• The Only Suspect

  • By: Jonnie Jacobs
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (238 ratings)

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By: Jonnie Jacobs
Narrated by: George Kuch
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Publisher's Summary

Doctor Sam Russell's wife is missing. The police don't believe his story - and Sam isn't so sure himself since he can remember nothing about the day she disappeared.

Detective Hannah Montgomery sees something in Sam and his young daughter that touches her own sense of loss. As she delves deeper, shocking secrets come to light making Hannah wonder whether she's protecting a wronged man or a cold-blooded killer.

©2005, digital 2012 Jonnie Jacobs (P)2015 Jonnie Jacobs

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Riveting Story! Kept me guessing until the end

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I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com".

I have never read any books by Jonnie Jacobs but will be reading more from this author. I have already checked out the rest of her books available on Audible.
This was one of the best audiobooks I've listened to in quite awhile.
The plot had so many twist and turns that you could not stop listening and unlike a lot of mystery books the end was a complete suprise to me.
As we all know a narrator can make or break the story and George Kuch did not disappoint. The narration was excellent.
I highly recommend this book!

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Very good!

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Since I worked in law enforcement for years, I love crime thrillers. I always like the authors that can get a “real-life” feel to the workings of the case, and Jonnie Jacobs did not disappoint. She did a great job in telling this story of a husband whose wife went missing and he didn’t really want to contact police because his first wife was murdered. He got off from that case, but that doesn’t mean that the police look at him questioningly. Throughout this book there is a lot of suspense and feelings building that are so palpable that I felt my heart racing at times. If you like any kind of thriller, suspense, or crime novels, then you will definitely enjoy this! I give 4 SOLID STARS!

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Wow loads of twists but a bit long

Interesting story and the narrator did a good job with all the Boston accents but overall it could've been trimmed at least a couple of hours from almost 13! The twists kept my head swimming a bit I'll just say without any spoilers. The twists at the end we're not explored at all and I would've liked Sam to confront the enemies from his past, because, gosh, there sure was plenty of time. In saying it was too long for me I will add I didn't find it boring and seldom fast forwarded just a lot of details I didn't think added to the story. I've had this in my wish list and love being able to read for my review. Without being able to give half stars I would give this 3.5 and I looked forward to listening to it until finished.

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Intriguing murder mystery not to be missed

Sam had been tried for murdering his first wife and was only released due to a hung jury. 7 years later, his second wife goes missing. Is Sam guilty? What followed was a great murder mystery with interesting characters and lots of twists and turns. Some developments were predictable, while the happenings in the last few chapters were so convoluted, I definitely did not see the end coming. Changing between Sam's perspective in the first person and third person accounts, the writing was impeccable. Listening to the audiobook was an absolute pleasure due to a fantastic job done by George Kuch. This was my first book by this author, but I will definitely check out her other ones in the future.

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Smoke, mirrors and murder

The Only Suspect (Unabridged)
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Author: Jonnie Jacobs
Date:
2015
Narrator:
George Kuch
Running Time:
12 h 56 min

Doctor Sam Russell's wife is missing. The police don't believe his story - and Sam isn't so sure himself since he can remember nothing about the day she disappeared. Detective Hannah Montgomery sees something in Sam and his young daughter that touches her own sense of loss. As she delves deeper, shocking secrets come to light making Hannah wonder whether she's protecting a wronged man or a cold-blooded killer

This is an elaborately plotted mystery, using illusion and deception on several levels to fairly astounding effect. Take, for example, the very first scene of the book, where we find our protagonist in his car, in a ditch, with no memory of his last day, let alone how he got where he was. What *is* is always in opposition to what *seems* to be, and few authors could pull off this game of smoke, mirrors and magician’s tricks. This author does. The complexity of this story isn’t found in the Byzantine twists of plot, but rather in the shadow play between what (and who) we think we see, and what (or who) we are actually watching. In some ways, this book reminded me of some of the tricks Elizabethan playwrights used with identities …and I found that I had to seriously suspend disbelief, and trust the author to work it all out effectively. Both my effort and my trust were amply rewarded, because, although the author uses a very thin high wire as part of the foundation for his plot …he makes it work, and that, to me, demonstrates a more than admirable amount of skill.

In addition, the characters are beautifully developed, even the villains. These are all real people, neither all “bad” or all “good”, and, as we come to know them, we also come to understand, if not always empathize, with them. There is a little girl in this book, and the author portrays her well, too …neither a baby doll with no brain, nor a miniature adult, but a growing little girl, ahead of her age in some respects, catching up in maturity in others …in other words, typical, and therefore engaging.

The writing is vivid and interesting without being self-conscious, and the narrator is just about perfect for this book. He presented all of the characters extremely well, subtly giving each a distinctive voice, as well as differing phrasing and rates of speech, so that listening to people speaking together sounds like a conversation.

This narrator’s voice quality is also perfectly matched to this book, though my comments here have nothing to do with narrator skill. Sometimes, whoever chooses which narrator really makes a very fortunate choice, and this is one of those times. Had the narrator had an extremely cultured voice, or, perhaps, a noticeable Southern accent, all his skill would have been unable to hide the fact that it wasn’t a good match. Usually, I can listen to almost any narrator, having listened to audio books in one form or another for most of my reading life, but, when I come across such a perfect match, it’s definitely a treat, and I appreciate it.

I quite happily give both book and narrator 5 out of 5 stars, and recommend this to anyone who loves complex mysteries.


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Brilliant Writing & Performance 5's Jonnie Jacobs!


Dr. Sam Russell's wife is missing -his second one, de ja voux.

Sam Russell wakes up in the ditch on the side of the road with blood on his hands and a 24 hour blackout from what happened the night before. As a recovering alcoholic his worst fear is that alcohol is responsible for his blackout and car accident.

He is about to find out that things are a lot worse; his second wife is missing and he is the prime and only suspect in her disappearance. This is a nightmare he is lived through before with the disappearance [and suspected murder] of his first wife. He was never charged for lack of evidence the first time, but will he avoid lightning striking twice?

The entire police force thinks he is guilty, with the exception of newcomer Detective Hannah Montgomery. She wants some proof to his wrongdoing, in either wife's disappearance before she judges him.

Is she falling for a clever, cold-blooded man? Or might she be right? Is this whole thing a series of unfortunate events that just happened to place Sam and his daughter in the middle of it?

This was very well written. I was guessing until the very end. I love a good detective/thriller story and this one hit all the marks. *I received this in exchange for my review and highly recommend it to anyone who loves this genre. I would not hesitate to use the credit to get this book I have put Jonnie Jacobs on my list of authors to look for in the future.

George Kuch is the perfect narrator. His low, growling voice has just the right amount of vulnerability for the main character. He is able to lay off and perform the female lead (Hannah Montgomery,) as well as Sam's daughter and the array of secondary characters. He is fantastic.

Notes: Some descriptions of violence and some gory descriptions

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it helps in your decision whether or not to purchase this book. If so, would you select yes directly below this text.

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WOW just WOW

Finished this 13 hour audiobook in a 24 hour period~could not stop listening (only to sleep)! GREAT character development, especially Sam and Hannah~I even became attached to Dallas eventually. Never a dull moment as the twists, turns, and secrets just keep coming until the very end.

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Don't understand the high ratings?

Oh dear. This was the silliest story I have heard in a long time. The protagonist was so so so slow - gee should I tell the police about this? I wonder IV his is important? Oh dear, Why me? Clues popping up all over the place never followed up on - by anyone ... Until the very last minute when everything is explained in great detail - excruciating detail actually ... I don't understand all the raving reviews of this novel! Or the reader for that matter - his inflections were so strange - everyone had the same dumb questioning voice. Very strange. No I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

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Wow...non-stop listening power

What did you love best about The Only Suspect?

I loved the story. I was rarely without my earbuds for 2 - 3 days.

What did you like best about this story?

How the author kept me guessing.

What does George Kuch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought Mr. Kuch did a nice job bringing each of the characters (male, female and preteen) to life. Great job. I never lost who (which character) was speaking.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No. I really enjoyed the author's development of Sam, Molly, Hannah.

Any additional comments?

I received a copy of this audio from Audiobookblast and the author Jonnie Jacobs.

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Good Storyline

First book by this author, but not the last. Kept me hooked from the first sentence. Lots of twists and turns. Narrator tried to change voices, but it was a little difficult for me to handle because his voice sounded like one that belonged with a middle aged detective.

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