Marie Walker has vanished from the face of the earth....
Her besotted boyfriend, newspaper photographer Richard Thompson, vows to find her, convinced that Marie's unusual beliefs hold the key.
But a shocking discovery makes him question if he ever really knew his girlfriend. And when people around him start to die, Richard is plunged into terrible danger.
Drawn into the world of a sinister cult and the darkest corners of the Internet, Richard finds himself increasingly out of his depth as he discovers just how far people will go to protect what they believe in....
©2014 Mark Edwards (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
An unusual storyline which I very much enjoyed.
The narration was good even though the female voices were a little suspect to day the least!
All in all a good read.
Wife, mother, reader. Preferred genres include psychological fact and fiction, comedy and (auto)biography.
This, the fourth novel by Mark Edwards I've purchased from Audible was another nail-biting treat for the ears. The plot centres around Hastings-based regional newspaper photographer Richard Thompson (yet another character named after a musician, which is a feature of many an Edwards book) meets the beautiful, young and mysterious Marie on a hilltop. He's investigating and documenting alleged alien sightings in the sky over the South Coast; Marie, and her two companions, form part of a small cell of believers. Richard soon falls in love with the enigmatic Marie, who introduces him to the phenomenon of 'visitors' from other planets. All is not as it appears though and Marie's disappearance invokes a series of events which Richard must work through to discover the truth.
Did I enjoy this book? Absolutely - yes, it was classic Edwards in my opinion and contained all of his trademarks - geeky guy whom women wish to seduce!?; Internet trails; seedy goings on and most of all - an attractive flame haired heroine. I was drawn into the story and although it was slightly ridiculous at times, it remained entertaining throughout.
I have now purchased one of Edwards' collaborations with fellow author Louise Voss. I hope it's as good as all of his other work.
I love travelling and I love reading but I like listening to someone else reading even more. It is so relaxing especially when on a train.
I couldn't wait to read another book from this author as I find he is usually very in touch with reality. However I couldn't get into this one. There wasn't a single character I could empathise with or relate to and the story was too far fetched and contrived.
Yes because I have really enjoyed all his others.
His attempt at character's voices, particularly female was comical and distracting.
Mark - do your heroines always have to have red hair?
Only discovered reading since I joined Audible at the end of 2015. Mainly interested in suspense thrillers at the moment.
...in an otherwise straight road.
This is about Richard who falls in love with Maria, a girl who belongs to a group who believe in Aliens. Then she goes missing and he tries to find her. That's about it really. The book is not about aliens as reported by some, it's about groups of people who believe in aliens, like a cult. The story kept me interested the whole way through in a gentle kind of way, but the ending wasn't great when I got there. Another good book to listen to while you are doing something else.
...made even worse than necessary by the narrator's unintentional panto style voices for women and dreadful accents.
After reading other books by Mark Edwards and loving them, I assumed this would be the same.
The story had no real depth and the characters were so hard to get to know due to the horrendous narration of each voice. Each person had exactly the same cartoon villain voice except for Richard and Simon. Although Simon was just made to sound like an inexperienced hammy actor shouting his lines.
The story itself is easy reading and isn't too complex to follow. It also made me think about how people can and will believe things that aren't always the norm so in that sense, it was interesting. But over all, it wasn't the standard I expected from Mr Edwards. I really do wonder if anyone actually tests out the narrators before they agree to let them record. While this book wasn't earth shatteringly amazing, it wasn't bad, but it could have been so much better with a different narrator.
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
I have really enjoyed several books by Mark Edwards. It would not put me off buying others.
I get that this book is not actually about Alien abduction (or I assume it isn't), but I am half way through and the focus remains upon trying to get information and that information being about the beliefs and behaviours of the 'believers'. I find I can't care any longer and will return it.
Hmmm. Well. An odd story which seemed to lose its way. I usually enjoy Mark Edwards books but this was slow, laborious and boring.
The narrator is also usually pretty decent but most of the female characters in this book were subjected to the same whiney voice.
"Aliens and cookie girlfriends"
So a guy falls for a pretty girl and disregards her unbalanced behavior. Her belief in Aliens coming to take her and her fellow chosen ones off to paradise in another galaxy. One day she disappears and he follows her all the way to America to find her, even faking belief in aliens himself.
Ok. Enough of the plot. I have read enough by this author (listened) to know that the guy seems to be the same in all the stories. He is a guy who falls almost obsessively in love with a beautiful girl who is somehow not who she seems, who betrays him in some way.
This love I just couldn't buy. Why would the guy fall so hard for someone with beliefs so opposed to his own, someone who is obsessed with her beliefs. So what if she is beautiful? She was a crackpot. Sorry to all you alien believers out there.
"Good but not his best"
Another easy-to-read, fast paced story by Mark Edwards. This one is exploring the dangers of sinister cults and the strengths of beliefs. Richard's girl-friend Mary believes in aliens. She is completely devoted to this cause. Richard is a non-believer. Then Mary vanishes and Richard goes on a thrilling search to find her leading him to some dark sections of society.
Because of the alien theme I wasn't sure whether this would be my kind of book, but it turned out to be another really compelling suspenseful thriller. I just love Mark Edward's writing style. He creates characters that come to life and you become invested in what is happening to them. Ok, not his best book, but still thoroughly enjoyable.
The narrator did a good job and was pleasant to listen to.
3.5 stars overall
"Not his best"
I would have to say that out of all the Mark Edwards books I have read, this is my least favorite.
"An adequate book. Good read, not great."
The narrator was very easy to listen to. It was why I stuck with the book.
I should have stopped at chapter 3. It didn't get any better. Not at all the quality that I expected.
"odd but quite stellar in an unusual way"
Interesting, and neither your basic cult story nor love story but somehow a unique blend of both. I enjoyed the author's unique figurative"voice" as well as the narrator's sexy British literal voice, and I am interested in hearing more of both...
First of all, the voice performance was just so bad! This guy voices the main character moderately well, but any other character sounds unnatural and breathy. American accent? Forget about it! And the story line is just plain weird. The climax of the story is...what? I'm just not sure. If I hadn't paid money for this book, I wouldn't have gone past part 1. I've enjoyed this author in the past, but this was just a swing and a miss for me.
"An otherworldly novel"
This book was quite different from the quality I've come to love by Mark Edwards. The story and narration was strong, I just find this genre is not really one of my favorites. Wonderful, however, for those seeking life beyond our planet.
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