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Gerard

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Disagreeable violence against woman ...

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

Reviewed: 24-03-20

I quite enjoyed the first part of the story but found myself unwilling to continue and the violence and threat levels increased in a disagreeable way. I’m not sure how the author might have managed the dynamic elements of the narrative without introducing graphic descriptions of violence. But I think it would have been better if she tried a bit harder.

The plot goes slowly down the plughole

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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: 12-03-20

Unlikelier and unlikelier ... I think this most unlikely plot so far devised ... perhaps ever. Credibility is stretched till it finally snaps. But not quite. The narrator is excellent as ever and there are all the familiar characters. I think this is an example of an author seeing how far it is possible to go ... it is all a bit much really.

An unhappy story without a flicker of hope from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 27-02-20

A well enough told tale. Well enough narrated too. The problem is the subject matter. There is nothing remotely hopeful or redemptive about the sad unfolding. In the end, it’s the tale of yet another psychopath... and surely we’d all had quite enough already.

Spare yourself this one.

Dreary, worthy stuff

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

Reviewed: 23-02-20

A bit dull. Off the shelf characters playing out some familiar routines, the school girl crush, the flawed but strangely alluring male/art teacher, the put upon/brilliant scholarship girl, the nasty little piece...a mystery... even a ghost. All quite plodding. I’m writing this with 20mins of the story left to listen to and hoping I’ll have to eat my words. I doubt I will.

A word on the quality of the narration: it’s professional and serviceable. The voices come across well. Characterisation is two dimensional throughout and there’s nothing much for the narrators to work with. All a little disappointing.

Oh dear. The ending is mushy, sentimental fudge. I think now that this story is really not intended for adult readers.

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Plodding

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

Reviewed: 22-02-20

Listening is like watching a jigsaw puzzle slowly pieced together. If you enjoy jigsaw puzzles you might like this book. Otherwise you might find it a bit tedious. It is certainly clever but is it interesting? I think not.

Grim and unrelentingly joyless

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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: 19-02-20

This audiobook is a weariness to the soul. It is guaranteed to sap your enthusiasm for life and provides nothing in exchange.

There is nothing good to say about the plot. The narrator’s joyless whine matches perfectly the awfulness of the story. I think I need to return this one. But I know that isn’t the answer. It needs to be deleted for the sake of the well-being of all.

Odious

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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: 07-02-20

A nasty little piece altogether. Some naming of songs. Otherwise not much to commend it. Escapism with a touch of violence, alcoholism, neglect and abuse. But all ends well, for the star crossed lovers at any rate.

Not the most likely of stories

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

Reviewed: 04-02-20

When children tell stories they often use the formulae ‘and then.... and then... and then...’ A similar approach underpins this tale. If you manage to keep going to the end you will be doing very well indeed. However, it may be a sign that you are prepared to put up with almost anything. But (really) we all know, deep down, that this kind of thing just isn’t good enough.
Good luck.

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Gloomy nonesense

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

Reviewed: 21-01-20

Grim and relentless. Read if you want to wallow in despondency for a while. Avoid for a cheerier life.

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Another turkey

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

Reviewed: 02-01-20

So many viscous psychopaths, so many malicious folk in one story. I wish I was more discriminating. I wish plots were better.