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A Dark Lure

By: Loreth Anne White
Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
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Publisher's Summary

Twelve years ago, Sarah Baker was abducted by the Watt Lake Killer and sexually assaulted for months before managing to escape. The killer was caught, but Sarah lost everything: her marriage, her child, and the life she loved.

Struggling with PTSD, Sarah changes her name to Olivia West and finds sanctuary working on Broken Bar Ranch. But as her scars finally begin to heal, a cop involved with her horrific case remains convinced the Watt Lake Killer is still out there. He sets a lure for the murderer, and a fresh body is discovered. Now Olivia must face the impossible - could the butcher be back, this time to finish his job?

As a frigid winter isolates the ranch, only one person can help Olivia: Cole McDonough, a ranch heir, writer, and adventurer who stirs long-dormant feelings in her. But this time, Olivia's determination to shut out her past may destroy more than her chance at love. It could cost her her life.

©2015 Loreth Anne White (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Simply Could Not Continue Listening!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Narration by a trained voice actress, this was flat and at times, tinny (editing issue). To me, the story was sophomoric. Descriptions of Cole's masculinity, "electricity" and hazel eyes, ad nauseum. Of course, there was immediate sexual tension between the antagonists. Perhaps I am just spoiled by Phillipa Gregory and Bianca Amato, Diana Gabaldon and Davina Porter. Seemed as if every sentence or paragraph was preceded by or contained lengthy descriptions of location, scenery, persons, etc. much of which became repetitive and distracting.

Would you ever listen to anything by Loreth Anne White again?

Probably not, however, seeing other reviews, there are many who loved this book. To each his/her own..chocolate and vanilla.

Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Sutton-Smith’s performances?

No, while her diction is good, her inflection is flat and her attempts at accents and male voices are mediocre. Again, simply an opinion.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Dark Lure?

Not having finished the book and simply persevering through the parts I did, I am unable to provide this.

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If EL James wrote Gillian Flynn fan fiction

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I was disappointed in the writing, but I should have read the negative reviews that stated that it wasn't really a thriller. I understand that people prefer different genres and this simply wasn't for me. What was most frustrating was the audio quality and production. There were many spots that felt edited in and the breaks in reading were clear and illogical.

What could Loreth Anne White have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less talk of body fluids and far fewer cliches. I can't think of a "thriller" cliche that wasn't employed here.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I hate to blame the narrator. In all honesty, the flatness is probably a fair representation of the Pacific Northwest/Canada. Her voice was pleasant when she wasn't trying to take on an accent. But the sound editing was horrible.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Dark Lure?

I wouldn't dare try to edit the text of this book. There is a reason millions of copies of 50 Shades sold and I found it laughable. I clearly don't get it, but I just wish I would have understood what I was getting into with A Dark Lure. I WOULD like to edit the audio. It reminded me of when I was a kid and I would try to record songs on a stand alone cassette recorder.

Any additional comments?

This book is in the wrong genre. It is only a Suspense book if you have never read another Suspense book. This is the book you read when you don't want your kids to know that you like erotica and you want to always feel one step ahead of the author.

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Excellent suspense thriller

My only prior exposure to Loreth Ann White's books was In the Waning Light which is a good chick lit mystery wrapped around dozens of extremely graphically described sex scenes. A Dark Lure is very different. It is a well written and well narrated dark psychological suspense thriller set on a ranch in the mountains of British Columbia. All of the characters are damaged by past or current events, some far more than others. I recommend A Dark Lure for anyone who enjoys any sub genre of mystery/thrillers. I would listen to this book again.

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Confusing genres + whiney youth

At times thriller, then gore and then a little soft porn. Why too much filler/descriptive about leaves and feelings. Everything the teenage character said sounded overly whiney. Something odd happening with the audio, kept dipping into a different recording quality - which was irritating, that coupled with the whiney kid made it a mission to finish.

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really great mystery

started off slow but then I couldn't stop listening. I was surprised to be surprised by ending! 😀

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psychological romance thriller

was a little worried at first it might be too much of a romance novel, however I was wrong. the psychological thriller part took over. great book. very predictable but still a good story.

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Masterfully Written!

One of the best written thrillers I've read. This book was more a romantic suspense than a psychological thriller, but it was outstanding. The author's use of theme and the way she wove this story like an intricate tapestry was masterful. Highly recommend!

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Fantastic audiobook!!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES!!!!! GREAT FROM START TO FINISH! ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE LISTENED TO IN A LONG TIME!!!

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Fantastic Romantic Suspense @$7.34 Bargain

An unspeakable thing that happened twelve years ago ends up changing the lives of group of strangers today when their paths cross unexpectedly for some and intentionally by a madman who started it all years ago.

Each of the main characters had a traumatising thing happen to them in their past. None more than Sarah Baker who was abducted by a serial killer and abused both physically and sexually before managing to escape. She birthed a child shortly after but gave it up when neither her husband nor her own parents could stand the shame of what happened to her and turned their backs on her. After being deserted by those closest to her Sarah then let and became Olivia West and ended up working on the Broken Bar Ranch.

Cole McDonough lived through two traumatising things in his life time. Losing his mother and younger brother in a car accident when he was driving and then losing the woman he loved and her son when she walked away from their relationship after a harrowing ordeal almost got them killed in a war torn country. He left his father and the Broken Bar Ranch behind a long time ago and never looked back but once he finds out his father is dying he returns.

Gage Burton and his daughter Tori are still reeling from the loss his wife and her mother. Gage is being forced to retire from the Canadian police due to an illness. He has many regrets in life but the biggest is his fear that they never caught the right man for the Watt Lake killings. He sets up online traps using Sarah’s name to try and lure the real killer out even 12 years later. When he finally gets a hit he heads to the Broken Bar Ranch with his daughter in hopes of finally catching him.

All of these people lives now intersect at the Broken Bar Ranch not realizing that the killer is already among them and Sarah/Olivia life is in grave danger again because the Watt Lake killer has come back to finish what he started.

It’s been a while since I have listened to this author and I had forgotten how she likes to have so many POV’s in her stories. As each of these characters are connected in some way or will be, its like putting a puzzle together wondering what the final picture is going to be. You might thing that with so many POV’s the story would get confusing but its like that puzzle without all the pieces you cant see the full picture.

Emily Sutton-Smith was really good with the delivery of the story

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This is not really a thriller

What disappointed you about A Dark Lure?

This is kind of a cheese romance set against the backdrop of a horrible crime

What could Loreth Anne White have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I feel like had I known this woman was really a romance written before she tried to take on thrillers I would have passed

Would you listen to another book narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith?

Narrator was fine

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed in so much cheese

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  • 12-16-20

brilliant

excellent book hooked from page one also very well narrated well worth the time and price

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  • 06-17-19

love the book the voice but goes weird sometimes

absolutely loved it. i was glued on to it. narrator wasn't the best but the book was so good that i got over it.

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  • 04-17-19

Good gritty drama

This book kept me interested from the beginning.
Good stuff.
The narration was a bit random and not the best, but didn't detract from the story.

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  • 03-24-18

Distracting production edits

I enjoyed the story and the narrator was generally good, but there are loads of unnatural edits were it's clearly been re-recorded, which is very distracting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-17

VERY GOOD

Well written book with interesting story and well narrated. Would recommend for a good read.

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  • Susan
  • 10-16-17

More of a Suspense than a romance

This is a really good book but I have to be honest, it was just a bit raw for me. The suffering of the h was awful, and the fact that 12 years later she was still only just managing to cope, and was still suffering from PTSD, was a sign of how much she endured. The action and suspense were non-stop, the romance part was pretty muted with an uncomfortable sex scene in the middle which I would have been happier not to read. The final chapters added even more to the suffering of the h. Some people will love this book, it is extremely well written and an absorbing plot, and towards the end I was unable to switch it off. I loved how the h just kept fighting back even when she was at her lowest. However I do personally prefer less graphic descriptions of violence and a bit more romance in my books, and I would have loved a “happy ever after” epilogue to let me see the h finally getting some well deserved happiness.