Tag: suspense

Short Story Sunday: Tell Her Story by Margot Hunt

Tell Her Story
Author: Margot Hunt

Main Narrator: Dakota Fanning
Published: May 5, 2022
Audiobook:
2 hours 52 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: December 29-30, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Paige Barrett was living her dream as a journalist in New York City, racking up bylines as a staff writer at The Razor, a cutting-edge online magazine. But when she’s suddenly fired from her job and dumped by her boyfriend, she finds herself back home in the quaint seaside town of Shoreham, Florida, waiting tables and living in her sister’s guesthouse.

Restless and itching for something meaningful to occupy her time, she decides to launch a true-crime podcast about the death of Jessica Cady, a beloved teacher who died mysteriously 20 years earlier. The case went cold with no leads and no suspects, but the more Paige digs into the woman’s death, the closer she comes to a killer. In a small town like Shoreham, it’s impossible to keep a secret forever.

Jessica’s Review:

This was the last short audiobook I listened to in 2022. It was short at under three hours and I really enjoyed it!

We have a young and disgraced former journalist who is convinced by her sister to start a podcast featuring the cold case of a 20-year-old murder of a much-loved teacher in her hometown. And of course, she gets in over her head the further involved she gets. 

I really enjoyed this short story and liked Paige. I was fully involved in her journey to hopefully solving this long cold case.  Tell Her Story is currently only available in audio format and I feel that is the way it should be ‘read’ or listened to. We go on Paige’s journey of ‘whodunit’ with her and then part of the audiobook is the podcast. Dakota Fanning is our main narrator and she did a very good job portraying Paige.

This is a short story, so it was fast paced and I never lost interest in it. The farther Paige went in her research the more she discovers and she then finds herself involved in a way she never expected.  The podcast angle with the unexpected popularity adds to the danger and also shows how different our world is now than just 20 years ago when this murder happened.

I would be interested in looking at more of Hunt’s novels.  This was a good introduction to her for me.  

Purchase Links: Please note this one is only available in audio format currently.
Amazon US 
Amazon UK

Audiobook Review: Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

Wrong Place Wrong Time
Author: Gillian McAllister

Narrator: Lesley Sharp
Published: August 2, 2022
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: October 4-10, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Can you stop a murder after it’s already happened?

Late October. After midnight. You’re waiting up for your seventeen-year-old son. He’s late. As you watch from the window, he emerges, and you realize he isn’t alone: he’s walking toward a man, and he’s armed.

You can’t believe it when you see him do it: your funny, happy teenage son, he kills a stranger, right there on the street outside your house. You don’t know who. You don’t know why. You only know your son is now in custody. His future shattered.

That night you fall asleep in despair. All is lost. Until you wake… and it is yesterday.

And then you wake again… and it is the day before yesterday.

Every morning you wake up a day earlier, another day before the murder. With another chance to stop it. Somewhere in the past lies an answer. The trigger for this crime—and you don’t have a choice but to find it…

Jessica’s Review:

It seems like 2022 has been the year of thrillers for me as I have found so many I have greatly enjoyed.  And Wrong Place Wrong Time is another of those! This is another one that made me go “Whoa!”

Sort of like a reverse Groundhog Day where Jen sees her teenage son Todd murder an unknown stranger in front of their house one night and he is arrested. This would be every parent’s worst nightmare come true.  Then she wakes up the ‘next day’ but it is not:  It is actually the day before the murder. She lives each day and then wakes up further in the past.  How long will Jenn keep going into the past and can she stop Todd from his now future crime?

Jenn is on this on her own for the most part because everything she experiences no one will remember because the next day she moves into the past again. 

I can’t say much more because you really can’t without giving everything away! I thought I might know the direction the novel was going, but nope! I was wrong! The story does become more than just stopping this now future murder and we get some unbelievably good twists! And the ending.. I just loved it!!!

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a fabulous job with her storytelling and interpretations of the characters.

If you are a thriller lover at all, then go pick this one up now! And prepare to go along for a wild and crazy good ride!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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A Re-Read of The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Death of Mrs. Westaway
Author: Ruth Ware

Narrator: Imogene Church
Published: May 29, 2018
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: September 23-October 3, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars      

Book Description:

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the centre of it.

Jessica’s Review:

This one was a re-read because one of my book club’s was reading it for the month of October and our meeting was this past Saturday. This one was just a three-star read for me the first time and it was a three-star read again the second time. I just didn’t connect with Hal, which I think was the book’s downfall for me. 

My review from my first time read is here as all my thoughts that are still the same.

Ruth Ware is an “auto-listen’ for me as her narrator is always Imogene Church who always brilliantly narrates! This book club will be reading another of Church’s novels in a few months The It Girl, which I have not listened to yet, I’m saving it for when it is time!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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