Forest Park: Logan Series 2

  • Written by: Valerie Davisson
  • Narrated by: Leonor A Woodworth
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:04-21-16
  • Publisher: Hauser Publishing
  • 4 STARS

This is the second book in the Logan series. Logan McKenna is well on the way to getting her life 
back together after a traumatic series of events had left her beaten down. Her husband had died and 
Logan had also lost her job. Now, she has a new home that she is renovating and is tentatively committing to a new relationship. 

There are at least two parallel main storylines along with some flashbacks to when a family managed to escape their war torn home in Vietnam to live in America. Now, in present times, they have a successful food business but their mentor has died, his business has been taken over by his more ruthless family.

Logan has been travelling, researching school curriculum and cutting edge teaching methods; at a forward thinking school she meets educators and staff, one of whom is linked to the family who run a food van that Logan had patronised.
Before returning home, Logan is booked into an hotel for the weekend, she is expecting her new man to join her, this is to be the first time they spend the night together. For Logan, this is a huge deal and when he postpones his arrival she is very upset and confused.

Her attention is soon diverted by a huge explosion near her hotel, it is the the food van. The body of a woman is found ....
Because she had bought food from the van and, had also met a relative of the dead woman, Logan feels some sort of connection to the family and so she determines to help them untangle the many threads of this mystery. She becomes more deeply involved than she could ever have imagined.

Despite (in my opinion) a slow and slightly confusing start  I thought this was an interesting listen, the cultural and social comment served to make it a little bit different. I must admit to finding Logan a tad dull, she isn't much of a one for witty repartee. I would have liked her to have had a more memorable character.

Narrated by Leonor A. Woodworth who is new to me. I thought she carried the story along well, she kept me interested and engaged.
I'm not too familiar with the specifics of the accents that Leonor had to cope with but they sounded pretty good to me.  She also does a convincing "chilling" and "threatening" voice too - male and female. I hope Leonor continues to narrate this series.

Audiobook provided by the producer, author or narrator in return for an unbiased review

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