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Never Alone Audiobook

Never Alone

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Publisher's Summary

Elizabeth Haynes' new psychological thriller is a brilliantly suspenseful and shocking story in which nothing is at it seems, but everything is at stake.

Sarah Carpenter lives in an isolated farmhouse in North Yorkshire, and for the first time after the death of her husband some years ago and her children, Louis and Kitty, leaving for university, she's living alone. But she doesn't consider herself lonely. She has two dogs, a wide network of friends and the support of her best friend, Sophie.

When an old acquaintance, Aiden Beck, needs somewhere to stay for a while, Sarah's cottage seems ideal, and renewing her relationship with Aiden gives her a reason to smile again. It's supposed to be temporary, but not everyone is comfortable with the arrangement: her children are wary of his motives, and Will Brewer, an old friend of her son's, seems to have taken it upon himself to check up on Sarah at every opportunity.

Even Sophie has grown remote and distant. After Sophie disappears, it's clear she hasn't been entirely honest with anyone, including Will, who seems more concerned for Sarah's safety than anyone else. As the weather closes in, events take a dramatic turn, and Kitty, too, goes missing.

Suddenly Sarah finds herself in terrible danger, unsure of who she can still trust. But she isn't facing this alone; she has Aiden, and Aiden offers the protection that Sarah needs. Doesn't he?

©2016 Elizabeth Haynes (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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    Frances 01/12/2016
    Frances 01/12/2016
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    "Breathtakingly awful"
    Would you try another book written by Elizabeth Haynes or narrated by Mark Meadows?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Mark Meadows’s performance?

    I have nothing against this narrator, and thought he did his best given the quality of the material he had to work with.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I really can't understand how this awful book got such admiring reviews. It is a clumsily written, badly constructed stalker story that simultaneously tries to scare you and to make you feel sorry for the heroine, lonely Sarah, whose husband has died, has a son who has become mysteriously alienated from her, a daughter who has left home to go to uni, and a passion for an old flame from university days. Old flame turns up again, as expected, and moves into a cottage in her garden. Things progress in a rather predictable fashion from here, with lots of gratuitous sex (I felt sorry for the poor narrator, who must have been wincing as he read) that really contributed nothing much more than embarrassment to the story. The author's odd use of the second person when writing in the voice of the boyfriend, is baffling and confusing. We learn that the son, Louis, hates his mother because he saw her having sex with one of his friends on the evening of his 21st birthday party, a few months after the death of the husband. He is revolted by her and calls her a slut, or a slapper, or something similar, and really, one has to agree with him. Sarah is not a sympathetic character, just a really stupid one. If you are being stalked by a man who lets himself into your house in the middle of the night and wakes you by sitting on your bed and breathing hard, surely it might occur to you to lock your doors? But Sarah, who in the manner of the country folk around her, never locks her doors, doesn't get this bit. Then, just to add bit more confusion to this already unconvincing tale, the old flame turned new lover turns out to be (SPOILER ALERT) a male prostitute. More sex scenes, with massages. These plot elements come together in a prolonged scene of bloodshed and general ghastliness involving Sarah and her daughter, the male prostitute, Sarah's best friend, who has been having it off with the stalker, and even the dog. No one gets off lightly, but, astonishingly, all survive the stalker's slash-and-burn tactics and live (one presumes) happily ever after.Complete rubbish. I nearly gave up half-way, and I wish I had.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MjB 19/01/2017
    MjB 19/01/2017
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    "A pile of soft porn!"

    When you're introduced to a book as being a tense psychological thriller, you don't expect to have to put up with quite as many elongated sex scenes as were in this novel.

    I felt completely unable to sympathise for the main character. And on top of that, the plot progression and supposed twists were both farcical and predictable.

    The narration was probably the only reason I got as far through the book as I did. I will look forward to seeing Mark Meadows' name on any further audiobook I buy. But I doubt I'll be trying any novels by Elizabeth Haynes again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Molly James 12/12/2016
    Molly James 12/12/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Potential to be a good read but crap ending"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, as it was good to start off then went downhill around half way through


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Ridiculous..didn't explain anything about why what happened & very abrupt.


    What does Mark Meadows bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Sinister & great at showing emotion


    Do you think Never Alone needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No point at all


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Evesham 02/11/2016
    Sue Evesham 02/11/2016 Member Since 2015

    Avid reader but quite new to audio books.

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    "Excellent"
    If you could sum up Never Alone in three words, what would they be?

    Good enjoyable read.


    Any additional comments?

    Another excellent book by Elizabeth Haynes. Well narrated by Mark Meadows.The story has plenty of drama and suspense with no excessive violent scenes (which I hate). Never Alone kept my full attention right to the last page.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 29/01/2017

    Jane Martin

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    "Not Very Thrilling"

    This was very slow and not at all as good as previous books Elizabeth Haynes wrote.

    It's not a thriller until the last hour the book is just raunchy scenes most of the way through with nothing else happening.

    I'm returning this it was hours of my life I won't get back very hard work to get through.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    P Grinter 23/11/2016
    P Grinter 23/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant!"

    Keeps you gripped from the start to the end. Packed with detail, a little erotic, a superb thriller.

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    P. S. Elliott Cheltenham, UK 10/11/2016
    P. S. Elliott Cheltenham, UK 10/11/2016 Member Since 2012

    Retired lady who loves books, now unable to read them I have found the magic world of audio and love listening to them whenever I can:)

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    "Never alone"

    A good crime story, interesting characters individually writing. However, felt it was too long really and the sexual scenes too many as this was about crime not an education in sex! Nevertheless I enjoyed the book and have to say was very impressed with the narrator, will watch for more of him.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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