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So when the local witch requests unique ingredients from the town's gravedigger, George complies without question - willing to sacrifice his own past to secure a future with the woman he loves...more than life itself.
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By Ray Johnson on 05-09-18
A real Skeleton Key feel
This was not what I expected. To be honest, when I heard the name of the book, and saw the cover I thought it was going to be a book of short stories by Kelli Owen. It's not, instead, it is a full story that centers on a grave digger, who has lost his wife, and is grieving for her terribly. He tries to live his life without her, but they were so intermingled that it is sort of like him losing half of his body.
As a funeral director I see this all the time, and can tell you that I have literally seen people will themselves to death when their significant other dies. What the protagonist goes through in this tale is real, and very genuine. I really applaud Owen's ability to give some gravitas to the character, and make you feel empathy towrds him.
I like both the Title of the book, and the cover. The title carries a double significance; one because the grave wax is actually used in the story, and two because it lets you know that this is not he quite and happy elf tale from Lemony Snicket (sorry, I have kids). The cover is important because the majority of the story takes place in a cemetery, and that is ot a standard cemetery picture. It lets you know that you are looking at a story about death, and is most morbid, but still carries a quiet beauty too. So, good choices there!
The writing is most excellent, and is done with a deft hand wrapped in a velvet glove. The characters are genuine, the emotions are real, and the ending is not telegraphed in the slightest. I am not sure if this is Owen's first stab at writing, but it certainly should not be her last. I look for bigger and bette things to come from her in the future.
Steve White helms the ship whe it comes to the narration and he is fantastic. A lot of the emotion that I talked about comes from him. His voices, both male and female, are realistic and believable, but I think it is the utter sincerity carried in his voice that brings this story to such vibrant life and is so deeply emotional. I will list him on my narrators to look for list. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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By Spooky Mike on 05-10-18
Twisted Little Love Story
Such a twisted love story. Not only is it twisted, the story itself takes you for a nice twisty ride. The love story is a fairly common one but this adaptation of it is quite unique. Wasn’t really expecting how any of it was going to play out and was pleasantly surprised. The main difference in this one is I actually cared for the characters and was quite happy with how everything worked out. For being such a short story, perfect length though, this really tells a bigger story.
The story takes place in a cemetery and is spent with dialogue back and forth between a retiring grave digger and his younger apprentice. Steve White does a great job with this narration and really puts you right there with the two men as they discuss the job and their life. His character voices were great and there is a good chance that I will revisit this story.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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