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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,948 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Ron McLart Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A violent crime brings together four lives in Danielle Steel’s sixtieth bestselling novel, the story of a mother’s courage, a family’s terror, and a triumph of human strength and dignity in the face of overwhelming odds.

Outside the gates of a California prison, Peter Morgan is released after four long years and vows to redeem himself in the eyes of the young daughters he left behind. Simultaneously, Carl Waters, a convicted murderer, is set on the path of freedom with him. That night, three hundred miles south in San Francisco, police detective Ted Lee comes home to a silent house; for twenty-nine years, he has been living for his job—and slowly falling out of love with his wife. Across town, in an exclusive Pacific Heights neighborhood, a mother tries to shield her three children from the panic rising within her. Four months after her husband’s death, Fernanda Barnes faces a mountain of debt she cannot repay, a world destroyed, and a marriage lost. 

Within weeks, the lives of these four people will collide in ways none of them could have foreseen. For Fernanda, whose life had once been graced by beautiful homes, security, success, and stunning wealth, the death of her brilliant, brooding husband was already too much to bear. She simply couldn’t imagine a greater loss, until a devastating crime rocks her family to its core—and brings Detective Ted Lee into her life.
A man of unshakable integrity, Lee will soon become the one person who tries to save Fernanda’s family from a terrifying fate. Fernanda must draw on a strength she never knew she had. Racing against time in the underbelly of the criminal world, buffeted by the dark side of power, and unmoored by loss and betrayal, no one can predict where this tragedy will take them.

Danielle Steel brilliantly explores the collision of a shocking crime with the ordinary lives of its victims in a novel that mesmerizes from start to finish. Ransom is at once a riveting evocation of life’s inexplicable turns of fate and a testament to the human will to survive.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melissa Andriano | 2/19/2014

    " Great book...and an easy read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dottie | 2/12/2014

    " Another good read. Lots of drama, tons of suspense, and good romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynn | 2/12/2014

    " listened on CD. Enjoyed it throughly but wished the mother and detective's relationship explored more rather than the book ending as it did. "

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

    " When I first started this book, I stopped reading it on the 2nd page. It seemed boring to me, and since I had one of the older versions of the novel, the cover wasn't very interesting to me either. But when I decided to give it a 2nd chance, I got more into it, and it turned out to be a great book! So just a warning, don't be fooled by the boring looking cover (if you have an older version) and the beginning may seem kind of boring, but once you get more into it, its a great story. Also in the summary they talk about a love story- it makes up a miniscule potion of the book, maybe the last 3-5 pages. So those who are looking for a love story, look elsewhere, and those who are looking for a fast-paced novel about the kidnapping of a little boy- this is definetly the book for you! "

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