Years and distance kept the memories at bay. But back at home, the past is ready and waiting to haunt her... Eighteen years have passed since Joy's childhood best friend, Jenny, met her death in a tragic car accident just a few days after their senior prom. A broken Joy left their small Kentucky hometown shortly after - determined never to come back. But when her father's illness forces her to return, she realizes that neither time nor distance have truly healed her troubled soul.
Plagued with nightmares of the accident and crippled by a vague fear whose source she can't identify, Joy realizes that in order to move on she must face the truth behind several disturbing gaps in her memory of that fateful spring. But the only person who can help her is a man she despises - Jenny's erstwhile boyfriend Jeff, now a respected doctor, whose carelessness as a teenager was the cause of Jenny's horrendous death - and Joy's own emotional destruction. Can she ever forgive? She may have no choice but to try. Because both the danger she sensed - and the childhood friendship she treasured - now suddenly seem very much alive...
©2003 Edie Claire (P)2013 Edie Claire
All the reasons for Gabrielle de Cuir's success as a prolific narrator are apparent here. She slowly reels the listener in with this compelling story as she expertly weaves between voices and accents. Veterinarian Joy Hudson returns to her small Kentucky hometown, having left 18 years before, after her best friend Jenny was killed in an auto accident. Living with gaps inher recollections, Joy must turn to the man she blames for her friend's death, handsome doctor Jeff Bradford, who was in the car when Jenny died, to discover the truth about that night. De Cuir can act and she turns it on here, building the tension and suspense as the story takes some surprising turns. The addition of a paranormal aspect adds to its appeal. -(A.C.P. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine) [Published: APRIL 2014]
I found the main character to be very dislikable - self absorbed and thoroughly tedious. The plot line was so predictable with only one twist which was pretty absurd and not fully developed.
"A good story"
This was a good story. It kept me curious and interested enough to continue BUT I personally found it rather obvious. Many of the plot twists didn't feel like twists to me because I saw them coming. Still, I found the characters well developed the premise intriguing and it was certainly worth listening to.
Love the story line. It was not just merely about the death of her friend or the house that maybe haunted it was about forgiveness and the various levels of grief people experience.
kept me interested until the end and had great visuals. would reccomend the author again.
"Romance and Mystery!"
Well Told Tale.
I am new to romance stories. I am a great mystery fan. The author has combined the two elements to good effect. It reminded me of Truth Stained Lies by Kingsbury but without the Christian slant.
I think the reader's performance actually improved the novel. I enjoyed the character of the Southern mother and the Sheriff suitor. The story did go on and on at times, but the reader made it very personal, so I kept listening.
The opening chapter was very good and moody, when the protagonist first encounters the ghost of her friend.
Book could have been sized down a bit, and I feel the ghost elements could have been turned up a bit. But then, I prefer mysteries over romance, as a rule. I would listen to more by this author, but I don't see other of her works listed in audio.
I found Joy extremely self-engrossed and annoying. For a veterinarian, she was very immature and judgmental. She would get an idea, think about it shortly, decide it was true and then start accusing like she knew for an absolute fact it was fact.
yes - she was fine
I would never trust my pet with someone so unstable and over-reacting.
"Long time coming"
Very good book. Kept my interest. Usually find them borinfg but kept me turning the page.
"Whiney main character."
Joy started out as an independent character. But, the author gave her too many neuroses and by the end I wanted to just slap some sense into her. Loved all of the other characters, especially Bear and Jeff.
"I can't recommend this one"
I did finish this though there were some really annoying aspects. Joy couldn't remember, but it was glaringly obvious to anyone reading what had happened in her past. The supernatural elements felt as though they had just been thrown into the story at random.
"totally called it"
I was going to be so disappointed if I didn't get an epilogue. there was no way I saw it ending in 27 minutes. I didn't know how edie Claire was going to do it, but she did.
While I enjoyed the story and all of the different story lines, the END of the book was also a long time coming. At around chapter 32 I was really ready to slap the protagonist. I think the drama went on a little too long.
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