September 10, 2013

This Is W.A.R. by Lisa Roecker and Laura Roecker (audiobook)

Narrated by Amanda Dolan
Published by AudioGO (2013)
Length: 6 hours and 16 minutes (unabridged)
I received a review copy from the publisher via Audiobook Jukebox. 

Description: This is not a story of forgiveness...The mystery of their best friend's murder drives four girls to destroy the Gregory family. Emily Thorne would be proud. Everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club saw Willa Ames-Rowan climb into a boat with James Gregory, the Club’s heir apparent. And everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club watched him return. Alone. No one believes that Willa’s drowning was an accident. After all, she held the Club record for the 1500 meter freestyle. And the Gregory family has a history of making troublesome girls disappear. They all know James Gregory killed her. But none of them will say a word. Enter the W.A.R.—the war to avenge Willa Ames-Rowan. Four girls. Four very different motives to avenge Willa’s death, and only one rule: Destroy the Gregory family at any cost. Innocence is lost, battles are won, and the pursuit of the truth ultimately threatens to destroy them all.

My Review: As soon as I read the book description, I was intrigued. I’m a fan of the television show Revenge as well as Pretty Little Liars, and I thought that this book sounded like something I would enjoy. In the end, I didn’t love it, but I did have fun listening to the audiobook. I can definitely see the teen appeal in this dark and intense mystery.

While reading a story from four different points of view was cool, I never really connected with any of the characters, probably because this novel is more plot-driven than character-driven. Nevertheless, it was entertaining to put the pieces together as more and more plot details were revealed about what really happened the night of Willa’s drowning.

I have no complaints about the audiobook production. The sound was clear and the narrator had a pleasant voice. I was impressed with her ability to differentiate between the four main characters’ voices as well as many secondary characters. I always knew who was speaking. Plus, I loved that it was a really quick listen—sometimes I have a short attention span when it comes to audiobooks, and this one was the perfect length!  I’d recommend this to teen readers who enjoy fast-paced mysteries.


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