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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:
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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
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  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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