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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (685 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Rector Narrator: Todd Haberkorn Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781469243252
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In John Rector’s dark and fascinating psychological thriller, The Grove, farmer Dexter McCray becomes both detective and suspect. He is a man fighting to escape a troubled past, but after waking from an alcoholic blackout to discover his tractor stuck in a ditch and the body of a teenage girl in the cottonwood grove bordering his cornfield, he wonders if it’s a fight he cannot win. In the hopes of proving his innocence, he sets out to find the truth. Now, isolated from friends and family and devoid of an alibi, he turns to the only person left who can help pick up the pieces of his shattered life…the dead girl herself. Rector understands the complexities of a haunting tale and a compelling who-done-it, and he takes listeners on a ride that is both memorable and unsettling. “Tough, dark, and beautifully told. Great storytelling.” – David Peoples, screenwriter of Unforgiven, Twelve Monkeys, and Blade Runner “Spare and evocative as a cornfield in autumn, The Grove marks the arrival of a haunting, powerful new voice in contemporary fiction. John Rector writes with deceptive grace, spinning out irresistible prose with a dark pulse between every line. This is psychological suspense at its most seductive. I loved it.” – Sean Doolittle, award-winning author of Dirt, Burn, Rain Dogs, The Cleanup, and Safer Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Preston | 2/14/2014

    " The writing style is fairly basic (to the book's detriment), but eventually the story and setting grows on you. Good (not great), short read. Ending feels a little rushed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa Abney | 2/14/2014

    " This book was profoundly unsettling, but it made me very appreciative of my sanity. In all, I would say it was an enjoyable read, if a bit nauseating at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keisha | 1/30/2014

    " The Grove was a creepy trainwreck. It's about a guy who finds the body of a young girl on his property. Instead of reporting it to the authorities, he decides to investigate the girl's death on his own. It goes without saying that investigating on his own did NOT work in his favor. This book is a quick read, but it was dark and agonizing. I stopped feeling sorry for main character after reaching the midway point of this book. I couldn't wait for it to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/28/2014

    " It was surprisingly good. Looks of twists and turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/21/2014

    " This was a very fast paced book. It was interesting how Jessica became a more and more prominent character as Dexter slipped further into his insanity. In a way, this book helped me understand what a schizophrenic mind might be like. I do wish there was more meat to the end of the book, fleshing out the Liz and Dexter relationship, and the Greg and Dexter relationship. I would have liked to see Dexter get out of Archway and maybe go on another adventure. Perhaps a sequel is in the future? Maybe not? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/20/2014

    " Seemed gimmicky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dena | 1/11/2014

    " This book was such a crazy premise, that I couldn't help but be intrigued. I have to say, I was taken in by the story enough that I started it, and didn't put it down again until it was finished. Every once in a while, it is enjoyable to really get down into the "crazy" of characters, and this book did just that. It was really a fun read for something different. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Birch262 | 1/6/2014

    " It was good but nothing spectacular. I think he could have gone further than he did do , the ending was anticlimatic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmanuelle | 12/29/2013

    " Very creative ... Almost stopped reading at first, as the protagonist was "unlikable" ... I'm glad I persisted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Mah | 12/16/2013

    " I rated this 4/5 stars because it was a fast and intersting read. I was intrigued by the story and also by the images in the book. However, I also found the ending quite predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 12/10/2013

    " This was a really well thought out thriller. I couldn't put it down, and it was wholly satisfying. Suspension of disbelief is key, but I think the characters really sold it, and what an intriguing premise. It was super awesome, and I should totally read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 12/4/2013

    " Creepy, mildly dull in parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Brook | 11/8/2013

    " I was on vacation and was looking for a quick read. I chose this as it was one of the books on my Kindle to read. I was a good character study of a man descending slowly descending into madness. A good quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Lanheady | 11/5/2013

    " Disturbing for sure but a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 10/4/2013

    " A quick read that is told from the "Crazy Man's" point of view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 6/27/2013

    " Very good - a real page turner! Haven't enjoyed a good mystery in awhile and this was it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 5/17/2013

    " Ugh. I ordered this to read on my new Kindle DX because it was free from Amazon.com. That is what is was worth - nothing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mum | 5/14/2013

    " A prime example of why unreliable narrators writing in the first person make for grossly inadequate story telling. Best I can tell a lot of people died, the narrator had hallucinations. That is not even enough for a novella. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 4/29/2013

    " This book was chilling to read. I felt like the Author took me inside the main character's madness. It was not a nice place to be. The ending was unexpected too. Would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good creepy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Jarrett | 4/26/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Rector has a tight writing style and doesn't bore the reader with loads of useless exposition. The book kept my interest and remained believable throughout. The dialog was natural and the author's prose is just fun to read. I'm glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Stoll | 3/5/2013

    " Amazon "borrow". Weird book, but I liked it. Kept me guessing until the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 2/26/2013

    " This book gripped em and I read it really fast. That's it though. I kept waiting for something and it never came. I didn't like the ending. Oh well, it was free on Kindle "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Virginia | 1/21/2013

    " I was a little disappointed with this book... The description of the plot sounded very interesting and fast paced, but instead it felt short (read it in a few hours, hoping for the excitement to begin) and undeveloped... "

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About the Author
Author John Rector

John Rector is the bestselling author of The Grove, The Cold Kiss, Already Gone, and Out of the Black. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and has won several awards, including the International Thriller Award for his novella, Lost Things. He lives in Omaha.

About the Narrator

Todd Haberkorn is an actor and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has created unique voices for a variety of characters for cartoons and video games. Add to this a healthy production life in front of and behind the camera as well as partaking in theater arts on stage, and he has had the pleasure of a wonderful career in the entertainment industry thus far. When he isn’t working on a production of some kind, he travels the globe talking about those productions.