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  • Ashes Beneath Her

  • A Northern Michigan Asylum Novel
  • By: J.R. Erickson
  • Narrated by: Margy Stein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Summary

Orla has a gift, an ability to sense things she touches: memories, traumas…murders.

On a sunny day in 1975, she sets off on a bike ride into the picturesque countryside and vanishes. She is not the first young woman to go missing and she will not be the last. 

Ashes Beneath Her is the third novel in the stand-alone Northern Michigan Asylum Series.

©2019 Jacqueline R Erickson (P)2019 Jacqueline R Erickson

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very good book

On a sunny day in 1975, she sets off on a bike ride into the picturesque countryside and vanishes.

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Atmospheric and kept me gripped from the start

It was the book cover that first attracted me to this novel. It is so eye catching. I hadnt realised when I started that this is the third novel in a set although it can be read as a standalone book I wish that I had read them in order as I so thoroughly enjoyed this one . The main character orla has an ability to sense things ..emotions and history from items that she touches and this leads to such an atmospheric tale when blended with the 70s as a time period. I was given this book by the author/narrator in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Death comes for all of us...

Ashes Beneath Her is the third standalone story in the series based in and around the Northern Michigan Asylum. Now that's an area to avoid. A mix of mystery thriller and the paranormal, the book is initially slow moving but the tempo builds as the tensions, and theories, develope. The real beauty of these stories is the excellent character development, the protagonists becoming both real and memorable, eliciting out empathy and keeping the reader involved. And the paranormal is not overly intrusive with some ghostly manifestations, tarot cards and someone's ability to feel the past history of an item through touch.

Narration, by Margy Stein, is excellent. She has a velvety voice which is used to good effect, the text well paced and delivered with expression, her character voices individually distinctive and appropriate. Her performance definitely enhances the enjoyment of this book.

I was fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of Ashes Beneath Her, at my request, by the rights holder via Audiobook Unleashed. Thank you. This is my second book from this series and, though not quite as intriguing as Rag Doll Bones, the previous book I read, it still has a fine, chi!long presence throughout combined with a normality which firmly grips the reader's attention and immagination. Good writing and fine reading. Recommended.

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Ashes Beneath her

If you like suspense and drama in your books then this one is for you.

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  • Chopsticks11
  • 04-12-19

Another Amazing Novel

This is another wonderful story by Ms. Erickson. I love that all of the novels are loosely connected but not necessary to be read in a specific order. The secret is to remember the year in which the story is set. Ms. Erickson is an amazing storyteller that has the ability to pull you into the story and not let you go.

This is my third novel in this series and at first, I did not understand the changes in narrators. Now I've come to realize that since each novel has its own unique characters, the different narrators assist with the realization that they are different characters and not completely connected. I could be wrong, but I feel like there is a very thin thread of an underlying story that is running throughout them. I anticipate that there may be a final (hopefully not soon) novel, that should be read last, but that all of the ones that come before will not be dependent on the order.

I certainly recommend this book, and all of the books in the series.

I was provided with a free copy of this audio book for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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  • Neesie315
  • 28-08-22

Ghosts and more

This book was set in 1975 and a young woman has gone missing. The police think that she has just taken off on her own, but her family never believes that. Soon, another woman disappears and her friends and family also say that Orla would never leave without telling them. Her roommate, Hazel, teams up with the mother of another missing girl and a newspaper reporter named Abe who is convinced that these two and several others are all the work of a serial kidnapper/killer.

The story was interesting and had elements of the paranormal throughout, though not heavily so. There are people who claim to see ghosts, a woman who communicates with the dead, tarot card readings and Orla's ability to see things by touching objects. There was a loose connection between these disappearances and the Northern Michigan Asylum, including some mysterious and evil group doing unorthodox experiments.

I enjoyed the book, but I would have liked to know more about the perpetrator and the motives behind his crimes. I felt like that part of the book was a little lacking. The narrator did a pretty good job, but her voices all sounded pretty much alike and did not allow me as a listener to know who was talking at times. Also, her voices were all pretty deeply masculine and it took me a while to figure out that it was a woman's voice.

All in all, this was a pretty good psychological thriller with paranormal aspects and I will definitely read more by this author. I was given the chance to listen to the audiobook version by the author/narrator/publisher and chose to review it.

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  • Matthew
  • 27-06-22

Hard to get through

The ONLY reason I even finished this one was because I spent a credit on it. I’ve enjoyed the series so far, so of course when I finished the last one, I purchased this one. The narrator’s voice made it very difficult to keep listening. It’s a very deep sultry voice, which may be great for other books, but I found it hard to distinguish which character was even speaking at times. I also found the voices didn’t match the characters very well. It’s a good story, with a good plot, and likable characters, but it all was lost for me on the narrator’s voice.

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  • Teresa Hanan
  • 22-03-22

Story is great, narrator not so great

I recently discovered this author and have loved all of the stories however this story was hard to listen to because the narrator was horrible. Every one of the characters sounded alike, like masculine women.. Even the men sounded like masculine women. I had a hard time figuring out who was talking at times. However the story was very good and I love mystery intertwined with the supernatural. Ghost stories have always been my favorite.

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  • Sarah
  • 31-12-21

narrator was wierd

After listening to the first few with the same narrator, it threw me when there was a different one on this book. The pitch of her voice was just grating on my ears. She was very flat and unemotive in the beginning but got better as it went. The story was excellent as usual, but damn that narrator!

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  • KristiW594
  • 08-08-21

Best in series…so far

Excellent book! This is the 3rd book and by far my fave in this series. Very suspenseful with a perfect amount of supernatural scare added to keep me listening way too late into the night…just like when I’d read a book I couldn’t put down.

First book was great, second, eh, and this one amazing! I’m a total Stephen King fan and I love that the writer has mentioned him in each novel; I’m guessing tipping her (his?) hat to her inspiration.

Get this one..it’s good!

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  • Deedra
  • 16-07-21

Ashes Beneath Her

I loved it!This was an excellent read.Girls have gone missing,but no one knows because the cops think they all ran away.Abe,a journalist,is the only one taking it seriously.Orla is one of the missing,she has been kidnapped and is held inside the asylum.What a trip! Margy Stein was a terrific narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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  • Jennifer Hoffman
  • 03-06-21

wow this book had me from jump to finish.

loved it. cant wait to finish the rest in this series as this is the 2nd on to be completed.

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  • angela hale
  • 03-06-21

Not as good as the first two

This one was hard to stay interested in to the end. I liked the first two in this series.

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  • Turning Another Page
  • 30-09-20

Ashes Beneath Her

Would you believe it if someone came to you and said they see ghosts? Do you believe in ghosts? If your answer is yes to both, this is definitely the book for you. With a bout of mystery and a little bit of paranormal assistance, this story will guide readers on a path of redemption–you’ll just have to go through a corrupt and evil family first. Erickson’s third installment in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series is the best one yet.

Orla is the last woman to be abducted in a string of disappearances. There have been others, but Orla doesn’t match the bill. She has brown hair instead of blonde and certainly doesn’t have green eyes like the other girls. When another girl’s mother, Liz, finds out about Orla’s disappearance, she is vested in finding more information if it can help her locate her daughter Susan. An investigator has been asked to look into the disappearances and upon meeting Liz, he begins to get a little more insight about the others who disappeared. The evidence starts to stack up and as Abe gets closer to finding out what happened to Orla, with the help of her roommate, Hazel and the disturbing sightings of a girl with a yellow t-shirt and a missing shoe, he learns that all leads wind up at the Northern Michigan Asylum. Finding the culprit may be harder than they think once they start digging into the doctors and the evil pasts that shroud their families and this mysterious Brotherhood. Can he find Orla before it is too late?

Erickson leads her readers into a cold and dark world, but quite a fascinating one. While the story and the characters are fictional, the asylum is real and has been researched thoroughly. This provides originality, while still giving the author credibility. This place, you can imagine, has a ton of creative and unusual stories and this is where Erickson is able to lure her readers into this third installment. Stein’s narration is a bit stale and shallow. Erickson has another enticing story, but the narration is lacking a bit of emotion. Each character she narrates is monotone and hard to relate too because of this; it was also quite difficult to hear the narrator. If you are a reader of paranormal fiction and mysteries, this may interest you. This is the third installment within the series; however, it can be read as a standalone. Everything is different with the exception of the asylum. Just to clarify, this is a story about ghosts, but it is more of a thriller over horror.

The audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating for Ashes Beneath Her by J.R. Erickson.