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Publisher's Summary

Dr. Annabelle Schwartzman has finally found a place to belong. As the medical examiner for the San Francisco Police Department, working alongside homicide detective Hal Harris, she uncovers the tales the dead can't tell about their final moments. It is a job that gives her purpose - and a safe haven from her former life at the hands of an abusive husband. Although it's been seven years since she escaped that ordeal, she still checks over her shoulder to make sure no one is behind her.
Schwartzman's latest case is deeply troubling: the victim bears an eerie resemblance to herself. What's more, a shocking piece of evidence suggests that the killer's business is far from over - and that Schwartzman may be in danger. In this pulse-pounding thriller from award-winning writer Danielle Girard, a woman must face her worst nightmare to catch a killer.
©2016 Danielle Girard. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Lia on 05-11-17

3 Stars Mixed Feelings

This book had so much promise but in the end failed to deliver!

Concerning the trials and tribulations the main character encountered and how she - not to mention the huge cast of law enforcement- dealt with all of them. It felt like the author really wanted the reader to "be surprised", so she went haywire with plot twists, characters, conflict, etc. If she would've stayed focused like she did in the beginning, the book would've been much better. I mean the whole cancer thing? Completely irrelevant when the story was over. That was just one element of plenty that sent this book on a what felt like the "long way" rather than the more sensible "short cut". It just felt like a fresh author trying to pile on too many ideas.
She had some great ideas like I rather liked the plot line of the hired actresses unknowingly committing crimes in the name of a "reality show", so why not focus on that? Overall, I don't necessarily regret having listened to the novel, but at the end of the week, I will have forgotten what it was about.

Shannon McManus was good with the delivery of the story

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1 out of 5 stars
By TyrannosaurusRix on 12-17-16

Did I actually PAY to hear this train wreck?

What disappointed you about Exhume?

Forensic and police procedural errors too numerous to count. I actually finished the book just to see how bad it could really get. Answer: Very.

What was most disappointing about Danielle Girard’s story?

The main character, who vacillated from cringing, hand-wringing incompetence to foolhardy acts of "bravery." sometimes within the same scene. Also, the overlong internal dialogues. And seriously, Bella, get a grip! Grow a set! A medical examiner can't think of a more effective anatomical spot to drive a pen into on an attacker than his upper arm? Really?

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator did about as well as she could with such material. Given that the main character is such a wimp, I guess we cannot fault the narrator for a whimpering delivery.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Exhume?

I would cut about 90% of the scenes where Bella thinks, "On the one hand I could do this bad could happen. But on the other hand I could do a different thing and something even worse could happen. However, on the third hand....oh, screw it...I'm just gonna DO something here, even if it's ridiculous and gets me killed."

Any additional comments?

Although I made myself finish the book, it is definitely not a keeper. Takes more than throwing around some jargon to produce a good legal/medical/psychological thriller. And what did the title Exhume have to do with the actual plot?

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5 out of 5 stars
By Misserkle on 10-19-16

Great book.

Loved listening to this book, it was well read and a really interesting story. As well as the medical terms used it seemed like the author had really researched and understood the topics she wrote a out and described them really well. You won't be disappointed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By L Hayes on 09-10-17

What A Strong Woman

This was my first read with Danielle Girard. It was slow paced, strong and mysterious building on the intensity and drama for the conclusion of this episode with Dr. Schwartzman.
I struggled to put this book down and look forward to Book 2.

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5 out of 5 stars
By BSValli on 01-26-18

A great story

A gripping book and I couldn't wait to read the finale. So exciting! Looking forward to reading a sequel.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Jeanette NORMAN on 02-06-17

l have been unable to complete this book

The concept of women in brutal relationship is a good plot, but to have the woman at the centre of the plot so bloody stupid and a nit wit is beyond everything.
In reading fiction I get that you are required to suspend facts and logic but Girard expects too much from the reader I find.
Also I am finding an increasing number of fictional crime writters are portraying their leading characters as narsasistic horrors, this so called hero falls 100% into this category - highly distructive these types of humans. Do not waste time or money on this outing.

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