EXCERPT: Eve Gold wasn’t surprised to die on her twenty-seventh birthday. The Angel of Death’s greasy fingers had been pressing against her spine for ten years – maybe longer – and in the underground of her mind where truth squirmed away from the light, she knew it was just a matter of time before press turned to shove. No, death wasn’t much of a shock. The real surprise was everything that followed.
ABOUT ‘THE DAY SHE DIED’: Eve Gold’s birthdays are killers, and her twenty-seventh birthday proves to be no different. But for the up-and-coming Vancouver artist, facing death isn’t the real shock — it’s what comes after.
Recovering from a near-fatal accident, Eve is determined to return to the life she’s always wanted: a successful artistic career, marriage to the man who once broke her heart, and another chance at motherhood. But brain damage leaves her forgetful, confused, and tortured by repressed memories of a deeply troubled childhood, where her innocence was stolen one lie — and one suspicious death — at a time.
As the dark, twisted pages unfold, Eve must choose between clinging to the lies that helped her survive her childhood and unearthing the secrets she buried long ago.
MY THOUGHTS: I have abandoned this audiobook at 30%.
Part of the reason is the narrator whose voice, I feel, is totally unsuited to the narrative. Her men’s voices are atrocious. She has a very narrow range of tonal expression and inflection, and really, I would rather that she had just read the book in her own voice.
But the main reason for abandoning this is that at 30% I just couldn’t get involved in the story or feel anything for the characters. The narration jumps between the past and the present, bouncing between Eve’s childhood birthdays and a very confused present day in no particular sequence. It is absolutely confusing when listening. Whether it would be any better when reading is debatable.
At 30% I found that I just didn’t want to pick this up again. I was bored and had no interest in wherever it was heading.
Reading is a personal and subjective experience, and what appeals to one may not please another. So if you enjoyed this excerpt from The Day She Died, and the plot outline appeals, please do go ahead and read it. Just because it wasn’t for me, doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy this as others have.
THE AUTHOR: S.M. Freedman studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and spent years as a private investigator on the not-so-mean streets of Vancouver, before returning to her first love: writing.
She lives in Vancouver with her husband and two children. She’s a proud member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Tantor Audio via Netgalley for providing an audio ARC of The Day She Died, written by S.M. Freedman and narrated by Lauren Ezzo for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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