Rory Mackenzie is juror number seven on a high-profile murder case in her hometown of Ransom River, California. It's a place she vowed never to visit again, after leaving behind its surfeit of regret and misfortune and the specter of a troubled past that threatened to disturb the town's peaceful façade.
Brilliant yet guarded, Rory has always felt like an outsider. She retreated into herself when both her career aspirations and her love affair with a childhood friend, undercover cop Seth Colder, were destroyed in a tragic accident.
While most of the town is focused on the tense and shocking circumstances of the trial, Rory's return to Ransom River dredges up troubling memories from her childhood that she can no longer ignore. But in the wake of a desperate attack on the courthouse, Rory realizes that exposing these dark skeletons has connected her to an old case that was never solved, and bringing the truth to light just might destroy her.
Departing from her popular series novels, Meg Gardiner has gone deeper than ever into the utterly convincing lives and compelling pasts of her characters. Ransom River is an intimate crime thriller with a dark mystery at its heart - one that will keep listeners breathless.
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"Betrayal and Justice For All"
Gads, this started out fast and 11 hrs later, ended with the same fast pace! This kept me on the edge nearly the entire listen. This is a pure mystery with a small amount of romance, so beware, if you wanted a steamy romance, this is not it.
This was a great thrill ride with lots of mini stories that got connected and kept the listener glued to the listen to find out the how and why of the story. If you like the reader, check out Phillip Magolin's "After Dark" it will not disappoint and has this same emotional thrill.
I purchased this author because Ms Dawe was the reader and was thrilled that the story was so fast paced.
generally, I don't think many of my listens would translate to film, but this one most certainly would. Think in terms of the film, "LA Confidential ".
this author left room for more books with these characters so we can only hope she did write them and they will be produced for Audible.
- Karen "Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me."
Was I as shocked as the main character
I wouldn't listen to Ransom River again because knowing the ending spoils the story. The ending was not what I expected and not knowing was great.
At times, I felt as shocked and confused as the main character. I wasn't sure if I should keep listening or take a break.
I enjoyed the ending of the book, where assumptions I made about the confronting scenes earlier in the book were turned in a different direction.
Finding out what the relationships were between the family members and having the stories told and retold with mistruths and truths.
If you like a bit of drama, and don't mind starting a book in the same state of urgency and confusion as the main character, this book is worth a listen. The story plays out with solutions and corrected solutions until you understand the true motivation behind the plot.
- Shauna McGee