On a snowy Christmas Eve, a beautiful young mother goes out to buy a few last minute gifts and never returns....
....thirty years later, her daughter picks up her trail.
As the owner of an estate sale business, Audrey Nealon knows a lot about art, antiques, and the unlikely places old people hide their treasures. But the shabby home of an elderly widow holds alarming surprises: street drugs in the silverware drawer, a trunkful of jewels in the attic, and the distinctive ring Audrey's mother was wearing the night she disappeared. Believing the truth will bring her peace, Audrey relentlessly pursues clues to her family's troubled history. But each fact Audrey uncovers drags her further away from the love she craves, and puts her on a collision course with people more determined, more ambitious, and more dangerous than she can fathom. As the twist ending reveals, some truths are too awful to bear, and too terrible to share.
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I've always liked a good mystery, and I love watching shows like Antiques Road Show and American Pickers. Combined? Best concept ever!
Voice-Wise, I'd have to say her father. Voicing a stroke victim must have been really hard, but the narrator nailed it. Especially with his speech steadily improving as he struggled to rehabilitate.
Listening to a book can bring the characters to life in a way that just reading doesn't. It also forces me to slow down and really savor the story. Tedesco is an excellent voice actress, and I really enjoyed her work on this book.
I'd have to say the ending, when everything finally becomes clear. We finally find out what really happened, and Audrey can finally move on.
I really enjoyed the unravelling of all of the layers of deception in this story. There was also some very poignant social commentary, especially in regards to racism and police. It was very well portrayed, and I wanted to note that. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
- erobbins33 "I love audiobooks!!!"
Audrey is a Keeper!
Positively, Yes! There are interesting twists and turns to this mystery and Audrey and her assistants are a fine team to read and listen about.
I am aware of how much a voice talent can add or detract from an audio book. That's why I tend to mention the narrator so often when I review Audible products.The story is the most important, but if the narrator pulls it off, that adds so much enjoyment to the listener. The reverse is true, of course.
Janelle Tedesco was outstanding. She was able to realistically give characters of different genders and ethnicity believable voices and kept the action flowing in a way that keeps your attention.
The development of a "found" item which leads to personal history and the mystery to be solved. Is that vague enough? I avoid spoilers! lol
The whole story as it evolved. The exploring of locations, finding treasures that tell the history of someone. The background of the characters.
Treasures, hoarders and mysterious happenings...
Some of the reviews suggest there is an issue with language and sexual situations. I did NOT find that to be the case at all! Some milder, situation appropriate language and sexual interaction are there, but not to the extent to be offensive, in my opinion.
This is a enjoyable listen and I much appreciate the opportunity to listen and review.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
- in1ear (John Row) "Male, mid 60's, over 1,100 helpful votes on Amazon, over 300 helpful votes on Audible, own 560 + Audible books and over 10,100 Kindle books"