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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,638 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joshilyn Jackson Narrator: Joshilyn Jackson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781594839238
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Joshilyn Jackson has done it again...her skillful unraveling of family secrets and betrayal left me breathless. You must read this book!” 

    Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants

  • “A great tale [that] builds to an exciting and violent ending, one that surprises and yet seems to fit.”  

    USA Today

  • “Buoyant and moving…beautifully balanced between magical and realist fiction…closer in tone and voice to Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones or Richard Ford’s Frank Bascombe trilogy.” 

    Atlanta Journal Constitution

  • “A veritable southern gothic, Jackson’s fluid, masterful novel builds to an exciting, if somewhat over-the-top finish that at last weaves together Laurel’s past and her present.” 

    Booklist

  • “What makes this novel shine are its revelations about the dark side of Southern society and Thalia and Laurel’s finely honed relationship, which shows just how much thicker blood is than water.” 

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Shain | 2/19/2014

    " Good and creepy! Perfect book on tape. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Burnett | 2/13/2014

    " It was ok. Not great, not horrible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Sherman | 2/12/2014

    " started out slow but ended up being a pretty decent story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 2/1/2014

    " I got this from my grandma for Christmas and just got around to it now. I really liked it; it's different from what I'm used to but has familiar elements (I love ghost stories). But this was more than a ghost story because the "real" ghost weren't the focus but rather the living and remnants of old ghosts. Loved the ending, it brought about a since of closure but wasn't the happy Disney ending I originally thought it was heading towards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.-C. | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this quite a bit. There were some incredibly great aspects and wonderful writing, but for me it was toned down by the more tedious bits of explanation and false reasoning where you have to wonder how dumb the characters really are. I'm leaning between 3 and 4 stars, and hell, I'll give it four, if nothing else then for some of the incredibly vivid scenes, use of landscape, artistry, and rather entertaining dialogue. It's definitely worth reading - possibly not the best book you'll ever read, but still charming. I do wish the book was more even, more developed - it seems rushed at times - but I had a great deal of difficulty putting it down, which I usually think is a good sign. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamela | 1/17/2014

    " I love books by Joshilyn Jackson. She draws you in...gets you involved...makes you part of the family, whether you want to be or not. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jo Tomey | 1/16/2014

    " I never finished this book. It just did not capture my attention and there are soooo many books to read, I gave up on it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kara | 1/16/2014

    " Quick entertaining read with a surprise twist ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamarasoo | 1/8/2014

    " mildly entertaining chick lit. at least it had ghosts and deliverance-style hillbillies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 12/2/2013

    " I was surprised at the very mixed reviews this book received. I adore Joshilyn Jackson's books, and this one is no exception. Her characters, plots, and backdrops are all fabulous. She's more than just a novelist, she's a storyteller-- a teller of tales, a singer of songs, a spinner of yarns. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine US | 11/14/2013

    " Up until the last 1/8th of the book, I was content. Didn't like the ending, didn't think it really worked out what I had built up in my mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mickolus Sundquist | 11/4/2013

    " This book was a little slow getting into, but once you're in, you're kinda hooked. I never would have guessed the ending, it was surprising. I enjoyed reading it, but it took me a little longer than normal to read it because it was slow going for the 1st half. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 10/26/2013

    " This was the first book of this author that didn't really grab me. I hope she's not just going to try to write from here on out just to keep publishing. I'll try another because I think she is talented but this wasn't my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pearl23 | 5/13/2013

    " One of the best books I've ever read and I've read A LOT of books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/19/2013

    " It was interesting. Characterization was really good. Plot was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Zemeckis | 2/15/2013

    " Such a great summer read -not meant derogatory at all- lived the characters and the Florida setting and I'd course ghosts "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liza | 2/1/2013

    " I cared about most of the characters... and i love stories with ghosts in them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geri Luciano | 12/2/2012

    " Decent "whodunnit" with some interesting characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice Russell | 10/1/2012

    " I like this author, and liked this the best of anything she's written. There is a wonderful ghostly mystery as well as an ending that caught me by surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 1/19/2012

    " This is the first book I've read by Joshilyn Jackson, and I liked it enough to want to read more -- kept me completely engaged during my flight to Vegas and finished it on the way back. My favorite part of the story was her portrayal of Laurel and David's marriage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 7/25/2011

    " Mystery with family history and random twists (Desperate Housewives type neighborhood) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 5/16/2011

    " Three days later, the characters are still swimming in my head. What a delight! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/3/2011

    " I think I would go 3 1/2 stars if I could - kind of slow at start but a good read nonetheless, just took a while. I would love to see a follow up 10 years later - characters could use more details! A good first book for me to read, will have to try another of this writer's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janell | 5/1/2011

    " Not bad, a bit slow though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 4/30/2011

    " The writing was fine, the intrigue was there. My problem was that I didn't like any of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/26/2011

    " Yes, yes, yes. Joshilyn Jackson continues to please me. Loved. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosemary | 4/3/2011

    " I'm listening to this one on my commute and will try to make it through just to find out if the toxic, narcissistic character ever gets her come-uppance and if her floundering sister ever figures out how to behave like a mature parent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janelle | 3/28/2011

    " I kept putting this aside to read something else but when I finally stuck with it, I really enjoyed it. Great story, interesting characters and an unexpected ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 3/27/2011

    " I enjoyed the story and feel in love with the older sister. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 3/26/2011

    " I'm still not sure if I liked this book or not. It was slow moving and I felt like the characters were horribly underdeveloped. Besides - it was weird. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mickolus | 3/25/2011

    " This book was a little slow getting into, but once you're in, you're kinda hooked. I never would have guessed the ending, it was surprising. I enjoyed reading it, but it took me a little longer than normal to read it because it was slow going for the 1st half. "

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About the Author
Author Joshilyn Jackson

Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Backseat Saints, Gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming,and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and short-listed for the Townsend Prize. Jackson won the SIBA Book Award for Fiction in 2005, and, as a former actor, was nominated for an Audie Award and received a Listen Up Award from Publishers Weekly. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children.