Narrator: Sara Morsey
Published by RMSW Press on 01 December 2014
Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
Source: Author, Submitted
A pair of pink, silk underwear...
The quiet world of Melody and Jack Dickinson is about to be turned upside down. Twenty years of marriage hangs in the balance when Melody finds out about Jack's infidelity. The betrayal is made worse when Melody discovers his lover is Serena Rowland, a young woman who works at Melody's law firm.
A receipt from an overpriced hotel...
Harsh words are exchanged before Melody storms off to work, determined to have Serena fired. But when Melody hears Serena was murdered over the weekend, everything changes. Serena's body is found beaten and strangled with a pair of pink, silk panties, in the same hotel that Jack had admitted staying at over the weekend. Within seconds of hearing the news, Melody's life spins out of control when Jack calls in a panic. The police are at their home to arrest him for Serena's murder.
Pictures of a young woman's scantily clad torso on a cell phone...
Was she married to a monster? One who beat and strangled the young woman to death, or was Jack set up? Did Melody's own dark secret, hidden inside her heart for years, have something to do with the nightmare they suddenly find themselves in?
Melody and Jack are about to discover that one fateful mistake will destroy many.
©2014 Ashley Fontainne (P)2014 Ashley Fontainne
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Empty Shell is a character oriented suspense story that combines murder mystery with Christianity.
Melody discovers that Jack, her husband of 20 odd years, has been having an affair with a younger woman. To make matters worse, this woman, Serena, has been working alongside Melody, who is a paralegal in a prominent law firm. But it doesn’t end there. Melody then discovers that Serena has just been found murdered in a hotel room. And to top it all off, all the evidence points to her cheating husband Jack as the number one suspect. When he is arrested and locked up, Melody’s world is threatening to fall apart, but she has the help and support of her best friend, her mother, her husband’s best friend and her boss Roger, and above all, her faith. All is not as it seems though, and Melody slowly works out that maybe she should have believed Jack’s pleas of being innocent in the murder of Serena. Melody sets out to find justice for Jack, as more and more lies, secrets and cover-ups are revealed.
Empty Shell started off really strong. The characters are well drawn and you really get a feeling for each one. As the story went on though, the frequent references to religion became a bit too much for me. The story really focuses in on Melody’s emotions and her feelings of guilt. That part is well executed and will certainly tug at some listeners’ heartstrings. I would have liked more of a thrilling mystery with a murderer that was less easy to predict. However, as a slow-burn cozy mystery, this is well written and if you enjoy Christian fiction, then this will definitely appeal.
I enjoyed the narration more than I did the book if that makes sense. Empty Shell is written from the first person perspective of Melody, and Sara Morsey suited that character perfectly. Her narration was very natural and delivered with a wonderful Southern drawl that made Melody come alive. She sounded just as you would Melody expect to sound. She was equally skillful with the different male characters. All characters sounded like authentic people, no silly voices here. There were no problems with the production.
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