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Classic Louise Candlish at her best

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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: 16-07-20

This is the best book I have listened to this year truly outstanding. I was gripped from the beginning and could not stop listening. The casting of Steven Mackintosh was inspired he so perfectly captured the fundamental qualities of Jamie, shallow, somewhat a loser and easily bewitched by Melia. Louise Candlish is the master of middle class intrigue and perfectly captures the neuroses of those with wealth and the tension that exists in relationships with those that don't. The main characters in this book are brought together and the relationship that evolves is toxic for all involved. I loved the backdrop of the Thames and the riverboat. This is such a clever story and I really never saw the twist and double twist at the end coming. Cant wait for her next book.

Superior and Gripping

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

Reviewed: 05-07-20

I enjoyed this book and found it to be different from the usual psych story. Two women seemingly unconnected but both running from something exchange identities. What follows is very clever and interesting and keeps the listener engaged until the very end. The only gripe I have is the narrator who at times really grated with a very specific intonation for some characters. This did not spoil the listen as the story is so good.

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Disappointing

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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: 04-07-20

I was really looking forward to this book. The story seemed very interesting and posed the question of nature or nurture and what happens to the children of mass murderers?
I have to say I was disappointed, I have not read this author before and I found her style overly descriptive of moments in time but did not really delve into the main theme of the book what were the main characters motivations and drivers. There was very little exploration of he relationship to her mother or how own feelings about her father and what he had done. The end was very flat and did not really answer any questions I had about the premise of the book.

Superior in every way beautifully written

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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: 24-06-20

I loved this book it was so beautifully written I was captivated and transported to Australia and the lives of the Van Apfel girls. The dialogue was superb and the story telling from the point of view of a teenager was handled so well. I loved the narrator who captured her character so well. There is not dramatic twist to this book and there is a great deal left unsaid but I enjoyed every moment of this wonderful novel.

Wasted an hour on this!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-06-20

Even Emilia Fox could not save this one. I normally love her narration but this book was just not for me. I gave up after an hour of listening to descriptions of people in the waiting room of a police station and the random dialogue from some woman from Liverpool. I don't know if this book ended up going anywhere but I did not bother to wait and see.

Great Psychological Thriller with a Good Twist

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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: 04-06-20

Very enjoyable listen. This was a clever book with a real twist I loved the is she good or bad element to the main character it kept me guessing right to the end.

Good Book But Lacking in Pace

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

Reviewed: 04-06-20

This should have been a good book. It started out well with a clever storyline, the murder of a wife supposedly by a super rich tech entrepreneur, but it ended up a bit lacking and flat. I had to keep going back chapters as I kept losing concentration. The pace was very slow and nothing much happened during the middle of the book. When all was revealed it all seemed a bit flat and pointless. I also got really confused by the characters and did not really feel involved or care about any of them.

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Fantastic Listen Gripping Story

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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: 04-06-20

I loved everything about this book. It is set in the South of France and flips between the seventies and nineties it is so beautifully written that is is easy to be transported there. The characters are totally believable and the dialogue excellent no rambling it is precise and relevant. I loved the unfolding of Elodie's story set against Sylvie and Emma's relationship in the present. This is one of those books I did not want to end and I felt quiet bereaved when I had finished it. The narrator was excellent and I loved her slipping into a French accent as she narrator Sylvie and Elodie.
Great listen.

Good Story spoilt by the narrator

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-20

This book was completely spoilt for me by the narration. The main character Tess is English so I could not understand why the narrator told her story in an American accent and then voiced her dialogue in a weird English accent. Generally, the story was ok but I never really understood why Tess would move to America with Greg at such short notice dragging a small child. The characters were all a bit one dimensional with no real motivation behind them, and there was some sort of weird subplot involving Greg and his early life (spoiler alert) but it seemed to fizzle out and go nowhere. Finally I was sick to death of Tess's pregnancy by the time she gave birth, her stomach had a storyline all of its own and the listener was subject to continuous updates about its 'clenching', twisting' etc. I so enjoyed Lucy Atkin's other book Magpie Lane and this was a huge disappointment.

Good Start but Descended into Silly Plot

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-20

This book started off well, the story was interesting and the psychological twist of the two women meeting and merging identity was clever. Sadly about two thirds through I realised that this book was going to have a really silly end. The twist in the plot is so unbelievable it is just plain daft to say may is a spoiler alert so can't really expand beyond that. Aside from the plot I never really connected with any of the characters both women were uninteresting and the husbands never really developed as characters. The dialogue did not really hold my attention and the narrator not particularly good. All told a waste of nine hours.