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Inside the Echo by Jen Blood
Narrator: Elise Arsenault
Published by Tantor Audio on July 18, 2018
Length: 10 hours
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K-9 search and rescue handler Jamie Flint and her team—both human and canine—are called in when a group vanishes during a dogsledding expedition for battered women in the Mahoosuc Mountains of Maine. When it’s learned that a rogue gunman was involved in the disappearance, authorities look to the abusive partners of the women now lost for answers. Meanwhile, a voice from Jamie’s past begins to haunt her, echoing the words of the shooter now in pursuit of a target Jamie alone can save. With her K-9 partners Phantom and Casper at her side, Jamie must confront the demons of her own past as her team fights the elements and the clock in order to find the missing women and bring them home.
I enjoyed this much more than the first book in the Flint K9 Search and Rescue series, The Darkest Thread. It could be the audio rather than reading but I think it was the further development of the characters and more information about their history and current situation. The search and rescue was much more realistic with more authentic details on how things worked. It also handled the paranormal elements more smoothly.
In Inside the Blood, an outdoor trip of battered women goes missing. Jamie is called in both because she is a well known SAR person in the area and knows some of the law enforcement on the case. Also, she knows some of the missing women.
I was very worried for the women and their situation. But I love how strong they were and how they used intelligence and fortitude to survive, as did the search and rescue people. There are minor romantic elements, but this is not the focus. Jamie also sorted out some personal issues and ended up with some new future directions. I look forward to going on with this series for those changes.
I listened at my typical 1.25 speed. It was a comfortable narration with good handling of both male and female voices. I found the voice for Jamie odd though, maybe a bit of a southern accent. But she lives in Maine and lived in California. I can’t remember if she came from somewhere in the South before Maine though. It was a pleasure to listen to the performance.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 Audiobook Challenge
- 2018 New Release Challenge
- COYER BSBB
I have a copy of the first book but haven’t had the chance to read it yet. It is good to know that the second book is even better.
yes, in the first book the search wasn’t handled as professionally. So the story didn’t make as much sense. It also lacked some of the world-building. This book was much better on both areas.
I was only so-so on the first book at times and it took me a while to get through it. Glad to see that you think book two is better.
Yes, exactly. I was pretty iffy on book 1 but I had requested this so I finished. This was much better.