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Publisher's Summary

Shelby County is home to some of the finset horseflesh and bluest blood in Kentucky. With its rural beauty and tranquil lifestyle, it is easy to see why the locals call it Paradise County. But beneath the serene exterior lies a dark underside, and an evil that threatens everyone who touches it.
Alexandra Haywood and her sister Neely have always loved Whistledown, the family's Shelby County horse farm. After their billionaire father's sudden and tragic death, Alex returns to find the family fortune in shambles, and Whistledown has to go. But Joe Welch, the sexy farm manager, refuses to cooperate.

Sparks of rage give way to a fiery attraction when Joe and Alex meet head-on. But just as a volatile passion flares between them, the discovery of a shocking murder with ties to the past rocks the county - and cuts frighteningly close to home when Joe's son Eli and Neely disappear.
Alex and Joe have only each other to rely on as they search frantically for their loved ones. What they don't know is that they are racing against time, too. Because the evil that lurks beneath the bucolic surface of Paradise County has once again raised its gruesome head - and now Alex is targeted as the next victim....
©2001 Karen Robards (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
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"A racy read." ( Cosmopolitan)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on 04-03-12

a real page turner

a good read, a little scary and gruesome, not my favorite thing to listen too, had to turn off the volume at the part with the dog, can't abide cruelty to an animal of any kind. Enjoyed the book but at times the narration got a bit irritating especially Neely's voice, and the Southern drawl got a bit annoying but other than that the narrator did a good job.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Maria on 10-02-12

WOW!! Fantastic Story!

This story had my heart pounding, the bad guy in this story was truly evil, and had gotten away with murdering people for years. Alexa has to liquidate her father’s assets, and goes to the horse farm to give the bad news to the farm manager, Joe Welch. Well Joe isn’t about to give up his dream and hard work, while he tries to explain to her why he can’t liquidate as quickly as the month she has given him, produces a contract that gives him another year at the farm. Meanwhile Alexa is hit with more bad news, and the arrival of her half-sister who has been expelled from school, another complication Alexa doesn’t need. Then strange things begin to happen. Forced to stay at the farm for a while longer, things heat up between Joe and Alexa, and the murderer steps up his plans that include Alexa.
I really want to give a lot of credit to the narrator of this story, she was wonderful. I have added her to my lists of narrators to look for, for future books. Her myriad of voices, and dramatic reading had my heart pounding, her male voices were very, very good.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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1 out of 5 stars
By Gail on 09-29-15

Awful from start to finish

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better storyline and better narration

What was most disappointing about Karen Robards’s story?

It was like a very poor famous five story with contrived sex passages, If you like a overly simplistic story that includes appearance of dead father, cat saving the day (think lassie storyline) and the most annoying voices of the characters as caricutures this is for you

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Very odd way of pausing every five words and quite monotone and an inexplicable voice for the sister - was there no one around when it was recorded to tell her how bad it sounded?

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment that I chose the book and wasted a credit

Any additional comments?

Dont waste your money

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4 out of 5 stars
By sarahmoose2000 on 05-22-12

Is anybody there?

Alex arrives at her father's estate to settle his debts after his apparent suicide. The foreman, previously stand-offish due to her closing the stables, comes to her aid when she is attacked by an intruder; but who is the intruder and how did he get into the house?

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