• The Third Son

  • By: S. E. Green
  • Narrated by: Susan Marlowe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

All he wants is a loving family to belong to, to manipulate, to control.

Architect Carter Grady is constructing his most prized design - a family. Two years after marrying his deceased best friend’s wife, Tori, he’s ready to officially adopt her two sons, independent Daniel, 12, and the sweet five-year-old Nathan. All he needs to do is sign the legal paperwork. But a phone call changes everything.

A one-night stand from over a decade ago died in a freak accident and Carter now learns two things: the random stranger’s name...and that they share a 10-year-old son, Frances. With adult-like affectations and a fondness for wearing bow ties, the exceedingly charming and fiercely intelligent boy is unlike other children. And he’s biologically Carter’s - a seemingly impossible dream.

Yet behind the ready smile, perfectly parted hair, and need to please, something’s off with Frances. There’s a cunning calculation behind his moves, an effortless talent for lying, and a dark curiosity in others’ pain. But as Carter and Tori learn about the shocking conditions of Frances’ isolated childhood, Carter is even more determined to do right by his son.

When “accidents” soon escalate, with Daniel and Nathan caught in the middle, Tori’s budding suspicions and maternal paranoia grow. Could evil reside in the form of a little boy? And who - or what - have they invited into their home, their trust, their sense of safety?

©2021 S. E. Green (P)2022 S. E. Green

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just ok

It was ok. I had a problem with the narrator's voice. I didn't care for it or the way they over prounuciated everything thing. I think with a different narrator it may have been more enjoyable. The story itself was ok for what it was. I am on the fence on whether I would recommend it. It wasn't bad but it wasn't the greatest. It was just ok.

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Horrifying, Creepy, Disturbing and more.....

Had I known the story I probably wouldn't have bought The Third Child. Was it descriptive, yes. Was it breath taking, yes. Was it suspenseful, yes. With all the glaring attributes I kept listening until the end. Warning, not a good story to fall asleep to. But if terror is your thing, The Third Child is for you. Dad's one night stand, from his dating years, comes back to haunt an already devastated family in the process of recovering from tragedy.

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Great Book!! 💕💕💕

Omg!!! This was so good!! Really hope there’s a another part to this story!!
Took a little getting used to the reader’s voice, but overall, I really enjoyed it!!! 💕😊💕😊💕

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Disturbing

Wow….gave me nightmares and needed a day or so to recover from listening to this book. It’s not a mystery or thriller. It’s a deeply disturbing listen

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The Third Son

Wow!What a story.Very believable.I listened without stopping.The narration was ok.I felt Susan Marlowe could have put more feeling into it,but it was good.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Man what a psycho kid

This story ended up much better and weirder than I expected. Tori, Carter, Daniel and Nathan are so normal compared to Frances. With the history of Frances' mom, I guess it tough to be a normal kid. Frances is certainly a psychopathic/sociopathic child. The lies, manipulation, obsession with death and having people all to himself. This story does have some violence towards animals and people, but truly shows the depth of the troubled Frances. Maybe if his mom hadn't gone through what she did, he may have turned out ok. Good book.

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Disturbing, but good story

Good story, a couple of cringe moments due to sensitive subject matter, otherwise very entertaining.

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Totally predictable

You can predict who will die as soon as they enter the story. It was like a Chucky movie (I think... I've never actually seen a Chucky movie and now I think I don't have to!)

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Wow!

This was an amazing story. S.E. Green did it again! My mind is blown.

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Fast-paced but forgettable

The storyline engaged me from the beginning, and I enjoyed the author's uncluttered writing style. By the conclusion, I was considerably less enthusiastic. I finished the book yesterday and started something new, but a day later I can't remember exactly how things turned out--and that says a lot.

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The Third Son

audible:Wow!What a story.Very believable.I listened without stopping.The narration was ok.I felt Susan Marlowe could have put more feeling into it,but it was good.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.