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Hour of Need

Scarlet Falls, Book 1
Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A 2015 Daphne du Maurier Award finalist from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh.

While fighting in Afghanistan, Major Grant Barrett receives devastating news: his brother and sister-in-law have been murdered in Scarlet Falls, the sleepy suburb of Grant’s youth. Emotionally scarred from war, the career soldier returns home on emergency leave to temporarily care for his orphaned nephew and niece. But when someone tries to kidnap the kids and their teenage babysitter, Grant knows it’s not a random act…and neither were the murders.

Already devastated by her neighbors’ violent deaths, Ellie Ross is shattered by the attempted abduction of her teenage daughter so she desperately turns to Grant for help. As they navigate a deadly search for the truth, they struggle with growing feelings for each other and Grant’s impending return to Afghanistan.

But time is running out. The killer is growing bolder by the hour, and Ellie and Grant must find him before the children become his next victims.

Bestselling author Melinda Leigh delivers another gritty mystery simmering with spine-tingling passion in this first Scarlet Falls novel.

©2014 Melinda Leigh (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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  • Graham
  • 28-07-2016

Moderately entertaining.

The book is interesting with an unlikely cast of characters.
It is not full of action, no especially violent, has reasonable back story but not an edge in your seat, "un-put down able" ripping yarn.
I mark it down too due to the romantic stuff not a personal preference in a murder mystery.

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  • Susan
  • 14-01-2016

Good murder mystery with a realistic romance

Some of the many things I loved about this book:

• Characters were not just black and white. Most were fundamentally good people, but were not perfect, made mistakes, and sometimes messed up. Some people were more likeable than others, and some unlikeable people then had moments when you empathised with them. The bad guy was not immediately obvious – right up until the end it could have been one of several people.

• I loved the scene where the two brothers did not automatically assume that their sister would be the best caregiver for orphaned children, purely because she was a woman. In fact initially they both acknowledged that she was not maternal, and that the responsibility fell to them to take care of the kids.

• The H and h were mutually attracted, but for much of the book did not act on this attraction. People close to them had been murdered, and romance was, realistically, the least of their priorities. Even when they admitted to their mutual attraction they both knew that a relationship was not a realistic proposition and both, all the way through, always put the kids first. At the end, when circumstances changed and a relationship become possible, they decided to “see where it developed” rather than claim “insta-love”. The epilogue very nicely showed where everything had developed!

• I particularly loved the h in this book. She did not fall to pieces in moments of crisis and do stupid stuff. When held at gunpoint she carefully and rationally considered all her options, and acted appropriately. She did not automatically trust the H just because she liked him, nor did she discount anyone as a suspect for anything but very logical reasons. In other words, she had a brain, and she used it. Hallelujah!!!

Great book, really good narration. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • Johnny106
  • 26-11-2018

Fantastic Story, poor narrator.

First book by this author, fantastic book, great story and characters. Although I gave 5*s, I will not read the next books, because there is too much passion in the books for me. That's a personal thing, please do not let that put you off. Great book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-2018

Great Read

Great read cannot wait to read the second or third book in the series. The narrator was excellent

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  • ian mcnamara
  • 19-02-2017

A really interesting story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes bbecause i enjoyed the story and found it an easy read.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the characters and the way it was not easy to figure out.

Which character – as performed by Cris Dukehart – was your favourite?

Iliked the way she read grants character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes.

Any additional comments?

I came across this author by accedent while brousing my updates on goodreads and noticed that one of my friends had read this so decided to add it to my shelves. i then came to audible and was glad to find that i was able to get hold of it. really enjoyed the book and i am looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-01-2017

LOVED THIS BOOK

Where does Hour of Need rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

10/10

What other book might you compare Hour of Need to, and why?

The style makes me think slightly of James Patterson and John Grisham but mostly she is up there with Jeffrey Archer too.
A gripping story !!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book played with all my emotions

Any additional comments?

Very well written and beautifully told.