A totally annoying listen. The main character Alice is completely unbelievable - almost absurd. the narration is sub standard and the male and femal..Show More »e voices did not sound very different. I listened to the end on the off chance it would resolve anything but it didnt:-(
I love Sophie Hannah so I was keen to purchase her books on audio so that I could listen to them any time I liked. The narration is very good.The plot..Show More » is tight and well paced. Quickly we learn that in the past something very bad happened to the main character Naomi Jenkins. We also learn that Naomi is in some weird relationship with a married man called Robert. When Robert goes missing the police aren't interested so Naomi decides she will tell a serious lie about him to make the Police investigate his disappearance. What begins as a small lie soon becomes something far worse and more twisted. The lie is far more real than anyone ever imagined. As with all Sophie Hannah's novels, they are written back and forth between - first person narrative by the person linked to the crime and third person narrative from the detectives point of view. This style is great but it does mean that you have to pay attention to the story, especially as you are listening and not reading. On a more serious note this book does deal with rape and some scenes are quite disturbing and graphic - however it works with the story, it's never cliched and provides a different perspective on a theme that has been covered so many times.In my opinion one of the best books I have ever come across - You will be thinking about it long after you've finished listening/reading.
Sophie Hanna is among my favorite writers,however this book was not as good as others I've read by her. The idea for the story is good, but it gets dr..Show More »y and boring in places. I didn't feel as if I got to know the characters very well. And I was left with a lot of questions by the end of the book. Also, there weren't any Cliffhangers throughout the story making it not so exciting. I do not recommend this book.
I've enjoyed Sophie Hannah's other books but found this one repetitive and unbelievable. The characterisation is very far fetched and the storyline is..Show More » hard to swallow. Not one of her successes.
Amazing book, incredibly well written and narrated. More of a psychological thriller than a crime thriller, with never a dull moment. Keeps you questi..Show More »oning 'why' and 'how', with the answers slowly unraveling bit by bit. I'm a big fan of Sophie Hannah, and this is probably her best book so far.
Having loved all of Sophie Hannah's books was disappointed by this one, not much happens, I spent most of the time waiting for it to warm up, but sadl..Show More »y it never happened. Not worth my monthly credit.
I used to be a passionate fan of Sophie Hannah. "Little Face" was nothing short of brilliant, and the next 2/3 in the "Culver Valley" series were (alm..Show More »ost) equally as good. If you're a lover of the "puzzle unravelled" type of mystery I'd recommend any of these. However from there I'm afraid things have gone downhill fast. Ponderous prose, weak characterisation and plodding tempo seem to have become the order of the day. I'm afraid that this one is quite possibly the worst of the lot. To call the plot contrived and convoluted would be the nicest thing I could say about it. Compared with her earlier work I'm afraid this is starting to feel like "ok I suppose I'd better knock out another one". I'm reading dialogue I really don't care about from characters I used to love but who have become...... monotonous I'm afraid.
This audiobook is going to require at least another listening before I can make up my mind whether I enjoyed it or not - up until halfway through I fo..Show More »und the number of characters (particularly in the police) and the story hard to follow. One of the downsides of audiobooks is you can't flick back a page or two to remind you who's who. During the second half once I figured things out - I enjoyed the story and the narration. The writing was descriptive and making the lead character quite un-likeable was an interesting choice. The plot left a lot of unanswered questions.Such as what happened with Kim's ex-husband and what the point of the sub plot with Charlie and her sister was, or what happened to Sondra.