I received this book for free from Audiobook Blast, Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Reagan's Ashes by Jim Heskett
Length: 8 hours and 9 minutes
Published by Royal Arch Books Pages: 277
Source: Audiobook Blast, Author
Narrator: Kate Fisher
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Reagan Darby crams her dad’s urn into an overflowing backpack. His last wish: deliver the urn to Rocky Mountain National Park and release his ashes into Lake Nanita. To find closure, she'll hike the same route they completed after her latest involuntary stay at the hospital.
But not alone, as she'd hoped. Her cousin Dalton surprises her at the trailhead and insists on tagging along. Soon, his eerie stares and half-volume mutterings set her on edge. As they trudge further into the mountains, dodging moose and lightning strikes, she catches him rifling through her backpack multiple times. She confronts him but he shrugs it off. His claims that he came along for support wear thin, but she’s too deep into the park simply to turn around.
When Reagan discovers a hidden compartment in the lid of the urn, a tiny silver key tumbles onto the floor of her tent. But there’s no telling what lock the key might open. More unsettling, however, is that her lithium has gone missing. With only a meager Swiss Army knife for protection, she’ll have to fend off her cousin, resist the creeping mania, and escape the forest to find the lock. If the man Dalton works for locates it first, he’ll reduce Reagan to the same pile of dust and ash.
A mix of wilderness survival thriller and amateur sleuth mystery, Reagan's Ashes builds to an unforgettable climax.
Not my normal read, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a try and at first I almost gave up but pushed through and it turned out to be an okay listen.
What I thought of this book.
This is my first book by this author and although I almost quit because of the slowness in the beginning I am glad I stuck with it because the last half turned out to be pretty good thrill ride.
It’s a story about a young woman who is making that last trek in the park where her and her dad use to go all the time, so that she can spread his ashes. A simple hike turns out to be not so simple when she figures out why her cousins have decided to join her and has to get away from them.
She is also bi-polar and has lost her meds so there is a part in there that I was like, what on earth is going on. The girl pretty much goes a bit mental, then I realized she didn’t have her meds. She makes it out of the park but finds trouble on the home front as her Uncle wants what he thinks is rightfully his and is willing to do what ever to get it.
The story flips back and forth between her trek in the park and her boyfriend (who was injured so he couldn’t go with her) who finds out what is happening and tries to learn more as he fears for the safety of Reagan.
Reagan is a strong character with a mental illness and the story is a lot about how she deals with it and her fear of being rejected by her boyfriend when he finds out. She wasn’t easy to identify with but she was still a pretty cool character. Spoon is her boyfriend who is from Australia and I really liked him because the guy is injured and has to use crutches but he still had the spunk to try and see what Tyson was up too. The poor guys gets beat up a few times but never stops trying to help his girlfriend and that is my kind of guy. 🙂
Overall even with the bump at the beginning I really enjoyed this backpacking escursion through the Rocky Mountain National Park. If it sounds good I say give it a try. 🙂
This is my first time listening to this narrator and I thought she did a pretty good job. She was easy to listen too and worked well with being at 1.5 speed. I also thought she did pretty good with the Aussie accent that Spoon had.
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