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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (238 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gin Phillips Narrator: Angela Brazil Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781482982251
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When Ren was only twelve years old, she lost her older brother, Scott, to a car accident. Since then, Scott has been a presence in her life, appearing with a snatch of a song or a reflection in the moonlight. Now, twenty-five years later, her talent for connecting with the ghosts around her has made her especially sensitive as an archaeologist. More than just understanding the bare outline of how our ancestors lived, Ren is dedicated to re-creating lives and stories, to breathing life into those who occupied this world long before us. 

On the cusp of the most important discovery of her career, it is ghosts who are guiding her way. But what do two long-dead Mimbres women have to tell Ren about herself? And what message do they have about her developing relationship with a fellow archaeologist, the first man to really know her since her brother’s death? Come In and Cover Me is the moving story of a woman learning to let go of the past in order to move forward with her own future. Written with the same warmth and depth of feeling that drew readers to The Well and the Mine, Phillips’s debut, Come In and Cover Me is a haunting and engrossing new novel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Part love story, part field guide, this beguiling novel charts the excavation and restoration of a damaged soul.”


  • “As the natural and supernatural worlds coalesce, both recent and ancient history become more insistently present, yielding an original and strikingly beautiful ending.”


  • “Phillips’s writing is…brimming with imagery…Her greatest talent is her ability to create the world of the story. Come In and Cover Me moves us into the earth. The dusty landscape serves as both setting and metaphor, a beautiful but dangerous place where a sudden loss of footing can prove fatal.”

    Washington Post

  • “With a sure hand …Phillips, weaves this strand of the supernatural through a compelling modern story of love and loss.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 2/19/2014

    " This is the second book by Gin Phillips that I have read in the last month or so. I really liked the characters, the setting, and the story. I have often thought that I would have liked to have been an archaeologist like the main character, Ren. The story takes place in present day New Mexico at two different digs. Ren brings with her to the sites her own "ghost," the memory of her dead brother, to add to the two she thinks are trying to tell her their stories about the pottery bowls found at both sites. At the second site she meets Silas, and they are attracted to each other, but they find that their relationship is difficult to develop until Ren settles her issues with her "spirits." I like the way Phillips connects the beginnings of her stories to the endings. She is an excellent story teller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 2/7/2014

    " Interesting to learn a bit about the world of archaeology, but I didn't care enough about the romance/healing-the-wounded-child-within issues at the core of the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Davina Bell | 2/6/2014

    " I must say that it has been a long time since I have given a novel 1 star, but this novel took me soooooo long to read that I did not have a choice. I did enjoy the wrting style, however, the storyline really lacked in its ability to flow. Often, I found myself going back to see if I was still in the present or the past. At times, the storyline was confusing. I would not recommend this novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merceda | 2/3/2014

    " It was okay, but I probably wouldn't have liked it too much without the ghosts. They made it more interesting. The ending was really good in that she found herself in her current life, and proceeded forward rather than always looking for Scott, and being scared of losing another person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Will | 2/1/2014

    " Well, I think I was expecting more from this book because it was recommended to me by two very respectable readers, however I just thought it was ok. I never really connected with the characters. It took me a long time to read and never completely grabbed my interest or attention. But if you are intrigued by the book summary, then definitely read it. I am probably missing something. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 1/22/2014

    " I just couldn't get into this book. The characters were just really blah to me, especially Ren, the main character. I couldn't make myself care whether she found her artist or stopped talking to ghosts or whatever. Maybe the problem was that I have a whole stack of books that I am excited to read waiting for me. Whatever the reason, I had to force myself to finish this and wasn't very satisfied by the ending at all. It just didn't do it for me... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/16/2014

    " Yawn. Life's too short for boring books. Gave up on it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonya Watkins | 1/16/2014

    " Great book. Ren learns that fear of losing someone can be lived with and knowing it could end at anytime can make things even sweeter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline Ingvaldsen | 1/14/2014

    " An engaging tale of love and loss persuasively depicted in the setting of an archaeological dig in the Southwest United States. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 12/27/2013

    " Ren's visions at the archaeology dig and of her own past were compelling but the story of her relationship with Silas was sparse. I found the past far more interesting than the present in this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bg | 12/8/2013

    " a good read-alike for "people of the book" set in the american southwest..fascinating and beautiful. plus the added bonus of relatively rare springsteen lyrics!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri Light | 10/25/2013

    " I think I would have enjoyed this novel more had I not been fresh off of Louise Erdrich's "Painted Drum." Still, a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 8/10/2013

    " I thought the writing was choppy in the beginning but then I loved the idea of the story. The writing developed to be more engaging and fluid along with the narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 7/20/2012

    " I like to listen to mystery CDs in my car. This kept my attention - I enjoyed the information about archaeology , but i won't necessarily look for another book by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tona | 6/13/2012

    " Ren is a broken woman. The tragedies in her life have made her shut herself off from people. She lives and breaths finding the woman who lived centuries ago. The woman who made beautiful pottery. When a new site is found, she may finally have her chance to find out more about 'the artist". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susie | 4/19/2012

    " Good story, a bit depressing. Maybe because it hits to close to home for confront. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesa Parnham | 3/6/2012

    " An enjoyable easy read. Blends a modern day love story with a mystical bend. "

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About the Author
Author Gin Phillips

Gin Phillips is the author of several books, including The Well and the Mine, which was a Barnes & Noble Discover Award selection.

About the Narrator

Angela Brazil is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and a professional actor who is proud to be a long-standing member of the Resident Acting Company at Trinity Repertory Company. She also teaches at the Brown/Trinity Conservatory.