Audiobook Review: Thread of Hope: Jeff Shelby


Thread of Hope

Narrated by Chris Andrew Ciulla

Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

synopsisIf someone took your child, how soon would you stop looking for her? If someone accused your best friend of a terrible crime, when would you stop defending him?

Seven years after Joe Tyler’s daughter Elizabeth was abducted, he hasn’t stopped looking for answers, and he hasn’t forgotten the friend who stood by him as he lost his wife, his home and his career in his search. Now he’s been brought back to San Diego by the news that this friend has been arrested for beating up a teenage girl – a girl not much older than Elizabeth would be now.

Joe is convinced Chuck Winslow is innocent, but Chuck is in a coma and can’t explain what happened. And the more Joe hears about what Chuck’s been up to in the years he’s been gone, the less Joe recognizes his old friend. To find out the truth, he will have to face his ex-wife, his former bosses, and a hometown full of wealth, lies, and illicit privilege. When Chuck’s accuser goes missing, Joe must decide where his loyalties truly lie.

About the Author

Jeff Shelby is the national bestselling author of the Noah Braddock books (Killer Swell, Wicked Break, Liquid Smoke and Drift Away), the Joe Tyler series (Thread of Hope, Thread of Suspicion, Thread of Betrayal and Thread of Innocence) as well as the humorous cozy Moose River mystery series (The Murder Pit and Last Resort.) He also penned the Deuce Winters mysteries (Stay At Home Dead, Popped Off and Father Knows Death, written under the pseudonym Jeffrey Allen. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, he now divides his time between Texas and Minnesota.



Thread of Hope

Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Joe Tyler, a private investigator is on a mission, a mission to find missing and abducted children. Something this former police officer couldn’t do for his own daughter, who went missing 7 years ago. Unable to move past the tragedy, it ultimately destroyed his marriage and law enforcement career.

The brutal beating of his best friend brings him back to his hometown, on a quest to find out what happened. The subsequent disappearance of the teenage girl at the center of the investigation dredges up the emotional memories from still open wounds surrounding his own daughter’s disappearance.

All I can say is wow! I’m a happy camper right now, first of all, I just finished listening to a wonderful mystery. I kept adding suspects to my list, then cross them off, only to add them back on again! And was left guessing to the very end.

Thread of Hope is also the emotional story of a broken man, a natural protector, who, in the end, couldn’t protect the one person that meant the most to him. This story was absolutely heartbreaking in some passages and the author conveyed the emotions eloquently.

This book has plenty of action, adventure, and drama. And the story moves at a pretty quick pace.

Chris Andrew Ciulla narrates this 8-hour audiobook and does a fantastic job on this fully voiced production. I’m always happy when a narrator nails voicing characters of the opposite sex and Chris does it better than most. All his characters sound natural and the emotion he added to the reading was moving. Thread of Hope was an enjoyable listen and ended much too soon.

Jeff Shelby has written several books in the Joe Tyler series. I can only hope more of his books make it to audio. Hopefully, Chris Ciulla will narrate each one. If so, count me in!

This audiobook was gifted to me exchange for an unbiased review!

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