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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 Brazi Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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About the Author
Author Gin Phillips

Gin Phillips is the author of the Barnes and Noble Discover Prize winning novel The Well and the Mine. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.