Tag: Audible original

Audible Original: One Little Mistake by Lucinda Berry

One Little Mistake
Author: Lucinda Berry

Narrator: Brittany Pressley
Published: September 9, 2021
Audiobook: 2 hours 23 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Listened To: August 24, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars     

Novella Description:

From the best-selling author of The Secrets of Us and The Best of Friends comes a novella of deceit, desperation, and how one little mistake can unravel a life.

When overwhelmed stay-at-home mom Alexis finds herself at odds with her husband after she’s charged with a DUI, she is given one chance to get her family back: complete AA and admit her faults. The problem is, she’s never had a drinking problem and has no idea what caused the blackout that led to her arrest. Still, she’s committed to working through the program, if that’s what it takes to be reunited with her two young children. But when she connects with a new friend, Farrah – a confident, successful powerhouse of a woman Alexis can’t help but idolize – she’s empowered to take a closer look at her husband’s role in her downfall. What she finds shocks her to her core, quickly spiraling into something more sinister than she ever imagined.

Jessica’s Review:

What started as a mother dealing with a DUI turns into so much more than I expected! This is my first by Lucinda Berry and it won’t be the last. I do have mixed opinions on this novella as the mother Alexis was not likable and also an unreliable narrator. Which if you have followed my reviews then you know my opinions on these types of narrators.  Was Alexis’ situation a DUI or not since she has zero memory of what happened that afternoon/evening.

The ending of this novella took an unexpected and different turn which saved it for me.  I was surprised as I liked the ending and wish it was a full-length novel. I want more to this story and see what happens next!  

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Audible Original: Misconception by Liv Constantine

Misconception
Author:
Liv Constantine

Narrators:
Adrienne Patino Dunn
Amanda Dolan
Published: May 22, 2022
Audiobook: 2 hours 45 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Listened To: August 23, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars

Novella Description:

Iris Thomas thought she’d never have to see Sasha Everett again after Sasha seduced her husband and broke up their marriage in a devastating betrayal. But as luck would have it, when Iris’s stepdaughter Molly and Sasha’s daughter Bailey wind up in the same second grade class at an elite private school in Los Angeles, they form an instant bond and force the two women back into each other’s lives.

Iris wants to put the past behind her and support Molly, but as time goes on, she suspects that Sasha may be guilty of something even worse than adultery–of a crime so sinister, no one besides Iris thinks it’s possible. But Sasha’s fooled Iris once before. This time, can she uncover the truth before it’s too late?

Jessica’s Review:

Misconception is the first I have read from Liv Constantine. Constantine is the pen name of two sisters that are authors.  Constantine has been on my list to read, and I finally got the chance with this novella. 

Misconception was a decent novella. I could tell early on what direction the story was going to go in, and it did. There really wasn’t any intrigue but close to the end once everything was confirmed I was interested in what was going to happen next.  You could say there is a tiny cliffhanger with what might happen next.  This novella shows just what a determined person could and would do to get what they want.

Both narrators portrayed the characters of Iris and Sasha as they should have been. You really grow to hate one particular character! This character was 1000% unlikable! I enjoyed the ultimate ending and with where it goes and what may happen next.

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Audible Original: Sleeping Dogs Lie by Samantha Downing

Sleeping Dogs Lie
Author: Samantha Downing

Narrators:
Melanie Nicholls-King

Lindsey Dorcus
Published:  April 1, 2021
Audiobook: 2 hours 8 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Listened: August 25, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Novella Description:

From the internationally best-selling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It comes a twisted, entertaining novella about a dog walker swept into a criminal investigation when her client winds up dead.

Shelby works as a dog walker in Northern California, and she’s just finished up her biweekly trip to the park with a husky named Pluto. When she brings him back to his house, she finds his owner—Todd Burke, a well-known local businessman and founder of an organic supplements company—dead on the bathroom floor. As a detective interviews Shelby, a medical examiner inspects the body, and more cops search Todd’s home, it becomes clear that the victim’s life was less picture-perfect than his clean-cut persona might lead you to believe.

Jessica’s Review:

I loved this novella!!  Downing is seemingly becoming a new favorite author for me! This clever novella has all kinds of twists and turns and I was fully engrossed in what was going to happen! I wasn’t expecting to be fully involved in the story of a dog walker.

We have two POVs: The dog walker Shelby who is seemingly caught up in a death case, and the second is the police Detective Grady.  What is at first just a death becomes so much more with so many potential guilty parties. I didn’t have any idea on who the guilty party was and was stunned at the conclusion! This fast-paced novella will definitely surprise the listener and also keep them entertained. 

The ending was shocking but I also loved it as it was totally unexpected! I had a smile on my face when this audiobook was over!

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