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Psychological/domestic mystery

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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: 18-09-20

This is a dark, intense psychological/domestic drama. More of a mystery than a thriller, I would say. It is a bit of a slow burn and it took me until about 25% to properly get into it and then I was hooked.
Although I enjoyed it it isn't my favourite book by this author. But it is quite a disturbing and unsettling read and shows how monsters walk among us, disguised as 'normal' people. There are lots of different characters in the book, and once or twice I became a bit confused. Most of the characters are quite unlikeable too! I enjoyed the short chapters, and the story flowed well, and for me it had one of those OMG endings.

The different narrators all performed well, making this a n enjoyable listen.

Entertaining

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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: 18-09-20

K L Slater is an author I know I can depend on for a good listen. Once again she delivers a fast paced psychological thriller with all the usual twists and turns. The story is told from the POV of Lucie, the mother, in the present and also 16 years ago when she was at University. I've read a few books about missing children but this one took a few unexpected turns. I did guess one of the twists, but other were totally unpredictable. It is a story of secrets from the past which have chilling consequences in the present. I love Ms Slater's style of writing and the story flows well.

The narration by Lucy Price-Lewis was very good. An enjoyable listen.

Highly entertaining thriller

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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: 16-09-20

Nick Sullivan has handed in his notice, but that doesn't last long as he's not cut out for the quiet life, and he is soon thrown headlong into a case which involves him travelling to Uganda where his brother is working. Things soon turn nasty.

This book, like the others in the series, is fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat, especially towards the end. The story has obviously been well researched by the author and the political corruption in Uganda made my blood boil. The book is perhaps a little more gruesome than the first three, and although that doesn't usually bother me, I was a bit upset by the horrific death of a dog right at the beginning.

Nevertheless this is a terrific high octane thriller and the series would make a great film series. Nick is a fantastic character and I enjoyed the introduction of his brother in this book.

Once again the narration by Craig Bowles adds another dimension to the story and brings it to life.

Breathtakingly good!

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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: 13-09-20

Wow this is an amazing thought provoking novel dealing with the very difficult subject of male rape. It had me hooked from the start and held my attention right up to the very shocking twist at the end.

Ms Abdullah writes sensitively but does not shy away from controversy. Her characters are realistic and beluevable and I especially liked Kamran and rooted for him throughout his ordeal. Zara is a great character who fights her demons but is feisty and independant. This book will stay with me for a long time

I havent read the first book in this series but this works well as a standalone.

Superb

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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: 09-09-20

Ice Cream Girls

I bought this book because I received a copy of All My Lies Are True from Netgalley, not realising it is the sequel to this book. So I decided to listen to this first!

What an amazing book. The subject matter is dark, dealing with grooming and abuse and was difficult to listen to in parts. The story is told from the POV of Serena and Poppy in the past and present. As their story unfolds I couldn't work out who killed, Marcus (who got what he deserved!). The horrific abuse the girls suffered at his hands was gradually revealed with many twists and turns and a shocking conclusion which took my breath away!

The book is so well written and expertly plotted. The characters, especially Serena and Poppy, are realistic and I loved them equally even though they are very different, and cared what happened to them. Now I can't wait to listen to the sequel!

The two narrators, Julie Maisey and Adjoa Andoh, do an astounding job and really got into the characters they were playing. An amazing audiobook!

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Excellent time travel tale

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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: 07-09-20

I love a bit of 80s nostalgia so was eager to listen to this time travel tale after enjoying Tuned Out by the same author. We meet Craig Pelling as a middle aged man in the present day, and also in 1986 as a 16 year old. It is a lovely, funny, sometime heartbreaking listen with a bit of a shocking ending, which I finished in one day. It made me think about my life and what I might change of I could go back to my teenage years! I'm now going to start listening to the sequel.

Very pleased to have stumbled on this by accident

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

Reviewed: 01-09-20



I stumbled on this book by accident, and am very pleased I did! Time travel isn't my genre but this book is a delight. A 29 year old man from 2019 travels back to the late 1960s with often hilarious but also some very moving consequences.

I loved all the little details of 1960s life, some if which I remembered well even though I was just a child back then. The characters are mostly likeable and credible and after a sliwjshbeginni g the plot moves at a good pace. I enjoyed this so much that my next listen will be The '86 Fix by the same author.

A word about the narration by Mike Paul, whose voice was just right for the book. However there were some strange long pauses for no apparent reason which disrupted the flow a little.

Blew me away!

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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: 26-08-20

This book blew me away! The Nothing Man is a book within a book. As a 12 year old Eve Black survived an attack by the Nothing Man in which her parents and sister all died. Now an adult she decides to write a book in the hope that someone's memory might be jogged and the Nothing Man might finally be caught.

We get to read Eve's book, along with her thoughts, and her narrative alternates with that of the Nothing Man, whose identity is revealed right at the start. The way the story unfolds is pure genius. I was totally hooked, so far on the edge of my seat that I almost fell off, and couldn't stop listening. The characters were all memorable with realistic back stories.

Catherine Ryan Howard is a superb story teller and I can't wait to read her back catalogue.

The two narrators did an excellent job, and their voices were perfect for the characters they portrayed so well, This book will definitely be in my top ten books read this year!

Death is not the end .....

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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: 18-08-20

DI Louise Blackwell's second outing is just as thrilling as her first. In this book she has to investigate the apparent suicides of two young women. Are they really suicides, and could they be connected?

The plot grabbed me right from the start. The story unfolds from the perspective of Louise and her team, and from a lonely young woman who is grieving the loss of a child. There was a feeling of dread as I listened, wondering if Louise could solve the case before more deaths occurred. I liked the setting of Weston super Mare, a fading seaside town and Brolly's descriptions brought it to life. As before Louise's personal life is full of problems, mainly concerning her alcoholic brother. This is an excellent police procedural and I am looking forward to the next in the series.

Excellent narration by Danielle Cohen made this a riveting listen.

A bit boring

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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: 15-08-20

I was excited to read this because it is Audible's Crime and Thriller Pick of the Month, but I'm afraid I was disappointed. The plotline - a serial killer holed up in the lofts of a row of terrace houses, watching the occupants - sounded creepy and exciting. As the book progresses we learn a bit about the residents of each house, and also little by little we learn about the background of Brogan, the killer. But I got a bit bored in the middle of the book. It took ages to get going and nothing much seemed to happen, and the ending seemed rushed. Such a shame as the synopsis had so much promise.