From the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Silent Girls comes another unforgettable thriller set in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, featuring Detective Sonja Test.
Even in a quiet Vermont town, unspeakable acts of the past can destroy the peace of the present.
In the remote, pastoral hamlet of Canaan, Vermont, a high-profile legal case shatters the town's sense of peace and community. Anger simmers. Fear and prejudice awaken. Old friends turn on each other. Violence threatens.
So when a young teenage girl is savagely murdered while babysitting at the house of the lead attorney in the case, Detective Sonja Test believes the girl's murder and the divisive case must be linked.
However, as the young detective digs deeper into her first murder case, she discovers sordid acts hidden for decades and learns that behind the town's idyllic facade of pristine snow lurks a capacity in some for great darkness and the betrayal of innocents. And Sonja Test, a mother of two, will do anything to protect the innocent.
©2015 Eric Rickstad (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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"Not a Good Story or Characters"
I love to find a new series that I can get excited about for the future stories. Well, this wasn't it. In the end, the only character I cared about was the victim. The Detective, Sonja, was so "holier than thou" and unlikeable, I can't even understand why I listened until the end. The book summary stated "Sonja will do anything to protect the innocent". Well, I am not even convinced she is that good of a mother to her two children. Enough "judgement from me." I won't be listening to the sequel.
The narrator was not good with the male voices. Otherwise, I just feel neutral about the narration.
"Ok mystery but couldn't stay with it"
Maybe it was the weak plot, or holes, or trying to hard for a thriller. I got bored with the story and didn't finish it. Strangely not feeling like I am missing something.
"Disappointing after The Silent Girls."
Performance poor. Narrator's style was annoying. She dragged out "Test said" after every quote. Her male voices all sounded the same. The plot seemed to drag a lot and I'm not sure if it was the writing or the narrator's style. I will think twice before buying another book by Eric Rickstad.
I forgave all of Rickstead's wooden "he said, she said" tag lines in The Silent Girls, because the characters and plot were compelling. The narrator's story was layered, and in truth, I believed we would learn something about the crazy cliffhanger ending that novel in Lie in Waiting. What a disappointment. This work rambles about loosely, the contrived plot unravels lazily, and the characters inhabiting the story were essentially static. The read itself was just ok...too many characters sounding the same and not a lot of energy when it was needed. Meh.
"Overall a good book"
This is the 2nd book written by this author that I have listened to. I felt compelled to write the review because of all the negative reviews I've read. The story was good - definitely not as interesting as the first - but still good. I found Sonja to be very real. I'm not sure why so many disliked her- I found her character to be interesting and real. I liked her...
As far as the story- it took awhile to get going. Once it did, it got much better. Perhaps the topic has become so commonplace that it moved slower than it should have. Either way- can't wait to "read" more from this author.
"Robotic reading; unsympathetic protagonist"
The narrator sounded a lot like a computer. Very strange emphasis on the wrong words. Quite distracting.
The main character was well-written in the sense that there are people like her. But was is she unlikeable and rude.
I did read The Silent Girls and really enjoyed it. The main detective in that one was very endearing. Very disappointed with this one.
Waste of a credit. Loved the first book but this book was awful.
something better than this.
the natarror was ok.
This book was terrible! It dragged on & on with too many things started & not finished. What a waste of my time.
And it went down hill quickly from there. Please heed the reviews. This book is chock full of he said, she said. No joke, every time a character speaks the author feels inclined to use '(x) said' or 's/he said '.
The story line moves at a turtles pace. Descriptions and dialogues will at times make you cringe as if nails are being drawn across a chalkboard.
A better narrator might have helped a tiny bit, but even a seasoned veteran of broadway would only have been able to do so much.
Please save your money and time.
An okay book, a little to slow. Needed more pizzazz. Too many "Victor said", "Tess said", "North said", etc.
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