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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,832 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurie R. King Narrator: Frank Muller Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2001 ISBN: 9781440756535
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Rae Newborn is a woman on the edge: on the edge of sanity, on the edge of tragedy, and now on the edge of the world. She has moved to an island at the far reaches of the continent to restore the house of an equally haunted figure, her mysterious great-uncle; but as her life begins to rebuild itself along with the house, his story starts to wrap around hers. Powerful forces are stirring, but Rae cannot see where her reality leaves off and his fate begins.

Fifty-two years old, Rae must battle the feelings that have long tormented her, panic, melancholy, and a skin-crawling sense of watchers behind the trees. Before she came here, she believed that most of the things she feared existed only in her mind. And who can say, as disturbing incidents multiply, if any of the watchers on Folly Island might be real? Is Rae paranoid, as her family and the police believe, or is the threat real? Is the island alive with promise or danger?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “King keeps the pages turning in a tale that's sure to delight.”

    Booklist

  • “Acclaimed mystery writer King has crafted a labyrinthian tale that is as haunting as it is touching.”

    People

  • “The blend of murder mystery and psychological thriller is bread and butter for King.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel in 2002

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 2/17/2014

    " Really enjoyed the mysterious way this was written and the drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 2/1/2014

    " I re-read this book recently, and I still love it. It's the story of a woodworking artist who suffers from monolar depression. She moves to an island in the Pacific Northwest, there to rebuild an ancestral home destroyed by fire. At its core a literary thriller (mysteries surround the island and the fire that destroyed the original home), what keeps drawing me back is the tale of recovery and reconstruction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 2/1/2014

    " This was a tremendous book! Wasn't too sure about it at the beginning but couldn't put it down after a few pages. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debbie | 1/31/2014

    " Don't bother. The wanderings into the phychosis and depression of this woman just isn't that interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dede | 1/25/2014

    " I enjoyed this book very much and would put it in the well written mystery genre. I'm now it the middle of the book that follows this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 1/25/2014

    " Not enough Holmes and Russell interaction to keep me reading but interesting to know that the translator, Pessoa, was based on a real person. However, King tells much of the action rather than showing us, the Pirates of Penzance embedded within an early filmmaker's movie he is purportedly making is tiresome; the long digression over the pirate ship's many parts and sails...all read as if King is phoning it in. Disappointing. Maybe King has run out of gas as the plot approaches the Depression? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 1/7/2014

    " One of my all time favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 12/30/2013

    " Reread this june 2010. Something about the survival...moving out of the loss of husband and daughter..bit of ww1 rememberance..I read to the end once again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tami | 11/12/2013

    " This book was one of the best books I have read in awhile. The plot was engaging, the characters were fasinating, and the writing style was beautiful. It took me about a week to read it because I read it slower than I usually read fiction because I wanted to savor all the exquisite sentences! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frances Taylor | 10/31/2013

    " Part psychological study, part thriller, this novel does not succeed well at either. Extensive musings give way late in the game to a wrapped up tight series of convenient resolutions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anndee | 10/30/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. I did get a little lost on some of the stream of consciousness, but I think it went well with the protagonist's character. The detail was pretty amazing. I also enjoyed the setting in the San Juan Islands. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 10/7/2013

    " Read it for Book Club. Light weight. Enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 9/8/2013

    " It took me a long time to really get into this book, but once I did, I really liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 3/21/2013

    " Love this author, love a good psychological mystery. Easy, entertaining read, and liked the history/occupation aspect too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 8/7/2012

    " Good, but not her best. I'm much more a fan of the Martinelli stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 7/22/2012

    " Loved it, read it twice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy | 4/16/2012

    " I changed my rating from 3 stars to 2 because I think I was being too generous to give it 3 stars. My cousin gave me this book when she was done with it and said she liked it. But I remember thinking it was not compelling and I was frankly glad to be finished with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rietje | 8/26/2011

    " I loved this book, could hardly put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 8/18/2011

    " i liked this book...regardless of the way-too convenient wrap up of the ending that was a little reminescient of a Scooby Doo episode. "and i would have succeeded too had it not been for you pesky kids!" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 4/5/2011

    " I listen to this book and it was a real page turner. Once I read this book I had to read all of hers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anndee | 2/20/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. I did get a little lost on some of the stream of consciousness, but I think it went well with the protagonist's character. The detail was pretty amazing. I also enjoyed the setting in the San Juan Islands. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 1/30/2011

    " It took me a long time to really get into this book, but once I did, I really liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy Budget Books | 12/14/2010

    " Stacey's pick. It starts off rather slow, but I quickly got hooked. The main character goes on a fascinating journey not only to find herself, but to discover her family's past. Subtly suspenseful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merry | 11/29/2010

    " Really good. I was nervous the whole time I read it and then it had an unexpected (for me at least) ending. It was quit enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 11/17/2010

    " I love Laurie King, but this was not my favorite. It was slow to start and threatened to become a bad lifetime movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/3/2010

    " A little slow. I like her Sherlock Holmes series much better. "

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About the Author
Author Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes stories. She has been nominated for a multitude of prizes, and her fiction has won the Edgar, Creasy, Nero, Macavity, and Lambda Awards. She has been guest of honor at several crime conventions and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar Award and an honorary doctorate in theology. She was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2010.

About the Narrator

Frank Muller (1951–2008) was an Audie and Earphones Award–winning narrator. A classically trained actor, Frank appeared on both television and the stage. His credits include Hamlet, The Crucible, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest, Law & Order, All My Children, and many, many more. In 1999 Frank was awarded the AudioFile Lifetime Achievement Award, the top honor in the audiobook community.