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Summary

Orla has a gift, an ability to sense things she touches: memories, traumas…murders.

On a sunny day in 1975, she sets off on a bike ride into the picturesque countryside and vanishes. She is not the first young woman to go missing and she will not be the last. 

Ashes Beneath Her is the third novel in the stand-alone Northern Michigan Asylum Series.

©2019 Jacqueline R Erickson (P)2019 Jacqueline R Erickson

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Death comes for all of us...

Ashes Beneath Her is the third standalone story in the series based in and around the Northern Michigan Asylum. Now that's an area to avoid. A mix of mystery thriller and the paranormal, the book is initially slow moving but the tempo builds as the tensions, and theories, develope. The real beauty of these stories is the excellent character development, the protagonists becoming both real and memorable, eliciting out empathy and keeping the reader involved. And the paranormal is not overly intrusive with some ghostly manifestations, tarot cards and someone's ability to feel the past history of an item through touch.

Narration, by Margy Stein, is excellent. She has a velvety voice which is used to good effect, the text well paced and delivered with expression, her character voices individually distinctive and appropriate. Her performance definitely enhances the enjoyment of this book.

I was fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of Ashes Beneath Her, at my request, by the rights holder via Audiobook Unleashed. Thank you. This is my second book from this series and, though not quite as intriguing as Rag Doll Bones, the previous book I read, it still has a fine, chi!long presence throughout combined with a normality which firmly grips the reader's attention and immagination. Good writing and fine reading. Recommended.

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very good book

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Atmospheric and kept me gripped from the start

It was the book cover that first attracted me to this novel. It is so eye catching. I hadnt realised when I started that this is the third novel in a set although it can be read as a standalone book I wish that I had read them in order as I so thoroughly enjoyed this one . The main character orla has an ability to sense things ..emotions and history from items that she touches and this leads to such an atmospheric tale when blended with the 70s as a time period. I was given this book by the author/narrator in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Ashes Beneath her

If you like suspense and drama in your books then this one is for you.

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  • Chopsticks11
  • 04-12-19

Another Amazing Novel

This is another wonderful story by Ms. Erickson. I love that all of the novels are loosely connected but not necessary to be read in a specific order. The secret is to remember the year in which the story is set. Ms. Erickson is an amazing storyteller that has the ability to pull you into the story and not let you go.

This is my third novel in this series and at first, I did not understand the changes in narrators. Now I've come to realize that since each novel has its own unique characters, the different narrators assist with the realization that they are different characters and not completely connected. I could be wrong, but I feel like there is a very thin thread of an underlying story that is running throughout them. I anticipate that there may be a final (hopefully not soon) novel, that should be read last, but that all of the ones that come before will not be dependent on the order.

I certainly recommend this book, and all of the books in the series.

I was provided with a free copy of this audio book for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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  • KristiW594
  • 08-08-21

Best in series…so far

Excellent book! This is the 3rd book and by far my fave in this series. Very suspenseful with a perfect amount of supernatural scare added to keep me listening way too late into the night…just like when I’d read a book I couldn’t put down.

First book was great, second, eh, and this one amazing! I’m a total Stephen King fan and I love that the writer has mentioned him in each novel; I’m guessing tipping her (his?) hat to her inspiration.

Get this one..it’s good!

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  • Deedra
  • 16-07-21

Ashes Beneath Her

I loved it!This was an excellent read.Girls have gone missing,but no one knows because the cops think they all ran away.Abe,a journalist,is the only one taking it seriously.Orla is one of the missing,she has been kidnapped and is held inside the asylum.What a trip! Margy Stein was a terrific narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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  • Jennifer Hoffman
  • 03-06-21

wow this book had me from jump to finish.

loved it. cant wait to finish the rest in this series as this is the 2nd on to be completed.

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  • angela hale
  • 03-06-21

Not as good as the first two

This one was hard to stay interested in to the end. I liked the first two in this series.

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  • Turning Another Page
  • 30-09-20

Ashes Beneath Her

Would you believe it if someone came to you and said they see ghosts? Do you believe in ghosts? If your answer is yes to both, this is definitely the book for you. With a bout of mystery and a little bit of paranormal assistance, this story will guide readers on a path of redemption–you’ll just have to go through a corrupt and evil family first. Erickson’s third installment in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series is the best one yet.

Orla is the last woman to be abducted in a string of disappearances. There have been others, but Orla doesn’t match the bill. She has brown hair instead of blonde and certainly doesn’t have green eyes like the other girls. When another girl’s mother, Liz, finds out about Orla’s disappearance, she is vested in finding more information if it can help her locate her daughter Susan. An investigator has been asked to look into the disappearances and upon meeting Liz, he begins to get a little more insight about the others who disappeared. The evidence starts to stack up and as Abe gets closer to finding out what happened to Orla, with the help of her roommate, Hazel and the disturbing sightings of a girl with a yellow t-shirt and a missing shoe, he learns that all leads wind up at the Northern Michigan Asylum. Finding the culprit may be harder than they think once they start digging into the doctors and the evil pasts that shroud their families and this mysterious Brotherhood. Can he find Orla before it is too late?

Erickson leads her readers into a cold and dark world, but quite a fascinating one. While the story and the characters are fictional, the asylum is real and has been researched thoroughly. This provides originality, while still giving the author credibility. This place, you can imagine, has a ton of creative and unusual stories and this is where Erickson is able to lure her readers into this third installment. Stein’s narration is a bit stale and shallow. Erickson has another enticing story, but the narration is lacking a bit of emotion. Each character she narrates is monotone and hard to relate too because of this; it was also quite difficult to hear the narrator. If you are a reader of paranormal fiction and mysteries, this may interest you. This is the third installment within the series; however, it can be read as a standalone. Everything is different with the exception of the asylum. Just to clarify, this is a story about ghosts, but it is more of a thriller over horror.

The audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating for Ashes Beneath Her by J.R. Erickson.

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  • JBronder Book Reviews
  • 19-08-20

Another Fantastic Addition to a Captivating Series

It’s 1975 and several women have gone missing around the Northern Michigan Asylum. But they are in several different areas, so the police just think the girls are runaways. But the families and Abe Levitt don’t think so. Abe notices that all of the women are blonde and have green eyes and is determined to find out who the serial killer is.

Orla Sullivan lives with several girls that look out for each other. Orla has a powerful ability to sense things through touch. One day while out she meets a young man and helps him out. Things seem to be looking up for her until she disappears too.

I love how each of the book in this series can be read as a standalone book but they all link together with the asylum. This story was a little slow in the beginning for me. But when Orla got kidnapped that is when the story really picked up for me. Margy Stein did a fantastic job keeping me with the story and building the suspense.

I really have enjoyed this series. I’m really happy to see that there are more books in the series and I can’t wait to get into Dead Stream Curse. If you like thrillers with a touch of paranormal you need to check out this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to listen to and share an honest review.

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  • Sara
  • 19-08-20

Love how each story has a loosely-related thread..

Woah! I keep thinking JR Erickson can’t top her last book until I listen to her next book. The writing is creative and really interesting. She delves into really in-depth storylines and explores really unique characters. The entire story I kept working if I would find Orla’s “gift” a gift or if I would consider it a curse? Can you imagine touching something and getting the entire background on the items and to feel the emotions of the people you touch… no thank you! I can totally understand why her mother made her gloves! Several girls across a 200-mile radius go missing… without a trace. No one sees a connection due to the mileage between the cases. Listen to learn more! It’s a fabulous series!

The narration by Margy Stein was pretty good. She seemed like a steady narrator. Stein has a deep voice that seemed to work for several characters. She didn’t really alter her voice, but I’m ok with that. As long as she reads the story decently, she doesn’t have to bring the story to life exactly.

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  • Dawn H
  • 18-08-20

Suspenseful

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by J.R. Erickson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

This is the third in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series, but it’s a stand alone novel. There’s no relation between this and the first two books in the series except the part that the Northern Michigan Asylum and its horrible doctors play.

When Orla disappears, Hazel (her roommate) and her parents find out that other girls have gone missing over the past few years. The police are in different districts and aren’t investigating them together. Abe, a reporter, is on the case and working to find Orla and the others, or at least get enough evidence for the police to work together on the cases.

As Abe, Hazel, and the mother of one of the missing children try to find clues, Orla is being tortured at the Northern Michigan Asylum. Will they find her in time?

The narrator has a deep voice that seemed to fit this story. She didn’t change her voice much for the characters, but it was just enough.

This is my favorite of the three books in the series. I definitely recommend all three of them, especially this one.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 18-08-20

Wonderful Addition to the Series!

This is the third book in the amazing Northern Michigan Asylum Series, a thriller. Each story can be listened as a standalone. The characters are well developed, and intriguing. The storyline is suspenseful, chilling, and captivating. The mystery unfolds at a great pace, and the investigation is breathtaking. The world building is well done, and enthralling. Margy Stein did a great job with the narration. I love this Series, and I highly recommend it. Looking forward to listen to the next book in the Series, Dead Stream Curse. I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. #AudiobookWorm