Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Behind Dead Eyes by Howard Linskey, read by Kieran Bew.
A Mystery Victim
A corpse is found, its identity extinguished in the most shocking manner imaginable. Detective Ian Bradshaw can't catch the killer if no one can ID the victim. Out there, somewhere, a missing young woman may hold the answers.
A Secret Web
Journalist Helen Norton is about to uncover a massive criminal conspiracy. She just needs the final piece of the puzzle. Soon she will learn the price of the truth.
An 'Innocent' Killer
True-crime writer Tom Carney receives letters from a convicted murderer who insists he is innocent. His argument is persuasive - but psychopaths are often said to be charming....
What is the dark thread running through these crimes?
©2016 Howard Linskey (P)2016 Penguin Random House UK
Praise for Howard Linskey: "One of the best new writers around. This is a must-read series." (Mark Billingham)
"Linskey has taken a sharp swerve towards the big time.... He has elevated his writing to a level of complexity and humanity seldom approached by British writers previously. A new name on our criminal horizon." (Maxim Jakubowski)
"This is lacerating fare that makes most current crime fiction look like thin gruel." (Financial Times)
"Brilliant.... This is first class stuff, an unstoppable tale, a real page-turner not to be missed." (Sarah Broadhurst)
"Linskey delivers a flawless feel for time and place, mixed with unrelenting pace." [The Times (Top Five Thrillers of the Year)]
"Immensely satisfying, utterly compelling. Prepare to add another name to your must-read list." (Eva Dolan)
Unfortunately I had to return this book after listening to the first half as I just couldn't get into it. The story and characters had good promise, but the narration is a disaster. Literally everything is read in the same dreary, emotionless monotone, and every character (including the women) have the same voice (the narrator's), such that it is both a chore keeping up with which character is speaking, and impossible to identify or sympathise with any of the characters. Other reviewers have also pointed out that there are very short transitions from scene to scene, further aggravating the problem. Perhaps if this is re-recorded with a better narrator (one of Steven Pacey's talents, for example) in future, I will reinvest in it.
"Behind Dead Eyes"
Nothing's as it seems!
Helen, she's got a lot of b****! A good strong woman/ reporter!
As always, with a "good narrator" they bring the characters to life, without you even realizing it. They slide effortlessly back and forth from character to character and you're engrossed in the story, not thinking about how the narrator is doing a lousy on that character!
I hate this ? I think "Behind Dead Eyes" is a great title. It caught my attention right away!!!!
Great beginning, three excellent plots intertwined within each other. Excellent characters! Ending a little weak!
"Coppers and rogue journalists vs corrupt politicos"
A riveting and complex procedural whodunit of an alliance of journalists and policemen unravelling crime in Northeast England. Very enjoyable.
The narration is quite good, except for extremely short pauses between sections.
"Another Grand Linskey Story"
Mr Linskey has a talent for maintaining multiple story plots within one story. He writes about the worst of crimes without the gore. His characters are flawed, vulnerable and real. Cannot wait for the next in the series.
"Kept me hooked"
Four stars might be a TAD too many stars. The writing is not "great." However, when I run to download another book by the same author I feel I cannot give it any less. Two mysteries. One theme. Nicely done.
British,, the law and the press against the sad, yhe bad and the ugly. It starts well and holds thecreadr's interest. Toward the end the red herrings start flying, so many realy bad guys are flushed into the open. There is a biy too much going on then but overall this is a good book.
A good story, so worth buying. But the narrator got on my nerves. He was easy to listen to, just that he would not pause between new scenes. He would transition into the next scene like it was the next line.You had to picture even harder where he was up to. Where we had left off with that scene. Extraordinary,considering the editors could have made this happen. Or for a man who is supposed to be a professional.
However it was a good story.
"Could have been much better"
The narration spoilt this book for me. There are too many instances where the narrator leaves no break between sentences and/or paragraphs, maybe a good editor would have helped
Story line was OK
Flat, monotone voice. Read too fast, little or no pauses or breaks between sentences
disappointment, it could have been better
I gave up despite the time I'd invested in it. I honestly couldn't care less what happens, "whodunnit", or how the two mysteries intertwine. This story was the most boring, uninnovative book I've read (or listened to). I'm baffled by the good reviews it received.
I found the story intriguing, but I had a difficult time following the narrator. I love Irish accents and I always thought that I could listen to an Irish person read the phone book! Unfortunately, this book proved my theory wrong.
It was hard to distinguish between characters and the pace and flow of scenes (or even sentences) were sometimes strangely disjointed. I typically listen while commuting, so I rely on smooth and nuanced narration to help me keep in track of the plot.
I enjoyed what I was able to follow in the story, and I may try the book again in print form.
"Had to return :("
The narrator's sonorous voice and weak story didn't work for me. Maybe someone else will enjoy?
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