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Summary

When Gabriel Warner loses his job, he and his deaf 10-year-old, Anne, hit rock-bottom. So when a new opportunity presents itself, Gabriel jumps at the chance, even though it means heading into the biggest blizzard to hit upstate New York in 20 years.

But hope turns to peril when they're derailed by a car accident.

Desperate for shelter, they find refuge in an empty house deep in the woods.

Jake Pryor has been a broken man since the senseless loss of his family during a home invasion.

Hell-bent on protecting his new wife and children, he's constructed an impenetrable fortress to keep them safe. However, while he and his family are out of town, he's alerted about a break-in.

Able to remotely operate the security system, Jake activates the VaultMode feature, ensnaring the intruders until he can arrive with the authorities.

Gabriel and Anne are now trapped without electricity, communication, food, or water.

They managed to escape the storm, but will they escape their shelter?

©2019 Erica R Stinson (P)2019 Erica R Stinson

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fantastic

what a great novel and I love the fact that one of the main characters is a deaf girl.

it was a fantastic listen with wonderful narrative to go with a well written book xxx

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A pretty little thing

The premise behind Shelter is excellent but, sadly, the execution almost totally negates the impact of the story and it certainly fails to live up to the 'gripping suspense' part of the subtitle.
Some thirteen years prior to the main events of the novel, the home of millionaire Jake Pryor was invaded whilst he was out by two men dressed in black who raped and murdered his wife and killed his teenager daughter, Georgie, when she was knocked down the stairs. This incident nearly destroyed Jake who blamed himself: the gun he'd purchased and left in the safe for just such circumstances was one with super childproofing aspects and, because of these, in her terror his wife had been unable to defend herself from her assailant despite having the gun in hand, pointed and fired at him: to no avail the safety aspect stopped the gun from firing. Later, re.arrived and with young twin children, he has a house built for his new family which is n not only remote but gifted with the highest security systems available, including notifications of intrusion and camera observation, and remote control of the system including the activation of a vault lockdown in time of emergency. Unfortunately, before the new home is fully finished and Jake and new family are holidaying in Paris, an unemployed single father arriving in the area for a job interview, with his young, deaf daughter, have an accident in the blizzard which arrived unexpectedly and take shelter in the empty house with predictable (to the reader) results.

Rather like this review, the book rambles on for over half the content before reaching the awaited adventure - the house, the lock in, and the survival, if that is going to happen. Setting a scene and building character is fine but does the reader really need to know all of the sweets and snacks young Anne wants to buy, or every item of clothing in their wardrobes - OK, an exageration, but it did begin to feel like that. There was also constant repetition about teenage angst, mixed with too much doting sentimentality, all seemingly to deliberately delay getting to the actual advertised adventure part of the story. The book needed serious editing and pruning. This should have been a tense, near horror experience, so needed to be sharp in presentation not just meander ever onwards. And, although it is more difficult to fault language usage when read by a decent narrator, it is difficult to overlook such uncorrected as a man 'laying' on the floor - laying what? Eggs?

There is certainly promise in this author's work: the story idea was clever, the characters well thought out, even if poorly delivered, and the addition of a young, deaf girl as one of the main protagonists was a welcome and clever addition. But the writing style badly needs work. A good exercise would be to trim and rewrite this as a short story, maintaining only the essentials, much more difficult than rambling for short novel length but with far greater impact if done well. Narrator J.Bruce McRell has a pleasant voice, fairly deep and rounded, and he reads well, with empathy. However, in the earlier part of the story, he has a song song cadence which is somewhat disconcerting after a whi!e. Fortunately, this does not persist throughout and his performance is otherwise good.

It is never pleasant to give reviews which are less than praiseworthy. But the expectations established with the given synopsis were met, but only after a long haul struggle through too much domestic tedium. My thanks to the rights holder of Shelter, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy via Story Origin. Despite the obvious promise shown, this is not a book I would recomment: best wait for the revised edition.

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From one hell to another.

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

Gabriel and his 10 year old Daughter are on a journey to new beginnings when they are in a car accident .
They find a house in the woods and seek shelter and that’s where their horror starts , will they escape ?

Edge of the seat listening!

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great story

They managed to escape the storm, but will they escape their shelter?
I enjoyed this book from start to finish

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  • 02-08-19

Great story

After a Family is torn apart a millionaire builds the Ultimate safe house only to trap a father and daughter in need of shelter
I really enjoyed this story of tragedy And overcoming it
Well narrated and a great ending highly recommended
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  • Korra II Baskerville
  • 22-11-21

Baskerville Book Reviews

Shelter is my kind of story. It doesn’t waste any time with nonsense. It gets straight to the point with a brutal home invasion and double homicide just to explain why the co-main character is so paranoid about home safety.

Shelter is a book that starts off intense and very rarely lets up. As the 2 unfortunate victims of circumstance are locked in this house from hell, it leaves you on the edge of your seat. The story is so well written, I felt what the characters were feeling. I was worried and panicked and had no idea how they were going to make it through.

It’s rare that I find myself so invested in a story. While I take an interest in the stories I read and listen to, I often feel like a passive observer while Shelter made me feel trapped alongside the characters.

The audible narration of this story is excellent. There weren’t any issues that often plague audible books and the narrator does an excellent job.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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  • Carol Brandon
  • 25-08-21

Interesting premise

The book starts off with a bang – a graphic home invasion. The second part of the book deals with the aftermath – the father, Jake, who remarries and is determined to keep his new family safe. He builds a veritable fortress with a security system and features galore – even to unbreakable windows. The perfect storm ensues – a blizzard, power outages, and the Christmas holidays. All conspire to keep a hapless traveller and his daughter trapped, without food or water. They had a car accident and took shelter from the snowstorm, inside the house. Can they figure out how to escape? The second half of the book was a bit slow, but certainly still retained my interest. There was a lot of swearing, though. That dropped my review by one star. I received a free copy of this audiobook, with no obligation.

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  • Catrina P
  • 27-06-21

Shelter

Wow, the intense prologue really set the tone for this story. Knowing the background really sheds light on why things are the way they are….

When down on his luck, Gabriel, and his daughter stumble upon a shelter in a storm, their nightmare is far from over.

Erica R. Stinson gave me chills as I listened to this thriller. She did a fantastic job of keeping me drawn in.

J. Bruce McRell did a fine job with the narration.

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

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  • Sofia Ribeiro
  • 19-04-21

how a shelter got so dangerous

i got the audiobook for this book for free through StoryOrigin in exchange for an honest review, the narrator was good, he tried to speak diferently in to show our two main characters jake pryor, a man that has lost everything with the death of his wife and daughter at the hands of criminals during an assalt to his home (this part on the book i find it has too much details and its a bit triggering for some because it has some really vivid rape scene) and the other main character gabriel warner, that lost his job and he has an audible impared daughter, he is a widow because he lost his wife to cancer and he doesnt want to share with his daughter how bad they really are ( but just beetween me and him, i think its best tell children why we do some things and why we need to do stuff instead of just let them believe everything is fine we are just dictators) while going to a job interview he and his daughter are in a big accident and got stranded from everywhere during a major blizard, and they find a house that gabriel break in because its so damn cold, and this house belongs to Jake pryor, and lets just say, it was a major nightmare for gabriel and his daughter anne, anne really has a soul of an hero <3

this book its not horror, but because of the rape scene its triggering for some, it keep me listening i did like the narrator, i only dont give full mark because some times i just lost myself in the whole details. but Erica R. Stinson you need to try crime in your next book, like hercule poirot ;) i think it would be a great bet.

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  • Nick Neagle
  • 09-09-20

Certainty Twisted

As a parent, this was a challenge to begin reading, but the book was worth the read. Some of my worst nightmares, but the story of the characters and how their lives pushed together and worked together worked well. The author does a great job with the descriptions of the sense and building the characters without wasting time. The novel was to the point and the action never slows down.

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  • Susan
  • 26-08-20

A chilling story

A great story about courage, love & truth. Gabe had a rough time. The loss of his job & all
the bills. We all know how that is. Then to have a horrific accident in the middle of nowhere. The house that they took refuge in was another scare. Bravo for Ann being so brave. Great story.

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  • Michele
  • 13-08-20

Keeps your attention

Down and out man falls victim to one unfortunate event after the other. I liked the narrator's performance. The story was interesting and definitely holds your attention.

But, things take a turn toward the improbable and then wrap neatly up in a bow at the end. The author pushed my ability to "believe" and "identify" with the story way too far.

4 star book that I wouldn't recommend to a friend. I think that says it all. It is good, but not for me.

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  • Georgia McNabb
  • 31-07-20

OMG! What a intense Thiller Suspense!!

This story is 2 stories really coming together in one final story. There are actually 3 main characters in these come together stories. I can not imagine going through any of there horrible situations that lead up to these things happening. I do not want to put in Spoilers so can not say much other then a FANTASTIC listen/read and highly recommend this book. Narrator did a very good job on this book, since I listened to it on Audible.

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  • Tdavid
  • 13-07-20

Definitely a must

A book that takes you into the depravity of people then also lifts you to the goodness in people. I listened every chance I got. It felt like the time flew by; it was a excellent listen. with the details you could imagine each aspect of the story. Definitely a must!