What happened to Sadie Nettleton’s twin sister at the psychiatric hospital all those years ago?
Sadie Nettleton fled Slaughter Creek ten years ago, leaving behind the only home she’d ever known - and the only man she ever loved. Unable to cope with her sister's madness, or the terrible secret she and her sister share, Sadie swore never to return. But when her grandfather is murdered, and her sister charged with the crime, Sadie has no choice but to come back and face the ghosts of the past... For Sheriff Jake Blackwood, time has not dimmed the love he felt for Sadie Nettleton - or the pain of her leaving. Now that she’s back, he’s determined to help her uncover the truth about her grandfather’s death and what happened to her sister at the asylum. As their investigation leads them deeper into a world of secrets, lies, and betrayal in Slaughter Creek, Sadie becomes the target of a madman who will do anything to keep the truth buried. Jake would give his life to protect Sadie. But can he again risk giving her his heart?
©2012 Rita Herron (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"More twists and turns than a mountain road!"
In Dying to Tell no one is the person he/she appears to be and nothing is as it first seems. The story, centering around multiple personality disorder, is actually quite good. Its is a very good suspense/action thriller. It is an excellent psychological thriller. It is also a romance novel with two horribly written sex scenes apparently flowing from the distant memory of an old lady who forgot what it was like.
I would give the novel 4 or 5 stars based on the quality of the story were it not for the pathetically clumsy writing of the sex scenes.
"Is this a book for adults?"
I haven't finished listening to this book, but there is something I just have to say.
The writing, especially the romance, was very juvenile. I rolled my eyes so many times over the romantic thoughts going through the characters' heads I'm surprised I can still see. I kept asking if these were really adults. In checking out the author, I can see that she's an adult. So, why are her characters so immature?
The author also repeats things over and over. Guess what? I'm a reasonably intelligent adult who doesn't need to be bashed over the head with the same details you just mentioned in the last chapter. And the chapter before that. And the paragraph before that.
The narrator did an excellent job. I'm going to search out more books by her.
"Not what I expected - Mystery, not romance"
Not what I expected, definitely not. I was expecting a romance with some mystery and instead this is a mystery with some romance. The H/h circle each other endlessly (while the mystery plays out) and the final chapter is where they really come together as a couple. Too little, too late for my taste. If the romance portion of the book had been a little more developed, I would have given it another star. I'm thinking of books like Dream Man by Linda Howard, for example.
I also had a few plot issues - overall, the mystery is well developed but it starts to get sloppy toward the end. Jake and his brother Nick are both law enforcement and are both representing their agencies (County Sheriff and FBI) in the investigation of their father's case. Wouldn't this be a conflict of interest? I can't imagine any DA agreeing to have a case investigated by a family member because of the potential trouble it would generate if the case were to go to trial. I was equally distracted by the fight scenes that take place near the end of the book. Maybe it's because I was listening (audible.com) and not reading that they struck me as fake. E.g., does anyone still refer to a 'karate chop' motion in today's fiction? Maybe so, but more important is how Jake comes out the victor, without harm, in every fight and regardless of who is armed, who has the element of surprise, etc. Then there is the repeated reference to who the mastermind is - Jake & Nick catch the bad guys but they talk about who was in charge. Yet they never follow up, this particular thread is just left to unravel for someone to maybe pull it loose in a future book. Not all loose ends have to be tied up by story's end (this is not Charlie's Angels, after all) but somehow I'd have liked it if Ms. Herron had acknowledged the we'll-never-know aspect of this one, or maybe never raised it at all.
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Those items were irksome but overall, the book was good. I picked it up thinking it was a romance, however, so be aware it leans more toward mystery.
I really liked this book. It was a little wordy but not so much that it ever got boring.
Loved Jake and Sadie. Felt really sorry for Amelia but liked her other personalities, Bessie, Viola and Skid.
I was surprised at who the bad guys were.
This was a great mystery, murder, love, lust and sex book.
Now, I'm off to the next Slaughter Creek adventure.
I got this book and the audio for free with my KindleUnlimited.
As to the narrator: FANTASTIC! She gave every man his own voice, I loved Jake's.
When the book called for a whisper she whispered, and that tells me when a narrator is any good. When you're hiding out or sneaking around and someone "whispers" to someone else and the narrator just reads in a normal tone I lose all interest in the book at that point. Narrators have to be aware of HOW things are being said, murmur, yell, whisper, laughter in their voice, anger, whatever. Like Tanya Eby or Kirsten Potter or Katherine Kellgren or Robert Petkoff, these are all great narrators. IMO..
"Mystery with a touch of romance"
If you're expecting a romance book, this isn't it. There is some romance but more toward the end. Jake and Sadie had had a close relationship in the past, but circumstances separated them. They fight their feelings through the majority of the book. There was one sex scene but it was pretty low key.
This was more about the mystery of who's going around killing people and what's being covered up. There were some flaws in the story, but this is fiction after all and not real life. The characters were well developed, including Amelia's multiple personality alternates.
There was also some violence but nothing too major.
The narrator did a terrific job.
Soooo much angst. The same thing repeated over and over. If you insist on reading this, just read the 1st two chapters and the last 3 and you'll get to keep the hours you would have spent on the whole book. How many times do we have to have the female characters kidnapped or drugged or attacked or helpless. Don't waste your time. I feel for the narrator.
Almost anything else.
The narration was fine.
One of the best books I have ever heard!!
When the Sherrif saw his father with Saddie
"I was surprised by how much I LOVED this story!"
GREAT story. I couldn't quit listening...narration is awesome, too!
A Karen Rose book...it's that GOOD
She's great at doing multiple characters voices...I love the way she GETS the nuances of books, like I'd read them. I just truly enjoy her narration.
Several, but just overall a great listen.
I'll be buying more Rita Herron...waiting for new books in audio!!
"Dying to Tell"
A very good book. I will download and listen to more books by this author.
"Okay story, Great Narration"
The plot had a lot of twist & turn with great supporting characters which is why igave it 4 stars. However I could have done without the 2 main characters back and forth guilt and internal whining on their choices - it didn't create angst but rather a sense of apathy. Tanya Eby is great with all the different voices and has a fantastic sense of pace and efficient pauses for effect without slowing the story down.
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