if you like stories that will keep you guessing, this book does that extremely well.

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Suspenseful, keep you guessing

Wow, what a ride. At first I thought this was going to be a tale of a person gone crazy. And it was but not the one I thought.. This is Fatal Attraction on a higher level.. Psychological thriller will keep you guessing and wondering..
The narrator was great.
I received this free from the narrator or author for an honest review.

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This book will blow your mind!

Holy moly! This psychological thriller will leave you sputtering and saying 'did not see that coming'!
Rowena Shaw walks into her house and finds that a family has moved in...what's worse? They call her Sarah, and apparently the man is her/Sarah's brother, Andy. Strangers act as if they know her and call her Sarah...who is this Sarah and why will no one believe that Rowen's not Sarah? Rowena hires a private detective to find out who is Sarah Lawson and why everyone believes that she is Sarah. The investigation will blow your mind! Think Fatal Attraction on steroids! You will not want to put this down until THE END. The ending was a little bit heartbreaking...I wanted Rowena to have an HEA. I must stop here because too much info will spoil it for you..just trust me. Fanfreakingtastic book and narration!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • S.E.Kansas
  • 08-29-18

An entertaining listen.

A good story about a woman with an identity issue. I don't want to say more, fearing it would give too much away.( I received this book free for reviewing purposes. ) I would have gladly used a credit or purchased the book though. My only complaint would be that the narrator's male voice was a little tough for me to follow. But she did a wonderful job other than that.

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Interesting and keeps you quessing

I was given the audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

Rowena Shaw opens the door to her house and finds an unfamiliar scene. There's a family living there. A family who says they are her family. Who is Sarah Lawson and why are these people insisting she is Sarah Lawson? Rowena hires private investigator Rick Stevens to discover the truth.

The story slowly unfolds. The first 20 odd chapters are of Rowena attempting to find out why everyone thought she was someone else, and Rick's investigation in the same. Then the author takes us back in time to start unraveling the mystery. We are introduced to Owen Maddock, Rowena's fiancee, who refuses to talk to her, refuses to even pick up the phone when she tries to contact her. We find out who Sarah Lawson is, a woman who looks similar to Rowena, and as the book progresses, more and more like her. We find out that she is entrenching herself into Owen's life and trying to make Rowena's life her own.

I quite enjoyed this book. There was a glitch with my copy of the audiobook where one chapter seems to have been placed out of sequence, then repeated in the correct place, which confused me. However, the narrator Megan Green helped me to figure out that was the problem and it wasn't a problem with the time line/writing.

The story was suspenseful and intriguing. It kept you guessing until the very end, and even then it leaves you with an "oh, no" feeling.

Megan's narration was good, I enjoyed her voice. She brought the book and the characters to life quite nicely.

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Better rated as a Psychological Drama

Who Is Sarah Larsen?
I believe this story would do better if classified as a Psychological Suspense Drama. Being in the Psychological Thriller genre sets a higher expectation. This story was not dark or gritty enough to reach that classification. Going in blind would have been better for my enjoyment of this story. That being said, it was a good audio. From the very first line it grabbed my attention and with the narrators help, kept it.
What would you do if you return home one day to strange family and being called a strange name? Great premise for a book. Doing a review without spoilers is difficult. There were lots of twists and turns and the author did a good job with character development, even the supporting characters had their own tales woven throughout.
Megan Greens’ British accent was a good fit for the storyline. The age of the main character seem to coincide with the narrators voice making it believable. I found myself laughing a few times when she was reenacting a conversations between different characters. Reminding me of when someone tries retelling a story and doesn’t quite catch the accent correctly. Other than that she was quite smooth. The ebb and flow of her voice helped build the tension when needed and assisted the storyline in staying true to the genre it was placed. I would have given the story a lower rating if not for the narrator.
This was an easy and enjoyable listen. A good start for a new narrator and an interesting premise for the author to build off of.

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  • R D DAVIES
  • 10-15-18

Great start to the Richie Stevens series

At first this plot seems implausible but as the story develops it becomes entirely believable and builds to a thrilling and very satisfying conclusion. The narration is also good although I found the accents a little laboured at times but this does not detract from what is a very good tale with lots of twists and turns.

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  • Deedra
  • 10-01-18

Who is Sarah Lawson?

I really enjoyed this book.The story was so twisty and turny,I could barely keep up!Megan Green is a good narrator,though her mens voices make me cringe at times.All in all a good read!I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Jan M
  • 09-17-18

Intriguing Listen!

I really enjoyed the twists and turns this book had. I hadn't figured out who the villain was in this book until the very end. I was pulled into this story by K.J. Rabane. The imagery in the story was very well done too. Megan Green did an awesome performance with the narration. She added the right emotions to the story and had distinguished character voices. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I would definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • Ron, Barry Island
  • 09-03-18

A well-loved story brought to life.

I loved this story when it came out in print and couldn't resist sampling it again in this new format. I'm glad I did. I still love the story, and hearing it brought to life by the reading.

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  • Jan M
  • 08-23-18

A deftly woven mystery

As the story unfolds from its mysterious opening, the reader is left piecing together the intriguing case of mistaken//stolen identity. Scenes shift to other locations and introduce different characters, all of which increase the sense of intrigue which is finally resolved with further surprises in store.
The reading of the complex narrative, requiring a number of different voices, is generally successful.

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  • Mr Michael Griffiths
  • 08-20-18

Highly recommended

Really enjoyed this book, looking forward to reading more from this author. I thought the narration was perfect for this story, it brought the characters to life. I guessed the ending but felt compelled to keep listening. A great job by author & narrator.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 08-20-18

Not for me

The premise for this book was good. The execution was not. The plot was formulaic, and the dialogue was wooden. I didn't feel that any of the characters were particularly likeable and didn't care one way or another what happened to them. I don't think the narration was much help in rescuing this story. My general feeling is, if you can't do a fabulous accent and maintain it throughout, then don't even try. I listen to approximately 6 - 8 audio books a week, and have done for 5 years, many of these are from new authors or narrators and I always try to find something positive to say, to encourage them in their work. I'm desperately trying to find one positive here. I may have to get back to you. Sorry, not for me. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.