Narrator: Kevin Clay
Published by Self Published / Indie on 3 May 2016
Length: 11 hours 46 minutes
Genres: Literary, Mystery/Thriller, Psychological, Suspense
Source: Author, Submitted
On a warm May evening in the spring of 1979, the people of Heartsridge, Massachusetts, are living the American dream. Families are gathered for barbecues. Kids are playing in front yards. Gardens are being kept. Meanwhile, Kara Price stumbles home through the woods, raped and beaten, her life shattered by a wicked act of violence, perpetrated by one of the town's most beloved and public figures.
Surrounding Kara is a cast of compelling and nefarious characters - a violent-tempered mayor who can do no wrong in the eyes of the town, a sheriff bound by the rules and plagued by a guilty conscience, a father bent on revenge, a serial killer in the midst of an identity crisis. And at the center of it all there's Kara, who just wants to move on with her life and forget everything that happened to her. But how can she do that when everyone thinks she is a liar who is only out for attention? With plot and emotion braided together by a careful hand, this haunted group of people all acting on behalf of their own interests begs the question: How far would you go to protect your own?
©2015 Christian Galacar (P)2016 Christian Galacar
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“People protect their own. It’s human nature.”
Cicada Spring by Christian Galacar surprised me. This was far more than the standard mystery that I had expected. Hard to believe this was Mr. Galacar’s debut novel. Set in the spring of 1979, the author draws a meticulous picture of life in small-town America with its politics and allegiances and the “monsters” that live among us. This wasn’t an easy listen. At times, it was downright depressing. In particular, with respect to the rape culture, it addressed. In addition, there was a depiction of animal cruelty at the beginning of the book that was hard to stomach, and I actually started wondering whether this would be the right book for me. But I’m so glad I didn’t stop at that point.
Aside from that horrible scene, the plot and the characters pulled me in from page one. In no time at all, I felt fully immersed in this poignant story of small-town America and couldn’t stop listening. There is a lot going on with a serial killer on the loose as well as the alleged rape of a fifteen-year-old girl which splits the community.
For me, the strength of this cross-genre novel was firstly the extremely well-defined characters – even the subsidiary characters were really well drawn – and secondly, the complex plot with its thoughtful exploration of the intricate relationships within families and small communities.
If you are looking for something a bit deeper than your standard crime novel or serial killer thriller, give this one a go! The characters and their experiences remained with me long after finishing this audiobook. I look forward to exploring Christian Galacar’s other books.
The book is read by Kevin Clay whose narration – in my opinion – was of the no-frills, straightforward variety. There was just about enough variation between the characters to keep it from being confusing while some of the female voices were slightly off from the way I was imagining them. But there was nothing that I particularly hated or particularly loved about the reading. Hence, my in-the-middle 3-star rating for the narration. There were no issues with the production of the audio.
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