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Twenty Years Later by Charlie Donlea

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Fans of Verity by Colleen Hoover won’t want to miss this thrilling new suspense novel from the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Taken! Hiding her own dark past in plain sight, a TV reporter is determined to uncover the truth behind a gruesome murder decades after the investigation was abandoned. But TWENTY YEARS LATER, to understand the present, you need to listen to the past…

Avery Mason, host of American Events, knows the subjects that grab a TV audience’s attention. Her latest story—a murder mystery laced with kinky sex, tragedy, and betrayal—is guaranteed to be ratings gold. New DNA technology has allowed the New York medical examiner’s office to make its first successful identification of a 9/11 victim in years. The twist: the victim, Victoria Ford, had been accused of the gruesome murder of her married lover. In a chilling last phone call to her sister, Victori 
Emma Kind has waited twenty years to put her sister to rest, but closure won’t be complete until she can clear Victoria’s name. Alone she’s had no luck, but she’s convinced that Avery’s connections and fame will help. Avery, hoping to negotiate a more lucrative network contract, goes into investigative overdrive. Victoria had been having an affair with a successful novelist, found hanging from the balcony of his Catskills mansion. The rope, the bedroom, and the entire crime scene was covered in Victoria’s DNA.

But the twisted puzzle of Victoria’s private life just the beginning. And what Avery doesn’t realize is that there are other players in the game who are interested in Avery’s own secret past—one she has kept hidden from both the network executives and her television audience. A secret she thought was dead and buried . . . 

Accused of a brutal murder, Victoria Ford made a final chilling call from the North Tower on the morning of 9/11. Twenty years ago, no one listened. Today, you will. 

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The book has a fluctuating pace and I could feel that in the audiobook and I believe it is not just the audiobook narrator but something that is in the book too.

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Oh, thank God for the audiobook Gods, for I don’t think I would have enjoyed this in book form. I picked up the book because of the intriguing plotline. Anybody who reads the book synopsis has to agree that the book piques curiosity.

No doubt, the book opens with a bang. It opens with a very explosive crime scene and event and then to a certain distance, it keeps things rolling. Then comes the dip. It kind of starts dragging with basically character studies and schedules. Then suddenly something unexpected revelation comes around and it sticks for a while. So this is what is happening in the book. The pace is very fluctuating. Around the middle, I think I might have even zoned out because it goes quiet.

The pace does test the patience a bit but otherwise, the story is one hell of a genius conception. Hoping that I am not giving out spoilers, let me just say that there is a crime in past and then there is the investigation of it in the present. The investigation and all the back story of the MC and FC are a bit stretchy but the crime that takes place in the past and the whole revelation were kind of brilliant and to tie it up with the 9/11 tragedy is even more genius.


As I said, the book has a fluctuating pace and I could feel that in the audiobook and I believe it is not just the audiobook narrator but something that is in the book too. Although the plot and the revelation of it were pretty surprising. The rest of the character analysis and their backstories all seemed to be just added layers which did not work for me much but even so, I would say it is not a bad thriller.

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