Soccer mom Yvette Palmer lives an ordinary life in San Antonio, Texas when a box is delivered to her by mistake, and in taking it to its rightful owner - a crotchety neighbor named Mona who shares her back fence - is drawn into a strange and haunting tale.
Mona's ratty robe, mood swings, and secretive behavior all raise red flags, and Yvette is sure someone else is living there despite Mona's claim to live alone, but Yvette is unable to break away as she listens to how Mona transformed from a young college woman about to be married to the odd, reclusive, ghost of a woman she is now.
As Yvette listens to her neighbor's tale, she discovers a shocking connection, but doesn't know whether Mona's come to help or to harm her and her family.
©2012, 2013 Eva Pohler (P)2014 Eva Pohler
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"The Mystery Box"
The book is mostly made up of conversations between two women. About 2/3 the way through bombshells, kept flying from everywhere.
You never knew when he...
Mona, you couldn't figure her out until the end.
When Mona told her about Casey
Well written, starts off slow, but give it a chance.
I half read and half listened to this awesome story. Read this. Better yet listened to it. My heart is still pounding.
"Really good story, but..."
This book has a really good story, but the narration leaves a bit to be desired. Some of the voices were ok, but the main characters were an annoying nasal tone, that for me took away from the story. It didn't make me stop listening, the story is that good!!!
The narrator was not one of my favorites. The was interesting but I skipped a lot it.
"A waste of time"
I can't think of anyone who might enjoy this book.
Not if Nancy Alexander is the narrator. I am sorry to be so critical but maybe with a different narrator, I could have made it through the first chapter. I even went to the written version and read it for a bit but still didn't like the book.
No reaction beyond telling myself it would be a waste of time to go further.
I have always finished every book I start because I feel like a book must have something or why would it be published.In the future, if I want an audible version, I will be closely watching for the name of the narrator and won't get anything narrated by this narrator.
Yvette, the main character, is supposed to be a fairly young wife and mother but the narrator's voice was like an old lady. Totally miscast! I paid for the Audible version and am going to ask for a refund.
This audio book's narrator either had gum in her mouth or? It was hard to get past the noise.
I can't imagine. The concept was intriguing: mystery box delivered to wrong address, creepy neighbor, etc... But the story was so simplistic and convoluted. I wasn't able to believe a word of it, nor was I "lured" into being frightened by the protagonist's repetition of "spooky and scary" or "liar!" after every new "revelation" in this interminable story.
I wouldn't think so.
The narrator's performance was fine. My problem is with the script she was reading. Maybe she was as put out by the storyline as I was...she sighed a lot throughout the reading.
The protagonist and the "spooky and scary" neighbor "Mona".
"Unexpected Good Story"
The story is very worthy of reading, but the narrator is definitely not appropriate.
The events take place in Texas and the narrator did not attempt any Texas accent, but her voice was so very New Jersey/New York. Her narration was always getting in the way of the story interpretation of all the characters involved. I almost stopped the book because of the narration, but I am glad I stuck with it to hear the whole story which took an unexpected direction.
"Great story, interesting read, lovely narration"
and believable characters. Recommended.
I liked all the characters, the way the woman drew the main character in (don't want to give any of the story away). Loved the husband and the children were smashing.
If I was to criticize, it would be the ending which in my opinion was a bit twee, but it didn't spoil the book for me in any way.
I would like to listen to more stories like this and books by Eva Pohler.
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