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Why, oh why, did Anne Marie Whitehall take her own life, swallowing away her pain and her grief with a handful of Nembutal capsules and a bottle of Merlot? Does Samantha Jacobs, the red-haired vixen grinding away on a pole at the Revue know?
Or perhaps Deena Cook, harried mother of four and a regular visitor at Children's Services?
Or does Cierra Maldonado, mother of two children by two different men, not receiving a penny of child support and working as a cocktail waitress at a chi-chi club in downtown Cincinnati know why?
Or perhaps Lettie Robinson, a 400-pound housewife of three healthy and hungry little boys, who knows the meat display at Wal-Mart better than the inside of her own trailer.
Well, someone knows why Anne Marie Whitehall committed suicide, but she isn't talking.
And everyone wants to know who the raven-haired, glacially thin woman is: the one who's walking around the trailer park and sending secret notes to certain dear - and dearly departed - friends.
©2014 Denise Barone (P)2015 Denise Barone
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4 out of 5 stars
By cosmitron on 06-25-18

A very strange Book.

This Audio Book is a matter of taste.It is not easy to digest and is not
uplifting but that is the point of the Writer.Life is not pretty especially if you were born on the wrong side of the tracks.

To those who enjoy this genre then perhaps this Book is for you.

The Narrator did a good job with difficult material.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Spooky Mike on 07-03-18

Trailer Park Train Wreck

Trailer Park Wives is a really heavy character driven story. It revolves around four different women from the trailer park and their lives after the death of their friend. You build a close and personal relationship with the four women which makes their problems feel more relevant. Needless to say the lives of trailer park women are not that great. Nothing really pleasant happens to these women and you get a lot of insight into the hardships people in trailer parks can endure. You get to see what women will do for money, temporary love, and friendship.
The story is more about the four main characters than it is about figuring out why Anne Marie took her life. Each one of them has problems and are all essentially fighting to maintain their families, livelihood, and friendships. The characters don't even really start looking into the death until towards the end of the book. The book didn’t have an ending either and will be continued in the next in the series. I actually didn’t want the book to end. As sad and depressing as this story was I found myself drawn to it like rubber necks at a car accident. And this wasn’t a small wreck, it is a full four alarm train wreck. I really want to keep going with this series. I can see how this story can be quite difficult for some people to listen to but as a huge horror buff I found this was just a different kind of horror.
The narrator did a fantastic job. I really enjoyed her narrating voice and her character voices were great. She made it quite easy for me to tell who was talking. Her drawl was fitting for the voices of trailer park wives. Glad to see she narrates the next book in the series.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 07-04-18

All you can eat at the O.K. Corral.

To be perfectly honest, when I finished this book, I was uncertain whether to give it a star rating of five, or only three. Five for the total involvement I had felt with the four main protagonists around whom this story is woven. Or three at the sudden shock of its unexpected ending at a very vulnerable point for three of them - and no conclusion to the original question, why did their ever cheerful good friend, Anna Marie, without any warning, commit suicide a few days before Easter?

Batesville Lakes Trailer Park is the less than desirable home location of four female friends. Made beautiful mostly by the undeserved road names like Rosepetal Lane and Tulip Trace, the Park is the seedy site of older style trailers, with narrow surrounding ground space for a garden and drug using teenagers with nothing much to do other than hang out together. The four women find comfort and even fun in each other's company including a girl's bowling night out every Thursday. They used to be five but the story begins on the day of that fifth woman's funeral. Anne Marie had always seemed the happiest of the group, their confidante and supporter, so her sudden suicide by drugs and wine was a devistating shock especially since she was a Catholic. She had not given even the slightest hint to her friends of what she intended and it increasingly began to haunt them. Why did she do it?

This is not a murder mystery in the usual sense. Indeed, there is really very little story at all, other than the incidents, longings and sorrows which daily occur individually to the group of four during the weeks following the funeral. But as their lives slowly evolve, the question emerges ever louder in the story itself, why did the happy, the lucky one of their original group, kill herself?

Mostly well written, the dialogue is good and the friends emerge as very real people. Their situations are not necessarily pleasant, one is a sex worker, one works in a Bunny bar, all are parents and some described scenes tend towards the lurid. But there is also an empathy built between each one and the reader. The narration by Lindsey Covey is excellent. Her voice is pleasant, an easy listen, and she reads with good pace and intonation, giving all of the protagonists clear and appropriate definition increasing the reality of each one. There are occasional repeated lines or phrases, but whether this is a glitch in the editing or a quirk of the text itself is difficult to say.

I was fortunate in being freely gifted a complimentary copy of Trailer Park Wives by the rights holder, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. After a slightly slow start on my part, it absorbed me in a way that few books do, hence my surprise when it ended. I understand that there is a second book, Trailer Park Wives, Double Width Edition, which continues the story and this has instantly entered amongst books at the top of my must read list.
Not, perhaps, a book for everyone. There are sex scenes, and comments, which could upset some people. And no violent action, either. There is also talk and use of drugs in a limited way and hints of abuse. But for anyone who enjoys really getting to know characters who çome to life as three dimensional people , and with a growing mystery to solve, this book is highly recommended.

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