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Awful

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-19

I totally understand that the author wanted to highlight the appalling exploitation associated with the industry that is the target of this novel and it is right the such things are exposed, however ‘The Disappeared” fails to be a good novel or a good documentary.
This story is laced with unnecessary emotional description. Sentimentality is laid on with a trowel repeating the same information over and over so that it got so overstated I started skipping forward.
It fails as a novel as the the characters are formula at best, the ‘cartoon’ incompetent DI was so totally unbelievable it was just annoying. The romance is “Mills and Boone”. It’s hard to care about the characters whose actions are quite often just stupid.

Add Henrietta Meire’s dreadful narration to the mix, spoken mostly in 1960’s BBC English (an example is the pronunciation of SOCO as Soe Coe) and overall you have a novel that barely rates a star.
My advice is to avoid this, there are many better written and narrated novels out there.

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Good story but has continuity difficulties

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-19

I enjoyed the story, great lead character but let down by first person perspective for all characters.

Tediously emotional

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-19

Sibel Hodge seems incapable of writing outside of the first person. In ‘Untouchable’ this weakened the story considerably in my opinion. Henrietta Meire’s narration is irritating as Maya whines through her tedious descriptions of her bereavement, several chapters are devoted to this and the end is rushed with a summary of events.
The subject matter is difficult and hard to listen to, however came across as cliche for the most part.
There are jarring errors in the plot (I’ve never seen a phone bill with names attached).
All in all very disappointing





Let down by one of the narrators

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-19

Other reviewers have highlighted just how awful the narrator voicing Becky Harris and Gillian is so I will not go into that further.
The story is good, but it takes the detectives a long time to figure out what is happening when all the clues are at the first scene. You would think that they might have taken an educated guess given the equipment - just saying.
Sibel Hodge generally writes well, but should consider writing some parts in the third person. The first person character is telling the story to someone, so by definition has to survive, or by some other means relay their story. Bad writing to do otherwise - again, just saying.

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Not disappointed

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-19

To be honest I wasn’t sure about the Stone Man at first. I have a few Luke Smitherd audio books and have, without fail enjoyed them all. A couple of chapters in I thought that this might be the exception. Then I remembered something Scott Sigler said about his podcast novels ‘give me three episodes and I will have you’. (Or words you that effect). So I kept going and was so glad I did, what a cracking story. The narration by Matt Addis is excellent. I loved this book, the characters and... well all of it. Easy five stars.

Juvenile

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-19

I cannot understand how this made Audiobook thriller of the year!!
The narration is great, the premise is equally good, the execution is almost cartoon. If you are looking for a serious thriller this is not for you. First of all it is written in the first person, so the protagonist is in no real threat as clearly she clearly survived to tell the story. The supporting characters lack any kind of depth to make you care so all in all it is very disappointing.
The 'sexually ormnivorous' Winter has no background to explain how she became an accomplished hacker, martial artist and snowboarder at 16. The sexual content is gratuitous, would maybe suit a 15 year old boy who doesn't get out much.

The latitude Winter enjoys as a spy is laughable, this is no Beatrix Rose (Mark Dawson) and leagues behind Mick Herron's 'Slow Horses'

I did like the idea of the auction site and countdown and thought that this could have made a great story, Winter Dark is not it.

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So boring

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-19

I had high hopes for this. I loved the Netflix series and whilst I knew the story was going to be different I expected a similar chilling tale. The characters were all too simple, and totally boring. Asinine conversations and suggestions like Theo to Eleanor ‘dress like a sunbeam’ just got nauseating. I didn’t care about the characters and decided to quit half way through.
The narration was a bit of a let down in parts with male voices sound like old ladies.
Disappointing, especially given the author hype in the book details

Good but let down towards the end

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-19

I have enjoyed all the books in the series and this is no exception, however it got a bit ‘Famous Five’ towards the end. I don’t want to say more because I hate spoilers.

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-18

I have enjoyed both Believe Me and The Girl Before and will look out for more from JP Delaney.

This original idea takes you into a chaotic dark world. At times I was reminded of Sebastian Fitzek. I was sorry when I reached the end.

Oh so boring

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-18

Got to chapter 10 before deciding enough is enough, so slow and oh so boring. I really enjoyed ‘Silent Voices’ and so persevered through tedious detail of the first characters life and work. Got to the second death when I expected Vera Stanhope to arrive on the scene and we flip back in time to yet another tedious troll through a second characters life.
Insomniacs might get some benefit from this, for me it’s goodnight Vienna