The Earth Bleeds Red by Jackson Paul Baer
⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Stars from Ari
Narration: Dan Carroll
Length: 8 hrs, 41 mins
Scott Miller has everything he’s ever hoped for. He has a successful marriage to Jessie, a stunningly beautiful, creative woman. His seventeen-year-old daughter, Ashley, is both gorgeous and intelligent, and has just been accepted to the University of Notre Dame, where Scott received his PhD. He has a comforting home in the woods, and a fulfilling career as a college professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis. He’s blissful, and at peace, until it all comes shattering down.
Ashley is kidnapped. The scene of the abduction is horrific and bloody, and the police are convinced she couldn’t have survived. They accuse her boyfriend, Brandon, of Ashley’s murder. He declares his innocence, and claims that a masked man who entered his house and overwhelmed them both took Ashley. No one believes Brandon.
Then the bodies of three other missing girls are discovered, all bearing the mark of a known serial killer the FBI has been hunting for years. Evidence mounts. As Special Agent James Duncan tracks the Hail Mary Killer, Scott and Jessie try to move on with their lives. But they can’t shake the feeling that Ashley may still be alive, and that the time for saving their only daughter is quickly running out.
In the best tradition of literature and suspense, Jackson Paul Baer has weaved a heartfelt tale of one family’s struggle to survive after a despicable evil wrenches them apart.
I read the blurb and it sounded like and interesting plot: a daughter that goes missing and a father that won’t stop searching for her. I needed to know more.
The descriptions in this book are incredible. They so detailed that you can’t help but feel as if you’re transported into this world or feel what the characters are feeling. This felt like a true thriller with all the twist and turns the story took with bits of family drama intertwined, which I enjoyed. The story does seems to have a slow start and kind of lulled for me for about the first third of the book after which the plot picks up and the story takes off running. Overall it was a good audio and I enjoyed a change from my usual dose of romance.
Narration for this book was low going. Dan Carroll’s narration of this book fell flat for me. He seems to narrated a bit to slow for my taste and it made the story seem to drag on. I fixed that by setting the narration speed at 1.25x. Still, there was really no depth to the narration. It seemed flat throughout even when there should have been plenty of emotions especially during suspenseful scenes. Overall I think this is a story that should be read and experienced that way.