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A. Bambridge

Denver, Co
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Death would be less painful

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

I have never written a bad review before but this book, unbelievably billed as 'thriller of the year' was so awful in every respect that i am compelled to do so. I hardly know where to begin..
1: dialogue - awkward, unnatural and hyperbolic
2: Prose- there were so many cliches I felt as if i were drowning in a murky river under dark black menacing frightening terrifying clouds.....🙄
3: Plot. Lets just say that the main character's incredulity at the shocking revelations are unlikely to be shared by listeners who are not in comas. The 'failed brakes' ... seriously..,
4: Continuity- it was incredible just how many days there are in one week in that godforsaken village/town.
5: Characterisation- so wooden and again, cliched, that it was like a primary school play.
6: Random Points: How many bloody 'cuppas' can a character drink? At one point she had a tea and coffee simultaneously 😩 Back stories were contradictory. Overly descriptive writing was just painful.

Overall, the premise 'someone has been locked in a cellar for 10 years then reappears' should have offered a decent storyline. Ultimately i would rather be locked in a cellar than endure this.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 14-11-17

Absolutely loved this. At one stage i drove an extra 10 miles out my way to avoid having to stop listening. Storyline was great and the characterisation was wonderful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-11

Loved this book. His prose is exquisite and this makes the characterization incredibly strong. Sean Barret's reading is also exemplary. The plot construction was well paced and the characters were flawed just enough to create genuine interest without necessarily relying on association or disassociation.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-11

This book nearly killed me. I listened to it whilst driving to and from work. Once I almost went into a a ditch I was so gripped. Loved it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful