A gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Follow You Home and The Magpies.
It was the job she had dreamed of since childhood. But on her very first day, when an unnerving encounter drags up memories Sophie Greenwood would rather forget, she wonders if she has made a mistake. A fatal mistake.
What is her ambitious young assistant really up to? And what exactly happened to Sophie's predecessor? When her husband and daughter are pulled into the nightmare, Sophie is forced to confront the darkest secrets she has carried for years.
As her life begins to fall apart at work and at home, Sophie must race to uncover the truth about her new job...before it kills her.
©2016 Mark Edwards (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Wife, mother, reader. Preferred genres include psychological fact and fiction, comedy and (auto)biography.
I was first introduced to author Mark Edwards' work via Audible and as a result, have enjoyed listening to his various titles. This, his latest release, was a crushing disappointment. Why? well, it was all an overstuffed gothic- horror-meets-workplace-from-hell mishmash and the plot was pretty hyperbolic and downright silly at times. I didn't return it though, as I would for other titles, so it must have gripped me somewhat.
The narrator's rendition of the main character, Sophie's, black country accent was really quite awful; it sounded like somebody doing a really bad impression. That said, the rest of her characters were impressive, hence the 3* rating.
Oh dear, I do feel somewhat unable to recommended this title. As a person with Asperger Syndrome I was also a bit peeved to hear the condition used as an excuse for one of the character's personality flaws.
Enjoyed this audio book - it's the first one I've listened to by Mark Edwards though I've read all his others so I knew to expect something gripping and psychological. I didn't think the plot was quite as clever as some of his others as a lot of loose ends needed to be explained by the policeman at the end, however still a really good story from someone with a dark and clever imagination. Great narration - she did all the accents really well.
I was really looking forward to listening to this book as I have read all the others by this author. The story was great but I struggled to finish it as the narrator was terrible. Dreadful accents which really spoiled the story for me.
I enjoyed this but it is not as good as Mark's other works such as Because She Loves Me or Magpies. The supposed Black Country accent is awful and ranges from Scouse to mock Birmingham, being a Black Country girl myself I know this is not how we talk. I don't think there is much need for an accent in this narration.
I liked the pace of the story and how it was told in the present day and with flashbacks.
I like to learn interesting stuff on midnight runs. And I need absorbing children's audio to stay sane on long car journeys.
The story is predictable at times, unexciting most of the rest of the time. I'm afraid the narrator didn't do it for me either.
This.book had me hooked from start to finish. I liked all the twists in the story and the two paralell.narratives. The.narrator was good although her voice was at times annoying. I recommend this.book to lovers of thrillers.
The setting up of the story was good, although I found myself unable to warm to the heroine. End was very contrived with significant plot holes explained merely by the antagonist's madness
"Not very exciting"
I thought this book would be a page turner. I found the characters so hard to get into. They where literally quite boring. No suspense or excitement. Very dull ending. I actually fell asleep several times while listening to this.
Did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. At one point I almost retuned this book because I hate people who make stupid choices. But as the story went on Sophie's character developed more and I found I did not want to put the book down. The end is a bit predictable with a twist. Worth reading
Nail biting until the end! I couldn't wait to listen for more!! I'm a newMark Edwards fan!
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