Adam is puzzled when he connects Sarah to a cruise ship called The Celebrate and to a woman who disappeared in eerily similar circumstances. Adam must try to outwit a predator who seems to have found the perfect hunting ground....
©2016 Catherine Ryan Howard (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd
Either the best or joint best audiobook I've listened to in the 2 years since I joined. Hard to describe the plot without any spoilers but a page turning mystery that had me listening in every spare moment and puzzling over it when I was dragged away to do anything else. Pretty believable most of the way through whilst still exciting. An excellent job by the author to keep us guessing right to the end without getting boring or silly. I find very few mysteries that aren't boringly obvious or totally unrealistic but this couldn't have been better.
I usually prefer female narrators but this book could have been written for this narrator, he managed the accents and gender differences to the point where it was more like a full cast. In fact this story really lends itself to this format as most of it is narrated from the perspective of the main character and most of the larger sections of dialogue involve characters that have different accents so it's very easy to follow. A credit very well spent and I hope this author and narrator can collaborate again soon.
The story descended into complete farce in the second half of the book especially. There was also a sub-story which was unnecessary to the plot and went nowhere. I regret the hours of my life spent on this poorly written tale. No redeeming features whatsoever.
Female in my 30s. Work full time, listen to audio books in the car and in bed. Sometimes even when cooking!
The story was as described in the description. Interesting idea and although it was obvious from the beginning that the French side story had something to do with it, the revelation didn't come too soon. The characters were believable and I could identify with them.
Now for the narrator. His accents were just ridiculous! His French was bordering on the German and sounded like he'd watched too many episodes if 'Allo 'Allo! He couldn't make up his mind between Northern Irish and southern Irish accents. If you're going to do such poor accents it would be better to do none at all.
The accents did really distract me and definitely took away from the overall experience.
A great book matched with the ideal narrator. I finished it in less than 2 days.
It has strong echoes of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, but it's very much its own book. There is a slow and steady realisation that things are not as they seem, and in a possibly terrible way. As with both those books, I had to keep listening to find out what happened next.
Excellent narration - in particular I really felt I was inside the main character's head, hearing his thoughts.
The moment when Adam realises that there is more to things than his girlfriend having failed to return his messages - quietly chilling.
Not a criticism of this book, but I'd have liked even more about the cruise ship - it was a compelling part of the story and setting, and I felt like the author showed us something that many might think they grasp, but quickly realise we had no understanding of at all! As a reader/listener it's always great to get a secret glimpse into the inner workings. MORE PLEASE.
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