40 Souls to Keep

  • by Libby Drew
  • Narrated by Charles Carr
  • 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Seven years ago, Jase awoke with the mystical power to heal people - and no memory of his past. The only clue to his identity is the number 40 tattooed on his arm. Driven by a mission he doesn't understand, Jase follows his visions to those he's meant to save. He is convinced that the 40th person he's drawn to - a little girl named Macy Pearl - is the key to finally learning the truth.…
Social worker Lucas Jacobson has made a promise to protect Macy, orphaned when her parents were brutally murdered. So when Jase shows up in Naples claiming he's there to heal the child, Lucas is wary, despite his attraction to the enigmatic stranger.
Then Macy is abducted, and Lucas has no choice but to trust in Jase. Scouring the city from its glitzy resorts to its seedy underbelly only deepens the mystery - and draws the two men closer. But Jase is certain of one thing: If Macy dies, a dark fate awaits them all.

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Good mystery. Kept my interest.

But weak spots in the plot, the paranormal rules, and unanswered questions at the end.

STORY BRIEF:
In 2005 Jase awoke with amnesia and the tattoo 40 on his arm. Instinctively he knows his purpose is to heal people. He has visions of one person and finds that person with a sort-of-built-in-GPS-system - the way metal is drawn to a magnet. He heals that person and then wanders until he has visions of the next person to heal.

Most of the story is 2012. Jase is still wandering. He has healed many people. He is now drawn to 7-year-old Macy Pearl. Her parents have been murdered. Lucas is with Child Protective Services. Lucas arrives at the murder scene to take care of Macy. Lucas is suspicious when Jase arrives with an interest in Macy. Soon after, someone kidnaps Macy. Jase and Lucas search for her.

OPINION:
This is primarily mystery suspense. Bad guys do bad things and want Macy for an unknown reason. A few times I was annoyed with the lack of logical curiosity. Jase or Lucas should have asked questions or done something when they had a chance, but they didn’t. For example the doctor said Macy mentioned a man, but the guys didn’t ask the doctor more about that. It wasn’t realistic. It was an artificial way to prolong the mystery.

I did not like using the flashback method. The story jumps from 2005 to 2012 with two flashbacks to 2007 and 2010. I would have preferred the story done chronologically. It would not have hurt the mystery. It was jarring when it first jumped to 2012.

What I liked best was the overall idea, plot, and events.

Regarding gay male romance:
Yes the guys have sex, but it was not hot. It reminded me of doing the laundry or eating dinner. They were talking or doing something, then they pleasured each other, then they continued doing something. There was no anticipation or emotional intensity. I liked their relationship and getting to know each other, just don’t expect hot guy sex.

The narrator Charles Carr was fine.

Genre: paranormal mystery suspense with gay male romance.

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CAUTION SEMI-SPOILER:
I did not like the twist at the end. It felt like a trick on the reader. It had to do with visions telling Jase who to heal. The author’s paranormal rules were inconsistent. I was also disappointed with unanswered questions about Macy, why Lucas was immune to something, the overall source and purpose behind this, why create bad guys, and why and when mentors appear.
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- Jane

Decent but not quite fulfilling supernatural-wise

This book was decently writtem, and decently narrated. It may turn some people's cranks more than it did mine. So the 3 stars are not an indictment, just that I found it average, perhaps I would have granted a half-star more if Audible let me. :-)

If it helps others, I will flag the two things that held me back some. First, the supernatural angle. The premise (which I won't describe in details so as not to spoil) is intriguing...but it does not really grow, which is frustrating because the author drops little hints here and there that suggest that either it will later on (and it doesn't) or that she at least has envisioned a richer world (which she doesn't share with us listeners). I was convinced there was a well-imagined coherent world somewhere...I just did not see it within the pages. Second, I found the lead protagonist hard to believe as a male voice. This is one of those books I wouldn't be surprised was written as a male/female romance, but got switched late in the game to fill a niche. The writing is not offensive, or irritating...the characterization just did not gel for me.

So overall, an average rating but, again, it is of decent quality and different listeners may find it more to their taste.
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- pierre-luc

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-19-2012
  • Publisher: Carina Press