Macy Mercer only wants a little independence. Eager to prove herself grown up, she goes to a dark, secluded park. She's supposed to meet the boy of her dreams who she met online. But the cute 15-year-old was a fantasy, his pictures fake. She finds herself face to face with Chester Woodran, a man capable of murder.
Distraught over his own missing daughter, Chester insists that Macy replace his lost girl. He locks Macy up, withholds food, and roughs her up, demanding that she call him dad. Under duress from his constant threats and mind games, her hold on reality starts to slip. Clinging to her memories is the only way of holding onto her true identity, not believing that she is Chester's daughter. Otherwise she may never see her family again.
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The plot is ridiculous. Maybe 15 year olds were like this in the 1940s but I doubt it. In fact there were no realistic characters in this
Anyone. Worst narrator I have ever heard. And why in the world did a man narrate this when the main character is a young girl? Especially a man who either reads in a monotone or uses a nasal whine when speaking as a female.
Any parents worst nightmare
Yes, good story, although pretty dark. I would clearly tell them up front, that the story isn't resolved in any way in this book. It's the first of a series. I'm not a fan of the narration, but then again, I'm very picky when it comes to audio books, and I'm sure others would enjoy that aspect more than I did. The story was good, and for those who prefer audio over reading, I would definitely recommend this book to them.
In some places, yes. There are some parts that goes of on tangents, that doesn't make that much sense to me right now, but perhaps it'll make sense when I finish the series. Other parts could easily have been left out, like a kidnapped girl, worrying about make-up and such. I feel pretty sure, that only a totally superficial girl would worry about that when being held against her will - and even that would be a stretch to believe. Survival drift would rise to the top, and push every other thing far down on the list.
The narration was awful in places. Sounds just like when I turn on text-to-speech on my Mac or Kindle. And it's weird, because the dialogue parts were mostly good. I don't know why it sounds so bad for all the other stuff. It sounds strangely like words were read separately, and then combined by a computer afterwords, depending on how they appear on the page. Also there were at least once, where a word was repeated. Unfortunately I can't remember where, or I would have told the author.A few places where the toning of the dialogue feels all wrong and so on.I will continue this series on Kindle, not in audio.
No. The story never goes deep into the feelings in this first book. More telling, than showing on that part, which distances the listener/reader from the emotions that the family is going through.
This story could have been a lot better with a better narrator. I will not be listening to any other books that has this narrator.
- Anita Soelver