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Eden

By: W. A. Schwartz
Narrated by: Joan Dukore
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Summary

On a hot, muggy afternoon in Eden, a tiny, rural town deep in southeast Louisiana, two boys make a grim discovery: They unearth the decades-old remains of a child, strands of hair and clothing still attached to the bones.

Meanwhile on the other side of the country, in California, forty-one-year-old Evelyn Yates, a single mother is struggling to maintain psychological equilibrium despite problems with alcohol, a difficult teenage daughter, and her own traumatic past. Evelyn is devastated by a phone call from the Eden coroner informing her that officials suspect the remains are those of her sister who disappeared over thirty years earlier.

Evelyn, who has mentally reduced her childhood to a series of blotchy and painful memories, fled Eden years ago and has no desire to return. Her fragile internal world is suddenly threatened with collapse by this discovery and the pressure to return home to help identify the remains.

The discovery of the body sets in motion a series of events leading inevitably to the uncovering of secrets dating back nearly a century; terrible events that may involve the entire town of Eden. As Evelyn pursues answers, she finds her sanity, her life, and the life her daughter threatened. She must face her memories and delve deep into her family's history to find answers.

Eden explores the devastating nature of secrets and the power of love to overcome.

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"Intriguing lead characters strengthen this engaging Southern murder mystery." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Eden is definitely not The Garden of Eden. I found the first of this story hard to get into. You are back and forth from present to past and characters and nicknames. I struggled with it. And it’s a long story! Over half way through things became more clear and I definitely didn’t see the culprit coming. If you make through it has a nice ending. And the narration was easy to listen to.

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I enjoyed the narration of Joan Dukore

Evelyn Yates life is not easy. A single mother, of a difficult teenage daughter and struggling with alcoholism. She left Eden many years ago, hoping to keep its memories out of her thoughts. But the discovery of a Childs' body in Eden can change all of that. It is believed that the remains are of Evelyn's' sister who disappeared over thirty years ago. Evelyn finds herself on journey where she unravels a web of secrets dating back nearly a century. The whole town could be involve. This book has secrets and shows what love can do.

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