Audio Review: Freddy MacKay – Dirty Little Secret

dirtyAuthor: Freddy MacKay
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Mischief Corner
Genre: MM Contemporary

Rating: ★★★¾☆ 

Narrator: Michael Pauley

Summary: Erik decides geocaching is the best way to heal himself after work and personal problems overwhelm him, but the trip goes horribly wrong. Falling down the side of a mountain deters Erik’s plans for a quick cache find, but his rescuer is the one person who may be able to save Erik in more ways than he can imagine.
Review: Erik has had the worst few weeks and just wants to get away from it all. His hobby, geocaching, seems the perfect way to do that. He’s on a really difficult hunt and on a mountain realizes he must have made a mistake because the clue is showing right in the middle of a cabin. He needs to go back to the last clue and try again. Instead, he falls down the side of the mountain and injures himself. Add in a freak snowstorm and he’s pretty well in it. He ends up dragging himself back to the cabin, which ends up being the home of his friend, coworker and fellow doctor, Jonas.
Jonas is able to treat Erik’s injuries and save him from hypothermia, while at the same time being gentle and kind. Erik’s self-loathing over being the “other man” in his last relationship, with a man who is now his boss, adds a layer of mental injury to his physical ones.
I have to admit, I’m not sure what was happening but there were points in the narration by Michael Pauley that seemed like the robotic voice you hear on a telemarketer call. It wasn’t all the time, but enough that it did bring it from a 4 to a 3.5 heart listen for me. I’ve listened to Mr. Pauley’s narration before (oddly enough, in the China Study) and I don’t recall that happening. His voice is deep and resonant but those moments were definitely enough to drag me out of the story.
I was going to be angry at Erik at one point, when he is blaming Jonas for the past year but he ends up admitting that he had been no better in expressing what he wanted. I did love the “hints and clues” that were left to try to show, in a roundabout way, what was going on. I totally got the fear of losing what you already had so both of their reactions seemed believable.
I really appreciated Jonas’ attitude about getting their lives in order and I felt that was a realistic thing, given Erik’s broken heart over his ex. It made sense to me. This is a short audio, just over two hours, so it was perfect for my commute.



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