One summer day Clara Marshall vanished without trace. A few days later, her children, six-year-old Lorraine and five-year-old Janine, also disappeared and were never seen again. Richard Marshall, Clara's heartbroken husband, claimed he had discovered his wife was having an affair with an Australian backpacker and that she had run away with him, taking the children with her, destroying the family for ever.
That was 27 years ago. John Kelly, veteran journalist, covered the case when he was a trainee reporter and he suspected something far more sinister. Police enquiries discovered no Australian backpacker and the biggest missing persons operation ever mounted in the south of England revealed nothing. Detective Superintendent Karen Meadows has been familiar with case since childhood and she is only too aware that many suspect Marshall of murdering his wife and children. But where are the bodies? And what is the motive? Then extraordinary events reawaken the case and Kelly and Karen become determined to discover what happened to Clara and her children so long ago, and to seek justice for them.
©2003 Hilary Bonner (P)2010 Random House Audiobooks
The twists and turns of the plot and the complicated and intertwining relationships between the main character and her colleagues and suspect.
Don't know, new to this genre
No. She was very good and didn't make the mistake of thinking she had to deepen her voice every time she read a male characters lines. One of my pet hates.
It's never too late for the past to catch up!
An enjoyable listen. A very likeable female detective and believable story all told within the vicinity of Torbay, a very familiar haunt of mine, which added to an audible book I can highly recommend.
I really enjoyed this book I have only recently discovered Hilary Bonner and can't wait to start the next one, plus it was narrated by Annie Aldington my favourite narrator.
This is not the best - no real mystery - but the plot and story were good and I did enjoy it!
I didn't have a massive reaction either way. I did enjoy this book.
The narrator's voice spoiled it for me. You could hear her opening and closing her mouth. Also, the way she said the word 'trousers' had me groaning...'trousies' ..and 'tea-chers' instead of 'teachers'...
No but it was enjoyable.
I only finished this a few days ago, but I've just read the summary of it to remind myself why I disliked it so much - and I could barely remember anything about it. Partly becuase it was so boring and partly because the summary sounds like it's actually going to be interesting.
Boring characters, no police work, no description of any sort of detective work (since there wasn't any). The police seemed to do nothing at all except assume that their suspect had 'done it' and that was enough for them. No evidence throughout the entire book.
All very obvious. Very boring. Certainly not recommended.
The narration was ok, and to be fair, she did well to even stay awake to read it out loud.
Spend my time cycling, reading, listening to audiobooks and music, baking and running about after 3 grown up kids, cats and chickens.
This started off really well and I took every opportunity to listen. About half way through though it lost the plot for me. Felt there were gaping holes in the story and some of the character developments seemed highly improbable. I actually gave up an hour before the end as I'd completely lost interest.
The narrator was excellent.
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