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Nothing much happens

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-20

I got a bit fed up with this book at several points and almost abandoned it. But I continued on for some reason to the end. Parts of it are ok but it's slow and all the amateur theatre stuff that is a large part of it was really tedious. Nothing really happens, just domestic minor dramas and a teenage first love. All very kitchen sink. The best part of it was the narration by Rory Kinnear which was excellent, and it was probably only that which kept me listening. I wouldn't bother with any other books by the author.

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Enjoyable story with good characters and slow building menace.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-20

I enjoyed this and it was very well narrated. But unfortunately there was one aspect of the story related to the narration and the fact that it was an audio book and not a physical copy that unavoidably gave something away and spoiled it a bit. I can't explain what I mean by this without spoiling it myself for other listeners. It enables me to guess an important part of the mystery quite early on. Still, I enjoyed it anyway and it was thought provoking in the subject matter.

Pretty good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-19

For a bit of light entertainment it's not bad at all. Well read, and I enjoyed it. I lost interest a little towards the end but mostly I enjoyed listening to it. There was a big twist which I didn't see coming at all and well done to the author for that. Good characters that are well drawn. If you enjoy this type of romance with a bit of depth and mystery this is a decent one.

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Fantastic book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-10-18

Funny, thought provoking, fascinating and informative. I loved every gruesome minute of it. Perfectly narrated too, as if the author is a lovely down to earth old friend. Full of all kinds of interesting stuff.

Engrossing.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

I found this to be an engrossing and involving read which would appeal to anyone who enjoys a good mystery and likeable vivid characters, especially perhaps those who are parents. I did guess what had happened about three quarter s way through but it didn't spoil my enjoyment of it to the end. It made me interested to read more by this author. The narration was excellent too.

Average

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-07-18

This starts off interesting but it does go off the boil about a quarter of the way in. Some parts are fairly involving but several times I was tempted to abandon it. The writing is ok but very typical of this sort of thriller and ultimately rather by numbers. The narration is quite good except for a very annoying mispronunciation of "anaesthetist" and "anaesthetise" which is repeated about a dozen times and is a bit strange considering the narrator can pronounce "anaesthetic" properly. It's ok but I have read far better books of this type.

Entertains but . . . .

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

I did enjoy this book as I was reading it, and the parts of the story about the schoolgirls and the mystery of the accident, but by the end and after I had time to really think about it, there were areas that I found a bit unrealistic and one aspect that I found slightly distasteful concerning the way a Downs Syndrome person was portrayed. So really I have mixed feelings. However the narration was very good.

Horrible

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-18

I thought this might be an amusing light read but unfortunately I had to abandon it after about two hours listening. It was narrated in the first person by someone totally unsuitable in my opinion who sounded years older than the main character was supposed to be and sounded incongruous. She also has an annoying habit of pausing in the wrong places in sentences. And I soon got bored and irritated by non stop trendy fashion and celebrity references that made the character seem empty headed and irritating. It would be a chore to get through this.

Enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-18

I really enjoyed this. The narrator added a lot to it which I suspect made it slightly better than the written version. An engrossing story and vivid characters which kept my interest all the way. I really cared about the main character and what happened to her. Possibly a little slow to start but well worth sticking with. Not everything is explained but it doesn't really matter.

Beautiful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-17

Beautiful book. An unusual story with parts to make you laugh, cry and wonder. I am sixty years old and I loved this book to bits.

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