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Audiobook Review: Home is Where the Bodies Are by Jeneva Rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home is Where the Bodies Are
Author: Jeneva Rose
Narrators:
January LaVoy
Cassandra Campbell
Brittany Pressley
Andrew Eiden
Published: April 30, 2024
Audiobook: 8 hours 27 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: May 16-27, 2024
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Audiobook Description:

After their mother passes, three estranged siblings reunite to sort out her estate.

Beth, the oldest, never left home. She stayed with her mom, caring for her until the very end.

Nicole, the middle child, has been kept at arm’s length due to her ongoing battle with a serious drug addiction.

Michael, the youngest, lives out of state and hasn’t been back to their small Wisconsin town since their father ran out on them seven years before.

While going through their parent’s belongings, the siblings stumble upon a collection of home videos and decide to revisit those happier memories. However, the nostalgia is cut short when one of the VHS tapes reveals a night back in 1999 that none of them have any recollection of. On screen, their father appears covered in blood. What follows is a dead body and a pact between their parents to get rid of it, before the video abruptly ends. Beth, Nicole, and Michael must now decide whether to leave the past in the past or uncover the dark secret their mother took to her grave.

Jessica’s Review:

This one has mixed reviews, and once I saw the Barnes and Nobel special edition cover, I knew if I liked it, I HAD to get that edition! And I did enjoy it, gave it four stars and bought myself that special edition! 

It was just a good story for me and nostalgia factor of1999 and all of the references of that ‘easier time of life’.

We have multiple povs, so you know I really enjoyed this one! I enjoyed the ending and again, the title comes into play towards the end of the book. I wasn’t a total fan of the villain’s motives.

When I saw the audiobook had multiple actors doing the narrations, I just has to listen to the book! And January LaVoy is one of my favorite narrators! It was a shorter book, so it could be read quicker if the reader has the time!

Home was my first novel by the author, so I will see what else she writes/ look into her previous novels.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble Special Edition

Audiobook Review: If Something Happens to Me by Alex Finlay

If Something Happens to Me
Author: Alex Finlay

Narrators:
Helen Laser

John Piralla
Paul Dateh
Published: May 28, 2024
Audiobook: 7 hours 16 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To:  May 10-15, 2024
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

For the past five years, Ryan Richardson has relived that terrible night. The car door ripping open. The crushing blow to the head. The hands yanking him from the vehicle. His girlfriend Ali’s piercing scream as she is taken.

With no trace of Ali or the car, a cloud of suspicion hangs over Ryan. But with no proof and a good lawyer, he’s never charged, though that doesn’t matter to the podcasters and internet trolls. Now, Ryan has changed his last name, and entered law school. He’s put his past behind him.

Until, on a summer trip abroad to Italy with his law-school classmates, Ryan gets a call from his father: Ali’s car has finally been found, submerged in a lake in his hometown. Inside are two dead men and a cryptic note with five words written on the envelope in Ali’s handwriting: If something happens to me…

Then, halfway around the world, the unthinkable happens: Ryan sees the man who has haunted his dreams since that night.

As Ryan races from the rolling hills of Tuscany, to a rural village in the UK, to the glittering streets of Paris in search of the truth, he has no idea that his salvation may lie with a young sheriff’s deputy in Kansas working her first case, and a mobster in Philadelphia who’s experienced tragedy of his own.

In classic Alex Finlay form, If Something Happens to Me is told from several distinct, compelling characters whose paths intersect, detonating into a story of twist after pulse-pounding twist. The story cements Finlay as one of the leading thriller writers today.

Jessica’s Review:

These next few reviews won’t be as in depth as I usually write due to my impending divorce and moving to an apartment on my own. At least my fur babies Sage and Curry are with me now!
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This was my first Alex Findlay book I read (it was actually a listen) and I really enjoyed it! I have several of his books waiting to be read on my shelves! And now after getting one of his read, I hope to get the others in soon!

From what I recall this novel had a lot of what I really like in it. I wish I could remember more details, but life really happened in these past couple of months. I really liked Poppy.

I can say that the cover is absolutely perfect with the story! When I got to  that part of the books, I thought “The cover!”

Many thanks for the publisher for granting an alc to listen to and review! I’m hoping very soon to ‘get back to normal’ with my reviewing!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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Short Story Sunday: Audiobook Review: The Heart of a Mother by Julie Clark

The Heart of a Mother
Series: Obsession Collection #4
Author: Julie Clark
Narrator: Susan Dalian
Published: July 25, 2023
Audiobook: 1 hour 16 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Listened To: April 27, 2024
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Short Story Description:

A fateful decision from the past haunts a wealthy Californian. Desperate to make things right, she risks everything in this tense short story from New York Times bestselling author Julie Clark. Hillary Jean leads an enviable life. She has a loving husband, a beautiful home, caring friends, and meaningful work planning fundraisers. Yet she’s always felt incomplete. After a DNA website emails her a match, Hillary sets out to find the daughter she gave up twenty-five years ago. But her hunger to reconnect threatens to destroy the very thing she hopes to gain.

The Heart of a Mother is part of Obsession , a collection of compulsively readable short stories about people pushed to their extremes. So addictive you won’t be able to put them down—read or listen to each story in a single sitting.

Jessica’s Review:

Whoa!  I’m not a mother but this short story gives you an idea of what a mother goes through when she puts a baby up for adoption. And how much it can affect her many years later.

You definitely experience a mother’s turmoil where she questions herself on what she should do. It shows a mother’s love above all else.

I knew the direction the story was going, but that did not stop me from ‘enjoying’ it. I would be interested in seeing what else Julie Clark writes. The narrator Susan Dalian did a great job with her portrayal. And do listen or read this in one sitting, I did!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

 

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