Rory Mackenzie is juror number seven on a high-profile murder case in her hometown of Ransom River, California. It's a place she vowed never to visit again after leaving behind its surfeit of regret and misfortune and the specter of a troubled past that threatened to disturb the town's peaceful facade. Brilliant yet guarded, Rory has always felt like an outsider. She retreated into herself when both her career aspirations and her love affair with a childhood friend, undercover cop Seth Colder, were destroyed in a tragic accident. While most of the town is focused on the tense and shocking circumstances of the trial, Rory's return to Ransom River dredges up troubling memories from her childhood that she can no longer ignore. But in the wake of a desperate attack on the courthouse, Rory realizes that exposing these dark skeletons has connected her to an old case that was never solved, and bringing the truth to light just might destroy her. Departing from her popular series novels, Meg Gardiner has gone deeper than ever into the utterly convincing lives and compelling pasts of her characters. Ransom River is an intimate, atmospheric thriller with a dark mystery at its heart - one that will keep listeners breathless until the very end.
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by Christine Gilbert
by Sara Driscoll
by Jennifer Ashley
by Meg Gardiner
by John Reynolds Gardiner
"Attorney Rory Mackenzie is called to jury duty in the murder trial of two policemen in her hometown of Ransom River, California, a place she hates. When gunmen assault the courtroom, a SWAT team ends the hostage siege. But detectives suspect that Rory is the gunmen's accomplice. Angela Dawe's polished performance captures the tension, along with vivid descriptions and believable characterizations. She portrays Rory's anxiety as she reconnects with childhood friend Seth Colder, an undercover officer who warns her about dirty cops. Her depictions of manipulative cousin Nerissa and bullying stepbrother Boone are especially strong. Listeners will be unable to guess the story's outcome. G.D.W. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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