Making Amends

  • by Melinda Clayton
  • Narrated by Michelle Babb
  • 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On a beautiful fall evening, in the middle of a game of hide-and-seek, five-year-old Bobby Clark is kidnapped by his estranged father, a shiftless man with a history of domestic violence and drug abuse. Bobby's twin brother Ricky watches, terrified, from his hiding place behind the bougainvillea, while mother Tabby, who also struggles with addiction, lies inebriated on the living room floor.
Bobby isn't seen by his loved ones again until a fateful morning 25 years later, when video of his arrest dominates the morning news. He has been charged with the murder of his father, but before the trial can begin, he manages to escape.
As Tabby and Ricky absorb the news of Bobby's return and subsequent escape, Tabby is convinced he'll come home to the quiet Florida street from which he was taken so long ago. But when events begin to spiral out of control, she's left to wonder: is a child born to be evil, or shaped to be evil? And in the end, when it's time to make amends, does it really matter?

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Packs a mean punch, unputdownable

I stayed up to the wee small hours listening to this. A tale of lives filled with hope and positive moving forward: well recognisable by 12 steppers, as the title makes clear. Everyone's doing their best to get thru troubled lives; until the arrival of the long lost sheep to the fold. But would he be a white sheep or a black sheep after all this time? the story really does pull you along, you want to be thrown headlong into the lives of these people. Michelle Babb narrates with an easy-to-listen-to slow southern drawl that you could listen to long past the end of the story. I was vaguely troubled at the end, mainly because I wanted the story to go on and never end.
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- hellkatjen

I believe this is worth listening to...

Initially, I had found the story convoluted and slow in getting anywhere, in reaching a climax. But then once it began getting started, it <i>really</i>got started almost like an unpredictable engine. You just couldn't see where it was going, or even if it would start, at all. This is quite a talent, Clayton's ability to create an unforseen plot, yet one which was subtly forshadowed was a thrill (to see unfold.)

And the drama significantly thickens, through the characters when they make their own speculations. I rather liked the foreshadowing element, where the characters say something along the lines of 'looking back, after experiencing the consequence of this very decision, I would wish I had fully considered my options.' Maybe it's just me, but I wished I could shake them and demand they tell me what the consequence- the end-was. And what an end it was! Let us just say: a thriller is not a thriller without bloodshed, death and corruption. And what an exceptional thriller this was, whoever said 'one is innocent, until proven guilty' should rethink their words, the proof speaks for itself, and always comes out, it's not for a judge's verdict to decide.

The narrator, who has since become a favourite, was suited well for this book. Her voice, alone, built up tension. A wise, reflective and mature voice: suited very well for every character. It was how you imagine a story being told, particularly a horrific story, it always sounds more terrifying if the voice creates the ominous atmosphere. Michelle Babb's voice created just that: an older voice always signifies regrets, tragedy and experience, far better than a joyful (which is barely disguised) youthful voice.

What I most enjoyed was the bitter back stories of the twins and their mother. Hell, I even enjoyed Veronica and Ben's lively love story it distracted from the darker undertones. In the same way, I liked Veronica and Tabby's strong friendship, to survive all problems. That, and the way that nothing is what it seems: for one thing, who would've thought a reunion between a mother and her long-lost son would have ended the way it did?

I received this through Audio book Blast.
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- Sara Niña

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-03-2016
  • Publisher: Thomas-Jacob Publishing, LLC