Author: A.J. Rivers
Narrator: Claire Duncan
Length: 7 hours 32 minutes
Publisher: Altered Path⎮2020
Series: Emma Griffin FBI, Book 1
Release date: Aug. 15, 2020
When Emma finds a dead body on her porch with her name written on the dead man’s hand, she uncovers a sinister clue to the mystery that has haunted her since childhood.
FBI Agent Emma Griffin is sent undercover to the small sleepy town of Feathered Nest to uncover the truth behind the strings of disappearances that has left the town terrified.
To Emma, there is nothing that can lay buried forever. Even though her own childhood has been plagued by deaths and disappearances. Her mother’s death, her father’s disappearance, and her boyfriend’s disappearance. The only cases that she hasn’t solved. Her obsession with finding out the truth behind her past was what led her to join the FBI.
Now, she must face what may be her biggest case. In cabin 13, there lies an uneasy feeling. The feeling of her movements being watched. When a knock on her door revealed a body on her porch and her name written on a piece of paper in the dead man’s hand. Suddenly, her worlds collide.
With the past still haunting her, Emma must fight past her own demons to stop the body count from rising.
The woods have secrets. And this idyllic town has dark and murderous ones. Either, she reveals them or risk them claiming her, too.
In Feathered Nest, nothing is what it seems.
The girl in cabin 13 is about to find out that the dead may have secrets of their own.
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A.J. Rivers loves all things mystery and thriller. Growing up in a sleepy small town, A.J. spent her days enthralled in crime solving novels and movies. She started creating stories at a young age to escape and create adventures for herself. As a child she dreamed of solving crimes and becoming a crime fighter. She dreamed of being as great as her favorite crime solving character Sherlock Holmes. While in college she realized that leading a crime fighting life might be more gruesome than she could stomach. She decided that the best course of action would be to fuse her love of writing with her love of thrilling mysteries together.
She finds inspiration from researching true crimes and is passionate about writing suspenseful novels with crazy twists. Twists that you’ll never see coming. The inspiration for her first novel came when she read a news article about a missing young woman in a small town that was never found. Her question on who, what, and why brought her to her journal to discovering the dark twisted story behind the disappearance and to seek justice for the victim through her writing.
Her thriller novels have elements of mystery, suspense, and romance.
When she’s not absorbed in a novel or working on her next thriller mystery, her favorite past time is spent with her husky. She finds great inspiration while going on hikes with her dog.
Claire Duncan is a multi-award winning actress living in NYC. She has performed Off-Broadway, regionally, and in national tours, and appeared in the Drama Desk nominated revival of The Threepenny Opera. She has played the lead in a dozen films, and received a Best Actress Award for her work as Rosetta in the dark comedy Rosetta’s Blues, which debuted at Cannes. As a singer, she had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and toured the country as a travel host with Visit The USA.
Claire’s broad career has shaped her into an exceptional and flexible voice artist. You can hear her on Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, in hundreds of national commercials, and in over thirty audiobooks.
“Claire Duncan was a dynamo” – New York Stage Review
“Simply side-splitting… a terrific comedic actress” – Show Business Weekly
Proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.
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There are certain audiobooks where immediately I am hooked in by the narration and continue to be enthralled throughout the entirety of the novel. There are certain audiobooks where, had I been physically reading and not listening, I wouldn’t have been as invested in the book itself without the narration. This is one of those books.
Right off the bat we’re thrown into action that sets up the plot and introduces us to the main character really well. The narration itself is captivating and soothing, and is at a pace that allows the reader/listener to really divulge into the story without losing attention and being confused. It moves at a slow but engaging pace that allows the listener to comfortably speed up the book without being lost and in turn makes for a really fast read. The audiobook is 7 hours long but I was able to listen at 2x speed comfortably and finish in a matter of hours, in one sitting. Claire Duncan did a fantastic job in voicing each character and allowing for easy differentiation of who was who. She also voiced the perfect amount of emotion really well throughout the novel which overall made the narration all the more appealing.
And the story itself was spooky and mysterious, perfect for this time of year. Although it wasn’t high on the thrilling scale, more crime fiction, I think The Girl in Cabin 13 is perfect for readers who are starting to branch out into thrillers and want an easier book to follow. Although the killer was obvious to me from the start, I found the big reveal to be surprising and nerve wracking.
What I found to be the most interesting about the execution of the novel, were the glimpses of the main character’s past that tie in with the present, they built up a lot more mystery and intrigue than the actual investigation and I found myself wholly invested in that aspect.
Overall, a really enjoyable and fast read, a great first book in a series and overall a phenomenal audiobook.
I received this audio book as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by A.J. Rivers. The gifting of this audio book did not affect my opinion of it.