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Real Bad Things

By: Kelly J. Ford
Narrated by: Donna Postel
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Cottonmouths, a Los Angeles Review Best Book of 2017, comes an evocative suspense about the cost of keeping secrets and the dangers of coming home.

Beneath the roiling waters of the Arkansas River lie dead men and buried secrets.

When Jane Mooney’s violent stepfather, Warren, disappeared, most folks in Maud Bottoms, Arkansas, assumed he got drunk and drowned. After all, the river had claimed its share over the years.

When Jane confessed to his murder, she should have gone to jail. That’s what she wanted. But without a body, the police didn’t charge her with the crime. So Jane left for Boston—and took her secrets with her.

Twenty-five years later, the river floods and a body surfaces. Talk of Warren’s murder grips the town. Now in her forties, Jane returns to Maud Bottoms to reckon with her past: to do jail time, to face her revenge-bent mother, to make things right.

But though Jane’s homecoming may enlighten some, it could threaten others. Because in this desolate river valley, some secrets are better left undisturbed.

©2022 Kelly J. Ford. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“At the start of this gripping suspense novel from Ford (Cottonmouths), Jane Mooney, who’s been living in Boston, returns home to Maud Bottoms, Ark.…The truth slowly unfolds as the plot builds toward a surprising conclusion foreshadowed by a trail of skillfully disguised clues. Ford delivers the goods.”Publishers Weekly

“A confessed killer’s return home brings long-buried secrets to life with a series of seismic jolts.”Kirkus Reviews 

“With layers of storytelling portraying generational trauma, small towns and the unbearable confines their scrutiny can place on anyone who feels different, and the unbreakable bonds that adversity can forge, Real Bad Things is sometimes a hard read, but always an excellent one. Readers looking for slow burn mystery with unforgettable characters and an unforgettable atmosphere will find here exactly what they need.”Mystery and Suspense Magazine 

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Slow start

Wonderful story and gripping finish! Very worth the listening time. Narrator dud excellent job! Recommend with no hesitation.

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EXCELLENT READ!

I thought the synopsis of this book was interesting because why anyone would return to where they committed a murder is beyond me so, I wanted to find out. Well, what I learned was that Jane should've gone on about her life in Boston and left Maude Bottoms right where she left it. There's way more going on in Maude than the 25 year old murder of Warren and it ain't pretty.

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Pretty good book

This was an interesting book which kept me intrigued. Would read it again. My only complaint was I was able to guess the end but that happens a lot for me so doesn't say anything bad about the book.