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At 10 years old, Hadley Dixon's life changed forever. Since those few tragic weeks, she's tried to keep the past buried, but old bones have a way of rising up.

Grown now, Hadley can't hide any longer.

Haunted by a boy who never made it home, a woman who sings in moonlight and dances in flames, and the strange, scarred recluse who watches it all from the shadow of the pines, the time has come for Hadley to pay for her sins.

They say the truth will set you free, but sometimes it extracts a terrible price along the way. Is it a price Hadley's willing to pay?

A darkly moving mystery, with a southern gothic feel, The Grave Tender is the story of a family where no one is who they seem, the women at the heart of that family, and the extraordinary lengths they're willing to go to protect the ones they love.

©2015 Eliza Maxwell (P)2015 Eliza Maxwell

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-06-2016

a great listen!

This audiobook had me from the very first to the very end. Great writing and great narration. I found the narrator very soothing to listen to - a good storyteller's voice. The relationships between the characters feels real as does the small-town southern setting. I could almost smell the jambalaya!
There was an awful lot of tragedy and I think the reactions to them could have been meshed out a bit more but then it might teeter on macabre. I did appreciate that it did not dwell on the different tragedies nor did it give gory details. I really enjoyed this book!
I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Don U in Big Sky Country
  • 25-11-2020

Full of Trigger Elements

I struggled with this book. Frustrated that highly sensitive elements can be published, but my reviews words, carefully chosen, are throttled and not suitable for other potential readers to see. To be warned. If this does get past the censors, perhaps you will have picked up some content clues from me and others. I cannot recommend this book.

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  • Katherine
  • 18-12-2017

Strange Narration and Audio Problems

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It is such a sad book, although after having listened to a few books from this author, I suppose I should come to expect that. No one really makes it out unscathed.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Although I knew the inevitable conclusion was approaching, I was drawn to keep listening regardless. It was well-plotted with intriguing characters whom I cared about.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Homer V. Jones?

Yes. The narrator was a strange choice, given that the book is told from the point of view of a young girl, and later the same girl as she grows into a woman. The older male narrators voice seemed really incongruent with the "voice" of the book.

Do you think The Grave Tender needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, I think the book ended on a satisfactory note. It ended about as I'd expected, but I still found it worthwhile to listen to the end.

Any additional comments?

The book seemed plagued with audio problems, apart from the narrator. On some sections, it seemed like they edited the tempo of his narration so the sentences were almost on top of one another without a break between, even when it wasn't a tense part of the book. Other times, a sentence or two would sound like he was far away from the microphone, then suddenly his voice would jump back in to normal range. Also, the audio quality often seemed different, like parts had been re-recorded and cut into the original. All of these incidents really took me out of the story, unfortunately. It had me focusing more on the narration that the plot at times, which was unfortunate.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 01-12-2017

VERY DEPRESSING

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I really didn't enjoy the story at all so not really anything

What was most disappointing about Eliza Maxwell’s story?

I did not feel there was any actual point to the story and it was a very difficult listen because of the nature of the dark subjects. I am not put off by books with heavy material, but I feel like there does need to be some kind of "point" to all of it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Homer V. Jones?

I would have preferred a female, but I just didn't like this narrator at all. I felt that the narrator often emphasized words or sentences in a strange way, and I felt that he "overacted" a lot of the dialogue. I found that I would just barely catch some of the reading because he would also read in run-on sentences. Just NOT a good narrator for me all around!

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  • Gothic_Potato
  • 09-09-2017

Not your usual little town book. Excellent read.

You think you know what's going on, but once you figure it out, it is terrifying. Questions that the characters have to make decisions about make you ask yourself what you would do. Very good

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  • Deedra
  • 15-08-2017

The Grave Tender

I absolutely LOVED this book!Hadleys mom is 'crazy'.When Hadley finds out why her life has changed for the worst.Her odd uncle lives in a shack in the woods.He gets blamed for a lot.Things are not what they seem in this family.It is fascinating.Homer V Jones is a terrific narrator.I was provided this book by the author, narrator or publisher for review.

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  • LB
  • 15-02-2021

Narration is Not Good

I could not get past the reader's voice and performance. It was so distracting that I was missing pieces of the story and would have to rewind. I finally just gave up; an Audible credit wasted. Ill read this one. The story itself has to be good based on the ratings.

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  • Curious George
  • 21-11-2020

Great overall story but

The problem with this book is the themes are very adult, but the writing style seems more to target a younger audience.

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  • Charleston Lover!!!
  • 17-08-2020

Amazing!

Eliza Maxwell has written a story that will surely pull at your heart and your mind. With a stunning performance delivery by Mr. Homer V. Jones that almost made me feel as if my Grandfather were reading it.
You don't want to miss this one!

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  • Patti S.
  • 10-06-2020

Excellent!!

I couldn't quit listening!! It had a lot of, "I didn't see that coming," to it. Great book!! I want crazy about the performer, I felt he made the people all sound mentally slow, when he was doing their voice...., Great story! I love Eliza Maxwell!!!

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  • Tez
  • 03-09-2017

ok

i normally read a book from start finish however i found the pace a bit slow and cast difficult to remember

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