Narrator: Belle Burkhart
Series: Ruthless Storm Trilogy #1
on 18 December 2015
Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
A disturbance at her neighbor's house piques Eilida's curiosity. What she discovers is so shocking it sends her running through the mountainous woods during a thunderstorm. She slips on the wet ground, plummets down Mount Wilde, and slams into a large boulder beside River Freedom. Eilida is transported to Lyden, where Sunshine, a receptionist at the local paper becomes engrossed in her story. The further Sunshine delves into Eilida's life, the more entangled their lives become. Paranormal events, frightening dreams, and terror-filled memories draw the women together into an unthinkable web of horror.
©2014 Lisa Marie Klaes (P)2015 Lisa Marie Klaes
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Belle Burkhart has a nice normal voice but she was monotone, with little to no difference in voices. Male voices are really hard for most females and I automatically have a great deal of forgiveness for any female narrator given that fact; however, there was just no change in tone or inflection from character to character. I couldn’t easily identify who was who during my listen.
I cannot speak to editing, spelling or punctuation errors in the physical text, but for the audio version there are no really noticeable chapter breaks. From time to time I would notice that a character’s name was oddly, plainly stated for no other reason than, I can only assume, the beginning of a new chapter.
I found the book to be eye rollingly over descriptive. The plot gets lost and the storyline is muddled by the description of every nuance, from the way a person looked to exactly what was on the wedding rehearsal dinner menu. There was redundant and misuse of words like “intuitively” and “macabre”.
Main supporting characters were devastatingly beautiful and flawless, even though the protagonist was a cheating lying “virgin” fiancée. I just did not like her character at all. Most supporting characters were described as ugly – grotesque and rude. No thought was given to the realistic maturity or mind of the characters age. Memories of the main characters four-year-old self felt very unrealistic leaving me thinking, “There’s no way a four year old did/thought that.”
Overall, the plot very predictable, the book felt immature and unrealistic, like it was not written with much research or thought. Why would a seasoned detective give a young substitute reporter on her first “story” a physical tour of an unsolved crime scene? Some other blaring things that bothered me are – you don’t “pop a cork of merlot” and there is no such thing as “heart pressure medicine,” at least not in the google search I did to research this. The protagonist gets drunk so much logic would argue that her “perfect” fiancées perfect parents would likely not be so supportive of the marriage – or at least would worry about their son.
Even a work of fiction should be well thought out and edited. I was left wondering why the book was written except to be book one of a series. What was the message? What was the writer trying to convey to me, the reader? As a proud and true book worm (I go through 10-30 stories a week between physical texts, Kindle and Audible versions) I find it offensive when a writer seems to write a book just to fill up or round out a trilogy.
While I applaud and appreciate the work of all writer go through I must say I did not enjoy this book. I encourage the writer to keep writing, learning and fully research her thoughts and ideas.