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What did you like best about this story?
It is a 3.5 rounded up to a 4 I jumped right in the middle of this Whitley and Keal series with Book #3 so I came into it without feelings good or bad towards any of the characters. It was a little challenging in the first chapter to figure out who was going to be my main characters as many characters were introduced early. Maybe with context from the previous stories it would have been no problem. Once I got that sorted out I began to follow the characters easily.
The story mostly follows a couple of detectives that encounter a kidnapping and abuse case. The story unfolds and involves more people and takes an interesting twist.
What does Amy Deuchler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Amy Deuchler's narrating voice is very good. Her pacing is good and her tone was pleasant. She does a good job carrying the emotion through her voice. My only dislike was when she did male character voices. Changing voice is good for audio books but it was a bit jarring when she changed because her narration voice is really pleasant.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The emotion that followed at the conclusion really had me. I even feel like the author could have stretched this part of the story out further. There is a lot to unpack in this portion and questions the reader had.
Any additional comments?
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
This story is heart wrenching. I really enjoyed listening to it, but found myself moved to tears in areas. This was my first book in the series so now I will go back and read or listen to the first two.
I absolutely LOVE this series. So much so that having already read book 3, I have 'double downed' and listened to it as well. I feel a bit stymied because I gave book 2 a 5 star review and, if possible, this one is even better! The story is heart breaking, and worryingly happening in real life. In fact the numbers involved are mind boggling and it's so necessary that authors tackle these difficult subjects in their writing. The mystery is very cleverly written, but what I especially like is the back story behind the main players. In so many books today the people involved seem completely alone in the world; they seem to have no family, no friends, no one who cares about them. Not so in this series; we get to meet all the Keals and the Whitley family, Hope and her mother. It's heart warming and provides a very welcome foil for the sadness and horror that the mystery brings with it. This is a fabulous read and I loved every single minute of it. 5 stars and a 'must read' recommendation from me.