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Dreadful

Written by: Jana DeLeon
Narrated by: Julie McKay
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
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Now you see me…  

Six years ago, five friends went to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Four of them returned. One simply disappeared. Jenny Taylor has never gotten over the disappearance of her twin sister, Caitlyn, but now things are even worse. Caitlyn calls to Jenny in her dreams, begging her sister to find her. But Jenny’s memory of the entire night is completely gone.  

Shaye Archer knows better than anyone what it’s like to have gaping holes in your past, and how horrific dreams can cripple you. But this case presents problems on every level. An adult woman disappearing from the French Quarter during Mardi Gras is hard enough to get answers for, but when it happened years before, the difficulty level increases exponentially. But Shaye’s empathy for Jenny prevents her from saying no, even though she doesn’t expect to find anything.  

Then a witness is murdered, and Jenny’s memory starts to return. What did she see in the alley that night? And how many more are in danger because of it?

©2018 Jana DeLeon (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • shelley
  • Raleigh, NC
  • 2018-12-26

This series gets better with each new book!

The publisher's summary gives just a touch of this sixth book in the Shaye Archer series. Exactly how it should be!
This is a fast moving story about the disappearance of one friend/twin sister and the inability of the other to let go. Of course every one thinks the sister (Jenny) just can't or won't move on unless the truth is put in her face. One of the friends from that night decides to help Jenny come to terms and offers to finance a private investigation since Jenny can't afford it. In steps Shaye Archer. Shaye begins asking questions and almost immediately there is a murder and another attempted. Another friend gets suspicious of her husband who was also there that night.
On the back burner Shaye begins making progress in her efforts to locate the child she gave birth to eleven years ago. She knows the infant was sold but what lawyer would admit to brokering a baby illegally?
Julie McKay does a fantastic job narrating.
This book and series has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 2019-01-01

Terrific!!

Jana DeLeon is one of the most talented currently active authors of fiction. There are 18 of her novels in my Audible library each of which earned a 5 star rating; I have loved every one! DREADFUL is Book 6 in the dark Shaye Archer detective series. The Shaye Archer series is very different from her older, but still active, light and fun Miss Fortune detective series which could be classified as comedy.

DREADFUL has two plot lines. The lesser one is the kidnapping of a girl being handled by the police and the FBI. The big case which Shaye is working after being hired by the identical twin sister of the victim is a six year old cold case. The suspects with apparent motives are several until they are all killed one by one by some unknown person. The huge plot twist at the end reveals the killer that no one suspected.

The books in the Shaye Archer series are standalone but understanding the protagonist requires listening to Book 1 first.

Julie McKay does an outstanding job of narrating.

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  • Lewca
  • Florida
  • 2019-01-05

New Ore-lee-unns...GAH!!

I’ve enjoyed this series so far. It’s been predictable but entertaining. However, I could not get into this installment because of the narrator’s distracting pronunciation of New Orleans. She pronounced it “New Ore-lee-unns” in every character’s voice. Every time I heard it I was drawn out of the story and found myself thinking how horrified a New Orleans native would be to hear this over an over again. I’m shocked this mistake wasn’t caught during the editing process given its repeated at least a hundred times.

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  • LOYL-00
  • Or
  • 2019-01-03

#1 Detective series-Shaye Archer

Shaye Archer has been through so much ---and still going---helping others. This is one of the most original detective series out there. Never fails to amaze me. Jana Deleon, this is your serious side, and what a great side it is. Thank you for them all.

Julie McKay's narrations personifies this series.

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  • michelle lynn keel
  • 2018-12-27

another great one

just sorry its over! will listen again for sure! As usual a great listen in the Archer series..
great characters ✔, great narrator ✔ great storyline ✔ ✔ ✔. Threw me for a loop! worth the credit & worth the wait!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-23

Great book

Best in series so far. Great plot twist. Julie McKay's narration pulls you in. Addictive.

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  • T. Trefan
  • Calgary, Canada
  • 2019-05-09

not her best story

i usually like Jana's books but the "twist" on this one was just too much. And i really can't stand how this narrator pronounces New Orleans

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  • Carmen M. Henesy
  • West Sacramento, CA
  • 2019-04-25

Another thriller by Jana deLeon

Shaye Archer is one heck of a PI! Each noel, thus far. has held my interest from start to finish.

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  • Claire McNames
  • 2019-03-08

Could have been better.

I really enjoy the series, this book was just a little off. Not sure why, it felt that Shay’s relationship took five steps back from the last book. Also, I thought through the whole story that this book was performed by a new narrator... but it wasn’t. Weird. That was a big part in why I didn’t enjoy this book as well as the others. On to the next in the series hope this was just off. 😊

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-02-13

Great Series

I enjoy every one of the Jana DeLeon novels I read. She's a very talented author and her characters and story line are always engaging.