In the Barrens, a vast wilderness in northern Canada bordering the Arctic Circle, night consumes every hour of the winter. Humans are scarce; ferocious predators roam freely. Locals say spirits do, too.
Rookie cop Tana Larsson doesn't mind the dark and quiet. Five months pregnant and hoping to escape the mistakes of her past, she takes a post in Twin Rivers, population 320. Maybe here she can find peace and community for her child.
But with her superior out of commission, Tana becomes the sole police officer in 17,500 square miles. One bitter night, she gets a call about the fatal wolf mauling of two students, and the only way to reach the remote scene is to enlist the help of the arrogant, irritatingly handsome Cameron "Crash" O'Halloran, a local bush pilot with a shady reputation for smuggling and a past cloaked in shadow.
When the macabre scene they uncover suggests violence much more sinister than animal, Tana must trust Crash if she wants to protect the town - and herself - from the evil that lurks in the frozen dark.
©2016 Loreth Beswetherick (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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"I almost gave up after the creepy opening scene,.."
...but I'm glad I did not. This is my third suspense thriller by romance novel author Loreth Anne White with the others being in In The Waning Light which includes multiple extremely explicit sex scenes and The Dark Lure which is as much romance as suspense. In The Barren Ground shows maturity as it is a pure suspense thriller with some romance incidental to the story. It is a strong suspense thriller. Narration by actor Cara Gee comes as a surprise because this is the first book that I have listened to her narrate. My decision was between 3 and 4 stars.
As of this writing there are 89 4 and 5 star reviews and I have no idea how that came to be. Raj (a man) and Selena (a woman) sound just exactly alike, and there's no emotions, no nothing from Cara Gee. I can see this happening years ago when the narrator simply read the book, BUT this is 2016, time for narrators to know they have to sound like men and women both or they're not really narrators. I can't listen to this woman, it's no wonder she has only 2 books to her credit and the other book only has 1 review and she gave the narrator 3 stars, she's terrible. It doesn't matter if this is a free listen and free read if you can't stand the narration. If you want to listen to a great book by Loreth Anne White get The Slow Burn of Silence or In The Waning Light. You won't be disappointed with the narration. I left 3 stars for Overall and Story because I know it was probably a good book and I wanted to be fair to the author. Sorry, Ms. White.
This book was totally engrossing right from the start. I was annoyed with the performers voice at first then realized later on in the book that hers was the best voice for this character. I loved the storyline and the transformation of each character.
I have read the last 4 novels of Loreth Anne White in the last 2weeks . Loved them all . Amazing . Lessons of life , love , wildlife and the love of dogs !!!! Suspense at its best !
"One of those great stories that keeps you on the edge of your seat"
Suspense was awesome. A little gory but likely appropriate for the genre. Loved the plot and characters too.
Well written and read! Couldn't put it down! Hopefully will be the start of a series!
Very well written and presented. I look forward to reading more of this author's books.
"Suspenseful and thrilling read."
I really identified with the main character a strong woman who is moving past her mistakes. This book kept me guessing to the last few chapters if there was a werewolf like monster killing people or if the killer was a normal, albeit sick, human.
I took off a star because I happen to be an adult survivor of sexual abuse who also suffers from ptsd and I am not a sociopath and have never killed anyone.
i bought this book as i enjoyed the first one of hers I read. I have found though that while the story is great it just drags.
Slightly a little confused but a really good book. The person who read the book was wonderful.
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