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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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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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