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What Remains True

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In this mesmerizing drama, one life-altering event catapults a family into turmoil, revealing secrets that may leave them fractured forever...or bind them together tighter than ever before. 

From the outside, the Davenports look like any other family living a completely ordinary life - until that devastating day when five-year-old Jonah is killed, and the family is torn apart. As the fury of guilt engulfs them, the Davenports slowly start to unravel, one by one. 

Losing her son forces Rachel to withdraw into a frayed, fuzzy reality. Her husband, Sam, tries to remain stoic, but he's consumed by regret with the choices he's made. Eden mourns her brother, while desperately fighting to regain a sense of normalcy. And Aunt Ruth, Rachel's sister, works too hard to care for the family, even as her own personal issues haunt her. 

Told from multiple points of view - including Jonah's - the family struggles to cope with unthinkable loss. But as they face their own dark secrets about that terrible day, they have a choice: to be swallowed up in sadness forever, or begin the raw, arduous ascent back to living

©2017 Janis Thomas (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Noëlle505
  • 31-03-18

Couldn’t listen to that awful voice...

I can’t rate the story or the overall performance because the voice of the dead boy was so grating and awful I could not listen further.
Too bad. Maybe I’ll try this one in print.

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  • NJS
  • 13-01-18

Not worth it

The storyline was only mildly entertaining. It dragged on in a predictable way. The worst part was the voice of the little boy-AWFUL.

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  • M. Collins
  • 17-07-18

The narrator was not good

This book was good but the narrator was so bad with main character voice that I wanted to throw my phone! If you can get over the voice of the little boy it is a good sad story! I would read it myself instead of listening to it!

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  • SH
  • 28-02-18

Strange and Distant Point Of View

First, I can't understand how this book could be classified in the Mystery/Thriller genre. What was the mystery and where was the suspense? Even worse, nothing in this story felt true or sounded in any way real to me. I had the feeling as I listened that the author had absolutely never actually experienced first hand any of the things that happened in this novel. For example, I don't think Thomas could possibly have ever owned a dog--based on the way she wrote about the dog. I won't even address the issues related to the reality of the experience of losing a child. The whole thing just felt fake, dishonest and distant. What a waste.

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  • Irvin L
  • 08-01-18

Sad tale

Good if you want to feel depressed and sad. Not my kind of a story.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 04-12-17

Beautiful story...

And perfect narration!
I was getting a bit tired of my usual mystery books which are sometimes quite dark. This book was a wonderful change. Loved every minute of it!

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  • Kim Bode
  • 25-01-20

Moves very slowly

Forget the audio version. Several characters, lots of voices that annoy. I stayed with it through the end, but was often tempted to end it and move on. Ending wrapped up in pretty bow.

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  • Happy Aunt
  • 27-12-19

Made me wonder..

What if holding on to grief for our loved ones too long not only keeps us from moving on but them too? Approaching the two year anniversary of losing my mom, this was a timely read for me. Grief has no timeline and as shown by the characters in this book affects all differently. Definitely a good read that made me think, kept me engaged and coming back each moment I had to listen.

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  • Marianne
  • 02-12-19

Meh

This book is largely about the inner dialogue and memories of 6 people - nay, 5 people and a dog. Strange as that may be, listening to the dog’s thoughts was not nearly as annoying as an adult narrating a child’s voice. If you can get this book free through kindle unlimited or whatever, and you enjoy sad stories about grief, get it. It’s not worth a monthly credit though, not under any circumstance.

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  • Piper Standridge
  • 17-10-19

Excellent!!

Loved the way the story developed! The performances, especially the one of Jonah, were OUTSTANDING!