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Child's Play: The Elle Harrison Series Audiobook

Child's Play: The Elle Harrison Series

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Publisher's Summary

Since her husband's murder two years earlier, life hasn't been easy for Elle Harrison. Now, at the start of a new school year, the second grade teacher is determined to move on. She's selling her house and delving into new experiences, like learning trapeze.

Just before the first day of school, Elle learns that a former student, Ty Evans, has been released from juvenile detention where he served time for killing his abusive father. Within days of his release, Elle's school principal, who'd tormented Ty as a child, is brutally murdered. So is a teacher at the school. And Ty's former girlfriend. All the victims have links to Ty.

Ty's younger brother, Seth, is in Elle's class. When Seth shows up at school beaten and bruised, Elle reports the abuse, and authorities remove Seth and his older sister, Katie, from their home. Is Ty the abuser?

Ty seeks Elle out, confiding that she's the only adult he's ever trusted. She tries to be open-minded, even wonders if he's been wrongly condemned. But when she's assaulted in the night, she suspects that Ty is her attacker. Is he a serial killer? Is she his next intended victim?

Before Elle discovers the truth, she's caught in a deadly trap that challenges her deepest convictions about guilt and innocence, childhood and family. Pushed to her limits, she's forced to face her fears and apply new skills in a deadly fight to survive.

©2017 Merry Jones (P)2017 Merry Jones

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    Melanie Preston Lewis London 04/09/2017
    Melanie Preston Lewis London 04/09/2017
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    "Frustrating story but excellent narration"

    I was very much looking forward to this story as I'm a school teacher working in the same grade as Elle Harrison. I feel upset that I've only given this book 3 stars, but, for me, and let's be honest here, all books relate to the reader in different ways, this story didn't work. I realised who the villain was after their first conversation with Mrs Harrison. I thought Elle was an unbelievably weak character, and for a primary school teacher, knew very little about safeguarding. Who lets their rapist back in the house for a chat? No one would when the rapist is their estate agent. As for her friends, they really weren't very friendly, or supportive. If your friend is acting completely out of character and doesn't answer her phone, go round to her house. After all, they'd let themselves into her home with a key on other occasions. Then they don't believe she's been raped! All they do is argue amongst themselves and ignore Elle's wishes. It all just annoyed me if I'm being totally frank. The saving grace of this audio book was the narrator. It can't be easy to voice so many females and make them all sound different, but Karen Rose Richter did a fine job. Her narration meant that I kept listening until the end, and I definitely wouldn't necessarily have done so based on the story. I can't, with my hand on my heart, recommend this book. What I can do is recommend this narrator and I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more books narrated by Karen Rose Richter. Excellent job Ms Richter and 5 stars for you!

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  • Tad B.
    New York
    12/09/17
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    "Thrilling Rollercoaster"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed 'Child's Play' but then again, I am a sucker for a good mystery/thriller that stars several awesome female protagonists. This story revolves around Elle, a teacher who has the tendency to slip away into her mind, and who seems to be surrounded by murder. I thought this tale had a great mix of gruesome horror elements, horrifying realities such as child abuse, a spooky stalker (or two), love between friends, and the desperate need to survive. A well rounded story, 'Child's Play,' was one that I had a really hard time putting down. Karen Rose Richter does a phenomenal job of narration. I would recommend this book to any of my friends, really! 10/10

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reading Momma Book Blog
    West Virginia
    03/10/17
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    "Holy Angst and Murders, Batman!"

    Holy angst and murders, batman!! This book was intense! It was suspenseful and it was holy wow! I could not get enough of this book and I didn't want to quit reading until I knew what was going on. I don't read a lot of stories like this anymore, so it was a nice change of pace.

    There were a few times I thought we could be moving faster, but not enough I wanted to quit. I had different theories all through out the story and they kept changing. Interesting read for sure!

    Narration was perfect, as well! I could tell the characters apart and it brought the story to life. Sometimes a little too much to life and I was creeped out. haha. Great job though.

    Get it here: http://amzn.to/2xcGvhj

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ALY
    19/09/17
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    "Child's Play"

    I don't recommend this book unless you read the book that were first in the series. I was not caught up in this book and it was hard to get into, for me. I was about 55% through the book and still was not really excited about it. The for me was very slow. I was not scared by this book and I was hoping it would be a great book. It was ok but I wish I had more things to say than that. The characters were a bunch of great life long friends which I admire but that is about all I can say about them. None of them really stood out to me. I was disappointed in this book. "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Koji Steven Sakai
    South Pasadena, CA , USA
    11/09/17
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    "Love love love"
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    I heart this book a lot. I don't usually listen to mysteries so I was dubious but gave it a chance anyway and was pleasantly surprised. It was quick, complicated enough to keep my interest (but not so complicated that it was difficult to listen to), and the voice of the narrator was perfect. In other words, it was the perfect audiobook.

    I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so I won't go into too much detail but it had me until the end.

    Please note that I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bikram Agarwal
    10/09/17
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    "Frustrating story and pacing."
    Would you try another book from Merry Jones and/or Karen Rose Richter?

    The characters in this book are very peculiar and weird. Elle is made to look very pathetic and her long monologues in her mind are very frustrating. Her friends are very irritating too and don't help in any way at all. As the story progressed, it became more n more frustrating and I lost interest after some time.


    Has Child's Play: The Elle Harrison Series turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. No one book can turn me off from an entire genre.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Child's Play: The Elle Harrison Series?

    A huge chunk of the book is spent on what's going on in Elle's head. And most of the time, it is a waste of time. It doesn't contribute anything to the story or the main plot. Those scenes can be cut easily.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book for free from the author / narrator / publisher, in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Suzan W Putman
    08/09/17
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    "Psychological thriller"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoyed the overall story, but much of the book is spent in the head of Elle and in my opinion too much time. A lot of the in her head conversations were meaningless and became too much at times


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The overall story and the mystery


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Karen Rose Richter?

    The narrator did a good job and I had a mental image of the scenes for much of the book. I would listen to another book narrated by Richter.


    Was Child's Play: The Elle Harrison Series worth the listening time?

    I did enjoy the book and it was a quick listen, but too much time is spent with the internal struggle in Elle's head so it's unlikely I will listen to any more books in this series.


    Any additional comments?

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wanda
    Florida
    07/09/17
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    "Great story"

    This the first time I read anything from this author and it will not be my last. The story was believable and fast moving never a dull moment. Beautifully written and will bring tears to your eyes at the end.
    I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason Begly
    Denver
    07/09/17
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    "Not my cup of tea"
    Any additional comments?

    "This book was given to me for free from the author at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review."

    Not really my cup of tea. Thought I would try this one out as a change of pace on my usual read. I didn't feel like I, as the reader, was left to create the image of what was happening in my head. Everything was explained 3 or more times and then rehashed later in the story. There were some spots that I felt everything was picking up but then I felt deflated as the story went flat. The reader did a decent job, but overall I was left feeling nothing for the characters or the circumstances they were in. Just not the story for me this time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mandy
    02/09/17
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    "Really good!"

    This was a fantastic mystery that had me hooked from the beginning! Narration was very well done! I really enjoyed this thriller and can't wait to check out more by this author!

    **I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review**

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kelli Clunn
    11/08/17
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    "I was drawn in almost immediately!"

    I have loved these characters since "Trouble with Charlie", they are a fun bunch who have developed nicely. And I like that there is a connection with the Zoe Hayes series. Maybe a melding of the stories is in the future?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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