These are two thrillers/suspense that I listened to over the last week. One new author to me and one that I really enjoy. Very different stories, but both left me satisfied. One with a full cast of narrators (3), one read with only one narrator. Both were provided to me by HarperAudio upon request and I am glad that I requested them. I hope my reviews pique your interest.
No One Will Miss Her by Kat Rosenfield, Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Sophie Amoss, and Chris Andrew Ciulla
Published October 12th 2021 by HarperAudio
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is a story of mystery, suspense, betrayal with a huge twist that had my jaw dropping. Lizzie Oullette is the daughter of the junk yard owner. She was an outcast, bullied and teased much of her life, but beautiful as well. When she and the town football star hook up, she gets pregnant and they get married. Everyone still looks down on her but there is a grudging bit of acceptance as well. When Lizzie rents out her little lake house to a rich couple, in instagram influencer and her husband who is rumoured to have stolen funds from investors. They are hated even more than Lizzie. When Lizzie ends up dead, her face blown off in the lake house, an investigation ensues. Who killed her? Was it her husband? Where are her tenants?
Lizzie and Adrienne couldn’t be more different in many respects, but they are the same in others. They are both women who want to belong and both have secrets. Adrienne is a user, but it seems to work for her. The story is narrated by Lizzie both in the past and in the present, from the grave. This is a book where the less said is more so I’m not going to say anymore about the plot. If you are one who doesn’t always read the book blurb, I suggest you skip it as well. What I will say is that I really didn’t like any of the main characters, but I still connected to the story. It crosses classes and takes us on a merry ride. The writing was wonderful, entertaining and well plotted. I was engrossed in the story when the twists came, and wow! This is a psychological thriller that you need to experience and go into with as little knowledge about the story as possible. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Sophie Amoss, and Chris Andrew Ciulla. They do a great job giving the various characters an individual voice. The tone, pacing and expression were great and added much to my enjoyment. I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy psychological thrillers.
Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger, Vivienne Leheny (Narrator)
Published October 5th 2021 by Harlequin Audio, Park Row
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wren is a woman with a past. She is quite happy with her few friends and her job writing an advice column called “Dear Birdie”. She is quite well off financially, but her best friend Jax thinks she needs to date. She convinces her to set up a profile on TORCH an app that is more for hookups than actual dating. Wren agrees and meets, Adam. He is everything she has always wanted in a man, funny, caring, loving, and she falls for him. When he fails to show up to meet her one night, she begins her own little investigation and finds out that he has disappeared and everything he told her appears to have been a lie. She has been ghosted. Why? Where is he now? She wants to find him and figure out what is going on. It leads her to her past, and a place she left with the intention of never returning.
I liked Wren. She was real, damaged, tragic, yet caring, loyal and smart. She meets Bailey Kirk, who is also tracking Adam. He is a PI who has been hired to find Mia Thorpe, the last hookup Adam had on Torch, who has disappeared without a trace. I am not going to say anything else about the plot. This is a story that can be confusing if you don’t pay attention. Ivy’s story switches between her past and present and fortunately, the chapters are titled so you know which time period you are in. Wren had a tough past and as you read, you learn who she was before she became Wren. She is in danger and makes mistakes along the way, but she was perseverant and wanted to get to the bottom of what Adam was going. There were some twists and one huge one that had me listening to this story long into the night. There was a certain amount of spooky atmospheric tension that added to that chilling feeling. Wren is the main narrator, but there are some chapters told from Bailey’s POV. This caused a bit of repetition, but it was not enough to turn me off. The one thing that had me hooked is that these things do happen, fake identities, ghosting, stealing funds etc. If I were to classify this one, I would say it is a Domestic Drama/Psychological Thriller. If you enjoy Lisa Unger’s writing, and I do, this is a dark, moody, twisty story that I enjoyed. The narration of the audiobook was performed by Vivienne Leheny. She did a wonderful job with this story using her tone, emotion, pacing and expression to bring this story to life for me. A narrator that I do enjoy.