A search for missing documents in an international mining company becomes a voyage into dangerous waters. A dead friend, a lost lover, and a clutch of mysteries from Jonathan Kellaway's youth in Cornwall and Italy in the late 1960s come back to haunt him when he is tasked with discovering why there is a gaping hole in his employer's records - and to tempt him with the hope that he may at last learn the truth about the tragedies of those years. It is a truth that has claimed several victims before. If he pursues it hard and long enough, he may only add himself to the list. But pursue it he will. Because the truth, he comes to realize, is the secret that has consumed his life. This time he will not stop until he has found it.
©2012 Robert and Vanda Goddard (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
"A return to form"
I have listened to all of RG's books, and enjoyed them all though the quality of writing is variable. This one is much better written and more compelling than many of his more recent works. Still lacks some of the cliche-avoiding discipline of his very first books, but thoroughly enjoyable and well worth the download.
"Don't start listening to this!"
Unless you have the time to listen all the way through because once you start listening you will not want to stop. The story is brilliant crafted around the events of 1968, 1969, 1984 and 2010. To tell you more world risk reducing the great pleasure of 12 hours of listening. Best audio book of the year so far.
"At last a return to REAL form for Robert Goddard"
I have been reading (or listening) to Robert Goddard books for a very long time. In the early years he was magnificent - but in the last what 10 years he's been readable but not quite up to scratch. The last couple of books have certainly been on the up - and this audio book takes him back to right up where he should be. Excellent plot, well written - and exceptionally well read.
"Goddard at his best"
This is a lovely book, because as is the case for many of his works, it is the quality of Goddard's writing, his ability to build life stories, and his gift for creating engaging characters, rather than the plot, that captivates you in the end. In any case I would class his books as mysteries rather than thrillers. By the end of Fault Line you are only mildly intrigued by the final revelations, but you deeply care about the characters and what becomes of them. Wonderfully read by Philip Franks.
"Very predicatable but listenable."
To me there was no mystery about this book and it was obvious throughout.I found the main charachter to be extremely gullible with no real depth and I was frequently telling him 'come on open your eyes'. However, I still enjoyed listening, probably because of the narrator who has a lovely voice for story telling. If you are just looking to be told a story which involves no real thought, this is for you.
"A Thriller with style and panache."
When i first started listening to this book i was concerned it would plod and drag. How wrong was i , the characters are believable especially the ignorant Adam, fiver for the first person who punches him, and the underlying story of relationships and subtle manipulation is really gripping. In the end not all questions are answered directly and i suppose some might find the lack of definitive answers a bit hard to take. But i loved it and it provoked the thought " what did they all do next"
a captivating and entertaining book.
This book is excellent. The narrator is brilliant and the story keeps you enthralled from the beginning to the end.
Great for fans of crime
"Not Bad but...."
Not a bad listen, well written with good characters but the plot was fairly small potatoes in the end. It seemed to be a much bigger deal than was finally revealed so although it was enjoyable to listen to it did seem a little disappointing in the end.
"Trite and Boring"
I am sorry to say that I thought this story was awful. I didn't think that the narrator was able to cope with the different ages, sexes and languages. The story staggered on and on with such an obvious conclusion. Within 5 minutes of listening I considered "returning" it but soldiered on as I don't like to give up. I wish I had! Some Italian words were thrown in with an "Italian" accent to try and spice it up but even this was spoilt with an explanation of the word. Sorry Mr Goddard!
Who would have thought that a book based on the china clay industry would be any good? In truth it is only the background to a riveting read covering a period of 40 odd years. Goddard weaves a wonderful tale of corporate in-fighting with healthy dose of family tragedy and failed romance. Great read.
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