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  • The Good Samaritan

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Charlotte Cole, Matthew Lloyd Davies, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die. Laura hasn’t had it easy: she's survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn't love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it. But now someone’s on to her - Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Problem Like Laura

  • By Simon on 21-04-18

Hooked

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

I picked this book on a whim and I'm glad I did. If you like dark, complex and twisted characters than this one is for you. It has a Mark Edwards/John Nicoll vibe to it. I enjoy a psychological thriller that is written mainly from the killer's point of view, and this book is a perfect example of such. It was a refreshing change as there is no police procedure; a rarity with psychological thrillers.
Marrs has created a brilliantly sinister character who is as morally bankrupt as they come. I especially enjoyed the 'cat and mouse' nature of her crimes. I thought that it was well written with a steady build up to a plot with many twists and turns, each character adding a new dimension to the story. It kept me hooked and I found myself looking forward to having an opportunity to listen - surely the sign of a great book? The main bulk of the narration was spot on, I found the male narrator quite wooden but I'm being picky. Give it a go.

  • Down to the Woods

  • DI Helen Grace, Book 8
  • By: M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

There is a sickness in the forest. First, it was the wild horses. Now it's innocent men and women, hunted down and murdered by a faceless figure. Lost in the darkness, they try to flee, they try to hide. In desperation, they call out for help. But there is no-one to hear their cries here.... DI Helen Grace must face down a new nightmare. The arrow-ridden victims hang from the New Forest's ancient oaks, like pieces of strange fruit. Why are helpless holidaymakers being targeted in peak camping season? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing narration, average story

  • By Chris on 01-10-18

What happened to MJ Arlidge?

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

Reviewed: 28-01-19

Don't get me wrong, I love this author. Eeny Meeny, The Doll's House and Hide and Seek were fabulous can't-turn-it-off-yet listens in my opinion. Down to the Woods was well thought out and still had me guessing but in comparison to the earlier books it was a bit... dry.
Perhaps there is a lack of mystery now surrounding Helen Grace - the earlier books were excellent at slowly revealing facets of her character and background that were like breadcrumbs to the listener. I couldn't help but feel that Helen Grace has become a cliche female character; massively sexualised, unobtainable, dark & brooding. Frankly, it's getting boring.
Still worth a listen though; the newer plots are starting to develop other characters which is interesting and gives me hope for future books. I hope that MJ Arlidge finds the spark again.

  • Never Look Back

  • DI Mike Lockyer, Book 1
  • By: Clare Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Karl Prekopp, Imogen Church
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 749
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 680

Three women have been found brutally murdered in south London, the victims only feet away from help during each sadistic attack. And the killer is getting braver.... Sarah Grainger is rapidly becoming too afraid to leave her house. Once an outgoing photographer, she knows that someone is watching her. A cryptic note brings everything into terrifying focus, but it’s the chilling phone calls that take the case to another level. DI Mike Lockyer heads up the regional murder squad. With three bodies on his watch, and a killer growing in confidence, he frantically tries to find the link between these seemingly isolated incidents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent debut

  • By Saffy on 25-04-14

Stalking thriller

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

Clare Donoghue has brilliantly captured an experience of stalking in this thrilling plot. She has introduced DI Mike Lockyer and his colleagues and I have enjoyed getting to know these characters more as the series has gone one. The first chapter drops you into a plot that twists and turns quickly but predictably at times. I enjoyed the switching of characters and found the narration to be spot on.

  • White Is the Coldest Colour

  • Dr. David Galbraith, Book 1
  • By: John Nicholl
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

Fifty-eight year old Dr. David Galbraith, a sadistic, predatory paedophile employed as a consultant child psychiatrist, has already murdered one child in the soundproofed cellar below the South Wales Georgian townhouse he shares with his wife and two young daughters. Anthony becomes Galbraith's latest obsession and he will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard hitting subject, incredible story

  • By Devilish Accord on 05-06-16

Ballsy

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

This book is not for the feint hearted. John Nicholls certainly does not shy away from writing about the darkest parts of human nature, and this book will have you on your toes. Rarely is a crime writer this ballsy, especially when writing from the abusers point of view. Dr. Galbraith is terrifying and Jake Urry narrates him perfectly. If you like your crime thriller plots to be ghastly, and your characters villainous to the extreme, than this one is for you.

  • The Hanging Club

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962

A band of vigilante executioners roam London's hot summer nights, abducting evil men and hanging them. Sentenced to death is the gang member who abused vulnerable girls, the wealthy drunk driver who mowed down a child and the hate preacher calling for the murder of British troops. As the bodies pile up and riots explode all over the sweltering city, DC Max Wolfe embarks on his most dangerous investigation yet: hunting a gang of killers whom many believe to be heroes....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By tired & cynical on 12-10-16

Gritty and thrilling

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

Whilst Tony Parsons has followed the well trodden British detective plot; mysterious and brooding male detective with a cupboard full of skeletons - he does it brilliantly. DC Max Wolf is a complex and likeable character and I look forward to finding out more about him. The plot itself is gritty and shocking, using the backstreets of London as a fitting backdrop. At times, the book is shocking and it will have you questioning your own ethics. Whilst the plot may be too unrealistic for some, I found myself pulled in early on and I struggled to turn it off. A beauty of a crime thriller not dissimilar to MJ Arlidge and Helen Fields.

  • The Magpies

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 581

When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together, they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly, too, including the Newtons, a married couple who welcome them to the building with open arms. But then strange things start to happen. Dead rats are left on their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises, and much worse, in the night. After Jamie’s best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by a campaign of terror.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely worth a spin

  • By Derek on 07-07-14

Marmite - I loved it

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

Reviewed: 19-01-17

Edwards has a very distinct style. Initially you start to wonder to yourself when something is going to happen. He takes you to the edge which could frustrate some readers but I found it compelling. Slowly things do start to happen - small at first, odd, bizarre and eventually chilling. Each suspect has an air of mystery about them as you wonder who is behind it all. After the build up and suspense, the ending happens quickly and the plot kind of explodes - I couldn't stop listening after a certain point, I needed to know how it would end. Edwards also beautifully ties up loose ends in the very final chapter and epilogue.
I appreciate that the narrator had several characters to play, but he had some odd ways to create different voices - one character sounds like he has a boiled sweet in his mouth all the time and his female characters are comically girly which was irritating at times.

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  • Because She Loves Me

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 912
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 907

When Andrew Sumner meets beautiful, edgy Charlie, he is certain his run of bad luck has finally come to an end. But as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the frightening truth.…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good ending

  • By Michael on 11-01-17

Classic Edwards

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

Reviewed: 19-01-17

Some may get frustrated with Edwards style; he slowly builds the plot, introduces characters, takes you into their world bit by bit. He then starts to drop in events, happenings - sometimes sinister, or sometimes completely meaningless until later on in the book. The denouement is shattering, and you find yourself absorbed as it all comes together but not in the way that you're expecting.
I really like how Edwards makes reference to his plot in 'The Magpies' - there is clever realism to his books which makes them all
the more creepy.
The narrator was good in the male narratives but the female was frankly odd and it was irritating at times.

  • The Catch

  • By: Tom Bale
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

For the sake of an old schoolmate, Robbie - and more importantly for Robbie's sister, Cate - Daniel Wade agrees to go along with a lie that has fatal consequences. Soon he's sucked into a conspiracy that threatens to consume them all. With a ruthless predator on their trail, Dan realises that evading justice is the least of their worries. All that matters now is staying alive...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Sally on 05-10-13

What is it about Tom Bale?

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

Reviewed: 19-01-17

I just can't make up my mind about Tom Bale. I find his descriptions unnecessarily long, sometimes predictable and at times I find myself questioning: I am bored of listening to this? However, something about his writing just pulls you in. He develops brilliantly sinister characters, and keeps you hanging on. Some parts of this book were very creepy, and Bale waits to the end to deliver several twists that were unexpected. Bale really explores the relationships between the characters which is essentially what Bales plots are built on.
I thought that the narration was good, and the characters clearly defined.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Forward Slash

  • By: Mark Edwards, Louise Voss
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball, Ben Elliot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

He's posted on your wall. He's following you on Twitter. He knows where you are right now.... When Amy receives an email from her older sister, Becky, announcing that she's off travelling and 'don't try to find me', she is worried. Becky would never do such a thing on a whim. Amy - who is recovering from an abusive relationship that has left her terrified of love - soon finds that Becky had started using online dating sites. Aided by Becky's neighbour, Gary, Amy sets about tracking down the men her sister had dated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • slow starter.with tension building to the end.

  • By Timofross on 20-03-17

Good read

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

Reviewed: 19-01-17

This book has all of the suspense that I've come to expect from Edwards and Voss. They excellently weave together their characters individual narratives, and keep you guessing all the way. You initially start feeling sympathy for a character and this gets slowly eroded by the twists and turns in the plot. Edward and Voss do have a tendency for the unrealistic and depending on your tastes that can be a positive or a negative. I enjoyed this book - it's very easy to listen to and to follow. The narrator portrayed the characters well although her accents, at times, were quite laughable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful