It's 2004. In Bampton, Derbyshire, Lena Fisher is arrested for suffocating her husband, Andrew.
Spring 2016: A year after Lena's release from prison, Andrew is found murdered in a disused mortuary. Who was the man Lena killed 12 years ago, and why did she lie about his identity? When Lena disappears, her sister, Kat, follows a trail of clues delivered by a teenage boy.
Sarah Ward's second novel confirms her place as one of the UK's most exciting new crime writers.
©2016 Sarah Ward (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd
"The most engaging debut I have come across in a long time." (Yrsa Sigurdardottir, praise for In Bitter Chill)
"A twisted, skilful and entirely intriguing mystery." (Quentin Bates, praise for In Bitter Chill)
Absolutely not! The book is okay but the narration was really terrible. It sounded like the person narrating was learning to read as they went along and had no awareness of the actual content/meaning of the words she was saying out loud. The intonation completely destroyed the author's intent and quite often mispronunciation was just ludicrous. Overall the narration was so distracting that I couldn't get into the novel and really couldn't say whether it's any good. Out of deference to the effort that authors put into their work I always finish a novel but this one was through gritted teeth! I found myself musing on how audible versions of books are produced, from the initial selection of the narrator, through the actual recording of the performance of the work, to the involvement (if any) of the author. This is the first time that I have considered asking for a refund of my listening credit and I have listened to hundreds of books on Audible for over 10 years now. My advice to those thinking of listening to this is to take a few minutes to listen to the sample before you add it to your basket ... or perhaps just read the novel rather than listen to it.
See my comments above.
Not if it's the same narrator ...
The first in this series was great (different narrator) but the narration of this one has stopped me dead in my tracks. If there's another one and it has the same narrator then I won't be listening to it which is a great shame as the series promised to be really good.
I'm sure this is a good book to read, but the narration is awful. The pronunciation of some words is laughable and the whole thing is just very poorly read. I haven't even managed to listen to the end. What a shame, I really enjoyed this author's first book but this has put me off.
having enjoyed the first book I downloaded the 2nd title right away without listening to the sample, but regretted it... the narration is very off putting and I definitely zoned pit a number of times. The chosen emphasis on words is wrong so the whole message or tension of a situation is ruined and there were a number of times where words were pronounced wrong too. a real audio disappointment compared to the first book, and other audible purchases
I would recommend the written book but not the Audiobook
No sense of timing, no flow, mispronounced words, sounded like a schoolchild reading to a class. Nearly gave up listening but carried on out of respect for the author
Yes please but with a different Narrator.
Please withdraw this edition and re-record with a different Narrator.
I genuinely cannot tell if this book is good or not. It has an intriguing premise and I've previously enjoyed a book written by Sarah Ward.
The narrator made it impossible for me to concentrate on the story, such was my incredulity at the amount of mispronounced words. Very distracting.
Viscous is an altogether different word than vicious, and relevation is a made up one!
This one is going back.
A different narrator.
No, the book was recommended by somebody with similar taste in books. I chose to download the audio version. It is a lesson to me that a bad narrator can ruin a story.
Other people have detailed the mispronunciations that pepper the narration, they were very distracting. The emphasis often fell on the wrong part of the sentence and some of the voices of the characters were just strange.
Just don't understand how this got through the editing process.
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