The Right Side

  • by Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by Susan Bennett
  • 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this riveting new novel by the New York Times best-selling author of the Chet and Bernie mystery series, a deeply damaged female soldier home from the war in Afghanistan becomes obsessed with finding a missing girl, gains an unlikely ally in a stray dog, and encounters new perils beyond the combat zone.
LeAnne Hogan went to Afghanistan as a rising star in the military and came back a much lesser person, mentally and physically. Now missing an eye and with half her face badly scarred, she can barely remember the disastrous desert operation that almost killed her. She is confused, angry, and suspects the fault is hers, even though nobody will come out and say it.
Shattered by one last blow - the sudden death of her hospital roommate, Marci - LeAnne finds herself on a fateful drive across the country, reflecting on her past and seeing no future. Her native land is now unfamiliar, recast in shadow by her one good eye, her damaged psyche, her weakened body. Arriving in the rain-soaked small town in Washington State that Marci had called home, she makes a troubling discovery: Marci's eight-year-old daughter has vanished. When a stray dog - a powerful, dark, unreadable creature, no one's idea of a pet - seems to adopt LeAnne, a surprising connection is formed, and something shifts inside her. As she becomes obsessed with finding Marci's daughter, LeAnne and her inscrutable canine companion are drawn into danger as dark and menacing as her last Afghan mission. This time she has a strange but loyal fellow traveler protecting her blind side.
Enthralling, suspenseful, and psychologically nuanced, The Right Side introduces one of the most unforgettable protagonists in modern fiction: isolated, broken, disillusioned, yet still seeking redemption and purpose - LeAnne takes hold of the listener and never lets go.

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Dark and Deeply Moving

The Right Side is a tight telling of a journey that has one impossibly riveted to the end. Dark, lingering on disturbing, this story is also deeply moving and curiously uplifting. LeAnne Hogan is a heroine in every sense of the word. I highly recommend this audible. The narrator captures LeAnne in a way that feels just right and kept me in the grip of her voice to the last word.
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- Mack

Wonderful narration, very good novel

The book is about the effects of PTSD, grief in general, and the challenges of physical injuries on a strong and independent soldier. It happens to be about a woman but it could easily have had a male hero with almost no changes, which is a tribute to Mr. Quinn's skill as a writer and understanding as a human being. Scary, funny, poignant with simple language about complex situations.

The narration was absolutely five-star. Ms. Bennett uses voices and accents appropriately and without making you think about it too much. A flowing, easy-to-listen-to delivery, serious but not dull tone, and no weird quirks.

I love that a dog got involved eventually. I miss Chet.
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- Patricia McKinney

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-27-2017
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc.