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  • Cross My Heart

  • A Completely Gripping Serial Killer Thriller (Detectives Kane and Alton Book 12)
  • Written by: D.K. Hood
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Cross My Heart

Written by: D.K. Hood
Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
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Publisher's Summary

She wakes to the sound of footsteps outside her secluded home. Moving toward the window, she scans the dark woods around her and freezes. A tall figure in a long, dark coat holds a crossbow pointed right at her. She blinks as lightning cracks overhead. But when she opens her eyes, the figure has vanished....

When the body of a man is found in the dense forest surrounding Black Rock Falls, Sheriff Jenna Alton immediately sees disturbing similarities with a past case - the same murder weapon, the remote beauty spot, and the way the victim is perched against a tree with no sign of a struggle. But the killer in that case was jailed for life. 

Jenna suspects a copycat killer, and her fears are confirmed when during the town’s Halloween festival, the bodies of two tourists are found further down the remote trail. They too had been hunted down and murdered in another picturesque spot, and all Jenna can hope is that the man behind bars can help her catch the twisted monster behind these new deaths. 

As she comes face-to-face with the vicious murderer who has haunted her dreams for years, she is sure he knows more than he’s telling her. Looking deep into Jenna’s eyes, as if they’re two old friends catching up, he promises to take his final revenge on her for locking him up. But before she can learn more, he is dragged away by prison guards. 

When a sudden emergency call takes Jenna and her deputy David Kane deep into the woods, Jenna senses something is very wrong about the situation. As a strange calmness falls over the forest, a familiar face emerges from the shadows. Will this killer be the one who finally takes down Sheriff Alton, and can they make it out of the forest alive? 

If you love heart-racing crime books by authors like Lisa Regan, Melinda Leigh, and Kendra Elliot, you will love this exciting thriller from USA Today best-selling author D.K. Hood. 

Each Kane and Alton book can be listened to as part of the series or as a stand-alone

©2021 D.K. Hood (P)2021 Bookouture, an Imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

What the critics say

"Oh my, oh my God.... This is another cracking story! This author really deserves the title of Queen of Suspense.... She had chills running down my spine and I just couldn’t stop reading. Incredibly, mind-blowingly brilliant!" (B for Bookreview)

"An excellent read.... Had me captivated the whole way though.... I had a couple of wow moments that took my breath away. All in all, a bloody brilliant book that totally deserves 5 stars." (Bonnie’s Book Talk)

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Is that ALL

I really enjoy the characters and story line the author provides; however, the character dialog is extremely annoying. It seems like every piece of dialog ends with "Is ALL". Maybe this is colloquial for the region but the fact is that every spoken word could end without the last 2 or 3 words of each sentence and it would make the book more enjoyable. The characters all have the same speech pattern, which takes away from each characters personality.

I only have one comment regarding the story line, it does not make logical sense that the Sherriff and Deputy (second in command) go absolutely everywhere together, leaving the Junior Deputies to fend for themselves. It makes the Sherriff look weak and incompetent.

The narrator is difficult to listen to, she makes every character sound like they are a 15 year old girl. I am not referring to her actual voice but rather the pace, tone, and inflection of her voice. On a positive note, her words are clear and crisp, easy to understand.

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  • Valerie J. Dumond
  • 2021-07-16

beware of the narrator

as with ALL stories from this series, I enjoyed the story. however, since ALL stories have this narrator, it really brings the overall enjoyment down. the narrator is sooooooo dramatic that I find myself mimicking her and laughing. if you've never listened to this narrator before, I strongly urge you to listen to the sample before purchasing.

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  • buzzknit
  • 2021-07-13

Narrator????

I enjoy the Kane & Alton books but the narrator is too much. I wish she would calm down a bit - can't put my finger on it but this time she just grated on my nerves. I enjoyed the story but at one point it there is a situation and it is obvious what is going to happen but Kane and Alton don't think of it, they're too smart. Don't want to spoil the story. I would really like to hear this book with a different narrator.

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  • Rena
  • 2021-10-05

Sorry but narrator makes it hard to listen

Love DK Hood but his narrator makes it so hard to listen to the book and previous books. Storyline is good if you can listen. I have to force myself and usually have to leave book and then go back

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  • Davia Rouda
  • 2021-08-07

Fantastic

loved it! Kane and Jenna always have an exciting life. this case was no exception. I could not stop switching from audible then to kindle when I needed to be quiet. but I love this narrator!!!

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  • Ann E Osborn
  • 2021-08-07

Excellent

Fun, fast paced and exciting! I could not stop listening, yes a nemesis is back but in a scary new way! Can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Lizzy Katz
  • 2022-09-03

Great series!

Love this author and narrator! This book was by far the spookiest! The narrator’s voice of the serial killer being interviewed was so creepy!!!
Can’t wait to see the main characters fall in love - at least I sure hope they do! On to the next book...

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  • Ronda
  • 2022-07-10

I remember why I stopped listening to this series

With over 1800 books in my audible library, I’ve heard quite a few narrators and there are 4 that I will never ever listen to again.

The story, characters and plot lines of this book are fantastic.

I stopped listening to this series because of the narrator. Her tone for conversation between people in Montana is a cross between a jaw locked socialite and a valley girl. She gives every character this same inflection when speaking. She elongates one syllable words into syllables. I found it really annoying. As an example, it’s not weeeeellllllll-ah or hoooooome-ah. I know she can do it properly because when it’s straight narration and no conversation it’s mostly normal.

My advice is to read this series rather than listening.

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  • Cindy
  • 2021-09-13

The Series that just Keeps Getting Better

DK Hood writes an excellent "Who Dunnit" staffed with a great ensemble cast of characters. Alton and Lane become better and tighter each novel.

The mysteries are great, the setting beautiful, and slight touch of romance just enough to add a spark. This book and accompanying series rocks!

Get your Meerssham pipe and oversized magnifying glass out and let DK Hood take you on a ride!

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  • Callmejackson
  • 2021-07-16

Rehash of a previous story

One half of this book is like listening to a previous book. Disappointing for a good series.