The Nightmare Pearl

  • by G. Norman Lippert
  • Narrated by Steve White, Kimberly Meciti
  • 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sometimes the dead come back. Whether that's a blessing or a curse is entirely a matter of perspective.
David is a 12-year-old boy in 1976 when he first discovers Rebecca Anne, the young black girl living in the abandoned culvert by the bay. Captivated first by her, and then her harrowing story of murder and ghostly revenge, he joins her in unearthing the secrets of her past.
Sheila is a young wife new to Manhattan when the Twin Towers come down, apparently taking her husband with them. And yet she insists that he is not dead, only missing. As the months go by, her stubborn hope wanes, leaving her to confront an even older loss, a decades-old emotional scar that will no longer stay buried.
Two stories, perfectly intertwined across the decades. Two people awaiting the return of the dead, one with morbid terror, the other with dwindling hope.
And in the end, both tales culminate in one kiss between life and death, secret and hidden beneath the canopy of the weeping willow, and the breeze of the bay, and the embalming black shroud of the Nightmare Pearl.


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Heartbreakingly beautiful

Note: In exchange for an unbiased review, the author, publisher, and/or narrator were kind enough to provide an audio version of this book at no charge via AudiobookBlast.

This was my second G. Norman Lippert book. The first one was Red Eye, and based on that I figured this one would be similar in nature - some supernatural/creepy stuff mixed with maybe a bit of true to life mystery (because of the "missing" husband). Now I realize I had no clue what I was getting myself in for with this one.

But that doesn't mean it was a bad thing. By the time it was nearing the end, and the two different (seemingly unconnected) story threads were woven together in the beautiful way they were, it wasn't disappointing at all that this was something totally unexpected. Part of that was because the story itself moved along at a good pace, not getting bogged down with unnecessary exposition. And the other part of that was because of the narrators - they did an excellent job. The author pulled off some great writing tricks, too - leading you to believe or think something completely off-base before it all ties together.

But in the end, this is a love story, carried out in a beautiful, heartbreaking manner. Recommended.
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- Terminator Fan

Emotional, Mysterious, Spooky & Endearing.

This story is split into two parts and is wonderfully woven-together to dole out morsels of truth until all is revealed in a satisfying and emotionally-charged conclusion.

The first part, "Weeping Willow" is told by "David" and takes place decades ago (the late 70's or 80's if memory serves -- it's not important). It's the story of an encounter he has with a young girl who was hiding out near his grandparents' home in Ohio (he's from Brooklyn).

The second part, "Lost Things" is told by David's wife Sheila (don't worry, you realize this pretty soon, so it's not really a spoiler) and follows her journey in "the futuristic year of" 2012. It picks up months after the Twin Towers fall in NY as she is trying to figure out what happened to David (because he's NOT dead, she can feel his heart strings!).

While the writer does a good job of making both halfs mean something to the other, in my opinion, "Weeping WIllow" is the meat and potatoes of this story. It could have been the whole book and I would have been thoroughly pleased.

"Lost Things" feels more disjointed and uninteresting. It feels more like a distraction from the true story, and stumbles over itself a few times while trying to make itself come alive. It does (come alive), though that is mostly due to the ties it has with "Weeping Willow". It's not all bad however, it just pales in comparison to "Weeping Willow". Without "Lost Things", Nightmare Pearl may have felt more like a well-developed short story than a short novel.

David's narrator did an excellent job bringing a childhood summer of mystery and intrigue to life. Sheila's narrator was very good, but sometimes read with awkward pauses in odd locations that could be distracting. This may have been down to the production however.

As I mentioned, the ending is thoroughly-satisfying. It even includes an unexpected epilogue that brings even more life to the tale. Although I received this book for free in exchange for taking the time to write a fair review, I can honestly contend that it's well-worth a credit.
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- Marcus "Willy Wonka of it"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2016
  • Publisher: G. Norman Lippert