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Summary

A troubled woman becomes consumed by a past she’s desperate to forget in this unsettling psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year.

Strung between two teenagers, an unemployed husband, and a tenuous career, Penelope Cox barely has her life together when the past comes knocking at her door. Willa Blaine, her old roommate, needs her help: refuge from an abusive husband. “Two weeks tops,” she says - but it’s not the imposition that bothers Penelope; it’s the memories Willa brings with her.

Twenty years earlier, Penelope, Willa, and three friends lived together in a converted church. Insular and closed off from the rest of the world, the five roommates formed their own dysfunctional family, celebrating the pinnacle of their lives; they called themselves “the Spires.” But nights of wild parties gave way to a darker undercurrent: jealousy, resentment, unrequited love, and obsession. Tensions boiled over during a night of debauchery that ended in a deadly fire, leaving the Spires scattered and forever changed. 

Now Willa is the perfect houseguest: accommodating, helpful, bringing a newfound sense of excitement to the Cox household. Yet Penelope can’t help but feel the cracks in her life widen as she begins to question Willa’s motives. Everyone has secrets, it seems - and the fire may have brought down the Spires, but not everything burned was forgotten.

©2021 by Kate Moretti. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Ttly Addicted 2 Reading
  • 23-09-21

The Spires

Narrated by Siiri Scott  🎧The Spires by Kate Moretti provides a slow burn thriller with an interesting and unexpected twist. Sit back, relax and take a journey into the world of murder, lies and revenge......

The Spires tells the tale of five friends, (Penelope, Wilma, Bree, Jack and Flynn) who lived in a converted church building. However, all was not well as jealousy, obsession, resentment and unrequited feelings reigned among these friends. Then the unthinkable happened during one night of partying. The building burned to the ground, leaving death in its wake and ripping the friends apart.

Fast forward twenty years later, Penelope is a wife and a mother of two. All appears to be going well, but then Willa seeking to escape an abusive husband sought refuge with Penelope. A move which poses a threat to Penelope’s marriage,  family and ultimately her sanity.

The story moved between the past and the present. I found the section of the story set in the present fascinating, while that set in the past bored me. The storyline set in the past focuses on the relationship between the five friends and was necessary in the plot's development. I never connected with the characters showcased in the past, as their actions annoyed me. In the present, the characters, though unlikeable, were more tolerable and quite fascinating.

The POVs of both Penelope and Willa in the present captured my attention. It would have been great if Willa’s POV received more page time, though. Penelope allowing Willa to move into her home after twenty years of no communication baffled me. Especially knowing that Penelope wanted to keep that part of her life hidden. I understood the need to help her, but moving in with her should have been a last resort.

The Spires was marketed as a thriller, therefore I expected a fast-paced and suspenseful read. However, it fell way below my expectations. Despite the slow pacing, the story had some interesting aspects, which kept me listening. I was curious to know Willa’s endgame and how it tied in with the events from the past. As the end drew near, an unexpected and explosive twist occurred. 

Narration

 Siiri Scott provided the narration. It was my first time listening to her. Her male and female voices were not unique. Despite the monotony of her delivery, she provided a fairly enjoyable listen. I would listen to her narration again if the opportunity arises. I listened at a speed of 1.3x

Conclusion/Recommendation

Overall, 🎧The Spires delivered an interesting tale of lies, secrets, revenge and murder. Fans of slow paced thrillers will enjoy this latest offering from Kate Moretti.

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  • Smart, AZ
  • 11-10-21

Useful for insomniacs

I've been listening to this book for 4 days, and have absorbed precisely 18 chapters. Why? Because I begin listening at the end of the day, after work, et cetera. Invariably, the narration and "story" puts me to sleep... and I'm back at chapter 18 seven hours later. This book serves a purpose, as my mind typically tends to shred sensitive documents, go on 5-mile runs through minefields, ponder typos and other such insanity for hours before falling asleep (some nights. Too many nights). If I ever make it past chapter 18, I may change the rating. For now? 2 stars, across the board. This is auditory Ambien.

Update, 10/12: So, having had a "holiday" consisting of doing dreaded domestic chores, I decided to give this book a critical listen. My honest take? It's pure soap opera, with the usual histrionics. It's pretty much impossible to empathize with the main protagonist, who lacks an anchored moral compass. The way these "mysteries" are plotted (eyeroll) are SO predictable. Still 2 stars. Made doing laundry and mopping floors feel like scintillating events.

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  • Asilagin
  • 08-10-21

Terrible and total waste of even 5 minutes

Book is awful, forced to listen to it for 20 minutes or so but it was torture. Narrator can pull any book a notch up or down, this narrator was really really bad

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  • 04-10-21

Intriguing read

Great way to spend a rainy Sunday. Transitions from past to present and character development very well done.

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  • 26-09-21

One of the Most Boring Books I've Ever Not Finishe

Listening to this book was torture, and I finally gave up, which is highly unusual for me. It has the typical then-and-now plot sequence that is so popular among authors these days, and neither what happened then nor what is happening now was remotely interesting because I didn't care about any of the characters, There was no suspense because the plot build was so slow that nothing ever seemed to happen. I would not recommend this book unless you need something to put you to sleep.