Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy audiobook

Let Me Die in His Footsteps

By Lori Roy
Read by Andi Arndt and Emily Woo Zeller

Blackstone Publishing 9780525955078
10.18 Hours Unabridged
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In the spellbinding and suspenseful Let Me Die in His Footsteps, Edgar Award–winner Lori Roy wrests from a southern town the secrets of two families touched by an evil that has passed between generations. On a dark Kentucky night in 1952 exactly halfway between her fifteenth and sixteenth birthdays, Annie Holleran crosses into forbidden territory. Everyone knows Hollerans don’t go near Baines—not since Joseph Carl was buried two decades before—but, armed with a silver-handled flashlight, Annie runs through her family’s lavender fields toward the well on the Baines’ place. At the stroke of midnight, she gazes into the water in search of her future. Not finding what she had hoped for, she turns from the well and when the body she sees there in the moonlight is discovered come morning, Annie will have much to explain and a past to account for. It was 1936, and there were seven Baine boys. That year, Annie’s aunt, Juna Crowley, with her black eyes and her long blond hair, came of age. Before Juna, Joseph Carl had been the best of all the Baine brothers. But then he looked into Juna’s eyes and they made him do things that cost innocent people their lives. Sheriff Irlene Fulkerson saw justice served—or did she? As the lavender harvest approaches and she comes of age as Aunt Juna did in her own time, Annie’s dread mounts. Juna will come home now, to finish what she started. If Annie is to save herself, her family, and this small Kentucky town, she must prepare for Juna’s return, and the revelation of what really happened all those years ago.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel

In the spellbinding and suspenseful Let Me Die in His Footsteps, Edgar Award–winner Lori Roy wrests from a southern town the secrets of two families touched by an evil that has passed between generations.

On a dark Kentucky night in 1952 exactly halfway between her fifteenth and sixteenth birthdays, Annie Holleran crosses into forbidden territory. Everyone knows Hollerans don’t go near Baines—not since Joseph Carl was buried two decades before—but, armed with a silver-handled flashlight, Annie runs through her family’s lavender fields toward the well on the Baines’ place. At the stroke of midnight, she gazes into the water in search of her future. Not finding what she had hoped for, she turns from the well and when the body she sees there in the moonlight is discovered come morning, Annie will have much to explain and a past to account for.

It was 1936, and there were seven Baine boys. That year, Annie’s aunt, Juna Crowley, with her black eyes and her long blond hair, came of age. Before Juna, Joseph Carl had been the best of all the Baine brothers. But then he looked into Juna’s eyes and they made him do things that cost innocent people their lives. Sheriff Irlene Fulkerson saw justice served—or did she?

As the lavender harvest approaches and she comes of age as Aunt Juna did in her own time, Annie’s dread mounts. Juna will come home now, to finish what she started. If Annie is to save herself, her family, and this small Kentucky town, she must prepare for Juna’s return, and the revelation of what really happened all those years ago.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This Depression-era story is a sad one, written in every shade of Gothic black. But its true colors emerge in the rich textures of the narrative, and in the music of that voice, as hypnotic as the scent coming off a field of lavender.” New York Times Book Review
“As the mystery deepens, so, too, does the suspense…A story of sisters, lovers, mothers. and daughters and what can happen when evil slips its way between those ties.” Associated Press
“A hybrid of mystery, coming-of-age, and Southern gothic literature…It’s taut and evocative—things simmer and tickle and sizzle underfoot.” Los Angeles Times
“It teems with family feuds, forbidden love, second sight, and wronged innocents, all held together by Roy’s taut style and gift for suspense.” Tampa Bay Times (Florida)
“The scents of lavender and regret are heavy in this suspenseful coming-of-age novel…This powerful story…should transfix readers right up to its stunning final twist.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An atmospheric, vividly drawn tale that twists her trademark theme of family secrets with the crackling spark of the ‘know-how’ for a suspenseful, ghost-story feel.” Booklist (starred review)
“The evocative atmosphere of this mystery is greatly enhanced by narrators Andi Arndt and Emily Woo Zeller…The characters are often moody, but the author’s subtle humor is also reflected in the performance…The narrators’ deceptively simple reading imparts realism to a complex and strange story.” AudioFile
“Will keep readers engaged until the end. Her engaging story of young love, Southern folklore, family feuds, and crimes of passion is bound to satisfy readers who enjoy Southern fiction and coming-of-age tales.” Library Journal
“Roy’s characters live whole on the page…A sure winner with fans of backwoods country noir.” Kirkus Reviews

Reviews

Reviews

by Odin 9/13/2017
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A "keep you awake tonight" novel

For mystery lovers, here is a zinger. A dark tale set in the local legend filled hills of Kentucky; the primary characters of Sarah and Annie confront the endless angst of feuding families and unresolved disappearances and deaths. If you like complexities, this tale with its alternating stories of 1936 with 1952, characters that seems to have ownership of both eras, and an ending that leaves much for the listener to ponder as to a resolution, plug in your ear buds and allow the narrators, Andi Arndt and Emily Zeller to weave Lori Roy’s words into a eerie keep-you-up-late insomniac nightmare. Good listening. – Odin Roark

Author

Author Bio: Lori Roy

Author Bio: Lori Roy

Lori Roy was born and raised in the Midwest, where she worked for years as a tax accountant before turning her focus to writing. Her work has appeared in the Chattahoochee Review and she is the recipient of the Ed Hirshberg Award for Excellence in Florida Writing. She also won an Edgar Award for her first novel, Bent Road. She lives with her family in Florida.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 10.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English