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Very creepy!

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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: 17-10-19

This is the first book I have read by Louise Jensen and it's a cracking good psychological thriller!

The story is told from 3 POV - Laura, Tilly and Alex. All of them are keeping secrets which emerge as the story unfolds, and all is not as it seems.. The first part of the book is a bit of a slow burner then there are so many twists and turns that I felt dizzy, and each one took me by surprise. The setting of Oak Leaf farm felt sinister and claustrophobic.

If you are looking for a well plotted, clever psychological thriller then look no further!

Creepy Psychological Thriller

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

Reviewed: 17-10-19

This is a fabulously creepy psychological thriller from the excellent Ms Driscoll. The story is told from three POVs – Alice (past and present, Matthew the Private Investigator, and the mysterious ‘Him’. All the way through the book I was trying to figure out who ‘Him’ was, and there are many red herrings so I failed y!

The book is a standalone, though there are a few characters who have appeared before in Ms Driscoll’s books – Matthew the PI and his wife Sally, and DI Melanie Sanders.

The book kept me on the edge of my seat, and reading into the small hours, and has a satisfying ending. The narrators were both excellent.


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Another cracker

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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: 11-10-19



The prologue is set in 1984 during the Miners Strike, a time which I remember well.  Feelings ran high in the mining communities around the country, and Penshaw in County Durham was no different. Thirty five years later an ex miner is killed in a house fire and Ryan and Phillips investigate. Running alongside is an investigation into County Lines drug gangs. There is also an investigation into police corruption and one of Ryan's team finds themself in deep trouble.

This 13th book in the series is easy to read with a great storyline and lots of twists and turns as well as another fabulous North East setting. I love meeting all the characters, who now seem like old friends.  One exception to this is Lowerson.  In the early books I really liked the character, but I'm afraid that now he just annoys me. He continually gets into trouble, makes bad decisions and has to be the worst policeman ever!  Time for him to be transferred I think!

On the other hand I am loving the relationship between Frank, Denise and Samantha which is lovely to read and the banter between Frank and Samantha makes me laugh out loud.

As always the book was brilliantly read by the inimitable Jonathan Keeble, one of my favourite narrators.

Looking forward to the next in the series.


Another cracker from Ms Jewell

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

Reviewed: 07-10-19

I was really looking forward to listening to this, and wasn’t disappointed. It’s a very creepy, disturbing psychological thriller with an ominous feel running through it. There are lots of characters, most of them flawed, which is slightly confusing at first. The story is fast paced, with twists a-plenty and as the story went on I found myself thinking WTF is going on. The way ordinary people were manipulated felt frighteningly real. A definite 5* read/listen

Creepy

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

Reviewed: 07-10-19

This haunted house book is filled with a sense of uneasiness and dread. As a reader you know something bad is going to happen in that house, and I was not disappointed. Once I got into the story I couldn't stop listening, and although I did enjoy the story, this was mainly due to the sublime narration by Jake Urry. His voice is made for this type of book and made it even more creepy and scary.


Slow start but got better!

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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: 07-10-19

I love Nicci French, and this series, which has been in my library for ages, came highly recommended, but for some reason I just couldn't get into it. I found the story to be quite slow and felt it didn't really get going until half way through the book. Once it did get going I enjoyed it much more and certainly didn't guess the final twists! That made me raise my rating from 3 to 4 stars, though it is probably a 3.5* read.

I also didn't warm to the character of Freda Klein. I found her very cold and uncompassionate, which seemed strange characteristics for a psychotherapist.

However, I will listen to the next book in the series, in the hope that Freda grows on me!

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-10-19

I usually love anything written by Nicci French, but this time I was disappointed. I found this book overlong, with too much unnecessary detail about the minutiae of life. I liked the character of Neve but found some of the things she did totally unbelievable. The rest of the characters were mostly quite unpleasant! The policeman seemed like he was based on Colombo because he kept popping up in Neve's life at random moments.

The story itself was interesting though, and I didn't guess who the killer was.




The story continues

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

Reviewed: 15-09-19

This second book in the Bell Trilogy was certainly worth the wait! It is action packed right from the start and had me on the edge of my seat, holding my breath! The plot is complex but not difficult to follow. There are twists a-plenty, and I loved all the forensic detail. Can’t wait to see what Steve Bradshaw has in store for us in the final book of the trilogy!

I was pleased that Stephen H. Marsden was once again narrating and his performance enhanced my enjoyment of the book.

Great story, dreadful narration

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

Reviewed: 08-09-19

Burn the Evidence is the excellent follow up to Dig Two Graves. Alongside the main investigation, Sol is once again searching for his missing son.

This is a solid police procedural which is paced just right, and the ending ensures that I have to read the next in the series. The writing is excellent, and it was nice to see the characters from the first book being developed more.

However I absolutely hated the narration which was stop/start all the way through with the narrator making up his own punctuation. This totally spoiled the book for me and I wish I had just bought the kindle version.


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Chilling portrayal of domestic abuse

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

Reviewed: 08-09-19

Having previously read Portraits of the Dead I knew that John Nicholl’s books are not for the faint hearted, and I was right, because this is sometimes a difficult read, dealing with domestic abuse, both physical and mental. The book had me hooked right from the beginning though and I was rooting for Kathy as she planned to escape her abusive husband. I have never been in an abusive relationship, but the way John described what happened, and Kathy’s reactions seemed very realistic which made it even more disturbing to read.

However despite such a strong start, I feel that the book ran out of steam in the last 25%, and I wasn’t keen on the ending. I know this is fiction but that ending was totally implausible, and for this reason I have given the book 4 instead of 5 stars.

I listened to the Audible version of the book, and wasn’t too keen on the narrator, though it didn't stop me finishing the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful