Small southern towns are not always sleepy—particularly in Larkspur, Mississippi, where homes burst into flames and lives crumble. It is the suspicious death of a young woman that costs premiere plastic surgeon Dan Foxworth his surgical dynasty, his life, and that of his wife. Devastated by the loss of both parents and unable to meet a bitter grandfather's expectations, Sher Foxworth tries to save an elderly woman from her burning home. Suddenly the accidental hero, his life is turned upside down by disturbing twists of fate. To dig his way out, Sher makes a deal to wear a fireman’s hat and remains the hero. But it is the philandering, wealthy trial lawyer Cordell Pixler who collects the enemies. Many in the boiling southern town seek revenge against Pixler—some because of sex and some because of money—and it’s a race to see who nails him first. Points of Origin was awarded nationally in Southern Fiction by the Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards and is the second novel by Darden North. The audio book is narrated by Fred Wolinsky.
“Points of Origin... heart-stopping, spellbinding ending ... haunted me for days after closing the cover.”-(Reader Views)
“I devoured (it) ... uncanny character development along classic southern lines.”-Kathy Spurlock, Executive Editor, (The Monroe, LA News-Star)
“North reminds readers that things are not always as they appear.”-(The Clarion-Ledger)
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Not what I expected
Yes the intricate story the author weaves is filled with subtle twists and turns that a second listening would undoubtedly uncover more details.
There were several scenes with Sher and his Grandad that were particularly moving, but the story of his parents leading to their stayed with me.
Although the southern accent was a little heavy in my opinion Fred did a great job of putting just the right amount of emotion and depth into each character.
I think this book would best be consumed in a single sitting. A car ride or other situation where you can listen without distraction.
Without giving anything way this is a storing of the collision of several lives. The author spends the first few chapters setting in motion the events that propel the rest of the book. I wasn't sure where he was going at first but once the story took shape it was hard to stop listening.
An intriguing, multi-level story brought to life
This book is hard to categorize, but it definitely kept my interest throughout. It is not really a mystery, though a lot of mysteries unfold. It is not really a romance, though several romances are central to it. It is not really a thriller, though it is full of excitement and twists and turns. It is the story of numerous lives in a small Southern town, that interconnect through various twists of fate, with each ripple in one person's life creating a tidal wave in another person's life. Before you realize it, you get drawn into the lives of these people, and become a fascinated voyeur.
The narrator moved the story along with perfect pacing and emotion, and created a unique voice and personality for each of the characters. It really brought the book to life! The audiobook version is definitely worthwhile, as the total is greater than the parts.
- Harold S.