Author: J.R. Erickson
Narrator: Allyson Voller
Length: 7 hours and 26 minutes
Series: Northern Michigan Asylum Series, Book 1
Publisher: J.R. Erickson
Released: May 20, 2020
The dead have stories to tell. Are you listening?
On a sunny August morning, in 1935, 13-year-old Sophia Gray finds her friend Rosemary wandering in the woods. Rosemary’s yellow dress is tattered and stained, she walks with a strange lurch, and her eyes are vacant and glassy. She beckons to Sophia, desperate to show her something, and Sophia follows.
In an abandoned cabin, beneath a tattered blanket, Sophia discovers Rosemary’s body. It was not Rosemary who led her there, but Rosemary’s ghost.
Step into the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane
Twenty years after Sophia discovers Rosemary’s body, she finds herself trapped in the sprawling, and eerily beautiful, Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane, in the hands of a malevolent doctor who preys on patients who exhibit paranormal abilities.
Sometimes the dead don’t rest
In 1965, Hattie, much like her mother, 30 years before, is led by a ghost. A newspaper hidden in an attic reveals a secret that has shaped the lives of Hattie and her siblings. Hattie with her sister, Jude, embark on a crusade to remedy the wrongs of the past and discover the tale of deception that stole their mother a decade before.
Hattie and Jude are in a race against time to discover a murderer and save their mother from a horrific fate.
Get lost in a uniquely chilling story that spans the life of a family and the ghosts who haunt them.
J.R. Erickson (aka Jacki) is an indie author who writes murder mysteries woven with elements of the paranormal. Since childhood, J.R. has been fascinated by otherworldly things. She started penning creepy stories in her adolescence, but didn’t pursue a career in writing until her mid-twenties. Like most paths, J.R.’s has been winding and filled with detours.
Today, she lives in the forests of northern Michigan with her excavator husband and her critter-loving son. In addition to writing, J.R. teaches yoga, hosts the true crime podcast Bitter Endings, and spends every spare minute hanging with her family and her kitties.
Her latest series, the Northern Michigan Asylum Series, is inspired by a real former asylum in Traverse City. J.R. regularly visits the former asylum that has been partially renovated into shops, restaurants and condominiums.
Allyson is an accomplished actor with a fun, versatile style. She’s been working professionally for more than two decades in Chicago’s theatre and improv community. Her body of work appears in hundreds of projects in all mediums: film, television and commercials, both in front of the camera and behind the microphone. Allyson’s love of performing led her into narrating audiobooks and she has never looked back. She has a degree in theatre, as well as having studied improvisation at both The Second City Conservatory and iO Chicago. In addition to narrating audiobooks she lends her multifaceted voice to the country’s oldest running radio drama as a company member.
Thirteen-year-old Sophia Gray is already in shock when she finds her friend, Rosemary Bell, brutally murdered in an isolated cabin… because it was Rosemary who led Sophia to the body.
Traumatized and confused, Sophia does all the things frowned upon at crime scenes. She touches the body, walks in the blood, and removes the knife protruding from her young friend’s body. However, it’s 1935 in a small Michigan town and forensic crime scene investigation is decades away. Yet, Sophia’s actions that day will affect two families and span generations.
The evidence, along with “crazy” Sophia’s unwanted gift of seeing and communicating with the dead, makes her the only suspect in the eyes of Rosemary’s family, and her family hides her away with well-to-do family friends. But Sophia’s past will not stay buried, and twenty years later when Sophia is recognized on the street, she and husband, Jack Porter, come up with a ruse to start a new life. Family betrayal will leave the three Porter children orphaned and introduce a new evil deep inside the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane.
Though a slow-starter, once it hit its stride, Some Come See pulled me in deep. The story is told in multiple points of view and three different timelines–1935, the year Rosemary is killed; 1955, the year Sophia and her husband, Jack, died; and 1965, the year Sophia’s daughters, Jude and Hattie, realize there’s more to the story behind the loss of their parents.
The characters are all beautifully flawed, stunted by the manipulation and control that shaped their lives. Seen as delicate and flighty by older sister, Jude, it’s Hattie who’s my favorite character. A medium like her mother, Hattie also has strong empathic abilities. Though Jude did the investigating—and is almost killed, it’s Hattie who turned the story in a new direction that brought me to the edge of my seat. Great plot twist and excellent writing!
The narration is steady with a smooth flow and good voice characterizations that enhanced the story without pulling me out of the moment.
Some Can See is book one in the Northern Michigan Asylum series. All books are standalone stories.
I volunteered to review this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by J.R. Erickson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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