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Caroline Mitchell

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Fantastic

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Reviewed: 09-03-19

Gripped me all the way. This story is so well written and narrated. Highly recommended.

Evocative And Haunting

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Reviewed: 03-11-18

I loved this book! I adore novels with a creepy edge and The Lingering was such a treat. I listened via audiobook and the narrators did such a great job of bringing the characters to life. The story focuses around three main characters, Ali, her husband Jack and Angela, who all stay in a commune - a former psychiatric home with a very dark past. I adored Angela, with all her theories on the supernatural and funny little quirks. Halfway through the book, the story took a turn - although I won't spoil the surprise for readers here. Just to say that you'll know when you get to it. It was such a great twist to the tale and I raced through the rest of the book. S.J.Holliday is a fantastic writer, she has such a talent for drawing out the darkest emotions in her characters in The Lingering and describes the spooky settings with great poetic flair. The Lingering is evocative and haunting, a truly nerve-tingling read.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

The funniest thing on audible

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Reviewed: 28-04-18

I raced through this series, it's absolutely hilarious. I hope there is a second series planned. The characters are amazing and so brilliantly narrated, I could have listened to them all day. This would make a brilliant TV comedy series. Seriously, just download it. If you have a pulse and an open mind you'll enjoy this.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

Brilliant

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Reviewed: 20-04-18

A brilliantly written and narrated book, invoking many emotions. Highly recommend this thought provoking read.

An Excellent Way To Learn

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Reviewed: 14-03-18

I'm not the sort of person who can pour over a textbook. Such methods of learning don't work well with me as it doesn't sink in. I've been dying to learn Spanish for ages at a pace that suits me. This audiobook is a great aid. I started off using Rosetta Stone online but became frustrated as while it's OK, it teaches you with pictures only and doesn't actually explain the words. I bought this audiobook due to the excellent reviews. I really like the author's steady style and no-nonsense approach. The two narrators who work with him are so easy to listen to and they pronounce the words in a style that is easy to pick up. At first I was getting annoyed with myself as I couldn't pick up the words straight away. But now, a few hours into the course I understand what the narrator meant when he said not to stress out over remembering things straight away as they will come around again. It's so true, as I find everything starting to sink in. I've not had to touch a textbook but I'm putting sentences together and understanding a lot more. This is a great aid to learning and I recommend it to all.

Enchanting

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Reviewed: 14-01-18

I listened to this book on audio and in my opinion, it's the best way to enjoy it. The narrator's voice was amazing, full of depth and emotion. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Funnily enough, I've been watching 'Outlander' on Amazon prime, so this book tied in nicely. I've never been to Scotland but I've always been in love with it - which may sound quite strange! Perhaps it's my own Irish upbringing that lends me an affinity to the rugged landscape, dark and enchanting waters and people who are brimming with character. Jessamine brings all of this to life and more. It is a gentle read, and such a pace invites you to get to know all the characters as you walk with them on their journey. I enjoyed each and every one of them, and the story played out in my mind as if it were on screen. I wasn't sure what to expect when I began this book, it has supernatural undertones but those which enchant rather than scare. For me, it is a love story which is beautifully brought to life by the author, who has a wonderful way with words. A warm and mystical read - I highly recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Thrilling

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Reviewed: 02-12-17

This is a great book that I listened to in a few days. What an emotional roller coaster! The main character, Anna, has been through so much in her life you can't help but feel for her and I found myself being ever more drawn into her web of lies. It's such a unique story, well written with fully developed characters and different to anything else I've read. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A Great Crime Thriller

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Reviewed: 09-11-17

This is a great crime thriller by Helen Fields. It was brilliantly narrated. The use of a french DI (Luc Callanach) made for interesting listening. The story raced along at a great pace and the torture scenes were so realistic and creepy I had to fast forward parts and that's saying something for me! Helen Fields is an author who totally brings her characters to life. This was an excellent read and I look forward to catching up with the rest of the series. If you enjoy crime thrillers then you can't go wrong with Perfect Remains.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

A Glowing Five Stars

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Reviewed: 23-10-17

Wow, I take my hat off to the author for this book, it was simply unputdownable. A tragic tale of a missing teenager which will have you asking yourself what you would have done had you been in Ella's shoes. I listened on audio and found myself prolonging my household chores just to listen to one more chapter, and driving a little slower when it played in the car. It's the sense of intrigue that carries this novel along nicely, the need to hear just another chapter to find out what happens next. There are several families involved with various characters and Teresa writes with such authenticity that you can see the story play out in your mind's eye. Unlike some books, you're never left wondering who a particular character is for very long as the author explains it very clearly. Everyone has secrets - which I loved. My sense of curiosity was on overdrive and the ending was brilliant, all the loose ends tied together beautifully without seeming rushed. It's easy to see why this book has been such a huge hit with readers and I look forward to her next offering, The Friend. Also, a note for the narrator. I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Knowelden and she did an amazing job of bringing this audiobook to life. A glowing five stars from me.

86 of 89 people found this review helpful

Fascinating Book

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Reviewed: 03-10-17

The study of psychopaths has always fascinated me, and I often wondered how many I have encountered during my nine-year career in the police. More often than not, people who commit heinous crimes are angry with the world for their own reasons and when you look into their background you can see why. Many have their own belief systems and motivations. Some are of low intelligence and easily influenced, while others commit crime out of desperate need.
But every once in a while the person who commits such crimes lacks any a sense of empathy or compassion, feels no guilt for their acts and do not appear to care or even consider the repercussions. These are the ones who make us scratch our head and wonder why.
As an author of crime novels, eat up books like these. I thoroughly enjoy the research that goes into each and every novel I write and am often amazed by what I uncover. I bought The Psychopath Whisperer on audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's very well written with a personal touch which makes the story flow nicely. It kept me engaged throughout, and I would read further books by this author. I enjoyed hearing about his interactions with the prisoners most of all, and the different characters he met. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about psychopaths.