on April 30, 2012
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Contemporary, Thrillers
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A CRY IN THE WOODS
The scream Lena Riddle hears in the woods behind her house is enough to curdle her blood—she has no doubt that a woman is in real danger. Unfortunately, with no physical evidence, the local law officers in small-town Ash, Kentucky, dismiss her claim. But Lena knows what she heard—and it leaves her filled with fear and frustration.
Ezra King is on leave from the state police, but he can’t escape the guilty memories that haunt his dreams. When he sees Lena, he is immediately drawn to her. He aches to touch her—to be touched by her—but is he too burdened by his tragic past to get close? When Ezra hears her story of an unknown woman’s screams, his instincts tell him that Lena’s life is also at risk—and his desire to protect her is as fierce as his need to possess her.
For those of you who know me… this idea of me listening to books goes against everything I’ve ever said about audiobooks. I have found a time and place where I can actually stand them now so be prepared to see more reviews of audiobooks.
In this case, I finally got around to the Ash trilogy by Shiloh Walker. The narrator was fun to listen to and the book flowed well. I did find that the story was tight and I wasn’t completely invested in Ezra and Lena until closer to the end but the story was fun to follow.
There is something up in the small town of Ash, Kentucky that is sinister and depraved. We get introduced to most of the main characters of the trilogy in this title but we will have to wait until the last two books to completely flesh out the story. We see a man at a crossroads with no plans for the future but a mess to resolve from his past. I admittedly was invested in Ezra as soon as we met him because there is something about a man struggling with injuries and trauma that draws me in. He’s strong but there is a vulnerability and softness that shines thru as we get to know him. This is a good man who has had his foundations taken out from under him and he’s smarting from what he thinks is his instincts letting him down. He’s a curious man though so when things start to happen you aren’t going to see him just ignore them to take the easy path. I liked how he accepted Lena from the beginning even if he did make some mistakes along the way.
Lena was something else. I liked her but I did a bit frustrated as she tended to react first when people were trying to help her rather than actually understand where they were coming from. She had times where that reaction was the right one but it did get me a bit upset a couple of times as I saw her reaction being a bit misguided. Before anyone takes my head off… yes I get where she was coming from in that others had often taken it upon themselves to talk over her or do things in the interest of her best interests.. I get it… I really do but there are a couple of times where she jumps to that conclusion with people who haven’t done that to her. I appreciated that she owns up when she overreacts and that the ones who are caught in the fire don’t hold that moment against her. I also appreciate her calling people out when they do it in the way that is condescending and troubling… see I am capable of seeing where there are issues and love that she speaks up. She’s strong and her willingness to call Ezra on his shit made me smile.
The overall story arc is awesome so I will just say make sure to put aside time to listen to or read all three titles in a row. I am happy to say that I figured out who the villain is in the series in book 2 but there are hints in this one that niggled at me but didn’t firm up until book 2. I can see why people might miss the hints but the stories are interesting with twists one might not see coming. Take a chance and read or listen to this series… I don’t think you’ll be sorry.