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Charlotte James

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Not your best

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

Reviewed: 09-02-20

I think it’s time for the author to take stock, have some time out and really think about where they are going with this series and these characters.
In the early books, the storylines were strong, well constructed, with believable characters. The main characters were beginning to sound and feel interesting as we got to understand about their lives through each book.
Then suddenly (and who knows why), the number of books increased and the quality of each story began to disintegrate. This last book was the worst, weak storyline, weak main characters which was especially disappointing as I had high hopes for Tom and Becky and was generally a non starter.
I’m crushed to have to write such a poor review, but maybe, if enough fans of Rachel Abbott reflect similar thoughts, it will encourage the author to take stock and return to their true motivation for writing thrillers (which hopefully wasn’t ever financially driven)
Sorry!

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Pure Genius

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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: 12-12-19

I would recommend that you get this as an audiobook rather than read because it’s the narration that really makes this story. The accents are so believable...a very talented narrator.
The story.....I had several laugh out loud moments and many giggles. It’s funny, you warm to Queenie and manage to peel beneath the layers to find out why this funny vulnerable woman is the way she is.
Sad in parts, another reminder that your parents can screw your up but strong friendships and the extended family can build you too.
Loved it.....well done on your debut novel Candice

A slow burner and then WOW

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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: 03-12-19

A fab book....get passed the first 2 chapters and then what a brilliant book. The narration was good though a few iffy accents...but really good with a few hidden life messages....absolutely recommend

Absolutely amazing

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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: 03-11-19

Our parents shape us and we become the person we are owing to their influences as we are growing up. I felt Eleanor’s pain from the beginning and could really relate to her.
There are some outstandingly laugh out loud moments and others that are incredibly sad.....a reminder of how all of us are quick to judge others based on a few minutes of interaction.
Wonderfully articulate and extremely well narrated....be sure to also listen to the author interview at the end. I can’t say that I would have persevered if I was reading as it is a slow burner, but the narration clinched it for me.....well done

Disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-19

The book feels as if it was rushed.....a slow burner and really.....,a non-story. The ending leaves many avenues unanswered.
Such a shame as I have read all and enjoy this author’s books....I can only imagine that there was a deadline looming.
The narrator tries to build the suspense and make it an interesting thriller but fails abysmally.
A waste of an audible credit.
I hope this is just a blip for this author. I’ll reserve some judgement, I’ve downloaded the next one so we’ll see.

Do you ever really know those closest to you?

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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: 18-08-19

Had me hooked from the moment it started. Great storyline, kept me guessing until almost the end. The narration was excellent, I could listen to her voice forever

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: 03-08-19

What a story....made even better by Joanne Froggart’s narration. I couldn’t stop listening, realistic....do you ever really know the people you are close to?

An emotional rollercoaster

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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: 30-05-19

Elements of this could be my story.....you’ve done your research extremely well DK......or is this from personal experience......either way, it’s emotionally raw, you will live and breathe the characters right till the end. It’s a topic that needs to be exposed and talked about more openly.....historical sexual abuse and its impact on the victims....it affects you right through your adulthood.....it’s always in the background.

Thank you DK....a hard read for me but am so glad I did. It’s a story that needed to be told in a sensitive way and they have got it exactly right. It’s narrated extremely well which adds to this emotional rollercoaster

Dorothy Koomson does it again.....why isn’t this author widely talked about?

A Fabulous read....Dorothy Koomson triumphs again

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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: 12-05-19

A big up to Dorothy, a brilliant black female writer, one of the finest, who doesn't get enough recognition for her fabulous work. As per usual with Dorothy Koomson, we are slowly introduced to the main characters, in depth descriptions on each of their personalities so that we really get to know them. Dorothy takes us to that intriguing world of the school gate drop off/pick up. Many of you will recognise the school gate politics and may indeed have observed the jostling and preening behaviour from the Queen Bee. Female friendships created at the school gate, the secrets and the wanting to fit in and be taken for who you are here and now, rather than be judged and assumptions made about you and your character based on past behaviours and demeanours......many will relate to that.

And then there is the jealousy, secrets and lies, past loves all unfolding and building up to the grand finale. Narrated by some familiar voices which added to the whole experience and the reader's imagination as to what the characters may look like. A lovely long book, some 4/5 hours longer than the average audiobook novel, I thoroughly enjoyed. Can't wait for your next one Dorothy due to be published in June

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Absolutely awful...so disappointing....

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

Reviewed: 27-04-19

I tried and I tried...I persevered and this was honestly one of the worst books I have ever listened to. I have to commend the poor narrators who tried to make this sound interesting and whom must have been bored to tears. I persevered because I thought that surely it would get going and I would be able to understand what the story was. However, there is no story....I couldn't work it out. Yes there was a friendship, marred by infidelity and the victim evidently has mental health issues ending with her being sectioned and in an institution.

But it was such a poor storyline. I couldn't understand why the Psychiatrist held a main part....what on earth was HER story?! I just couldn't work it out. All very odd.

I just wouldn't waste your credit on this book. If you happen to be able to listen to free, I would still say don't bother....it's hours of your life you won't get back.