Innocent or guilty—there’s nothing perfect about it.
Phoebe Davidson is a good girl who’s been through some bad times. Her life changed forever when she learned that her husband was living a secret life. Now, six years later, she’s just going through the motions of her life, afraid to let anyone in.
When a horrific crime occurs in her home, she meets Logan Matthews, a police detective working the case. When Phoebe herself is charged with the murder, can she trust Logan? Can she, and should she let him into her life?
My spine stiffens.
I thought that I’d imagined the sound, but there it is again. A muffled gurgle…maybe. Then silence.
Not a sound that belongs in my home.
I think of fleeing.
The urge to see where it’s coming from is too great. Besides, it doesn’t sound threatening. How stupid would I feel if I called someone to help me, and it was just the dishwasher overflowing or something equally frightening?
I breathe in deeply, taking my fortification from the air around me and then release it slowly. My heartbeat echoes in my ears.
I take my first steps, moving gingerly toward the back of the house. Goosebumps wash over my arms.
The sound echoes again.
Why am I being so ridiculous? Get your butt in there and see what the problem is.
It probably isn’t even that loud, anyway. It just seems that way because it doesn’t belong. I expel a breath and get on with it. My courage renewed, I ignore the bumps of warning on my arms, take the turn into the kitchen…and fall to my knees.
Hysteria bubbles to the surface of my being.
My breaths now escape as rough sobs.
A black cloud forms around my vision, but I push it away as I try to assess the sight before me.
There’s blood—so much blood—in pools and smears on my white floor.
And a man.
Just lying there.
Something protruding from his chest.
I choke back the bile that’s building in my throat. It’s too late to turn back. I crawl to him slowly on shaky limbs. I sway, dizzy from the sight before me.
His chest rises and falls, revealing the source of the sound.
Is he alive?
A Bookaholic’s Fix Review:
I don’t know how, but I missed a vital piece of information when I signed up to review this one–in fact it was one little word that would have changed my mind about reviewing had I caught it in the first place–AUDIO.
I am not fond of the concept of listening to books. Part of my prejudice stems from the fact that I have severe ADHD. I can lock out the world and read for hours on end because there is nothing but me and the words but focusing on someone else reading a book to me is nearly impossible so I have avoided it until now. I signed up for the tour, so I was bound and determined to make good on my word and review this book.
I plopped my butt in front of the computer, made good use of my earphones and opened a game of spider solitaire to help keep me focused (because visual stimulation is imperative to my focus, I’ve learned) as two voices told me the story of Phoebe and Logan.
At first the story sounded a bit strange but without seeing the words, I couldn’t put my finger on why. About two-thirds through the book, the answer finally dawned on me–the story is told in present tense. By the time I realized it, I had become accustomed to the style but I made a note because I find stories written in present tense harder to get into, hence the feeling that something about the story was off. I will admit, from what I could tell, the author did manage to use the tense well so I feel that if reading the print, it would not be difficult to adjust to the story quickly.
Anyway. The story is told in alternating, first-person perspectives. The opening is Phoebe finding a man dying on her kitchen floor, so the chapter is told by a female voice; the next is from Logan’s perspective so a male actor reads the chapter; the pattern continues throughout the book. The actors do a decent job as far as inflection and relaying the underlying emotion of the story. I felt the female voice didn’t quite fit the strength of Phoebe’s character but other than that, the actors did a good job.
I did learn that my initial opinion on audibooks still holds true though, it isn’t as enjoyable for me as reading the print. I think hearing someone read it highlighted issues with characters and plot that I probably would have overlooked when reading. Some dialogue came off as incongruent with the character’s descriptions. I believe it wouldn’t have seemed inconsistent if the only voices I heard were the ones inside my own head. I also noticed a decent amount of what I consider romance novel cliches, notions and sayings that seem overused in the genre but it is part of the nature of the beast. As for the plot, I never quite understood some of the characters’ motivations. I felt there were details missing that could have better explained why they acted the way they did.
The story itself was interesting enough to keep me listening though. I liked the characters (even if they seemed a bit bipolar) and the story line and I was pleasantly surprised that the tale did not include a predictable ending–I was certain I knew the outcome then the truth came from somewhere in left field (it was surprising but not unbelievable). I did notice some light-switch emotions and opinions though; you know, the kind that switch suddenly without any warning or explanation. I also noticed some sentences and phrases that sounded peculiar. Without seeing the printed words, I couldn’t really pinpoint why they bothered me, but I knew they didn’t sound quite right.
Overall, I give this one 3.5 stars. I found it to be an interesting story and I wouldn’t be opposed to reading more of Lassiter’s work, BUT next time, I will pick up a copy I have to read for myself.
About Tamra Lassiter
I live outside Washington, D.C. with my wonderfully supportive husband and two daughters, one of which is approaching her teenage years. Help us all! If that isn’t enough, we have a Great Dane and an English Bulldog to keep us on our toes. It’s crazy around here and I love every minute of it!
Writing is my third career. I didn’t set out to be a writer, it was just meant to be. My Mechanical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech prepared me well for my first career as an Engineer/Program Manager. My second career was in Human Resources. Long story, but I figured it out. I believe the best start for a writing career is to be a reader first and I’ve been an avid reader my whole life. I’ve loved to read ever since I picked up my first Nancy Drew mystery in the fourth grade. Now I love reading just about everything, but I don’t read sad books and I don’t watch sad movies either for that matter, no matter how many awards they’ve won. Life’s too short and who needs all that strife to bring us down?
Many of my words have been penned late into the evening, which explains why I’ve never viewed whatever television show you recommend to me. I would, however, love to hear your recommendations for a great read!