An Alisa Audio review The Spirit Key (Lock and Key #1) by Parker Williams and Collin Carcy (Narrator)

Rating:  2 stars out of 5

When he was eight years old, Scott Fogel died. Paramedics revived him, but he came back changed. Ghosts and spirits tormented Scott for over a decade until, thinking he was going mad, he did the only thing he could.

He ran—leaving behind his best friend, Tim Jennesee.

Scott’s had five normal, ghost-free years in Chicago, when the spirit of Tim’s mother comes to him and begs him to go home because Tim’s in trouble and needs him.

He isn’t prepared for what he finds when he goes home—a taller and sexier Tim, but a Tim who hasn’t forgiven Scott for abandoning him… a Tim whose body is no longer his own. The ghost of a serial murderer has attached itself to Tim, and it’s whispering dark and evil things. It wants Tim to kill, and it’s becoming harder for Tim to resist. To free the man who has always meant so much to him, Scott must unravel the mystery of the destiny he shares with Tim.

This story was not executed well for me.  I had the biggest problem was the first sex scene, it was anger sex and I didn’t feel any of the love Scott said he felt in it and just worried that Tim would hurt Scott.  And then the fact that an adult who sees herself as a surrogate mom could watch Scott drug himself into a stupor and runaway instead of helping him understand what is happening to him.

There were all these parts about them learning what they were to do and apparently that is the tradition, but seriously all that does is hurt the Lock and Keys when they are trying to navigate their connection.  I get the first ones having to do it but not those centuries later.  I thought the story premise was interesting and may read the next book but it may need to be the ebook as I’m not sure the narration helped this book.

I unfortunately did not really enjoy Collin Carcy’s narration.  It was very slow, I mean seriously I have another book that is the same page length but is over 3 hours shorter.  The voices were inconsistent and while I was able to keep track of the story, the most notable was Scott’s, it constantly went deep and then back into normal range.  However, since this is the first book I have listened to by him I will at least try out another book by him in the future.

The cover art by Reese Dante is what caught my attention first and I love the visual is gives of Scott.

Sales Links:  Audible | Amazon 

Audiobook Details:

Audiobook, 10hrs 29mins
Published: July 5, 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English

Series: Lock and Key #1

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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