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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,389 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carol Goodman Narrator: Christine Marshall Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538467671
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For Iris Greenfeder—all but published, all but a professor, and all but married to her boyfriend of ten years—the sudden impulse to write a story about her mother, Katherine, leads to a shot at literary success. The piece recounts an eerie Irish fairy tale her mother used to tell her at bedtime—and nestled inside is the sad story of her mother’s death, a strange, untimely end in a fire thirty years ago. When Iris returns to the remote Hotel Equinox in the Catskills, the place where she grew up, to write her mother’s biography and search for her mother’s missing manuscript, she unravels a haunting mystery that threatens to envelop her.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Seduction enchants with its fairy-tale motif and sensuous atmospherics.”

    People

  • “Truly a seductive reading experience…Grabs the reader on the first page and holds on for the entire journey.”

    Denver Post

  • “An atmospheric thriller, but a smart one with a racing story line.”

    New York

  • “Like the best mysteries, The Seduction of Water offers puzzles and twists galore but still tells a human story.”

    Boston Globe

  • “[A] taut thriller…another home run for Carol Goodman…The Seduction of Water combines folk tales and gothic horror with a thoroughly modern story…Though this is the kind of book you’ll stay up late reading, don’t go so fast you miss the beautiful lyrical writing.

    Burlington Free Press

  • “Mystery, folklore, a thoroughly modern romance, a strong sense of place,  and a winning combination of erudition and accessibility make this second novel a treat.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Goodman establishes herself as a writer to watch in the field of literary thrillers. Sure to be in demand in most public libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • “Gripping…Entrancing…A completely involving mystery cleverly tied in with several fairy tales.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aja | 2/20/2014

    " another great story...i hadve also read this one a few times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin Crittenden | 2/6/2014

    " This had a WAY weirder plot then I was expecting, which kept me reading, but in the end I totally felt I could have led my whole life without reading this and been THAT MUCH BETTER for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary R | 1/17/2014

    " Excellent author and good story. Good quotes. Setting-NY retreat area. Mysterious. Love story in it too.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jolie | 1/7/2014

    " Good mystery/ thriller.... definately a page turner.. i really enjoyed it. "

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

    " wasn't as good the second time around -- the protagonist seemed like an idiot. Still, I love the fairy tales and how Goodman weaves them into the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 12/27/2013

    " I did like this book once I got into it. I struggled in the beginning - I think most of her books give a lot of info to digest. I did like the parallel story. I would definitely pick up another Goodman book if I was in the mood for a mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 12/23/2013

    " I definitely identified with the "ABD" status of the protagonist. The story is engaging and has a nice twist at the end, although the variations in tone (sometimes almost gothic; other times reminiscent of young adult fiction) were vaguely distracting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosemary May | 12/22/2013

    " Carol Goodman","0345450914","review","Not seduced!!! All the twists & turns lead to loopholes and loose ends. Still looking for a thrill "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamara Bennett | 12/22/2013

    " wasn't very interesting until about halfway through, story wasn't going anywhere before that point. didn't care much about the characters but did want to see what happened to them - mainly out of curiousity not concern. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K. East | 12/15/2013

    " Well I enjoyed what I heard but the audiobook was defective and all the paper copies have been withdrawn. Not sure it was good enough to warrant waiting for an ILL copy, but we'll see if it is available. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharman | 12/10/2013

    " I loved this book. It's use of fairy tales, the mystery, the language... It seemed to have such an abrupt ending after the long build up. The rest of the book, however,was very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 11/25/2013

    " This one had some fine moments, but I found it just a little too unbelievable. Entertaining, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anika Ferguson | 11/18/2013

    " Okay, maybe being a mermaid in another life contributed to my love of this book. I couldn't put it down and as a writer it sparked so many ideas and alternate stories in my head that I loved it! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book. REad it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 11/6/2013

    " I loved this story. I enjoyed all the fairy tales how they mirrored the life of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 7/11/2013

    " Quite enjoyable and the story picked up speed as it went along, but not a must read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 4/25/2013

    " Just an okay story. A bit much at the end of the story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 2/10/2013

    " Good book. I enjoyed the fairy tales and the hotel setting. Made you feel like you were right there looking at the views. It's a mystery with a love story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 4/10/2012

    " I LOVE Carol Goodman. All of her books are hard to put down and leave you wanting more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwenne | 2/27/2012

    " I loved the interweaving of the selkie fairy tale with main story line. It's whetted my appetite for other ethnic fairy tales like that one and others briefly told during the course of the book. I also wish I could read the fantasy novels written by the heroine's mother. "

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

    " Enjoyable book with good characters. The "mystery" part was a little obvious, but it's so well written that you don't really mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 12/1/2011

    " I loved this book. The language Goodman uses is amazing, and the characters are interesting and complex. I enjoyed the back story, and seeing the main character learn of her families history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Rosa | 8/11/2011

    " I love this author and I'm reading this book again to refresh my memory on her beautiful storyline and wonderful writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 6/26/2011

    " A well-crafted thriller with a beautiful use of language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/15/2011

    " Love this author. She does a great job creating a unique story. "

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

    " Loved this book. Great mystery and great story. Goodman writes so vividly you can see the beautiful dress and jewelry that become the centerpiece of this mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 3/13/2011

    " I loved this story. I enjoyed all the fairy tales how they mirrored the life of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 3/9/2011

    " To date, this is my favorite book by Goodman, but I like all of her books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 3/7/2011

    " A really good book. It has been awhile since I have read a book I didn't want to put down. This one is one of those. Great mix of fairytales intertwined within the story line. Glad have found this author, now reading one of her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heaether | 1/25/2011

    " carol goodman writes another great mystery. what can i say, i am truly a fan! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 1/16/2011

    " An entertaining and fast-reading mystery. I liked that it was set in beautiful Hudson Valley, New York. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 1/10/2011

    " Don't usually like a "mystery" type thing but this is an wonderful read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joni | 12/30/2010

    " Good--Hotel in NY, writer's mother dies mysteriously years ago "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/12/2010

    " I go back to this book every couple of years just to revel in the grace and vividness of her language. Plus, it's got romance, mystery, menace, and Celtic folklore. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 12/8/2010

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book and wish I could remember where I got the suggestion. Anyone? "

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About the Author
Author Carol Goodman

Carol Goodman (a.k.a. Juliet Dark) is a critically acclaimed literary suspense writer whose novels include The Night Villa and The Lake of Dead Languages. Her novels have won the Hammett Prize and have been nominated for the Dublin/IMPAC Award and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her fiction has been translated into thirteen languages.

About the Narrator

Christine Marshall is an actress, director, and designer living in Portland, Maine. She teaches for the Maine State Ballet and produces plays with her theater company, Mad Horse. In addition to audiobooks, she records the online version of the New Yorker.