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Family secrets by Stacy Claflin
Narrator: Tina Wolstencroft
Series: Brannon House #2
Published by Tantor Audio on January 19, 2021
Length: 6 hours, 4 minutes
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
Some questions are better left unasked. Like whose blood is on the knife upstairs.
Kenzi Brannon’s life was turned upside down when she moved into her family’s abandoned home to raise her niece. Problems compound when her aging mother starts to remember things.
And clues the police find regarding the knife don’t match anything Kenzi knows about her family.
Things go from bad to worse when she and her niece discover something horrifying in their house. But not even that compares to the strange ways her mom is acting.
Can they get to the bottom of it all, or will their house—a local legend that goes bump in the night—and the family secrets destroy them all?
Kenzi and Ember continue to deal with Claire’s death, starting with her funeral. I am still impressed with Kenzi’s poise in the face of everything which happens and the way she really cares for her niece. She lets Ember have a lot of input into decisions.
Kenzi has two sort of romantic interests but she’s just getting to know them. She’s not ready to add that to her already full plate right now. She seems to have easily continued her job though.
The family mystery I thought would be the focus was the identity of Ember’s biological father. While that does come up, there are SO many family secrets. I won’t spoil but it’s more than one. There may also be an old murder. Kenzi learns much more about her mother and their often poor relationship. There’s also Bella, her imaginary friend when she was little, which may be part of why Kenzi was sent to a mental institution.
There’s also a nosy neighbor who keeps showing up and asking questions about the house. I don’t like him. Nothing else happened with him but I can’t believe he isn’t up to no good. I suspect he will turn up in future books.
Family Secrets is a fairly short, chock full of revelations addition to the Brannon House series. There is still so much I want to learn about this family and there are some big changes which I want to know how they are handled. Not to mention, there is the still the question of Ember’s father. It looks like The Darkest Garden and Shattered Pieces are already available in ebook format in Kindle Unlimited currently. But I have The Darkest Garden coming up on audio for review next month.
This narrator was new to me. I only had one voice which felt odd to me, and that was Ember’s voice. It was deeper than Kenzi’s voice which felt odd because she is younger. But overall, it was a good performance where the voices were comfortable and I could stay in the story. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
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