Narrator: Laura Jennings
on 5 June 2017
Length: 11 hours 21 minutes
Source: Author, Submitted
A fire ignites a whirlwind of action and accusation in a swamp town that hasn't seen excitement since the big lottery win 12 years ago. Little does reporter Chloe Keyes know that when she sniffs around for clues, she'll end up facing her own demons while unsettling the very foundation of her hometown.
Chloe starts her day by pulling a gun on two intruders - and things only go downhill from there. Driving to Boyd's General for her daily caffeine fix, she finds the place ablaze. When the flames die down, she uncovers evidence that points to a dire fate for her missing childhood friend, Hoop. He disappeared 12 years ago, on the same day his girlfriend was struck and killed by a car. The events have left a dark mark on Chloe.
Over the next two days, strange occurrences pile up: Chloe's neighbor is found floating and bloated in Black Swamp, the head of a cosmetics conglomerate is arrested by federal agents, phone records point to a dead girl making calls, and a handsome stranger mystifies everyone he encounters. Through it all, the promise of a spectacular magic show captivates the local residents.
Close calls with gators, crossbows, and armed felons lead to a startling conclusion, complete with illusion, chicanery, and the most divisive trick of all: cold, hard truth. Will Chloe's murky existence finally be clarified, or will she succumb to the demons that haunt her?
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Chloe Keyes, a reporter and small-town resident of Black Swamp holds onto a dark moment in history. One moment that has haunted her dreams and her very soul. She knows better than anyone, that small towns have their deep dark secrets and her beloved Black Swamp is no different.
Faced with writing a “recap” story on the four lottery winners, the largest lottery win ever, Chloe learns firsthand how deep those secrets run and the secrets of relationships.
A gripping thriller filled with guns, knives, men in dark suits and an AARP gator that will keep you engrossed guessing who is behind the intrigue and mystery. There are moments of humor followed by moments that shake the foundation of human faith.
Anne McAneny sets the stage for the small town secret and its “reveal” in such a way that will leave the listeners gasping! McAneny builds her characters to larger than life but in such a way that her listeners cannot help but connect to them. The story line is captivating with moments of humor, love and a deep resonating darkness of evil.
Laura Jennings, the narrator, provides a performance that is natural and precise. Her easy, smooth flowing voice is soothing and captivating. Jennings was an excellent choice as a narrator as she owned the audio.
I highly recommend this audiobook if you enjoy mysteries, intrigue and small town relationships. I look forward to more by Anne McAneny.
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