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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,140 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy MacKinnon Narrator: Rebecca Lowman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9780739370568
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A literary tale of psychological suspense, featuring strong characters and dark action.

Clara Marsh ins an undertaker who leads a quiet, structured life. But the death of a prominent local citizen pulls Clara into a sordid mystery when investigators find a pornography tape among the man's belongings--a tape that features an unidentified young girl whose body Clara had prepared for burial years before. She steps forward to identify the girl, but her involvement in the murder investigation places her squarely in the sights of the killer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • …[an] hypnotic debut… There’s a quiet, almost stealthy quality to the writing…Clara is an astonishing character, and with language as blunt as the death she sees every day, she expresses herself with devastating simplicity. New York Times Book Review
  • This is a brilliant debut from a gifted author, who has created an unforgettable central character...Amy MacKinnon is definitely a writer to watch. Globe and Mail
  • Clara's perfectly rendered cold, cautious, frightened voice lifts the novel above mere entertainment…an elegant illustration of a nature that letting nothing in, gives nothing out Boston Globe
  • “Clara is an intriguingly drawn character….By the final pages, I found myself thoroughly absorbed in Clara’s journey. Sarasota Herald-Tribune
  • "[A] haunting read…[Tethered] is rich in sensory details without losing immediacy in its plotting. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • “A new talent who shines as bright as a star. Highly recommended
    Armchair Interviews.com
  • “MacKinnon’s fascination with the inner workings of her uncle’s funeral business inspired this haunting, gracefully rendered, debut. Booklist
  • Fans of Kathy Reichs will relish this haunting and multi-layered debut novel, which contains a killer twist. Marie Claire, Australia
  • Haunting, thrilling, and beautifully drawn, Tethered is a novel full of heart. Love, and the search for love, fuels MacKinnon’s cast of characters. Settle somewhere comfortable: you’ll be reading all night. Amanda Eyre Ward, author of Forgive Me
  • “In Tethered, Amy MacKinnon starts with an unlikely narrator and an unlikely setting and delivers up that most unlikely (and sought-after) of results: a deeply engaging and memorable book. Brava. Jon Clinch, author of Finn
  • “Amy MacKinnon is a rarity among debut authors. Not only does she possess the raw talent, she already knows how to use it. Tethered is as good as it gets: a haunting plot, an exquisitely flawed heroine, and sophisticated, powerful prose that deftly explores the ties that bind us all—to each other, and to the complex worlds around us. A brilliant debut. Kristy Kiernan, author of Catching Genius and Matters of Faith

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annick | 2/5/2014

    " Absolutely loved it! Well written, great main character. At times a very intimate book... A must-read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Racquel | 2/4/2014

    " A small gem, written with a delicacy that belies its often horrific subject matter. Not a book that will be soon forgotten. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shirley Mueller | 2/3/2014

    " I was so confused at times...I will read it again after the great discussion w/ the group! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn Grayson | 1/7/2014

    " This book actually brought tears to my eyes. It did get off to a slow start but the ending was worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Hale | 1/6/2014

    " This was OK; something to read when you just need a quick "beach book" or waiting at the Dr.'s office "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keightee | 1/3/2014

    " I am not usually into murder-mystery type books, but Tethered was a good, enjoyable read. After the story is set up, the second half of the book becomes tough to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 1/1/2014

    " It was an enjoyable "read" but the plotline started to lose my interest. The primary setting, a mortuary, was more of a backdrop than a plot driver. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea Dmuchovsky | 12/17/2013

    " looked like it was going to be a good read- turned out to be completely predictable. i knew who the killer was halfway through the book, so was totally bummed about it. the writer has great descriptive skills, but other than that it was pretty much a waste of time... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Connolly | 12/16/2013

    " Very well written debut by local author. Learned much re: life of a mortician (always enjoy the learning new stuff part of books) -Not so much depth of character but good little mystery - slight spirituality intertwined. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kae Cheatham | 11/20/2013

    " First person present tense. Handled well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 10/8/2013

    " It's got a great hook, if you enjoy reading about a mortician going about her job. Interesting characters, though I found the protagonist to be about as much fun as her job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richelle | 9/17/2013

    " I always like a book with a good twist, and this one has one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emilee | 7/29/2013

    " captivating, short though "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/9/2013

    " Fairly well-written with an unusual heroine and a bit of mystery. I sometimes found it hard to distinguish reality, imagination and the supernatural. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beckie | 1/2/2013

    " This book kept me reading but there were a few plot issues. Obvious who was the villain. The end was bizarre and didn't fit. Weird. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 9/24/2012

    " I read this book because it was by a local author. I loved the geographical references and realistic characters. It was dark, twisted and mysterious....I did feel the ending was a bit far fetched but over all a great read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 RAMONA | 6/7/2012

    " Interesting look at the undertaking business but a downer in that most female characters have dreadful lives, and the afterlife description is pretty corny "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale | 3/26/2012

    " Though I wish a certain subject matter wasn't in the book, I understand the need for it to acquire certain emotions in the book. I'm glad the author wasn't dubious with writing the ending as she did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally Boocock | 12/27/2011

    " A beautifully written book which tears at your heartstrings. Well worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 11/27/2011

    " Plot convoluted, with threads that lead nowhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 9/11/2011

    " Would love to discuss this book with someone else! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 5/16/2011

    " Meh. I hada hard time connecting with the main character in this book. I liked how her past unfolded through the book, and the mystery in the book was compelling. Overall though, it was a so-so reading experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kae | 5/2/2011

    " First person present tense. Handled well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miriam | 2/26/2011

    " If I could, I think I'd give this book a 3.5 stars. It was an odd, very atmospheric book with a very interesting protagonist which was almost ruined for me by the last 5 pages. There was also a very unbelivable romance. But I was more willing to forgive that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/9/2010

    " Interesting book....it's about a mortican....everyone thinks she is crazy....they think she is seeing things...but she isn't....it's a story about a person with a very sad childhood....terrible teenage years...and misunderstod adulthood..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 10/8/2010

    " It was very intriguing for me to read this book since the author is my sister's roommate from UMass Amherst. I also became really good friends with Amy. She has an unbelievable imagination and she kept me flipping the pages till the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 10/6/2010

    " Kind of sad but a good summer read "

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About the Narrator

Rebecca Lowman is an actress and audiobook narrator who has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has starred in numerous television shows, including Law & Order, Big Love, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy, among many others. She earned her MFA from Columbia University.