On a warm May evening in the spring of 1979, the people of Heartsridge, Massachusetts, are living the American dream. Families are gathered for barbecues. Kids are playing in front yards. Gardens are being kept. Meanwhile, Kara Price stumbles home through the woods, raped and beaten, her life shattered by a wicked act of violence, perpetrated by one of the town's most beloved and public figures.
Surrounding Kara is a cast of compelling and nefarious characters - a violent-tempered mayor who can do no wrong in the eyes of the town, a sheriff bound by the rules and plagued by a guilty conscience, a father bent on revenge, a serial killer in the midst of an identity crisis. And at the center of it all there's Kara, who just wants to move on with her life and forget everything that happened to her. But how can she do that when everyone thinks she is a liar who is only out for attention? With plot and emotion braided together by a careful hand, this haunted group of people all acting on behalf of their own interests begs the question: How far would you go to protect your own?
©2015 Christian Galacar (P)2016 Christian Galacar
The narrator was great but I was sickened by the animal abuse scene and stopped listening at that point.
Exclude the animal abuse
I was really enjoying listening to the book as the narrator was really good and the story drew you in, but then there was an awful animal abuse scene and I stopped listening at that point.
The pain and suffering Kara went through after confessing her rape was undeniably great as many seemed to doubt her confession. She was labelled as a liar who wanted attention from all the lies she said. Her parents were in denial when she first professed made it difficult for her as they were someone she found comfort from. The aftermath of the accident made her uncomfortable to be around men including her father which tore his heart apart. Kara’s character changed and she turned into someone who was depressed. She was constantly using physical pain to feed the void inside her; the unbearable emotions of disgust, anger and hopeless. The agony was extreme that she wanted to find comfort in the eternal darkness she felt deserving.
"Nice representation of the small town U.S.A."
I read a lot of mysteries, but it's rare that you already know the criminals and the motives before you've really gotten into the story. I thought Galacar's depiction of a small town was well done and fairly accurate. Too bad they are hit with a rapist and a serial killer in the same month (and not even the same person). I will say that there is a very graphic depiction of animal cruelty right at the very beginning, so TRIGGER WARNING! I had to skip to the end of that chapter or risk tainting my day and the rest of the story.
Kevin Clay did a fantastic job narrating. I don't envy him having to say out loud some of the awful things that happen in the story. His characters were well defined and his female voices we pretty darn good. This is the second book I've listened to him read and I've enjoyed it both times.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
"Excellent Debut Author"
I loved the strong charactors in this novel. I loved Catherine Carlise who may be in the background but is still strong enough to be heard.
The plot kept me enlighted how rape not only the victum: but everyone involved is hurt by the deed. This kept me wondering what each character was going to do.
My favorite character was the Sheriff. Strong and decisive, yet vunerable to what we are vunerable too.Kevin Clay did a great job. Especially with the Sheriff.
We each worry about job security, and in politics what the masses are thinking.
No, I kind of liked savoring it and thinking about it over a 2 day period
"A few twists and turns.."
The story is mainly focused around, Kara Price, when her trust is broken by someone held high in the community.
The world that the author creates is set in a small town where "everybody knows your name".
It starts off with a rape of Kara at the age of fifteen-years- old, then the story moves on to blackmail by family members,
of Eddie by Harry, then jumps to the inner dialogue of a serial killer, which was a little too gritty for me.
The pace is fast and the characters are well developed but there was alot going on in it with a few twists and turns, It is also sad at times.
Kevin Clay did an excellent job with the overall narration and character voices.
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"Such a Well Written Novel... This one is a Film"
I'd recommend this book to any Producer/Director looking for one hell of a story that needs to be adapted, turned into a script, and produced as one scorcher of an Indie Film.
Every one of the characters was so well developed by the author, how could anyone possibly have a "Favorite"?
I think he could have spent more time working with the casting director, finding the right actors to bring their individual characters roles to life.
There were points where I'd suddenly realize that one of the character voices had distracted me so much, I'd completely missed the last ten to thirty seconds of dialogue. At those points I was moved to grab my phone, and press the "Rewind" button, to go back and pick up the story where I'd momentarily tuned out.
Kevin Clay has an amazing voice, and I could listen to it for days. (Wait... I think I just did... ) For the most part, I really enjoyed his work. But there is that small part that goes along with the most part, to make the whole part, that left me a little disappointed. There were character voices that didn't match the characters (like a highly competent Sheriff's deputy, with a voice that made him sound like a man who could barely be trusted with a broom, let alone a badge, a gun, and the keys to a car) Or women's voices that sounded pouty and depressed, when the dialogue wasn't pouty or depressed. There were times when I'd wished that he'd simply told the story in his own beautiful voice... Because, when he does that, he does an amazing job.
"Excellent First Novel"
For a first novel, this is very put together very well. It involves dual stories that have common characters. Both story lines were interesting so it was like reading two novels in one. Overall a solid read. I have already recommended this book to friends who I know will enjoy it. Easily a 5 star but the narrator, though very talented in distinguishing characters, read at a very slow pace that took away from the story. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
"I would recommend"
I thought that the book did s really good job of portraying small town America and delving into what can happen when something isn't right. The characters were very well written. It was interesting to see the story from different perspectives.
Kevin Clay did a great job narrating. He kept you in the story with believable renditions and didn't pull you out with over the top voices.
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"You know who done it, but where's the proof?"
Great story of a small town and how some authority officials in small towns can feel invincible by committing crimes believing they can get away with it. Even when you know someone is guilty how can you act without proof?
There are lot of different topics in this book; the monsters among us all, a bond and the emotions within a family unit when horror strikes, and the blind folds people will wear so that they don't have to accept the truth. BEWARE! This one makes you think!
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"Excellent suspense audiobook"
It's not often that I pick a mystery novel, but this one could send me on a suspense novel binge. Good character development, a bit squeamish for me in some parts, and great narration. I'll be looking for more from this author and narrator!
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A mystery within a mystery within a mystery. Who is telling the truth and who is lying? This story drags you through the
dark places in a small town. It held me riveted to the very end. I want more from this author and narrator!!!!
The narration was well done. The characters were excellently portrayed.
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