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An old castle....
For more than 150 years, a grand house known as Alden Castle has stood proudly in the rolling hills of California's wine country, home to a family weighed down by secrets and debt.
A fresh body....
When the castle is sold, billionaire developers move in, only to discover one skeleton after another - including a fresh corpse - rotting in the old family cemetery.
An unsolved mystery....
As three generations of the well-respected Alden-Stowe family come under scrutiny, police unearth a twisted web of rivalries, alliances, deceit, and treachery.
A gold-digger wife, a demented patriarch, a daughter in the grip of first love.... Who has lied? Who will survive? And who, amidst all the horror and betrayal, is the lucky one?
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By Mina J Kasrai on 12-04-17
The book, including the sample, starts out with a small town police detective and his rookie sidekick who just happens to be his daughter. I thought that might be kind of fun, but they were barely in the story. It soon changed POV to another character for the bulk of the story. Plus, I soon tired of all the jokes regarding how "old" he was and his lack of "hipness" with Twitter and blogs etc.
It played as more of a family drama than any grand mystery, but then in the last 10 minutes, there are so many revelations that connected so many seemingly unconnected threads that it was more like "oh puhleeze" vs "wow what a twist!"
And, since I'm complaining anyway, something that bugged me that really wasn't a big deal, and I would have just silently put up with if not for the insane ending pushing me to review... The story takes place in California and all the characters are from there, but the narrator has a Canadian accent. I know, big deal, but all those subtle pronunciation differences (been, about, again) just sort of threw me out of the story. Nothing against Canadian accents. The only reason I can (or at least think I can) recognize it is because of all the stories I've listened to that take place there. It's that the narrator not matching location is a personal pet peeve of mine.
All in all it wasn't terrible, but I truly hated the last ten minutes and I regret the use of one of my credits for it. Oh, and there was one point where it said to put in a new CD for the next part, so the audio must be copied over from CD. That was amusing however.