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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Please Don't Tell by Elizabeth Adler {Audio}

Please Don't TellPlease Don't Tell by Elizabeth Adler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Please Don't Tell
Author: Elizabeth Adler
Narrator: Bernadette Dunne
Length: Unabridged; 8 hours 48 minutes
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Published: July 9, 2013
Genres: Fiction; Mystery; Suspense

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My Rating: ✮✮✮✮

Fen Dexter’s quiet life on the idyllic California coast is interrupted one stormy night when a blood-covered man shows up on her doorstep, claiming to have had a car accident. He tells her that he is on his way to San Francisco to help the police solve the murder of his fiancĂ©. Unable to make it to the hospital because of the storm, he stays the night at Fen’s, and the attraction between them is obvious. The next morning he heads to the hospital where Fen’s niece, Vivi, is an ER doctor. Vivi is treating the most recent target of a serial killer whose signature move is to leave a note saying “Please Don’t Tell” taped across his victims’ mouths. When Fen’s mysterious stranger comes to Vivi to have his wounds stitched she agrees to set him up to talk with the police about his fiancĂ©. Who is this man, really? What does he want with Fen and her family? And will they live long enough to uncover the truth? Told with Elizabeth Adler’s knack for terrific female characters and breathtaking twists, Please Don't Tell will keep you guessing, right up to the end.

My Review:
I listened to the audio version of this book and I really felt like it started out with a bang and held my interest instantly. I was just browsing the online library and the cover intrigued me, so I borrowed it and started it instantly, and loved it from the very beginning.

The narrator did a wonderful job of reading this story and being able to keep me interested throughout the entire novel. She was great at distinguishing herself for each character and made it easy to follow along with who the story was about. She captured emotion and the story with great gusto! I wouldn't hesitate to search out more books read by this narrator just because she did such a wonderful job!

This was my first novel by Elizabeth Adler, and I was very pleased in totality with this book, so I would not hesitate to pick up another Adler book in the future. The Title and the Cover were enough to pull anyone in, and I felt that she did a great job with character and story development. She also did a great job of not letting the romance overwhelm the mystery and suspense, which any mystery/suspense fan will love!

There were a great diverse set of characters, some that I couldn't help but love from our first meeting, and others that I couldn't stand from the first meeting, to a few that I had to learn to tolerate and grew to love by the end! You have Fin with all of her infinite wisdom, Vivi, the charismatic doctor, JC, the ever-so-dependent little sister, Alex, the intriguing intruder, Dr. Ralph, the older psychiatrist and colleague to Vivi, and Brad Merlin, the big, strapping detective.

The only thing that bugged me about the story, was the predictability of it. I had guessed very early on who the killer was, and knew with certainty, who the guilty party was a little over halfway through the book, with my predictions being right. However, even though I was able to predict WHO the killer was, I was surprised at the actions of the killer, as well as the reactions of the remainder of the characters. I do feel that this was a well written story, full of suspense, mystery and intrigue.

That being said, I did enjoy listening to this story, thoroughly enjoyed the narration of the story, and will at some point seek out another Elizabeth Adler novel and most definitely will seek out other works read by Bernadette Dunne!

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