Settle In For A Thrilling Ride

4.25 out of 5 stars

When I first started listening to Blood Stain by Ashley Fontainne & Lillian Hansen, narrated by Meghan Kelly, I didn’t expect to be completely drawn in so quickly.

From the moment Karina and LiAnn settled into their new lives, I was hooked. The cozy yet mysterious setting of The Magnolia House, combined with the undercurrent of past sins resurfacing, created a perfect blend of intrigue and suspense.

Meghan Kelly’s narration brought the characters to life, making me feel like I was watching a captivating true crime documentary mixed with an enthralling mystery/thriller film.

The narrative’s sneaky, roundabout way of revealing key plot points kept me on the edge of my seat. The authors masterfully maintained a sense of intrigue and foreboding throughout the story. I initially intended to listen for a few minutes but found myself engrossed for hours, unable to tear myself away. The next day, I did the same, completely immersed in the twists and turns of the plot. The unpredictable storyline, with its myriad of secrets and surprises, made it impossible to guess the ending. Instead, I happily settled in for the ride, enjoying every unexpected twist.

As someone who has read other books by Fontainne, Blood Stain did not disappoint. It reminded me of the gripping narratives and well-developed characters that I’ve come to love in her previous works. Despite jumping into the series at book three, I found it easy to follow and understand the ongoing story. There were a few references to the investigator firm/Magnolia that hinted at previous events, but they didn’t hinder my enjoyment or comprehension of the plot.

Overall, Blood Stain captivated me from start to finish and kept my attention throughout, making it a highly enjoyable listen for mystery and thriller fans.

Book Description:

Karina and LiAnn settle into their new lives, each enjoying their roles as co-owners of The Magnolia House and as newlyweds to the men of their dreams, all while spending quality time with their elderly family members.

The worries about the mob are over, and fears about testifying against the devilish owner of Jubilee Retirement Corporation are a fleeting memory, so they concentrate on making the lives of their elderly charges as fulfilling and satisfying as possible, guarding the secrets of some of the residents as if their own.

Unfortunately, sins of the past won’t remain buried, and when they resurface, reputations aren’t the only things in danger.

When a new resident moves in with secrets of his own, he brings along well-kept mysteries of the sordid past of Hot Springs, dating back centuries, but that isn’t their only problem. Someone from their past is determined to bring misery into their lives. LiAnn and Karina find themselves embroiled in a myriad of tragedies, including murder.

by Ashley Fontainne, Lillian Hansen
Narrator: Meghan Kelly
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
Series: Magnolia #3
Published by Self Published on June 18th 2024
Genres: Mystery
Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: Tainted Reality, Tainted Future, Fatal Agreements, Operation DFC

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