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Scott Miller has a perfect life...the college professor has a job that he loves, and his wife and only daughter, Ashley, a hs senior, are the lights of his life...everything is just perfect. Until a call late one night shatters that perfect life. Ashley's bf, Brandon, claims that a masked man entered his home and kidnapped Ashley. Law enforcement does not buy Brandon's story and he is arrested...they believe that he has murdered Ashley and they are pressuring him to give the location of her body. Brandon maintains his innocence and his story. When other female bodies are discovered, the FBI begins to wonder if they have a serial killer on their hands...is Ashley yet another victim? After months of searching for Ashley with no results, she is declared legally dead and a funeral service is arranged. Will this give Scott and wife closure? The parish priest is pivotal in helping Scott reconcile with all that is happening in his life. Will they ever find Ashley's body and really be able to put her to rest?
This was an engaging story with lots of twists and turns...my only criticism is that some descriptions were just overkill...did not really add to the story to learn that the front door was red oak with swirl patterns. Otherwise, great story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
When I first started listening to this audio book I was tempted to stop as I found the narrator a bit monotonous but I am glad I stuck with it as I soon got used to the way he was. The first part of the story is told from one person's POV but once it changed and other people got involved in the story and the action built up I really got into it. The story follows Scott Miller and his wife before and after his daughter gets kidnapped.and they try to find out who by and why.
The first part of the story is very slow going as we are introduced to the family and their everyday life, but once Ashley is kidnapped the action kicks up a notch and things start to happen quite quickly.
As I was listening to the first part of the story I was worried as to how the investigation would work, but I needn't have as the story switches from Scott to the policeman and FBI agent so makes the story that much more enjoyable.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
An exciting little crime thriller with lots of twists, red herrings and a shocking conclusion.
I started listening to the audiobook but didnt continue as I didnt feel "compatible" with the narrator so I finished this on my e-reader as I was interested in the story.
I enjoyed the story, it started of quite slow but once the plot got going I was gripped. There is a alot of emotion in this book, fear, loss, anger, grief, forgiveness and acceptance, which I thought this was portrayed very well.
It reads almost completely from Scott's POV but ocxadionally switches to other characters which I found a little confusing as it wasnt immediately obvious that it was a different POV.
Not my usual genre to read but I enjoyed stepping out of my reading comfort zone into something new for a change.
Where does The Earth Bleeds Red rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
i DON'T HAVE MANY
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Earth Bleeds Red?
WHEN THE FAMILY IS UNITED
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REVIEW: The Earth Bleeds Red
What can I say about this book. When I started to read it I was not sure it was the type of book I would be interested in, but then it sucked my in and I wanted to know Who had kidnapped Ashley
The story is about a family of three, Scott, Jessie and their 17 year old daughter Ashely. They are your average church going family, that have an ideal relationship where their daughter still likes to do things with her parents.
Then tragedy strikes and Ashely is kidnapped and held hostage for months, the wrong person is accused of Ashley’s murder to begin with until a car is found that Ashely was in and other evidence.
I don’t want to say much about the book its self as I don’t want to spoil the story for you. But what I will say is this
The author has a way of getting the reader to feel and experience the pain and loss of faith Scott and Jessie experience throughout the book, you learn to understand Scott’s hatred for the wrong person.
Then there is father Henry who gives Scott back his faith through sharing his own story of tragedy and how he found a way to forgive those that took so much from him. Father Henry gives his full support to this family till his dying breath
What I also enjoyed about the book was the way the author was able to get into the mind of the serial killer’s mind that took Ashely, while at the same time giving Ashely’s strength to survive
This story is not just about a serial killer suspense novel but also carries the message of finding hope when all is lost, not giving up and the need to survive even when you have nothing left to give but to keep going, there is a reason for what happens even if you don’t understand it.
Even on the last page there is still a what do we do now