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Shattered Pieces by Stacy Claflin
Narrator: Tina Wolstencroft
Series: Brannon House #4
Published by Tantor Audio on April 27, 2021
Length: 6 hours, 5 minutes
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
Most family ties are silken threads. Others are literally handcuffs.
Kenzi Brannon thinks most of her problems are behind her until she gets a call from the local jail. Her mother, a proven killer, is being released due to overcrowding. Blood takes care of blood, so there is no turning Regina away.
She returns to live at Brannon House. A haunted house. A house reputedly so cursed, some neighbors want it razed to the ground.
But her niece’s friends and the rest of the town would love to explore. And Halloween seems like the perfect time to open their doors to the community. Despite Regina promising to be on her best behavior, Kenzi has concerns her mother might do something to ruin the evening.
It turns out far worse than she feared. With innocent lives on the line, Kenzi must put a stop to her mother’s maniacal actions—but first, she’ll have to find her.
Shattered Pieces is not the wrong title for this book. It jumps all over the place. The viewpoints are primarily Kenzi, Ember and Grandma. This review and this book, definitely contain spoilers for previous books.
The primary story arcs are that somehow Grandma is released from prison because of overcrowding. Ember is spending a lot of time with her Dad, and actively trying to get Kenzi and Graham together. Kenzi is trying to figure out where to have her mom live other than with them, and to figure out her relationships.
The emotions and choices of the characters do not seem realistic or authentic to me. They do have money so it is easier for them to do what they want without worrying about the costs or being tied to a schedule to make their living.
Bella and Jack have almost no role. We do get to see Jack continue to blossom now he is out in the world, which is nice. I’m glad to see he is not having more problems after being shut away so many years.
The Brannon House series is one I would read in order, as I think you’d be lost otherwise. There’s some mystery, some romance and some horror. The books are short but a bit over the top.
This narrator is the same throughout this series, so now I am familiar with her. I still feel like Ember’s voice is lower or deeper than Kenzi’s voice which felt odd to me, as Ember is younger. I was comfortable with the performance overall and able to stay in the story. I listened at my normal 1.5x speed.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
This sounds a bit confusing, although it probably makes more sense if you read the series from the beginning. Hopefully the next book will work better for you.
I’m thinking there won’t be another book.
Thanks for the spoiler warning. I just jumped to your bottom line. Did you enjoy the series up to this point?
It was interesting in some aspects but not very believable. So overall it’s not my favorite series. I thought it would come together eventually but it always jumped all over, and didn’t really.