Before He Finds Her

  • by Michael Kardos
  • Narrated by Julia Whelan
  • 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Everyone in the quiet Jersey Shore town of Silver Bay knows the story: on a Sunday evening in September 1991, Ramsey Miller threw a blowout block party, then murdered his beautiful wife and three-year-old daughter. But everyone is wrong. The daughter got away. Now she is nearly eighteen and tired of living in secrecy. Under the name Melanie Denison, she has spent the last fifteen years in small-town West Virginia as part of the Witness Protection Program. She has never been allowed to travel, go to a school dance, or even have internet at home. Precautions must be taken at every turn, because Ramsey Miller was never caught and might still be looking for his daughter. Yet despite strict house rules, Melanie has entered into a relationship with a young teacher at the local high school and is now ten weeks pregnant. She doesn't want her child to live in hiding as she has had to. Defying her guardians and taking matters into her own hands, Melanie returns to Silver Bay in hopes of doing what the authorities have failed to do: find her father before he finds her. Weaving in Ramsey's story in the three days leading up to the brutal crime, Before He Finds Her is a stirring novel about love and faith and fear—and how the most important things can become terribly distorted when we cling to them too fiercely.


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Riveting Mystery Glues-2-U for Hours

I am so glad I took a chance on this after reading the raves by other authors. I only half pay attention to these, but I've learned, I think, to trust certain authors not to BS and to read between the lines.

The cover blurb by Jeffery Deaver is so dead-on: Read a few pages of this novel and kiss the next 24 hours goodbye. I couldn't give it up, as it eased back and forth between 2 storylines: 1) a 17-year-old recently pregnant girl, who's been hidden away in WVa in witness protection since 1991 she was nearly 3, searches for the father she knows killed her mother and who she's always assumed wants to kill her; and, 2) back to 1991 in the days and minutes leading up to her mother's murder (mostly omniscent from her father's POV but some from her mother).

Plenty of twists and turns I cannot describe here without spoiling the book.

Julia Whelan's narration is outstanding.

I highly recommend this book.
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- W Perry Hall "One master-passion in the br east, like Aaron's serpent, swallows all the rest. A. Pope"

Stellar Mystery, Top Of The Mark

This is one excellent mystery novel. Michael Kardos has written a novel here that is almost impossible to put down. This is a unique story with varying timelines and many twists and turns; also, complex and well-developed characters and relatioinships. The storyline affords the reader a glimpse into the many facets of human nature. Characters are shown to be not just "good" or "bad" but more a complex mix of both. The author manages to show the "flawed" human in all its glory. This novel is exciting and was an unexpected pleasure to listen-to. The reason I did not give this novel five stars for story-line is because the teen-age female protagonist at times seemed too naive for me to fully fathom. Yet, her naivete is easily forgiven in exchange for the intrigue and well-crafted pleasure of this listen. Julia Whelan does a flawless job in narrating.
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- Marjorie "Life's good when I am listening to a great book."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2015
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books