Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she's his perfect match.... And she loves his son, too.
When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. He ignores it; a dangerous mistake that could cost him everything. A brave, deeply moving psychological thriller which marks a stunning departure for one of Scotland's top crime writers.
©2016 Michael J. Malone (P)2016 Audible, Ltd.
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
This is an extremely good fictional story of one mans struggle as a victim of domestic violence. The issues the main protagonist stuggles with are spot on. At times, I found it genuinely heart wrenching to listen to, and I am no softie in the face of graphic descriptions. Despite this, I should say that it was never gratuitous it describing violence. This is my first book by this author, but it certainly won't be my last. The characters here are well drawn and the story (which is rich with characters and context) zipped along, being so well written that there is not a moment of padding. I did accuracy guess who may have 'done it (no revealing of what 'it' is), but I was not at all sure, and I did not see other twists and turns coming. Steven Cree's narration is also excellent. I highly recommend this book.
This was not what I expected and wouldn't have chosen it if I'd known. Domestic abuse where the man is the victim is no more cheery than when it's the woman.
I ended up skipping about 4 hours of it to hear the end, which was good.
I liked the male protagonist but felt nothing but irritation for the woman.
Not for me but nothing actually wrong with it.
great story, great narration. domestic abuse ,the escalation of the hurt, humiliation and the subsequent shame of the victim was handled sympathetically in this well written, well plotted story. The impact on work, extended family and the children were expertly woven into the story of a strong and popular man and the tragedy in his life.
This book took me a few chapters to get into but once I did I wanted to keep listening. The subject matter was handled well and the story was very good. Well worth a listen/read. Great choice of narrator.
Great subject matter but seemed to get a touch repetative in the middle. It got a bit silly towards the end with a cop out ending. Almost seemed like the writer got bored and asked someone else to write an ending for him. The narator was horrendously one dimentional, every sentence was spoken like he was looking for a fight.
This was a truly gripping story. I have read many books on verbally and physically abused wives which is a ghastly scenario - but the reverse, somehow, was more shocking. I have no idea why I felt like this as I am female. It is probably that the writing was very good indeed and involved one. At every turn one wants to shout and say - "Yes! People will believe you - go and tell someone". But gut feeling tells one this may not be the case. I would like every member of the police force to be told to read this, to open their eyes to all possibilities. The narrator was excellent, the story amazing and the author - well - worrying that he knew so much but can't wait for his next one. Yes - thoroughly recommended.
I loved the writing and the narration but at timesI found this book difficult to listen to because of the emotionally challenging and disturbing content. I am so glad that I kept going though as I thought the subject matter was handled very honestly and there were enough twists to keep me interested . I'd like to try more books by this author and/or narrator
A brilliant and witty and real look into the world of the battered man. Sad and compelling story of one man's struggle with violence. Its effect and how it's viewed. Brilliantly read with feeling and warmth. A great listen to. 😊
"Too Painful to Finish"
I have never had this experience before.
I read the reviews, and there were a LOT of 5-star comments. But I didn't understand what the book was about.
I THOUGHT the husband would discover a mystery about his wife. I did not understand that - on his way to learning her secret - he would be physically and mentally abused, repeatedly, in secret and then in front of their small children. I did NOT understand that - to get to the end of this book - I would have to watch this normal man reduce in size and confidence and personality. The humiliation was graphic and terribly disturbing, and it never let up. Even now, as I recall the first 2/3 of the book, my stomach has begun to hurt. I imagine that this is how one would feel if one were forced to watch a terrible person beat a defenseless dog for YEARS!
I do not know the ending, and I would like to find out if the husband and children escaped with any semblance of a life. But I cannot listen to one more word.
"A phenomenal read"
This kept me guessing up til the end! Love the brogue as well and I hope he writes many more
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