A pair of pink, silk panties.
A receipt from an overpriced hotel.
Pictures of a young woman's scantily clad torso on a cell phone.
Melody and Jack Dickinson's world is about to be turned upside down. Twenty years of marriage hangs in the balance when Jack's infidelity comes to light. Then, the unthinkable happens: the young woman's body is found beaten and strangled with a pair of pink, silk panties. In the same hotel Jack admitted he stayed at over the weekend.
Melody's life spins out of control. Was she married to a monster? One who beat and strangled a woman to death? Or was Jack set up? Did Melody's own dark secret, hidden inside her heart for years, have something to do with the nightmare they suddenly find themselves in?
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This is the second book I've read by Ashley Fontainne and honestly she is fast becoming an author that I will read anything by her. She is a master of suspense and intrigue!! Melodys life is changed forever when she finds a pair of panties in her husbands briefcase. It's not just the fact that her husband cheated on her with someone she works with, it's the fact that that someone turned up beaten to death in the hotel room where the affair was taking place, it's also the fact that her husband is the number one suspect and is arrested for the murder! How is she supposed to live with the fact that her husband is a monster? Despite his continued declaration of innocence, the evidence is overwhelming and she may just have to face the facts. But is all as it seems? Who can Melody believe and how can she piece her life back together? So ya, this book was so so good. I flew through this book in a matter of 2 days and was sad to turn the last page. My heart broke for Melody so any times. Her life is turned on it's axis and poor Melody struggles to fix it. She loves her husband and is heartbroken when she finds out he cheated. They haven't been getting on well lately but Melody never thought he could betray her so completely. Then to hear that he may be a murderer!! It devastated her but she plows along because what else is there to do. She was such a strong character and I loved that about her. What she has to go through through out the book was horrible yet she kept her belief and her fighting spirit. This author sure knows how to throw the reader off the scent. At no stage did I figure out the villain and for me that is a major bonus! I thought I knew who it was but I had no idea! She also makes her characters so believable and easily relatable. They are well thought out and developed. Overall, Empty Shell was a magnificent and thrilling read. Through out the story there are twists and turns that will leave you reeling. There is betrayal, death, mystery and lies as well as shocking secrets revealed. You are left with a sense of shock and awe at the way Ashley Fontainne can grab you and leave you breathless. I listened to the audio of this and loved it! Sara Morsey really did an awesome job of portraying Melody and her strength as well as her sorrow. She had a way of telling the story that was effortless and appealing.
Melody Dickinson’s life has turned inside out when she discovers the evidence of her husband’s infidelity. After a huge argument, Melody goes to work where the adulteress is a secretary and the daughter of one of the firm’s biggest client. She begs her boss to fire the girl, but she finds out instead Serena is dead – murdered at the hands of Melody’s husband, Jack. Melody wonders if she ever even knew her husband at all. Did the secrets between the Dickinsons lead to their marriage failing and the rage which killed her husband’s lover? EMPTY SHELL is a compelling drama with tidbits of biblical wisdom which helps Melody through her ordeal. Melody isn’t willing to give up on Jack and his innocence once she works though her doubts. The characters are well-developed and the reader follows along with Melody as she searches for the truth. EMPTY SHELL is a mystery which will keep you guessing until the explosive end.
NON-STOP ACTION AND SUSPENSE! What would you do if your life spiraled out of control in a matter of hours? Everything you thought you knew and could hold onto were suddenly like quicksand beneath your feet. Who would you turn to? This is the premise of award-winning Ashley Fontainne's latest suspense thriller. Right from the start, you're thrust headfirst into Melody Dickinson's life, which quickly becomes a nightmare. As is typical with Ashley's works, the twists and turns come at you so fast, and seemingly out of nowhere, that you're left breathless. But among all the chaos and carnage that has become the lives of the Dickinson's, as well as peripheral characters who change in ways you don't expect, runs a thread of hope and healing to grasp. Ashley excels at the thrilling suspense novels you've come to expect from her pen, but what makes her novels stand out from the crowd is her well-drawn characters, believable dialogue and actions, and the deep-seated faith, truth and love that shine through it all. "Empty Shell" will take you to the darkest reaches of the human heart, but it will also lift you up to the peak of human love, understanding and forgiveness.