On April 21, 2016, three vastly different individuals of different ages woke up on top of their graves. Each of them died on April 20 but in different years, and each of them had not aged since their untimely deaths.
One of them was Beverley Smith, a maid for the Bartons, a powerful Dallas family. The Bartons raped and murdered her in 1969. Her husband and son searched for her for over 40 years. Another was Frank Prescott, a wealthy owner of a famous restaurant chain, who died in 2010 from a heart attack after a confrontation with his son, who was embezzling money from his company. The third person was Madison Keller, a 14-year-old girl who died in a fire in 2007 along with her parents and other younger siblings.
The three struggled to acclimate themselves into a society that doubted their identity. People didn't believe them. People thought they were nuts. Beverley and Frank sought revenge against the tormentors who were responsible for their violent deaths. Madison, who feared being sent to an orphanage, searched for someone to care for her.
Like all of R.P. Wolff's novels, All of a Sudden is a pause resister with unexpected twists that keep the listener guessing.
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I feel as though I would be willing to give R.P. Wolff a chance on another book, but I'm not sure about Danielle Brown. Maybe if she did a straight read of a book, then I would consider it.
The most disappointing thing about this book is that the premise was so interesting, but the story wasn't able to come close to matching the level of intrigue. I don't want to come across as overly harsh because I think the author has potential, but he just needs to keep honing his skills. There was quite a few errors, plot holes, and awkward sexual references that pulled me out of the story.
I enjoyed Danielle's normal reading voice, and that's why I said I would give her another try on a straight read. However, in this story at least, her voices didn't mesh well with the characters. There were also numerous times in which she started doing a character voice, but then dropped the character voice within the same line of dialogue. I have no problem with narrators doing either straight reads or character voices, but they need to remain in the character's voice if they're doing the character's dialogue.
If I had to cut one of the bigger characters from this book, then it would be the 14 year old girl who came back to life. I understand her importance within the story because she is who connects Kevin to the other characters. However, unlike the other two characters who came back to life, her story is the least interesting and really peters out after the midway point of the story.
I received a free copy of this audiobook in return for my honest review. If the author reads this, then I hope you don't find this review too critical. I do wish you the best of luck, and I hope you keep writing. You have potential, but you need to keep working on your craft.
great story idea
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