"My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me. I'm in a coma. My husband doesn't love me anymore. Sometimes I lie." Unnerving, twisted and utterly compelling, you won't be able to put this new thriller down. Set to be the most talked about book in 2017, it's perfect for fans of Behind Closed Doors, The Girl on the Train and The Widow.
The performance by Stephanie Racine was excellent, very nuanced and helpful in aiding the listener to follow the (in my view) somewhat complicated plot. Without using too many spoilers - I kept forgetting which character was which, so ended the book feeling fairly muddled. I imagine if you have a very good memory you may enjoy the book more than I did!
When DC Fiona Griffiths says 'yes' to her policeman boyfriend, it's an affirmation that she wants finally to put her psychological breakdown behind her, and become a resident of 'Planet Normal' like everybody else. But she still can't resist the challenge of an undercover policing course, and finding it remarkably easy to assume a new identity, she comes top of the class. So when an ingenious payroll fraud starts to look like the tip of a huge criminal iceberg, Fiona is selected to infiltrate the fraudsters' operation.
This is not the first book to feature police detective Fiona Griffiths, with her strange affinity with the dead, but the character is really consolidated here.
The author manages to convey her feelings and emotions and conflicts without them subsuming the plot of an undercover assignment for Fiona. I would say that the novel's main theme is conflict in its different forms, and I'm not sure that Fiona comes off best.
Very much a page turner, and I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series to see how the character is developed further, and what becomes of her.
Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.
Where does The Girl with All the Gifts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I would place the Girl with All the Gifts among the best audiobooks I have listened to. A novel view of the future seen mostly through the eyes of a little girl. And being a little girl is the most important thing in Melanie's life, although not everyone thinks so.
What did you like best about this story?
I loved the way Melanie articulates her hopes and fears for the world that she finds herself in, the language used is exactly how a little girl would think.
What does Finty Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I loved the way that Finty Williams brought Melanie to life, much better than if i had only read her words.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The book mostly erred on the side of making me cry, there wasn't much laughter there, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
Jess Moulson is convicted of murder. But it's a murder she can't remember committing. Nothing is quite clear from the drug-fuelled night when a blaze set in Jess' apartment killed the little boy upstairs. But when the media brands her a child killer, she starts to believe it herself. Now she's on her way to Fellside, the biggest, most formidable women's prison in Europe, standing in the bleak Yorkshire moors. But Jess won't be alone in her prison cell.
Would you listen to Fellside again? Why?
I'd actually really like to listen to it again; it was so good that I rushed through with the equivalent of not being able to put it down. Certainly, once I reached the end of part 3 and the devastating plot development there, I listened through the night to finish it! There are lots of nuances that I had to go back and re-listen to to get the full picture, especially at the start of the book.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Fellside?
There is a plot twist regarding the young boy mentioned in the plot summary above; I don't want to go into any more detail because of spoilers, but it really took me by surprise - I am a veteran of whodunnits, but I didn't see this coming at all.
What about Finty Williams’s performance did you like?
Everything. She can read very clearly, and also (given her acting experience, I guess) make the various characters very believable with her ability to 'do the voices'. She also has a very smooth, pleasant voice, which makes the narration a pleasure to listen to.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Definitely - the minute when Sally protects Jess in the pharmacy.
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Dare you close your eyes for even a few seconds? One, two, three... Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to 100 during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter, Ella, is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa's family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn't a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa's little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?
The story of Ella and what happened to her, and her mum and various other bit players in her story kept me gripped from start to finish, and it took my only a day to listen to this particular novel,. All about what happens during a game of hide and seek, and the stories of very different mothers' love. Heartrending as well as gripping, the writer shows deep empathy for how it can feel to have your child simply disappear. Plot twists that I initially thought improbable turn out to be quite probable after all. A thoroughly enjoyable read - recommended. But read with care if you're a parent, particularly of small children, you will find yourself weeping page after page.
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A mother and child are found brutally murdered in an old caravan on a remote piece of land. A bloody footprint is discovered at the scene, and Chief Inspector Sejer is called to investigate. Meanwhile another mother, dying of cancer, confesses to her 21-year-old son that he is adopted. The man who abandoned them, whom the boy has become obsessed with, is not his real father. Why do we lie to those closest to us?
This is because I'm squeamish. David Rintoul puts in a wonderful performance, as always, having said that. It's the story I don't like, I found it upsetting and nasty.
Also, not much of Sejer, and his personal life - and that's one of the things I liked the best about the other novels.
No spoilers, make up your own mind about the plot. It was just not to my taste this time.
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The much-anticipated fifth thriller in Lars Kepler's best-selling series featuring Joona Linna. Perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo. A video clip is sent to the National Criminal Investigation Department. Someone has secretly filmed a woman through her window from the garden. The next day she is found dead after a frenzied knife attack. The police receive a second film of another unknown woman. There is no way of identifying her before time runs out.
Certainly value for money here as a very long listen/read.
The story builds slowly and there are a few surprises along the way. Featuring Joona Linna again his character is developed here into a risk taker. Perhaps he feels he has nothing to lose after the death of his partner, and the trauma that preceded that .
Would recommend this to those who love the Joona Linna series, but it can also be read as a standalone.
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The passionate and tragic story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is one of the high points of nineteenth-century Romantic literature. In the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, and in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors of its setting, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with a disregard for convention and an instinct for poetry and the darkest depths of the human soul in torment.
I have always loved Wuthering Heights from being a teenager; it is my favourite Bronte novel and indeed one of my overall favourites, and I thought I knew it inside out. However, Patricia Routledge's wonderful interpretation brings the story to life in new ways, with each character, even minor ones, being fully realised.
It honestly felt like coming to the book for the first time.
Exclusive to Audible! Listen to a discussion between the author and the narrator of The Widow at the end of this recording. We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.
A very impressive first novel from a former journalist. It is really a page turner, or whatever the audio equivalent is . It takes a potentially horrifying act, the abduction of a child, and tells the story through the different voices involved . Cleverly naming the book The Widow, sets us all wondering at what point does this person become a widow, and is her late husband actually the abductor ..... Pleasingly, there is never any hint of voyeurism present in the book, the crime itself is never talked about in detail. There is only one line in the book that left me shaken, but I will leave it for readers to discover this for themselves. Apparently there are already TV options on the cards and I am not surprised.
A Suitable Boy is Vikram Seth's epic love story set in India. Funny and tragic, with engaging, brilliantly observed characters, it is as close as you can get to Dickens for the twentieth century. The story unfolds through four middle class families: the Mehras, Kappoors, Khans, and Chatterjis. Lata Mehra, a university student, is under pressure from her mother to get married. But not to just anyone she happens to fall in love with.
For fans of Lata as an emancipated independent (as much as you could be in 1950s India) - be prepared. Dramatised is the word. Without giving too much away, you might be surprised by the ending,
An enjoyable listen if you are not too devoted to Vikram Seth's masterpiece.
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