Sixteen-year-old Leocadia arrives home from school to find her mom's bloody body. Unaware that the killer still lingers, she rushes to her mother's side, only to be grabbed from behind and then everything fades to black.
After a year of retrograde amnesia and battling personal demons, Leo's dreams are getting worse -she's starting to remember. More bodies are discovered, and they seem to be oddly linked to her mom's unsolved homicide. When Leo allows her friend, Henry, to drag her into the haunted Lucien Mansion, misty ghosts appear, ghosts that just might lead to her mother's murderer.
Will Leo let her memories threaten her into a relapse or, will she fight to find her mother's killer - only to become his next victim?
©2016 Sarah Davis Brandon (P)2016 Sarah Davis Brandon
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The start of this book opens up in a graveyard with a male friend who I thought was going to rape Leo from the start. It was quite unsettling and the fact she remained friends with him and put me at a bit of unease. This introduction ruined the book a little for me but nevertheless I continued listening. And then there was casual references to alcohol and drugs throughout which put a further dampener on the book - what did they contribute to the story?
Despite these flaws, the characters in the book were well developed and believable. The narration was 10/10, and the story line itself was interesting, with basically everyone as a suspect, i just had to know who the killer was.
This is a captivating, well narrated story that kept me interested to the very end. Leocadia is a traumatized teenager who is trying to get her life back together after stumbling onto her mothers murder. Almost a year later she still has retrograde amnesia but her memory is coming back in bits and pieces and she is starting to win her battle to stay off the drugs she used to escape her nightmares. Leo's friend, Henry has his own demons, and when they are witness to two murders while parting in a graveyard, things start to heat up. Combine this with creepy and ghostly happenings in an abandoned mansion the teens explore, and Leo's world is once again shaken to its core. The characters in this book were complex, interesting and well portrayed by the narrator; Leo is a flawed but appealing character, you can not help but sympathize with and care about her. Her two love interests are totally contrasting characters, one a clean, caring hunk and the other a flawed, angry, loner. Although I am not keen on love triangles, this one works very well in this book, adding tension, intrigue and interest to the plot. This was a fast paced enjoyable mystery with suspense, romance and a hint of ghosts. I received this audiobook at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
First off - Caitlin Kelly was absolutely fabulous! Top notch narrator - very professional.
The book itself was attention grabbing throughout. No zoning out on this one! I thought the portrayal of teen life was very realistic on a day to day basis. I was kept guessing and did not figure out the ending ahead of time. Love it when that happens. The ending was surprising and rather graphic.
Great title, too. I held my breath several times throughout this book. I'm guessing this is a young adult book and I think that age group would appreciate the bigger than life ending more than an older demographic. I liked it because I was not expecting it. Definitely worth a credit although I was very fortunate and was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
This is not my typical genre to read,but having enjoyed another book by this author I gave it a chance.I liked the book overall,yet I felt frustrated with Leo's inability to realize how dangerous another character was.The mystery surrounding her mothers death was interesting.The narrator did a good job and has a pleasant voice.I received an audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
"Really impressive writing :)"
Real....if I had to choose a word to describe the author's writing, that's what I would choose. I have never read anything by this author before, but now I want to see what else she has out there. I'm so impressed with how well this was written! The main character is a teenage girl named Leo. She has been through so much in the past year, and is also dealing with amnesia surrounding the events that took place when she found her mother dead. After being tortured with many terrifying dreams, pieces of her memory start to come back to her. The whole story is so mysterious and dark. The entire time you feel like you have it figured out, just to have a different idea show itself. The characters were all amazingly perfect for the story. As I said previously, everything felt so real. Leo felt like a mentally tortured teenage girl, who has been through a lot. Her actions conveyed this messege as well, with every stupid decision, or mistake she made. There was never a time that I thought "duh, a teenager would never do that!" Caitlin Kelly was the narrator for the audiobook, and she did a great job. Her voice was very fitting for Leo, if I were reading the book myself I would hear her voice as Leo. I really enjoyed this audiobook. I would recommend this book to anyone who like a dark, and mysterious story!
*I was provided this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own regardless of this fact!
"Not what I expected"
I've listened to this narrator before and absolutely love her work.
The ending was quite a shocker.
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"Nicely Twisted up Mystery with a Sweet Romance"
Narration, Caitlin Kelly - Really Good. She has a terrific narration voice and handled a pretty large number of unique characters in this book.
This was a really terrific book.
You've no doubt read the blurb, so I won't rehash that. I will start by saying this is NOT a love triangle - yes, there are three characters that are involved, but Leocadia (Leo) wants Beckett, Beckett wants Leo but Henry wants Leo too, so he does all he can to try to sabotage Beckett and Leo. But - as I said...not a traditional triangle. Leo never wanted Henry and I don't feel like she ever led him to believe otherwise. She was team Beckett from the beginning.
Leo is a chocolate mess but we start the book when she is finally starting to come out of her funk. She's kinda dysfunctional at times, makes some really bad choices and she's the least cheerful cheerleader you'll ever meet.
She befriends Henry - so... Henry! I can't decide what Henry is. At times I thought he was a psycho and other times I felt a little sorry for him and maybe thought there was a sweet boy somewhere inside there. At the end of the book, I'm still trying to figure out if he was bad to the core or if he really was trying to be good.
Beckett is the school jock, but he seems to be sweet and in the end, one of my favorite characters in the book.
There's quite an elaborate mystery to this book as Leo tries to find her mother's killer. I kinda thought I had it figured out one minute and thought it was someone else the next. Overall I thought it was a well written, nicely twisted up mystery with a sweet romance.
Just really enjoyed this!
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"Compelling story, quirky writing style"
Yes, and yes.This is the second book I've heard Caitlin Kelly narrate, and I thoroughly enjoyed them both.I liked the story, but there were some strange writing quirks like an over-use of adjectives and trying to hard to sound like a teen. There is a strange sentence structure used periodically throughout this book that reads gramatically wrong to me. "Outfitted in school colors of red, white, and blue, the skimpy uniform molded to my body like shrink-wrap." It starts with a verb-phrase "outfitted in school colors," but then the next clause has a subject that doesn't seem to match, "the skimpy uniform." Isn't SHE the one "outfitted" not the uniform itself?
The most interesting thing about the story is the haunted house. I was asking myself the whole time whether the book was realistic or supernatural, and I still don't know! This is compounded by the character who has drug and psychiatric issues.The least interesting is the ending: predictable and cliche.
Yes! Both excellent.
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"Don't forget to read!"
I got this for free for a honest review, and that is what you get: Me honest!
This book was a great book! Not a perfect book, but I think it was darn close to perfect! Cathrina can write books, and Kelly can read! I don't get it full score just because it was not a perfect book, but I do recommend this book for people that like a good book.
"Good mystery with twists galore!"
I received this book for free in return for an honest and unbiased review
This book was better than I thought. It was entertaining and suspenseful. It's a story about Leo, a girl whose Mother was killed the year before, Leo keeps trying to remember who killed her mother, Lily, but retrograde amnesia keeps her from remembering. She gets involved with a couple of boys who seem sketchy and it keeps you guessing who is good and who is bad. It kind of reminded me of the movie "Scream" where everybody is a suspect. It was a surprise at the end of the book though for me when the killer was revealed.
Other than the heavy drug references I really liked this book.
The narrator did a great job and the author did a good job with describing the characters. I really felt like I knew them.
I would recommend this book to my friends and I would also listen to another book from this author & narrator.
"Great YA Book"
This was a fun, teenage mystery, but my attention was lost with the length of the story and the PG rated language. I sometimes got lost in the dream vs. reality of the storyline because the author didn't really distinguish between the two. The narrator did not change her voice very well among the male characters, so I sometimes got lost discerning one make from another.
I agree with this statement by user Literary Classics on Goodreads, "Author Cathrina Constantine has crafted a suspenseful book which will keep readers guessing from page one clear through to the climactic finish. This is a multi-faceted novel which offers much to readers of all ages who are sure to be drawn into this gripping young adult mystery."
It’s a great YA story for teens & adults. Warning to minors: the language is PG, but there is definitely drug use in the story.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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