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Author: Lori Roy Narrator: Andi Arndt, Emily Woo Zeller Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9781504601849
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In the spellbinding and suspenseful Let Me Die in His Footsteps, Edgar Award–winner Lori Roy wrests from a southern town the secrets of two families touched by an evil that has passed between generations.

On a dark Kentucky night in 1952 exactly halfway between her fifteenth and sixteenth birthdays, Annie Holleran crosses into forbidden territory. Everyone knows Hollerans don’t go near Baines—not since Joseph Carl was buried two decades before—but, armed with a silver-handled flashlight, Annie runs through her family’s lavender fields toward the well on the Baines’ place. At the stroke of midnight, she gazes into the water in search of her future. Not finding what she had hoped for, she turns from the well and when the body she sees there in the moonlight is discovered come morning, Annie will have much to explain and a past to account for.

It was 1936, and there were seven Baine boys. That year, Annie’s aunt, Juna Crowley, with her black eyes and her long blond hair, came of age. Before Juna, Joseph Carl had been the best of all the Baine brothers. But then he looked into Juna’s eyes and they made him do things that cost innocent people their lives. Sheriff Irlene Fulkerson saw justice served—or did she?

As the lavender harvest approaches and she comes of age as Aunt Juna did in her own time, Annie’s dread mounts. Juna will come home now, to finish what she started. If Annie is to save herself, her family, and this small Kentucky town, she must prepare for Juna’s return, and the revelation of what really happened all those years ago.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This Depression-era story is a sad one, written in every shade of Gothic black. But its true colors emerge in the rich textures of the narrative, and in the music of that voice, as hypnotic as the scent coming off a field of lavender.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “As the mystery deepens, so, too, does the suspense…A story of sisters, lovers, mothers. and daughters and what can happen when evil slips its way between those ties.”

    Associated Press

  • “A hybrid of mystery, coming-of-age, and Southern gothic literature…It’s taut and evocative—things simmer and tickle and sizzle underfoot.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “It teems with family feuds, forbidden love, second sight, and wronged innocents, all held together by Roy’s taut style and gift for suspense.”

    Tampa Bay Times (Florida)

  • “The scents of lavender and regret are heavy in this suspenseful coming-of-age novel…This powerful story…should transfix readers right up to its stunning final twist.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An atmospheric, vividly drawn tale that twists her trademark theme of family secrets with the crackling spark of the ‘know-how’ for a suspenseful, ghost-story feel.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The evocative atmosphere of this mystery is greatly enhanced by narrators Andi Arndt and Emily Woo Zeller…The characters are often moody, but the author’s subtle humor is also reflected in the performance…The narrators’ deceptively simple reading imparts realism to a complex and strange story.”


  • “Will keep readers engaged until the end. Her engaging story of young love, Southern folklore, family feuds, and crimes of passion is bound to satisfy readers who enjoy Southern fiction and coming-of-age tales.”

    Library Journal

  • “Roy’s characters live whole on the page…A sure winner with fans of backwoods country noir.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Allen | 3/29/2017

    " Such a well written story it is mesmerizing. The characters are so simple in so many ways yet so intricate and full of depth in other ways. The plot is tragic and heartbreaking in its own right but the reader knows that going in. It's a glimpse into what southern life was like during those years and how families endured struggle and pain. Hoping Lori Roy's other books are equally as amazing! "

About the Author

Lori Roy was born and raised in the Midwest, where she worked for years as a tax accountant before turning her focus to writing. Her work has appeared in the Chattahoochee Review and she is the recipient of the Ed Hirshberg Award for Excellence in Florida Writing. She also won an Edgar Award for her first novel, Bent Road. She lives with her family in Florida.

About the Narrators

Andi Arndt is a professional voice actor, the winner of a 2017 Audie Award for Best Romance, and winner of two Earphones Awards.

Emily Woo Zeller is an artist, actor, dancer, choreographer, and voice artist who has won Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2018. She began her voice-over career by voicing animation in Asia. AudioFile magazine named her one of the Best Voices of 2013 for her work in Gulp. Other awards include the 2009 Tristen Award for Best Actress as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and the 2006 Roselyn E. Schneider Prize for Creative Achievement.