Two Audiobooks that had my mind racing and my house getting dirtier as I did no chores until I finished them. Both of these authors are favourites of mine and I was not disappointed. The narrators, Karissa Vacker, Kyf Brewer and Brittany Pressley are all becoming favourites of mine.
Every Vow You Take by Peter Swanson, Karissa Vacker (Narrator)
Expected publication: March 23rd 2021 by HarperAudio, William Morrow
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I never know what to expect when I pick up a Peter Swanson book, except that I am sure I will enjoy it. Every Vow You Break takes it title from the song Every Breath You Take by the Police. My son calls this the stalker song. Well, this book wasn’t about stalking, but it had that eerie, sinister feeling about it. Abigail Baskin has finally found happiness with Bruce Lamb. They are getting close to their marriage and both of them goes on a trip with their friends to celebrate before the wedding. Abigail ends up sleeping with a man she meets at a bar/restaurant. She puts it behind her and goes forward with the wedding, but knows there is something wrong when he follows her to New York. She says nothing to Bruce, and heads off on her honeymoon to a private resort on a secluded island. When this man shows up on the island, Abigail knows she will have to say something. Before she has the chance, this idyllic island becomes the source of nightmares.
I always go into Peter Swanson’s books with the expectation that I will have to suspend belief at some point and I definitely did with this story. It is a chilling and disturbing story, that had me worried about what was going to happen next. Most of the characters were unlikeable. Abigail was hard to like, but easy to feel sorry for. She was indecisive and made mistakes, but she didn’t deserve what happened to her. There were twists throughout, with a huge reveal. The ending tied up all the loose ends and brought closure to Abigail’s story. I enjoyed this suspenseful story and although it wasn’t the best I have read from Peter Swanson, I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish.
The audiobook was narrated by Karissa Vacker. I just recently listened to another book narrated by this talented voice actress and enjoyed this one as well. She does a great job with voices, tone, expression and pacing. Another narrator that is on my list of ones to watch for. The publisher provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
A Minute to Midnight (Atlee Pine #2) by David Baldacci, Narrated by Brittany Pressley and Kyf Brewer
Published December 19th 2019 by Hachette Audio
5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is the second FBI agent, Atlee Pine book and I enjoyed it even more than the first. This book finds Atlee frustrated at not getting answers about the kidnapping of her sister when she questions a serial killer at the prison. As she leaves the prison, there is a call about a snatching of a young girl and the suspect is heading in her direction. She catches up to him and eventually beats him to the point where he ends up in the hospital. After this event, she takes a forced vacation and heads to her hometown Andersonville, in rural Georgia with her assistant Carol Blum. Shortly after they arrive, there is a bizarre murder of a young woman, then another murder follows. Atlee offers her services to the local police to hopefully stop a serial killer, while investigating her sister’s disappearance 30 years earlier.
Atlee seems to be in the wrong place at the right time. In both books she is supposed to be on vacation, but ends up drawn into some rather strange cases. I like both Atlee and Carol. They are both smart, resilient, kickass women who can take care of themselves. They work well together, and even though Carol is not an agent, you would think she was. With two investigations running concurrently you might be worried there would be some confusion, but not so. David Baldacci takes these two storylines and melds them together wonderfully. I was completely engrossed in this story from the first moment until it ended. A book with just enough twists to keep me guessing and satisfying conclusion. I am waiting impatiently to see what is next in store for Atlee Pine. Once again the audiobook was narrated by Brittany Pressley and Kyf Brewer. I love their voices and the book came alive for me. I definitely recommend this team of narrators to any audiobook lovers.