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  • Sleep Tight

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove, Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,644

When Olivia calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again. Two years later,Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called to investigate, but this time it’s Olivia who has disappeared. Her car is in the garage, and her purse is in her handbag. For some reason every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, phones, and computers. Then they find the blood...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Fantastic story!

  • By Liane on 12-02-15

A MUST READ!!!!,

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-19

What a brilliant book. This was recommended to me by a friend and I am so glad that she did. It was enthralling throughout and very imaginative and cleverly written. It would make a great TV series, one to talk about!! My heart was beating out of my chest near the end, it was so exciting. Good twist in the tail at the end too.
I will read more by this author.
Excellent narrators too which really adds to the enjoyment of listening to a book.
RECOMMENDED! !!

  • The Second Wife

  • An Absolutely Gripping Psychological Thriller That Will Have You Hooked
  • By: Sheryl Browne
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

 

Rebecca only wanted to help out - to be kind. Richard seemed so alone after his wife, Nicole, died, and Rebecca wanted to make sure he knew he had someone on whom to rely. But now, she’s in Nicole’s immaculate house. Drinking from her favourite crystal wine glass. Keeping shoes in her orderly closet. Comforting her sweet and grieving stepdaughter. It feels like Rebecca is living another woman’s life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Title totally lives up to its name.

  • By sandy dean on 09-02-19

Exciting, even though very unbelievable!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-19

Unusual, gripping, far fetched.
This book was all of the above, very unbelievable but then again, aren't most books? If they were too ordinary, they would be humdrum and boring!.
Would you REALLY move in with your deceased best friends husband so soon after her death?? Rebecca even stayed the night of the funeral - even though she had never met the man before in her life!! Would you??
Yet, at the same time as being far fetched, I just has to keep on listening, desperate to hear the story develop and how it would all end. I guessed halfway through that the relationship between Richard and Olivia was not all it seemed.
The final couple of chapters were the most bizarre and unbelievable and I didn't quite know what to make of Rebecca's sudden complete change of personality (?)
I realise that I have given this book quite a lot of negative criticism, but I did actually enjoy the book and would also recommend it.

  • The Secret Mother

  • By: Shalini Boland
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Tessa Markham comes home to find a child in her kitchen. He thinks she’s his mother. But Tessa doesn’t have any children. Not anymore. She doesn’t know who the little boy is or how he got there.After contacting the police, Tessa comes under suspicion for snatching the child. She must fight to prove her innocence. But how can she convince everyone she’s not guilty when even those closest to her are questioning the truth? And when Tessa doesn’t even trust herself...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really great story. not predictable. gripping

  • By Carole on 26-11-17

Excellent Book!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-19

This book was recommended to me by a friend and I'm so glad that I read it.

A great psychological thriller, gripping, interesting and exciting throughout. Good believable characters and a brilliant storyline. The narrator was excellent too.
I would definitely recommend this book!!!

  • The Girl in the Corner

  • By: Amanda Prowse
  • Narrated by: Amanda Prowse
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Rae-Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts. They’ve shared twenty-five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard’s larger-than-life sister. But now, on the night of their wedding anniversary, Howard reveals a shocking betrayal that leaves Rae reeling. Heartbroken, she takes Dolly on her would-be anniversary trip to Antigua and the two women drink and dance and talk like they haven’t in years. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book!!

  • By Catherine on 01-03-19

Brilliant book!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

Great read! Had me hooked from the beginning. The way Rae felt when her husband made the confession and the way she acted were totally believable. Her friend /sister-in-law Dolly was so funny - even though she was a little selfish. I loved the shock ending with the little twist to the tail, I wasn't expecting that.
I'll read some more of this author's books.
Recommended!!!

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  • Tell Me a Secret

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Claire Sturgess
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

Holly is feeling on top of the world - celebrating a new promotion and dying to pop the champagne with her best friend Roz. But is Holly just imagining things, or is Roz - who supported her every step of the way - not as happy for her as she should be? Something about Roz's behaviour doesn't add up. And soon Holly has the sneaking suspicion that there's a target on her back. Has someone been playing dirty in a war Holly didn't know she was fighting? And is Roz more tangled up in this than she'll admit? Only one woman can be left standing - but will the best woman win?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At long last a heroine my age

  • By dld on 15-01-19

Trouble in the workplace! !

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-19

This was a really good read. I've read all of this author's books and she never fails to disappoint. It was a change from the usual chic-lit stories that focus on romantic relationships, affairs and jealously over a man or a womean. It was really about trouble in the workplace and was an unusual story and really interesting. Holly was a very likeable character and her friend Dee was hysterical!! Roz was vile and I thought that the reason that she was being so vile as revealed near the end of the book, was totally unacceptable and did not justify the things that she did to her close friend and work colleague and I think she got off with it too lightly. Problems we have in our life do not give us license to be horrible to other people. I would have given 5 stars for the story if Roz had had to pay more for the consequences for her behaviour
Apart from that, I really enjoyed the book and will look forward to the author's next one.
The narrator was really good too.

  • The Silent Wife

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin-Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590

Lara's life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can't tell anyone else or everything Massimo has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage. Maggie is married to Massimo's brother Nico. She knows all of Nico's darkest secrets - or so she thinks. The one day she discovers a letter in the attic....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better analysis of coercive control than The Archers!

  • By Frances Locke on 21-09-17

Great Storyline

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-19

I really liked the two main characters in the book - Lara and Maggie. The book kept my interest throughout and I would recommend it. Each chapter began with the name of which of the characters were 'talking' (Lara or Maggie) but the only criticism I have about that is that it would have been much better had the narration been done by two different narrators. The narrator was good, but I just think it would have made a better read if the characters were more distinguishable.

  • The House Across the Street

  • By: Lesley Pearse
  • Narrated by: Rosie Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Twenty-three-year-old Katy Speed is fascinated by the house across the street. The woman who lives there, Gloria, is the most glamorous neighbour on the avenue, owning a fashionable dress shop in Bexhill-on-Sea. But who is the woman who arrives in the black car most Saturdays while Gloria is at work? Sometimes she brings women to the house, other times they have children. Hilda, Katy's mother, disapproves of Gloria. She wonders if these mysterious visitors have just been released from prison. Is Gloria secretly bringing criminals, or worse, into the heart of the community?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dull dross

  • By Kindle Customer on 19-11-18

Immature. Childlike narration.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-18

Not a bad story but I felt it was a bit immature, more like it was for teenagers. The subject matter was adult, but there was something about the book that reminded me of The Secret Seven books I used to read as a child!! Maybe it was the style and tone of the narrator who would be better suited to reading children's books, but I almost gave up halfway through.

  • Our Little Lies

  • By: Sue Watson
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 888

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy. Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family. Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing - she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrator, poor story

  • By ziiigggg on 02-03-19

Brilliant throughout!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-18

This book kept my attention throughout. Halfway through, I thought I knew what the twist in the tale was going to be, but I was wrong. The actual twist in the tale was even better!
I thought the main character Marianne, was such a wimp and should've stood up to her husband, but then that would've been as different book! I didn't like Jen from the start. The only thing I found quite annoying was the way she keep saying Hashtag this, and Hashtag that, it really got on my nerves. Apart from that, it was really well written. I will look out for more books by this author.
The narrator was excellent.

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 933
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 865

The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambiance while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal? These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Did not like this book at all

  • By sabine on 21-10-18

Disappointing! Not her usual charisma!!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-18

I was really disappointed with this book. I was waiting for ages for it to be released as I have read all of her other books and every one of them has been brilliant, but this was a right let down. I couldn't believe it was written by Liane Moriarty!
It was centred around nine visitors to a health retreat, one family of 3, one young couple and four singles, all different ages, but unlike in all of her other books, not one of them had an interesting or charismatic personality. They were all very bland and boring. The story just dragged on and on, particularly when they were all locked in one of the treatment rooms. I almost gave up halfway and kind of wish I had. Unbelievable and far fetched and dull.

If she writes another book, I would still read it because I have thoroughly enjoyed all her others.
The narrator did well as always.

  • Gone Girl

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,962

Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keep going with this

  • By E on 23-02-13

Worst ending ever, what a let down!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-18

This book was amazing and the plot was one of the cleverest I've ever heard. I was so enthralled with it that I was going to give it 5 stars and was going to say that it would make a brilliant TV series. I was wondering how on earth the author was going to end it and was expecting a brilliant shock finale. That's until I actually got to the ending! It was like the author couldnt think of a briliant, shock finale or that she got bored or tired and just couldn't be bothered any more so she just quickly made something up and thought - That'll do!! It was the most unexpected ending, but NOT in a good way. Very disappointing!
Unnecessary over use of bad language too, but would've forgiven that if the author had had the imagination to end the story in keeping with the other 90 per cent of the book.
Both narrators were very good.