The Day She Died by S.M. Freedman

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 Goldโ€™s birthdays are killers, and her twenty-seventh birthday proves to be no different. But for the up-and-coming Vancouver artist, facing death isnโ€™t the real shock โ€” itโ€™s what comes after.

Recovering from a near-fatal accident, Eve is determined to return to the life sheโ€™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 โ€” and one suspicious death โ€” 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.


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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. Sheโ€™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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Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone โ€“ the 50 Million Reviews mark!

5 thoughts on “The Day She Died by S.M. Freedman”

  1. Thanks for the heads up on the narrator. I dislike when a female narrator tries to do voices, especially male ones, and doesn’t measure up. Nice honest review, Sandy.

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    1. I have just abandoned my next audiobook as well – The Silent Suspect by Nell Pattison. I don’t think that has ever happened before. Both were Netgalley ARCs. Not sure what I am going to listen to next….will troll my library’s offerings a little later on today. โค๐Ÿ“š

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      1. I was declined for that one, so I guess it is no big deal then. I am listening to a romance, but fast forwarding through the rather descriptive sex scenes. The story is good otherwise. ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™‰

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