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A dead woman’s cherished trinkets become pieces to a terrifying puzzle.

Mickie Lambert creates “digital scrapbooks” for clients, ensuring that precious souvenirs aren’t forgotten or lost. When her latest client, Nadia Denham, a curio shop owner, dies from an apparent suicide, Mickie honors the old woman’s last wish and begins curating her peculiar objets d’art. A music box, a hair clip, a key chain - twelve mementos in all that must have meant so much to Nadia, who collected them on her flea market scavenges across the country.

But these tokens mean a lot to someone else, too. Mickie has been receiving threatening messages to leave Nadia’s past alone.

It’s becoming a mystery Mickie is driven to solve. Who once owned these odd treasures? How did Nadia really come to possess them? Discovering the truth means crossing paths with a long-dormant serial killer and navigating the secrets of a sinister past. One that might, Mickie fears, be inescapably entwined with her own.

©2021 by Rachel Howzell Hall. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Michael
  • 06-09-2021

Ugh - Another DUMB Female Lead

Oh come on! Ms. Howzell Hall wrote one of the smartest books I've read in Now She's Gone. I wonder what happened. Was this an earlier book released? If you listen to this book, prepare to yell out loud -- Oh come on! over and over again. Or, better yet, use your credit on Now She's Gone -- That book is amazing in every way!

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  • Kentucky Bohemian
  • 29-09-2021

Struggled With the Heroine

Rarely do I have such conflict with a main character and still say that I enjoyed the read. But that's what happened with this well written story of deception, intrigue, and misdirection.

I enjoyed many things about this novel. The characters are diverse, genuine, and full of real emotions and heart. The story line is well paced, with many swivels and swerves that kept my interest. The concept might not be considered exactly unique, but it certainly came in a nice new package with this telling. It's a chilling story, with provocative insights and a slight social justice mindset.

Then there's Mickie. Our heroine has many wonderful qualities. She's very intelligent, well raised, full of a zest for life and a keen sense of curiosity. She tends to see everyone with an optimistic viewpoint, considering most every person she meets to be a potential friend. How could I possibly have a problem with that? I didn't. It was the fact that her youthful enthusiasm and sense of inquisitiveness, combined with her victim's mentality, was difficult to tolerate.

She tends to overthink things regularly, allowing herself to make snap judgments when given just one piece of the puzzle. She leaps at shadows and things that go bump in the night, yet chooses not to tell her family when a genuine threat is present. Not once, but repeatedly. She calls on her family for moral/emotional/physical support at her whim, but chooses odd times to keep silent about potentially threatening events.

Worse yet, when she would recognize a serious threat, her victim's mentality seemed to encourage her to run toward that peril rather than away from it. Yes, she's very intelligent, but not so smart. She apparently has no innate sense of self-preservation. She's the girl in the horror movie that runs into the basement to get away from the killer. Honestly, Mickie reminded me a lot of a woman I knew for years who was well liked but so sheltered she had never truly had an independent thought. So maybe it was a personal issue for me.

Even though I could not relate to the main character, I still stuck with and enjoyed the story. Mickie's family is far from perfect, yet very loving and concerned...and always there for her. Her client, Nadia, is an intriguing personality with a unique collection of favorite things she wants included in her digital scrapbook. Then there are the secrets. They are the commodity on which this story revolves, and it seems everyone here has more than their fair share.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-09-2021

What a slog

The author does a fair job of creating suspense but you pay for it with a dangerously naive main character and too many parallel story line.

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  • Anthony
  • 04-09-2021

Loved the Secret Message in this book

Loved the hidden message above all had to re read to understand how the begging leave clues in the ending I knew from the beginning the chick was the one but this book is like Rachel Howzell Hall last book but only if she got away with it but love how the author had the villain try to rewrite history after forgotten a new remembrance would be there dope story great story great writer love the new narration

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  • Linda
  • 27-10-2021

More than what meets the eye

Rachel Howzell Hall masterfully tells stories that have a huge cast of characters. Mickie works for Meaningful Memories a digital scrapbooking company. Meeting her newest client Nadia after a breakup from a work colleague Christopher, she is looking forward to helping a woman diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. When Nadia commits suicide within hours of there meetings she agrees to continue the work. But something is right about the memorabilia left for the scrapbook. And Nadia’s son and daughter don’t appear to be on the right page. Michaela has issues of her own to work out but the beginning of the book that starts with what appears to be a stalking serial killer leads to a slow burn of other side mysteries until the shocking end.

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  • maria d.
  • 22-10-2021

AMAZING

The most thrilling book I've read in a while. It makes you think you know what is about to happen but its not even close to it.

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  • LC
  • 18-10-2021

interesting story!

Enjoyed being able to hear a thriller with a different storyline for once. kept me guessing until the very end!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-2021

Confused

I tried to give this a try but understand why it’s free. Completely jumps on the second chapter which threw me.

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  • augie
  • 26-09-2021

The principal character...

a modern story. I'm not sure if the main character is Michaela....or her cell phone!

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  • AJ Holmes
  • 25-09-2021

FAST-PACED AND GOOD!!!

Oh, this was a nice, fast-paced read! It hooks you in from the beginning and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. I love thrillers like this, that involves those little antique and knick-knack shops. I've always thought those types of stores screamed 'sinister'.

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