How many times, when things go wrong, have you said to yourself 'Why me?' Some people seem to have more than their fair share of bad luck, and Kate Parker is one of them. So when Kate and her ten-year-old son Jack move to Oxford to start a new life, Kate is determined that events of the past will not come back to haunt them. Despite the suffocating support she receives from her overbearing in-laws, she starts to feel threatened. Somehow her comfortable family home doesn't feel quite safe - it's almost as though someone is watching them.
A chance meeting with a charming Oxford professor helps to convince her that she can overcome her fears, and that she and Jack can start to live a normal life once again. But just when she feels happier than she's felt in years, a shocking revelation blows all of their lives apart.
©2013 Louise Millar (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
I loved Louise Millar's debut so was really looking forward to listening to this, her second novel and it didn't disappoint. Although at times it did get a little silly and unbelievable the plot moved so quickly that I didn't have time to linger over the slightly ridiculous elements! I was absolutely hooked throughout and found that I was listening constantly throughout the day. I thought the portrayal of a woman suffering from extreme anxiety was very well done as was the characterisation. Clare Corbett, as ever, narrated excellently, although her male characters were not quite as believable as the female ones. A highly recommended listen.
The story builds up steadily reeling you in gently, leaving you wondering about the main character. Then suddenly something unexpected happens, making you re-evaluate and you see everything in a new light. The same goes for most of the characters - you only gradually find out about their personal baggage, what has happened in their lives and what makes them tick.The building up of tension was excellent.There were times when I actually jumped and shouted out loud.It is difficult to say more without giving anything away, but it is worth giving the story a bit of time to develop. A brilliant listen!.
The way the different characters unfolded was excellent.The twists in the plot at the end were great - I had not anticipated the ending at all, and usually you have a good idea of how the story is going to end.
I have always enjoyed stories read by.Clare Corbett and this was no exception. Pace and intonation are always brilliant.and characters felt real.
This book dragged you right in: you could empathise with every character. I sometimes felt like shouting in frustration at something someone did - or even shouting a warning! It was scary enough for me not to listen in the dark!
I was at first worried that the story wasn't going to move on, and suddenly I found I was hooked. I was really pleased to have chosen this.
I drive 80 miles a day so need plenty of listening material!
Captivating and real from the outset, Kate wasn't always likeable but she was brilliantly drawn and this was true of every character. The story was compelling enough to keep me in the car way beyond the time I'd switched off the ignition nearly every day, and I was bereft when it came to an end. And the twist... oh, the twist. You'll not guess it, truly you won't.
Yes it is well written and has you on the edge waiting for the next incident
Well read adds to the suspense
All emotions are engaged you feel annoyance and sympathy with the main characters in equal measure.
Just when you think you know who the bad guy is you are surprised by the next turn of events. If you are the type of person who checks under the bed before going to sleep this is the book for you.
Audiobook addict :) favourite authors: Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers, June Hampson, Annie Murray, Dreda Say Mitchell & Roberta Kray
Louise Millar provides a clever plot and pacy read with unexpected events and ending - a true psychological thriller! Great audiobook
The first half of this book is far more than just a thriller. It contains a fantastic description of someone suffering from the extreme anxiety caused by post traumatic shock, and seems to me to give sound advice on the way to tackle the terror that can close down a life. (Hmmm...maybe a little radical in the book, but the idea of tackling things head on with a little help from your friends seems sound to me.)
The performance is excellent, Kate is completely believable, though I found the Saskia character lost my sympathy as she became too whiny. The portrayal of Jack, aged eleven, is little short of perfect. I have an eleven year old grandson so I know what an eleven year old boy is supposed to sound like and this is spot on.
I found the denouement far fetched but I really didn't mind. I had been kept on the edge of my seat and that's what thrillers are for.
Jack, because he was so real.
I don't think I have ever heard Clare Corbett before, but would certainly seek out other performances.
Putting back the pieces?
I started listening to audio books on a killer commute for my job and got hooked. Now local again, I listen whilst on evening or W/E walks
I haven't read the print version, but the audio version has an intresting narator with discernible voices for each of the characters, but without being distracting or over theatrical
It has the story from different characters view points throughout and though you may be loathing one character at one point, you find yourself sympathising with them the next.
the family confrontation scene is the most emotionally charged and engaging for me, though the run up to the ending is equally engaging, but I don't want to give anything away.
I think i did laugh out loud in some places in the book, i would say it is emotionally engaging, but doesn't overly wrench your emotions. everything is done on a nice even keel, but still involving you in each aspect without a roller-coaster effect.
I really enjoyed this book, I actually had a night where i woke up with a sudden realisation of what someone was up to. It turned out to be wrong, but my stomach flipped over with what i had assumed. I felt for the characters! the ending surprised me too. a very unusual thing when CSI is usually solved part way through for me!
one of the best i have listened to.
The moment when everything suddenly became clear.
A great listen. Completely gripped me all the way through!
narrator is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!
story was pretty stupid.
I really feel like I wasted my money on this one.
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