Gavin Bloom and Alex Moore run an online magazine for an adult market; although each insists it has to be within the limits of not only the law but to their sense of decency. Gavin is on the edge of developing a revolutionary turn for that very magazine, a program that will no doubt secure the business, maybe forever.
Amidst the excitement and enjoyment of its success, however, is the mysterious and heinous murder of one of their own.
Who can have done it? And why?
And who is the woman fastened by a chain to a wall?
Follow the twists and turns and perhaps you can solve the puzzle before they do.
©2015 Julie Elizabeth Aldridge (P)2015 Julie Elizabeth Aldridge
I would certainly consider the audio edition to be a superior experience to reading the novel from print. Melanie Fraser's performance slows down the reading pace which emphasises the suspense. Through her performance, the nail biting episodes involving Lilly's kidnapping was made more intense. On reading the print version I would have simply raced through those scenes as fast as I could to find out what happens next, thus losing much of the suspense and attention to detail more evidenced in the audio version.
The story is told from lots of different perspectives and so no one main character ever really emerges. I did however like Inspector Maplin the best and I think I would have enjoyed this book equally well if it had been simply told from his point of view and Lily's.
He was an interesting character. He was older and so had experience and wisdom on his side. He was also smart and kind and had the added task of being a mentor to his troublesome younger colleague. The dynamic between these two very different men being partnered together to solve murders would make an interesting series of its own.
I enjoyed the scenes involving Lily, particularly the episode where she attempts to escape. The suspense was nail biting. Having been with her from the beginning of the novel and experiencing her captivity with her, I had developed an attachment and emotional connection to Lily that I didn't feel with the other characters. It wasn't clear at all, even towards the end, whether or not Lily would survive her kidnapping ordeal and so I listened to these episodes with a little bit of dread and my fingers crossed!
Copy received in exchange for an honest review.
"A great mystery"
This was a great mystery book. I loved that it kept you guessing literally till the last minute. Every time you think you know who's the bad person, you find out you're wrong. I love books that you don't know the ending within the first hour or two but this one had me guessing the whole way through. It's a short story and once again I'm always amazed how she fits such a complex story with complex characters in such a short time frame. Somehow she does and she does it well. I'm really loving her books. Julie Elizabeth Powell is a very talented writer and I can't wait till she has more books out. I'm coming close to finishing all her books but once I read Of Sound Mind and absolutely loved it, I had to check out her other books and read them. She should be a well known household name with how talented her writing is. The book has some sexual content in it but nothing graphic or detail. I think it's suitable for all ages. If you love mysteries you don't want to pass this one, I highly recommend it and I highly recommend you check out her other books as well. So far, everything I've read has been a 4 (Only one and even at that after reading it again I should have given it 5 stars, excellent book) to 5 star book and suitable for all ages.
The narration was great. It was very fitting for the book.
"IT WAS OK, GREAT NARRATION!"
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
An online sexy magazine has a close group of employees, and then something goes terribly wrong, one of the models is brutally murdered...and a mystery starts....where everyone is in questions, everyone is in danger and for one girl, not even remotely close to the magazine itself...it could be her very end...Lilly who is kidnapped and does not even understand why, must be brave and try and save herself!
Ok story and great narration!
"I really liked this audio book."
This short story was well written.
All of it was great
Keep up the GREAT writing and Narrating!
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com.”
i really enjoyed this book
I was given a nudge towards this title by a service that knew I was looking for good horror. Okay, this is not horror, but rather a very entertaining and well crafted thriller/mystery that has you second-guessing yourself the entire time as you try to figure out who the killer is. Obviously, no spoilers here, just grab it for yourself and spend a few hours reaching an ending that was as fun in book form as the ending of "The Game" was for me in movie form.
Ms. Fraser was exceptional as the narrator and did not try to go "over the top" when the story required her to offer the male parts of the dialogue. I would listen to more of her stuff as well as seek out more works by Ms. Powell
I was provided a copy of this title for review purposes. The views expressed are my own.
"Solid center mystery, ending needs a little more."
Gavin and Alex started an English fashion model magazine not too long ago. It’s flirty and just skirting the edge of racy. They want to push the envelope without being trashy. But then model after another turns up mutilated and dead, with a third woman missing. The police are looking at Gavin and Alex pretty hard.
Gavin and Alex are opposites in many things. Gavin is more serious, definitely the kind to fall in and out of love hard, a bit of a workaholic. Meanwhile, Alex is something of a playboy, tending to excesses. Together, these characters strike a balance for the plot. Of course, I never suspected Gavin of any ill deed – he’s too much of a white knight. But Alex was another story.
There’s several ladies in the tale and they are well varied. We have Gavin’s ex-girlfriend, who is something of a snob. There’s models and fashion people and just plain office workers. In fact, Tally eventually takes center stage in assisting to solve the case of the missing woman. And let’s chat a little about that missing woman – she was no slouch. We meet her right at the beginning of the story (she’s already been snatched) and then we see her efforts in little snippets to assess her situation and try to free herself throughout the tale. So, all around I liked the characters. None of them felt like they were duplicates of another.
The beginning was a little slow for me because there was so much focus on the fashion magazine and the glamour of it all and I just wasn’t feeling the glamour. I wanted the mystery to get started and sleuthing to commence. But once the plot was underway, I was well entertained. The resolution to the story was a bit vague, a little too open ended. I wasn’t quite satisfied with it. Maybe the author wanted things left that way for a sequel? Anyway, I felt it needed a bit more to round things out. The motivations of the perpetrator weren’t fully explained.
Sexy fashion model magazine – Elvira’s? Gavin and Alex went into it together. They love working with all the ladies. Gavin is the more serious one, and Alex the play boy. Gavin’s ex-girlfriend Sasha (?) turns up dead and mutilated. Then another model killed and a third woman missing. Gavin and Tally team up and Alex’s brother Doug turns out to be in big trouble. Mysterious man hired to do the dirty deeds. Resolution to the story was vague, open ended, not satisfying. The narrations was OK. Not as swarmy as last book but the accents were hit or miss.
I received a copy of this audiobook at no cost from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Narration: Melanie Fraser did a decent job. This is my second book narrated by her that I have listened too. Initially, her narration started off feeling a little forced, a little swarmy, like trying to put too much warmth into it. But pretty quickly she relaxes and the voices feel much more natural and she seems to have fun with it. Of course, her English accents were all fine. However, there were some other accents that were hit or miss. For example, for one character, I couldn’t tell if she was going for Irish or French, within the same conversation.
"Nicely Narrated Short Mystery Thriller"
This was a fairly decent short mystery thriller. There were some areas which were sort of muddy and unclear. Also I personally didn't completely care for the ending. I'm thinking that maybe the author left a hole in the ending as to possibly write a sequel.
The victim/heroine is an intelligent, amazing, resourceful young woman who was quite a match for the arrogant sociopathic villain. The identity of the villain is real surprise.
The book was well narrated and I especially liked how the narrator performed the villain using a voice modifier.
Some parts of the book could of been clearer and less muddled, however it was a decent thriller.
“I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot come”
"A great whodunnit!"
A great whodunnit! This book though at times for me seemed a little scattered kept me guessing all the way through it. The characters from Gavin to Alex to Doug to Tally all were suspect in my mind right up to the very end! And so much going on...models, kidnapping(she was an inventive woman planning her escape), murder and love..so much packed into a short book.
Melanie Fraser always delivers an amazing performance. Her accents in this one were spot on, loved the effects with the voice changer and she is an all out pleasure keeping me interested in whatever book she is narrating.
I have always approached reading a mystery as being akin to playing a friendly game with the author, the goal being to figure out the riddle before I’m told the answer. But games, even mystery games, have a few rules, and a really good opponent knows how to slip in hints, mask clues, and provide just enough sign posts to keep me on my way, if I am observant enough, and read carefully enough.
When the author doesn’t “play fair” there is no fun in the process, and I find myself disappointed. Writing a mystery is harder than it seems, because, the author must build a very careful foundation, and know when to give away a tiny bit and how to do that in a way that both reveals and masks the tidbit, making it hard, but not impossible, to find. In a way, a good mystery is like a good seduction, veiling more than it reveals, until just the right moment, and making full revelation delicately alluring, titillating and exciting.
I did not find that careful foundation in this book. The clues were either just not there, or so obvious I tripped over them. I think that, had the author taken her time, the book, even if significantly longer, would have benefitted enormously.
The writing was good; the language was evocative and descriptive, and certain scenes were nearly brilliantly presented, though, with one exception, I found the characters to be either overdrawn or one dimensional caricatures.
Again, although this narrator has what could be an excellent reading voice and good expressiveness, she reads so fast that her words tend to slur, and that rush to finish the book detracts from my enjoyment of it.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review via the courtesy of audioBookBlast dot com.
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