Love hurts. For Derwena de Caro, songstress, female icon, and teenage dream, success brought drugs, alcohol, and a philandering boyfriend. It also brought wealth, fame, and a stalker, or so she claimed. And that's where I came in, to investigate the identity of the stalker, little realizing that the trail would lead to murder and a scandal that would make the newspaper headlines for months on end.
Love hurts. For me, Samantha Smith, enquiry agent, love arrived at the end of a fist. First I had to contend with an alcoholic mother who took her frustrations out on me throughout my childhood then my husband, Dan, who regarded domestic violence as an integral part of marriage. But I survived. I obtained a divorce, kept my sense of humor, and retained an air of optimism. I established my business and gained the respect of my peers. However, I was not prepared for Dan when he reentered my life or for the affection showered on me by Dr. Alan Storey, a compassionate and rather handsome psychologist.
Sam's Song. This is the story of a week that changed my life forever.
©2014 Hannah Howe (P)2015 Hannah Howe
Sam's Song ranks in my top five audio books because of the quality of the narration and the emotion within the story. In Samantha Smith, Hannah Howe portrays a likeable, believable character, a woman who has suffered in the past, but who is determined to create for herself a brighter future. The book takes the reader and Samantha on an emotional rollercoaster and the story stays with you after you have read the final page.
I think people who enjoy the novels of Robert B Parker and Marcia Muller, and private detective fiction in general, will enjoy this book.
I enjoyed the scenes with Woody, the guitarist, because of their humour, and the chapters featuring Samantha's ex-husband Dan. The emotion of the story comes across in these chapters and you realise how difficult it must be for someone to overcome the trauma of domestic violence. It is to the author's credit that she doesn't gloss over the difficulties Sam faced; indeed, you can see how those difficulties helped to shape Sam's determined personality.
The book made me laugh out loud and brought a tear to my eye. I laughed at Woody's comments and behaviour, and at the jokes told by Sam's detective friend, 'Sweets' MacArthur. My emotions were stirred in the scenes featuring Dan; you sense that Sam is a decent, honest person, trying to do the best job she can, while Dan is manipulative and doing everything he can to undermine her. In these chapters you feel for Sam as she wrestles with her inner demons. I think these chapters give you a great insight in Sam's character and help you to understand why she became a private eye.
I think Sam's Song is a wonderful book, beautifully narrated. Suzan Lynn Lorraine captures the emotion within the story and puts feeling into every line. I like books that stay with me after I have read the final page and Sam's Song is such a book.
I didn't realize that the setting for this book was England and listening to the narrator certainly wasn't much help in conveying it. The story had a few many twists and turns considering it's limited duration and seemed more convoluted than complicated. I liked the central character Samantha Smith, except when she was passive and/or cringing in the face of her abusive ex-boyfriend Dan. Derwena the drinking and drugging pop star was a "ripped from the headlines" twentysomething diva. I liked this one okay but I'm hoping subsequent books get better.
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