• In Search of the Rose Notes

  • By: Emily Arsenault
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 26-07-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.4 (20 ratings)

Summary

Eleven-year-olds Nora and Charlotte were best friends. When their teenage babysitter, Rose, disappeared under mysterious circumstances, the girls decided to investigate. But their search - aided by paranormal theories and techniques gleaned from old Time-Life books - went nowhere. Years later, Nora, now in her late 20s, is drawn back to her old neighborhood - and to her estranged friend - when Rose's remains are finally discovered.
Upset over their earlier failure to solve the possible murder, Charlotte is adamant that they join forces and try again. But Nora was the last known person to see Rose alive, and she's not ready to revisit her troubled adolescence and the events surrounding the disappearance - or face the disturbing secrets that are already beginning to re-emerge.
©2011 Emily Arsenault (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Jim Newperson on 23-10-13

Well written images but a tedious story

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The frequent jumps from present time to the past were substantially overdone. All the talk among the grade school friends, while initially cute and clever, became quite tedious. There are probably not that many mature people who are forever trapped in their school day memories and experiences and still suffering from high school angst.

What could Emily Arsenault have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

What often makes a mystery interesting is the challenge of trying to solve it. In this case, crucial details are left until the very end. Yes, it was a surprise but very little of the story came close to hinting at the ending. The whole book could have been greatly abbreviated.

Any additional comments?

All the discussion among the childhood friends about strange phenomenon (aliens, magic, ghosts, etc.) may have been an attempt to add more mystery to the story about Rose but had little to do with her after all. The ending was quite anti-climatic

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3 out of 5 stars
By Frances on 21-04-12

A good lite listen

Would you try another book from Emily Arsenault and/or Khristine Hvam?

Definitely

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Slightly predictable from the half way mark

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probable

Any additional comments?

I listened to it in one day, so I guess I thought it was pretty good. A disappearance/death, childhood friends, and the subject of memory. The book has that particular easy American unselfconsciousness that I associate with something that borders "chick lit" --not meant as a slur. I like chick lit because of its easiness. Because it doesn't hurt me in any way, the way that incisive literary social commentary does.

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