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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,451 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nevada Barr Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Anna Pigeon Mysteries Release Date:
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Just three days after her wedding to Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon moves from Mississippi to Colorado to assume her new post as district ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, where three young girls have disappeared during a religious retreat. Two of the children emerge a month later, clad only in filthy underwear and claiming to remember nothing of the intervening weeks. The girls are traumatized but forge a bond with the pair of campers who discovered them—a wheelchair-bound paraplegic and her elderly aunt.

With the reappearance of the children comes an odd and unsettling presence in the park, a sense of disembodied evil and unspeakable terror: small animals are mercilessly slaughtered, and a sinister force seems to still control the girls. As Anna investigates, she finds herself caught up in the machinations of a paranoid religious sect determined to keep their secrets and the girls sequestered from law enforcement and psychiatric help.

Following the trails of the many suspects, especially that of the cult’s intense youth group leader, Anna discovers the force which has destroyed the children’s minds. Here in the park, evil has the eyes of a visionary and the soul of the devil. Anna will discover the truth—even if it kills her.

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  • Opening a Nevada Barr mystery is like stepping into a literary wonderland. --The Denver Post

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dick Gullickson | 2/16/2014

    " 3.5 This probably fits in pretty well with our recent Norwegian and Swedish mystery reading since it is equally dark. A serial killer poses as a park ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park and kidnaps three girls from a polygamist commune. The warped killer violence is definitely Scandinavian in tone and is atypical for Nevada Barr. This one is a good fit to Rocky Mountain National Park. The excellent descriptions of backwoods beauty make you want to go there (after they have locked up all of the serial killer park rangers). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Meg | 2/12/2014

    " Brutal, nasty and/but she does tell a good mystery with the Rockies nat'l park as the setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Darlene | 2/3/2014

    " The book was alright right - however the story line could of been better. It was a little dell in the beginning. other than that it was a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Hikerdee | 2/3/2014

    " There seems to be two groups of readers of the Anna Pigeon mysteries. I belong in the group that enjoys the settings and histories of the National Parks with a mystery. I'm not in the group which likes the darkness of "true crime" genre. I would put this one in the dark variety, and I don't recommend it to my friends who prefer the earlier books. "

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