Narrator: David J Bell
Published by Self Published / Indie on 20 June 2016
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
Source: Narrator, Submitted
Sal Russo, a down-and-out writer, finds a mysterious package in his garden. Inside, a manuscript details a girl's abduction. It ends with a note: Write the next chapter in her life or she dies. Her fate is in your hands.
With breaking news of the missing girl, Sal realizes this isn't a prank. As the stakes rise, the girl's only hope for survival is for Sal to stay one step ahead of her tormentor in this twisted writing game.
The Next Chapter spins a plot that will keep you guessing right up to the end, moving forward at breakneck speed as the clock ticks down to the final confrontation.
©2009 Bryn Jones (P)2016 Bryn Jones
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A psychopath is abducting and killing teenage girls. He threatens Sal Russo, a Christian writer to write one chapter after another to save his latest victim. Russo recently lost his wife and daughter in a car accident and is so distraught, he goes along with the scheme, getting in deeper and deeper, until the lines are blurred as to who is the criminal.
The police commander investigating the case is fighting his own demons as he tries to unravel the case. It doesn’t help that the corrupt police force is against him at every turn. Politics and cronyism seem far more important to his superiors than solving the case.
The Next Chapter is a crime novel in the traditional sense, with a dose of Christian dogma thrown in for some reason. Some listeners may find this off-putting, but left this listener simply scratching his head, why was it there, what was the point? It is easily ignored and shouldn’t discourage crime fans from the larger story.
The story moves along pretty well, with enough suspense and turns to keep the listener engaged. There is no real mystery as to who is the criminal, rather if he’ll get caught, or if Russo will get himself so entangled that he’ll never get free.
The story is performed by David Bell who is mostly distracting throughout the story. He is not a bad narrator, just a poor choice for this novel, rather dry and unemotional. The character voices don’t seem to match very well either. Production issues plagued the sound quality as well, and if you listen with earphones, you will hear distracting mouth noises.
This is a pretty entertaining story with too many sub-plots, many of which seem difficult to believe. It is saved by steady action and some decent character development. Unfortunately, the narrator didn’t add to the story and may be a deal breaker for many listeners. Listen to an audio sample to decide for yourself.