Tethered: A Novel

Written by:
Amy MacKinnon
Narrated by:
Rebecca Lowman

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2008
9 hours 22 minutes
At times both haunting and thrilling, a woman is forced to reconcile with her own haunted past to save a child from an abusive household in this novel that explores the ties that bind us together

Clara Marsh is an undertaker who doesn’t believe in God. She spends her solitary life among the dead, preparing their last baths and bidding them farewell with a bouquet from her own garden. Her carefully structured life shifts when she discovers a neglected little girl, Trecie, playing in the funeral parlor, desperate for a friend.

It changes even more when Detective Mike Sullivan starts questioning her again about a body she prepared three years ago, an unidentified girl found murdered in a nearby strip of woods. Unclaimed by family, the community christened her Precious Doe. When Clara and Mike learn Trecie may be involved with the same people who killed Precious Doe, Clara must choose between the stead-fast existence of loneliness and the perils of binding one’s life to another.
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Shana B

I’m still looking for answers to vague, but important story lines. I finished the book confused and wondering if I missed something.

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Marie Raven

Interesting story. Clara is a compelling and innovative character, though I did feel that sometimes the sheer amount of how buried she--and we, as she is the narrator--becomes in her own inner narrative robbed a bit of urgency from the plot. Parts of the book were somewhat predictable, but interesting characters and good writing kept the journey enjoyable despite this. The tension between the spiritual and more concrete aspects of the story felt unwieldy, and like they should have been married together a little more seamlessly throughout the story, but again, I do not think this detracted so significantly that I wouldn't recommend it to a fan of the genre (I, in fact, will!).

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This was a great read, or in my case "listen." This book was suggested to me by Rebecca Lowman, the narrator. She does a great job. The book focuses on Clara, a victim of a messy childhood who preps bodies for a funeral home. Clara has trouble letting anyone into her life but finds it difficult to ignore Tressie after discovering she is a victim of pedophilia. The story is enthralling and stayed with me afterwards. There is a wonderful description with flowers and life after death.

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