Cicada Spring

  • by Christian Galacar
  • Narrated by Kevin Clay
  • 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On a warm May evening in the spring of 1979, the people of Heartsridge, Massachusetts, are living the American dream. Families are gathered for barbecues. Kids are playing in front yards. Gardens are being kept. Meanwhile, Kara Price stumbles home through the woods, raped and beaten, her life shattered by a wicked act of violence, perpetrated by one of the town's most beloved and public figures.
Surrounding Kara is a cast of compelling and nefarious characters - a violent-tempered mayor who can do no wrong in the eyes of the town, a sheriff bound by the rules and plagued by a guilty conscience, a father bent on revenge, a serial killer in the midst of an identity crisis. And at the center of it all there's Kara, who just wants to move on with her life and forget everything that happened to her. But how can she do that when everyone thinks she is a liar who is only out for attention? With plot and emotion braided together by a careful hand, this haunted group of people all acting on behalf of their own interests begs the question: How far would you go to protect your own?


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The pain and suffering Kara went through after confessing her rape was undeniably great as many seemed to doubt her confession. She was labelled as a liar who wanted attention from all the lies she said. Her parents were in denial when she first professed made it difficult for her as they were someone she found comfort from. The aftermath of the accident made her uncomfortable to be around men including her father which tore his heart apart. Kara’s character changed and she turned into someone who was depressed. She was constantly using physical pain to feed the void inside her; the unbearable emotions of disgust, anger and hopeless. The agony was extreme that she wanted to find comfort in the eternal darkness she felt deserving.

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- mani

Nice representation of the small town U.S.A.

I read a lot of mysteries, but it's rare that you already know the criminals and the motives before you've really gotten into the story. I thought Galacar's depiction of a small town was well done and fairly accurate. Too bad they are hit with a rapist and a serial killer in the same month (and not even the same person). I will say that there is a very graphic depiction of animal cruelty right at the very beginning, so TRIGGER WARNING! I had to skip to the end of that chapter or risk tainting my day and the rest of the story.

Kevin Clay did a fantastic job narrating. I don't envy him having to say out loud some of the awful things that happen in the story. His characters were well defined and his female voices we pretty darn good. This is the second book I've listened to him read and I've enjoyed it both times.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
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- Delta Stet

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-03-2016
  • Publisher: Christian Galacar