Stutter Creek

Stutter Creek

by Ann Swann

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BN ID: 2940016793375
Publisher: 5 Prince Publishing
Publication date: 05/29/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 206
Sales rank: 560,138
File size: 240 KB

About the Author

Ann Swann is the author of All For Love, a contemporary love story published by 5 Prince Publishing. She is the author of Stevie-girl and the Phantom Pilot, and Stevie-girl and the Phantom Student, tales of the supernatural. She has also written numerous award winning short stories. She lives in West Texas with her husband and their rescue pets. She loves libraries and book stores and owns two different e-readers just for fun. Her to-be-read list has taken on a life of its own. She calls it Herman.

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Stutter Creek 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
LisetteBrodey More than 1 year ago
After Beth's husband leaves her and her father dies, she heads for the family cabin at Stutter Creek. She can't stop thinking about John, the eighteen-year-old boy she was crazy about when she was a mere fourteen. She's got a lot on her mind, but what she doesn't know is that there's a sociopath on the loose, just released from prison, who is has quickly become a serial killer as payback to the DA who put him away. Having obsessed about murder for years, he's eager to kill all of the women on his list and anyone else who gets in his way. The author does a fantastic job of introducing us to the various and disparate characters in her book, then skillfully piecing all of their stories together as a suspenseful, nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat story unfolds. Ann Swann's ability to paint vivid imagery coupled with the heart and soul of her characters, make Stutter Creek a fantastic read. I enjoyed it so much I read it in two sittings! Can't wait to read Lilac Lane.
Greisn1 More than 1 year ago
It’s the end of Beth’s world, or at least the end of life as she knows it. Life with her cheating husband ends as her daughter’s married life just begins… on the other side of the world. When her father, her last close family member, passes away, Beth hits rock bottom and doesn’t know which end is up. She decides to return to her family’s cabin at Stutter Creek, where her and her father spent plenty of time making lasting family memories. She hopes to heal while reminiscing about her summers spent at Stutter Creek, and maybe even running into Big John, a summer crush who got away. But when young women in the area start to going missing, will Beth’s relaxing dream turn into a nightmare? Stutter Creek impressed me from the moment I began reading it. Within the first page, it had grabbed my full attention and would not let go. This story was definitely good at that. Author Ann Swann has mastered the art of engaging her readers. With the level of details she gives in the events that happen, there was no way I could put the book down. One aspect of Stutter Creek that I was pleasantly surprised to find was the paranormal aspect. I can’t give much detail about it, but it flowed really well with the story. The only thing that I didn’t enjoy dealt with the way technology was involved in the story. I felt like it was a bit over the top, and honestly I was waiting for the “punch line” or a more believable explanation of what happened. While I have seen Stutter Creek classified as a “romantic suspense” novel, I really would shy away from calling it “romantic” at all. In fact, the majority of the story contains no romance at all. As I read this, I was constantly comparing it to a novel by Dean Koontz I had read a while back. Both were very detailed about the crimes committed, both left the read wanting to know more of what happened, and both had a paranormal aspect to them. This book should be classified more as a thriller, suspense, or even horror novel. It was very enjoyable, but not romantic at all. I loved how this book switched between narrators. It’s truly the only way to get to see entire picture of what was going on. But Swann didn’t just stop at switching between the protagonists and antagonist, but also to the point of view of various minor characters. This is like watching a movie on a cut-down full screen view versus being in the studio while it is filming: you get a 360° view of what is going on. The author’s use of various points of view is not the only thing that helps bring you into the story. The main character, Beth, is easily relatable to anyone who has experience a significant loss, or even to someone who suffers from depression. I was easily able to understand her need to get out of her everyday life. Stutter Creek was good. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a quick read, since you won’t be able to put it down when you pick it up. I recommend it to fans of Dean Koontz, as it reads similar to books of his that I have read. I would NOT recommend this if you are looking for a romance novel, as you will be very surprised. But for anyone who enjoys thrillers or horror stories, definitely give Stutter Creek a read.
DianeRappAuthor More than 1 year ago
Romance and suspense that packs a punch Hoping to recover from the stress of losing her father, getting divorced, and having her daughter move to another country, Beth retreats to the peace and quiet of her cabin in Stutter Creek.  Little does she know that her safety is in jeopardy.  A serial killer is roaming the woods near her cabin and intends to make her victim number three on his growing list.   John and Beth fell in love as teenagers but they lost track of each other.  After John retired from the military, he returned to Stutter Creek and started restoring his cabin.  He never married and still holds fond memories of Beth, but he's sure it's too late for him.  Destroyed by her husband's infidelity, Beth dreams of John and wishes she could see him again. Just when Beth reconnects with John, she's targeted by a sadistic serial killer.  Beth is also mourning her father and thinks she might be going crazy when she starts receiving messages from the beyond. This is a thriller combined with a poignant story of lost love.  It will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last pages. I'm a fan of Ann Swann's writing and she doesn't let us down in this tale.  Grab a bowl of popcorn while you're reading so you don't chew your fingernails.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
Between the author and narrator my heart was in my throat more times than I can count. This is a very fast pace story that at times broke my heart and other times left me with my mouth wide open. It is very sad and painful when you lose everything that you know all at one time. For Beth her father dies, her husband leaves her and her adult daughter moves putting an ocean between them. Beth was very close to her father and decides to go to their summer cabin where she feels the closest to him. Along the way she sees a child alone on a dark cold road. She starts to stop but decides from a feeling she gets this might not be a good idea. Once she gets to town she does send someone back to look for him, but he was never found. What she doesn’t know is a killer is on her trail and plans to take her, have his fun and killer her. What happens between these pages will shock you and make you look over your shoulder as one woman comes up missing and then another. The author gives you a wonderful story inside a story of young love that never has a chance to grow. Now years later Beth and John come together again for a second chance as they work through the mystery of footprints, noises and their feelings to find their second chance could end in their death. I thought Mr. Woodfin did a really good job of narration. At times, I thought his voice was a little dry but works great as the serial killer comes out to play. His emotions were good but a little to dry at times, his character voices was great. I had no trouble knowing who was talking or what they were feeling. I could even feel the feelings of each character as my heart started beating faster. He paused at times he should not have but should have paused at other times. There is no repeating of words, no background noises, if any breaks were taken I could not tell. I thought he did a great job pulling me in taking me away as well as keeping me on the edge with my heart beating faster. It was easy to picture the scenes as they play out making me feel the fear and danger. I have not listened to any of his work before and found it to be nice but needs a little work. It is well worth your time to give it a listen it is a very enjoyable audio that I enjoyed very much. From the first page the author lays out a compelling story that hooks you. My heart was in my throat from the start and pretty much stayed there throughout. Ms. Swann knows how to write a story that sucks you in giving you great detail and lays out a plot that keeps you guessing why it holds your attention not letting you go until you come to the end. I really liked how the romance plays out from years ago to John feeling like he was to old for Beth and how he honored her until they came together again trying to overcome the war he was in and all he has seen. Both have issues they are working out but both could never forget the years ago when love touched them. Just as they start to come together working on their feelings for each other things start going wrong. Something just isn’t right weird feeling of being watch, footprints where there should be none and women come up missing. Time is running out as the killer gets closer to his victory. The plot is outstanding as well as the suspense. I loved how Beth’s father comes into play. The characters are great, there is no doubt your heart will break for one who is held and used over and over again. I loved this from start to finish and could not put it down. This is one author I have
MaggieSueMP More than 1 year ago
Oh, my gosh, now this is how you write a page turner! Excellent, edge of your seat story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good. Enjoyed it alot. Kept my interest.
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ValerieLP More than 1 year ago
When I sat down to read Stutter Creek last night, I expected a nice Nora Roberts suspense ~ what I got was, yes, a little bit of Nora, but then Ken Follett snuck in and smacked me upside the head. Now, I don’t normally like to compare authors, but in this case, I felt the visual was worth it. This expertly written psychological suspense and slightly paranormal thriller deftly jumps viewpoints from main character, to killer, to victim and side characters then back again until it’s apparent that no one is safe. In the small rural town of Stutter Creek everyone is each other’s neighbor and everyone’s business is, well, everyone’s. After her father’s death follows on the heels of her recently failed marriage, our main character Beth thinks Stutter Creek a safe place to find solace where she can nurse her aching grief. Is it? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you grab a cup of tea, a plate of scones, settle into a cozy chair, curl up in a fluffy comforter and delve into the breathless world of Stutter Creek.
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tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Beth has been joining her father at the family cabin in Sutter Creek for years. This year she'll be going alone. She's lost her father, her husband, and her daughter almost all at once. Each one is gone for a completely different reason. She thinks she's returning to the place of her favorite memories, but something sinister has followed her to Sutter Creek. The story starts out quickly and keeps the suspense up until the very last page. The story only covers a few days, but doesn't seem short or lacking in details. The characters have depth and authenticity. The story deals with murder and some of the details are very graphic. It fits with the story, but those who can't handle the subject matter need to take note. Since I enjoyed this story, I'll definitely be checking out the other books by this author. I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite Stutter Creek by Ann Swann is a romance, brilliantly hidden within a suspense-filled tale of a psychotic, sociopath serial killer with a chip on his shoulder. It is also a classic tale of young love lost, and a life of regrettable what-ifs. Beth Evans is recently divorced, her husband having traded her in on a younger model. Her daughter, Abby, eloped and moved to Italy. Then, her father – the only parent she had ever known – died. Beth Evans had no one left to lean on. Needing to get away by herself for a while, Beth decided to revisit her father’s old cabin in the woods; well, HER cabin in the woods, now. Some of her best memories were tied to that cabin. One particular memory, which she liked to embellish a bit, was of the summer she was 14, and had met “Big John,” an 18-year-old, sun-tanned Adonis who was staying at a nearby cabin that year. She had often wished she were closer to Big John’s age; she had wanted him to think of her as a young woman, rather than a pesky little kid. In spite of all her many visits to the cabin, she had never again seen Big John. Meanwhile, sociopath Kurt Graham was released from prison after serving five years. Kurt had hatched a plan while in prison: he was going to kill five young women who resembled the prosecutor who had gotten him imprisoned, one for each year of his life she had taken from him. Then he was going to let her know what he had done, so she would live in horror the rest of her life. Over the course of five years, he had considered and reconsidered every aspect of his plan, and he was certain it was now a fail-safe plan. Stutter Creek will grab you on page one, and not let you go until several hours have passed, and you finally read “The End.” Ann Swann has published several stories, in the romance genre as well as the supernatural. She has won numerous awards for her short stories. I will be surprised if she doesn’t win an award or two for Stutter Creek; this is one expertly crafted story, and one I recommend most enthusiastically.