Mark Twain wrote: By trying, we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.
#1 in Torn
Category: Romance: Mystery/Suspense
Average Rating: 3.0
Drew Duncan swore he'd never go back to Ember Falls again. After he was wrongfully charged with his high school girlfriend's murder, he waited for a trial that never came. When he was released from jail a year later, he left everything behind. But when his sister is murdered, Drew is forced to return to the hometown where he and his sisters were brutalized by their alcoholic father. Once back, not even his training as a Marine and point man for McAlister Security prepares Drew for what he must face--a surviving sister who refuses to forgive him for abandoning her, a nephew who trembles when he enters the room, and an entire town that thinks he got away with murder. To protect his nephew, Drew will face his most terrifying fear. Going home.
There are some great, well-drawn characters in this spellbinding mystery, however, the story really drags through the trite and tedious sex scene. But worst of all, there are many significant unfinished threads and the story ends in an annoying cliffhanger. This is a despicable practice and I cannot recommend anybook or author that perpetrates it.
Violet Anderson ultimately delivers an excellent performance. At first, her voice might seem a bit too sweet and youthful for this story, but she handles it very well, voicing each character distinctly and appropriately.
I'd give this story a much higher rating if it weren't for the overdone and unnecessary sex scene and the offensive cliffhanger ending.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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