It's an early autumn day like any other as Miles Avery drives his wife, Jacqueline, to the station. There's a smattering of rain in the air, the traffic is in its usual snarl, and the radio's churning out the latest news. Nothing remarkable crops up in conversation, nor do either of them appear anything other than their normal selves. At the station Miles draws up just past the taxi rank. Jacqueline gets out, takes an overnight bag from the back seat, then turns towards the platforms. This is the last anyone sees of her.
Three weeks after her disappearance, Miles calls the police. Enquiries are made, but there is no evidence of her boarding a train, or even entering the station. Very soon the finger of suspicion starts to turn towards Miles, and as dark secrets from the past start to merge with those of the present, the great love he has been trying to protect is not only revealed but thrown into terrible jeopardy...
©2010 Susan Lewis (P)2010 Random House Audio
A story that is compelling and enthralling. It kept my attention wholly and I was hooked right until the very end.
So many twists and turns. Brilliantly narrated too!
The characters came to life
Can't really comment without spoiling the story
I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult and Jojo Moyes...but have read/listened to all their works! I was so happy to have discovered Susan Lewis and this book did not disappoint: it was an intricately woven story, with all the strands coming together beautifully. OK, so it's a tad predictable but with so many twists and turns, that's just fine....and it is fiction after all!
When I first started to listen to this book I thought I'd have to give up. The early part concerns relationships and when the author writes of these she does so in the most Mills & Boon, cliche-ridden style imaginable. However, having gritted my teeth through that (in an "I've paid for it, so I'm going to persevere" fashion), I found the book improved once the police came into it and the pace picked up and I enjoyed it. There are still some cringe-making bits, especially about a baby, but on the whole worth listening to.
Anna Bentinck is such a good reader that she carries the story - I don't think I could have gone on reading the printed page.....
What a dreadful book! Full of cliches, stereotypes: horrendously behaved fourteen year old, simpering heroine, grumpy policeman, stoical hero, sporting superstar, yokels, hard-as-nails newspaper editor and a tough woman journalist; not to mention the adorable baby and the gritty Scotswoman.
The Devonshire accents were far too exaggerated and every Devonshire character was portrayed as a country bumpkin. The story was very one-dimentional and the long-winded description of the 'slave auction' was just preposterous. And why on earth did the reader give the character Jacqueline a pseudo-French accent when her maiden name was Hatfield?
An excellent read, Susan Lewis is one of my favourite authors! I couldn't turn this book off listened late every night.Would recommend this to anyone.
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