Monday, November 13, 2017

[Audiobook Review] Tie Died by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

Audiobook Review of Tie Died by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

Tie Died by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones is a story about a teenage girl that enjoys sleuthing. When she comes across the body of a girl in a park, she is determined to figure out what happened.

While this book was a miss for me, the overall storyline did spook me a bit!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Tie Died by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

When 18-year-old Brianne James discovers a murdered young girl at Montgomery Park – a 15-year-old who has been left for dead in the icy snow – there is only one thing she can do: search for the killer.

Brianne has a nose for sleuthing. She can connect with people; even scary people. She has the smarts to solve even the most underhanded crime, and she can solve it with or without the help of the police or her parents.

When it comes to Conner Ryan, however, his unrelenting assistance is quite another story. When you’re in love with one of the hottest guys in school – who in the heck cares?

Beware, the negatives: 
Unfortunately this one wasn’t for me. I think this is simply because I wasn’t the target audience. I would, however, recommend it to pre-teens that enjoy mysteries!

I listened to this book on audio, and just didn’t enjoy the narrator. The way things were pronounced made it feel very choppy. Many times it felt like things had been edited and extra words were added, because they just didn’t flow well. Unfortunately, this took me out of the story a number of times, and I had to keep rewinding to catch what I had missed.

The organization of the story also seemed a bit off, but that may have been because I was listening rather than reading. A few times, the narration switched from first person to third in a way that was a bit jarring to me. I was also a bit confused as to why the main characters parents were so cool with her sleuthing rather than being worried about her getting into trouble. Right away, it seemed like this book was part of a series of which I hadn't read the previous books. But this was book one. Though perhaps that gets addressed in book two.

I struggled getting a grip on the main character. In the first few chapters, I thought she seemed very young because of her narration. But then later it was revealed that she could drive, and I was totally thrown.

There was also quite a bit of repetition; from phrases that were repeated to thoughts the main character was having. One example that really stuck out to me was how often breath felt on her back or neck was mentioned.

My final thoughts:
Like I said above, this book just wasn't for me. The overall storyline was interesting, even though I didn't connect with the main character at all. I think I would have have a very different experience if I had read this when I was a pre-teen...

On that note, I would definitely recommend this book to pre-teens that enjoy mysteries!

Thanks for reading!


  1. Hi Erica!

    It's a shame when this happens, but I enjoyed your review. :)

    Happy Monday!

    1. Thank you! I hope you are having a great Monday as well!

  2. I've had that too - when I've been completely thrown by figuring out a characters age.

    1. It's very frustrating... Of course, it was in the synopsis, but I hardly ever read the synopsis right before I dive into a book.