#AudioReview “The Girl in Cabin 13: The Emma Griffin FBI Mysteries Book 1” by A.J. Rivers

Author: A.J. Rivers

Narrator: Claire Duncan

Length: 7 hours and 32 minutes

Series: Emma Griffin FBI, Book 1

Publisher: Altered Path

Released: Aug. 15, 2020

Genre: Thriller

Knock…knock…When Emma finds a dead body on her porch with her name written on the dead man’s hand, she uncovers a sinister clue to the mystery that has haunted her since childhood.FBI Agent Emma Griffin is sent undercover to the small sleepy town of Feathered Nest to uncover the truth behind the strings of disappearances that has left the town terrified.To Emma, there is nothing that can lay buried forever. Even though her own childhood has been plagued by deaths and disappearances. Her mother’s death, her father’s disappearance, and her boyfriend’s disappearance. The only cases that she hasn’t solved. Her obsession with finding out the truth behind her past was what led her to join the FBI.Now, she must face what may be her biggest case. In cabin 13, there lies an uneasy feeling. The feeling of her movements being watched. When a knock on her door revealed a body on her porch and her name written on a piece of paper in the dead man’s hand. Suddenly, her worlds collide.With the past still haunting her, Emma must fight past her own demons to stop the body count from rising.The woods have secrets. And this idyllic town has dark and murderous ones. Either, she reveals them or risk them claiming her, too.In Feathered Nest, nothing is what it seems. The girl in cabin 13 is about to find out that the dead may have secrets of their own.

A.J. Rivers loves all things mystery and thriller. Growing up in a sleepy small town, A.J. spent her days enthralled in crime solving novels and movies. She started creating stories at a young age to escape and create adventures for herself. As a child she dreamed of solving crimes and becoming a crime fighter. She dreamed of being as great as her favorite crime solving character Sherlock Holmes. While in college she realized that leading a crime fighting life might be more gruesome than she could stomach. She decided that the best course of action would be to fuse her love of writing with her love of thrilling mysteries together. She finds inspiration from researching true crimes and is passionate about writing suspenseful novels with crazy twists. Twists that you’ll never see coming. The inspiration for her first novel came when she read a news article about a missing young woman in a small town that was never found. Her question on who, what, and why brought her to her journal to discovering the dark twisted story behind the disappearance and to seek justice for the victim through her writing. Her thriller novels have elements of mystery, suspense, and romance. When she’s not absorbed in a novel or working on her next thriller mystery, her favorite past time is spent with her husky. She finds great inspiration while going on hikes with her dog.

Narrator Bio

Claire Duncan is a multi-award winning actress living in NYC. She has performed Off-Broadway, regionally, and in national tours, and appeared in the Drama Desk nominated revival of The Threepenny Opera. She has played the lead in a dozen films, and received a Best Actress Award for her work as Rosetta in the dark comedy Rosetta’s Blues, which debuted at Cannes. As a singer, she had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and toured the country as a travel host with Visit The USA. Claire’s broad career has shaped her into an exceptional and flexible voice artist. You can hear her on Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, in hundreds of national commercials, and in over thirty audiobooks. “Claire Duncan was a dynamo” – New York Stage Review “Simply side-splitting… a terrific comedic actress” – Show Business Weekly Proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.

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In another century, I wanted to go into law enforcement. My mom put her foot down—which was so much worse than Daddy putting his foot down—and said it wasn’t going to happen because 1) a profession where I’d be shot at was out of the question, and 2) my obstinance would make people want to shoot at me! HA!

I recalled that conversation after the opening of The Girl in Cabin 13. Her dogged determination to make a suspect confess—and her righteous indignation—lead Emma Griffin to almost blowing an undercover FBI operation, and I have no doubt her captain would have loved to shoot her! HA! But instead, Emma finds herself chained to desk duty for six months.

An opportunity for redemption sends the young agent to Feathered Nest, Virginia. The sleepy, isolated town has the distinction of being the site of two murders and eight missing persons in the last two years and also has a small police force slow to reach out for assistance. Emma is sent in undercover to gather info and potential leads and report back to her team.

Of course, she has other plans.

With dead bodies on front porches, desiccated graves, and illicit affairs, this read has plenty of action, suspense, and plot twists. It also has a distracted heroine.

Emma’s past is never far from her thoughts. The frequent moves during her childhood, followed by the murder of her ballerina mother and later, the disappearance of first her father then her ex-boyfriend haunt and hinder Emma. Yet, her sad family saga is the reason she joined the FBI, though I’m not sure how she passed the psych tests! HA!

Despite far too many poor decisions, I liked Emma Griffin. She is sharp, strong, and confident. She respects her training even if she doesn’t always follow procedures. Underestimated by her male colleagues, I believe Emma works harder to prove her worthiness to herself than anyone else… not always a good thing.  

Unfortunately, her confidence has a touch of arrogance that does not look good on her. Inserting herself into the local investigation causes Emma to focus in on a suspect too early, make her short-sighted, and leave her blind to the truth, and a pitiful, but psychotic serial killer.

The narrator did an excellent job of matching the pace of the story, keeping the suspense heightened, and keeping me in the moment.


I volunteered to review this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by A.J. Rivers. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.


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