Finding Grace Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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This morning, my daughter sat right here, munching her breakfast, too excited to finish it. Now, she is missing.
The day after her ninth birthday, Lucie and Blake Sullivan agree, for the very first time, to let their daughter, Grace, make the four-minute walk back home alone from a friend’s house just down the street.
They joke with friends about hiding behind bushes to ensure she is safe. But the joke turns sour when Grace does not appear.
Despite the best efforts of the police and local community, Grace seems to have vanished into thin air. With hope fading fast, Lucie knows she can rely on her husband to support her through such dark times. That is until the day she makes a shocking discovery, hidden in Blake’s desk, and suddenly she begins to doubt everything she knew about the man she married.
But Lucie harbours a terrible secret of her own. One that she has never shared with anyone, even Blake....
And as the search for Grace reaches fever pitch, Lucie receives a terrifying message. If she is ever to see Grace again, Lucie has no choice but to face the past she tried hard to bury forever. And she must do it alone.
The most gripping psychological thriller you’ll listen to this year from the best-selling author K.L. Slater. If you love The Wife Between Us or Gone Girl, you’ll be totally hooked on Finding Grace.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 22 minutes|
|Author||K. L. Slater|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 20, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #84,653 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#524 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,754 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,452 in Psychological Fiction (Books)
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I’m halfway through and not sure if I’ll finish it. My “Unputdownable psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist!” bingo card is filling up:
1. Missing kid: Check
2. Parents with secrets: Check
3. Flashbacks to trauma suffered when younger: Check
4. Spouse finding money/cheating texts/etc hidden by other spouse: Check
5. B*tchy mother-in-law: Check
6. Sweet, gentle father-in-law: Check
7. (Minor) German character named Klaus: Check (Klaus? Seriously?)
I could continue but don’t want to give too much away. I guess I need to take a break from the “Unputdownable” thrillers — I’m so sick of that ridiculous, trite term, btw — they’re all starting to sound exactly the same. If I never read another missing kid plot, I’ll be fine. (Yes, I knew from the blurb it was about such, so that’s on me, and I’m not taking away because of it.)
I’m also finding the dialogue to be very stilted and choppy. Nothing flows in a natural way, nothing feels authentic, it’s very flat and one-dimensional. I think a lot of authors come up with the plot first, then try to mold the cardboard character cut-outs around it, which brings up my next point .....
Modern day books in the psychological thriller catagory are reminding me more and more of Harlequin romance novels and bro-country songs. Same tired formula, just change the cover art and names.
If I manage to finish it, I’ll update. Bottom line is that I pre-ordered this and am very disappointed. I’m giving three stars, because I haven’t finished and maybe there’s a chance it gets better. Otherwise, what I’ve read so far is two stars. I think I’m going to stop pre-ordering books in this genre and wait a few weeks to buy one, so I can see more reviews by readers outside of the Cult of Netgalley and authors/bloggers s*ck up festivals on Twitter. Remember when books stood on their own merit, and not on saturating/flooding social media, giving out free books, etc ... hashtag amitheonlypersonactuallypayingforbooks ?
Sorry, I digress ...
Update: I finished it. It got worse.
Cliches left and right, outlandish “twists”, only one character I liked and had any sympathy for, rushed ending, etc. The storyline got more and more unbelievable and I honestly kept going just to see how silly it would get.
K.L. can do SO much better than this. I’m worried that she’s being held hostage, forced to write Unputdownable! formulaic drivel, and needs us to rescue her. Hey! That might actually be a good fiction plot .... popular author gone missing instead of someone’s kid. And fans rescue said author from awful people who kidnapped her because she made them mad this one time decades ago.
Anyway, changing three stars to two.
Well written, but I did not totally like Lucie, the main character. Did it really take losing her daughter for her to own up and open up? Oh well, maybe there won’t be a story if she had a stronger character. I might have gotten annoyed, but the book was still worth the time reading.
A missing child is a common premise in a lot of thriller books, and I've read a lot of them. Here again we have a little nine year old girl who simply vanished almost in front of watchful adult eyes. This is where things get very interesting.
While I did, for once, figure out at least part of the ending of a K. L. Slater book, there was plenty left to discover that made me slap my forehead with a gasp of, "Oh! I should've known that!"
Anyone who reads my reviews knows I don't give away plot details, and I detest any book loaded with profanity and graphic sex and violence. While there are a few "words" here and there, Slater is one writer who uses the minimum to get the characters' point across, or to emphasize a personality type. Kudos to you, Ms. Slater.
There really isn't anything I don't like about this book. I read large portions of it at a time and couldn't wait to finish it.
I think others will enjoy it as much as I did.
Top reviews from other countries
The father is supposed to be a Green councillor, but the family has a car, which is extremely unlikely. Initially he is described as a borough councillor, and then as a councillor for Trent Bridge ward: he can’t be both.
The mother does not work (it is not explained why), and the father has given up his job to concentrate on his council work. What on earth does this family live off? Does the author not realize that councillors are volunteers and don’t get paid for their work? I suspect she does think that councillors get paid, as the father talks of a bonus he has received for his council work. This is an egregious error. Maybe if I had gone on reading I might have discovered how the parents were able to afford to have brunch out, let their daughter go riding, and contemplate holidays when they were both unemployed.
My first by this author, I sat down after lunch yesterday to take a glance and I couldn't put it down. I've raced through it, but from the moment Grace disappears I was hooked until I got to the very end. And what an ending!!!
This has it all, great characters, a twisty turny plot and you will feel as if you've stepped into Lucy and Blake Sullivan's shoes. It's one not to be missed, but my only warning -- you won't be able to put it down once you start!
I've read and really enjoyed everyone of Kim's books to date but I think I can safely say that this one is my favourite so far! Thanks again Kim for another fabulous read.