- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 23 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Aaron Paul Lazar
- Audible.com Release Date: May 11, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CQSZYCI
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Essentially Yours: Tall Pines Book 2 Audiobook – Unabridged
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As with his other books, this is an author that understands relationships and he creates characters that are human enough to be believed but inspiring enough for the reader to see them as heroes. The Hollisters share a love every couple would like to emulate. Every great story needs a hero or possibly two and Marcella and Quinn are a great pair.
While this author can write a great plot for the protagonist, he is just as adept at creating the bad guys as well. Lots of action, suspense and heart-stopping thrills fill the pages and again, a wonderful getaway.
Thanks again, Mr. Lazar.
No one has heard from Sky for eighteen years, so the sudden appearance of a package containing his old backpack filled with essential oils, a pouch of emeralds and a flash drive is cause for concern. Later that night, Callie is kidnapped and the Hollisters’ home is ransacked. Marcella and husband, Quinn, swing into action to find Callie and solve the mystery.
The mystery deepens and the Hollisters head for their cottage at Tall Pines in the Adirondacks, for safety and to search for clues. What they uncover is beyond anyone’s expectation. A widespread conspiracy exists and a research company called Outsourcers is at the center of it. Sky and the essential oils are involved and it’s up to the Hollisters to sort out the clues and figure out who to trust.
Written in first person from Marcella’s view, readers are once again privy to her thoughts and emotions as she tumbles from one hazardous event to the next. Since the local police seem to be involved in the cover up, Marcella contacts her friend, Detective McCann for help. He is a man that can be trusted, but will he be able to bring FBI help in time?
The essential oils add great interest to the story. Readers will want to learn more about the healing properties of the oils. There are some incidents of paranormal visions and events, making this an especially exciting mystery. Those who have read the previous Tall Pines book, For The Birds, will welcome the chance for more adventures with Marcella and Quinn. Those who have not yet read it will rush to get a copy. Each book is complete in itself and both are exhilarating mystery stories. Aaron Paul Lazar never disappoints his readers.
How many times have you read the second or third book in a series and felt that it just didn't live up to the quality of the first book. Sometimes the energy just seems to fizzle out, and your interest is no longer held captive. But if the author can find a way to recharge that energy and infuse it into subsequent books, he has found the secret to success. Aaron Paul Lazar, with three different series on the go, has definitely found that secret in this second book of the Tall Pines Mysteries series.
Turning the first page, it appears as if life is finally back to normal. Marcella and Quinn Hollister have resumed their happy lives running an antique shop and enjoying each other's company in their home on one of the beautiful finger lakes of upstate New York. After surviving an extremely dangerous adventure just a year ago, life seems beautifully quiet and routine. What are the chances that their lives could be turned upside down again? Well, some people seem to attract trouble, and apparently Marcella is a trouble magnet! While enjoying a relaxing morning swim before joining Quinn at work, her peace is shattered by the arrival of a pontoon boat from across the lake. Most alarming is that at the wheel is her best friend, Callie Lissoneau, an agoraphobic who is usually too petrified to step foot out of her house. Something must be terribly wrong. Coaxing the story out of a distressed Callie, Marcella is once again drawn into a whirlwind mystery that will hold the reader mesmerized until the last page is turned.
This time around the mystery revolves around a curious phone call and a box that arrives at Callie's door from her brother, Sky, who disappeared 18 years ago, containing an olive green knapsack, brown glass bottles full of essential oils, a very old book appearing to be a holistic health guide, a hemp necklace with a small vial of liquid attached to it, a book of Shakespeare's sonnets, an amber crystal, a bag of emeralds, and a memory stick full of data. Is Sky actually alive somewhere, and if so, what do all of these items have to do with his disappearance so many years ago? Now, take all of these items, throw in, among other things, a murder, a kidnapping, a ransacked house, a medical research facility, a ruthless and greedy drug company, a hair-raising and almost war-like helicopter gun battle that puts everyone in grave danger, and even a psychic crystal connection that provides them with clues, and you have the recipe for a heart thumping race through the Adirondack Mountains to save what matters most to the future of a possible medical breakthrough.
One of Lazar's greatest strengths as a writer is the way he develops each of his characters into someone uniquely memorable and allows us into their heads and hearts to feel their every thought and emotion. You meet Marcella, who is stubborn to a fault, but this is because she will stop at nothing to protect the ones she loves. Her husband, Quinn, tends to be obsessive compulsive, but Marcella's love for him is so deep that she endures his quirks because he is her rock and gives her strength. Callie has had a very difficult life dealing with a sister who hates her and the memories of a brutal rape during her college years. Her agoraphobia is quite understandable considering all she has been through, and Marcella has always been there to support her through it all. Lazar not only develops rich characters but he then works his stories around the strength of the relationships between these characters. Each character has his or her own peculiarities, but somehow they seem to complement each other, and the strength of the relationships allow them to work through anything, whether it be something as simple as feelings of jealousy or something as dangerous as freeing a friend kidnapped by gun-wielding thugs. As a result, you easily come to love each and every one of the characters in the story, and you cheer them on every step of the way because ultimately you just want them to find happiness.
The suspense builds continually throughout the story like the growing tension before a thunderstorm, and you feel like you are on pins and needles waiting for the storm to break. As the reader, I had questions flying around in my head throughout, and I found myself talking to the characters, suggesting ideas when they were stumped. What I love about Lazar's mysteries, though, is that there is always a good wind down period at the end of the story where all of the remaining puzzle pieces are put into place and the characters settle back into their normal lives. It allows you as the reader to wrap up all the loose ends in your mind and feel contentment for the characters before you have to leave them.
Once again Lazar weaves a tale that made me resent my family, job, and other obligations every time they took me away from the story. All I wanted to do was keep reading right to the end without interruption. There is something about the way he crafts his stories that makes them flow like a smooth stretch of river interspersed with multiple sets of rapids in that you have only just allowed yourself to take a breath and calm yourself before you are thrown into the rapids once again. However, whether floating through the calms or battling the rapids, you always travel unimpeded. What I mean by that is that there is not a single section where you are hampered by rocky areas of boring details or heavy, unnecessary descriptions where you seem to become stalled in your reading. Nothing stops you from wanting to continue. If you love a fast-paced mystery with meaningful characters that become like family, I can't recommend this book enough, and I for one will be waiting with baited breath for the next instalment in the series.
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