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heart-racing story

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

After Kate' daughter goes missing and her marriage falls apart, Kate volunteers at a kids help-line where runaways are encouraged to phone in and leave a re-assuring message to be passed onto their parents.
One night whilst on duty Kate takes a call from her daughter, Sophie, who everyone else believes is dead, but Kate is sure is still alive and now she has proof.

A fast-paced story which keeps you listening (all night in my case)!.

Hope this becomes a series

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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: 24-08-18

I received this audio book as a gift in return for an honest review

Nick Cooper a cop turned author of a detective series that’s based somewhat on his former cases.

He is at a signing at a bookshop with his Agent/friend and a man with a French accent has a word with him, but as he leaves he forms a gun with his hand, then Nick’s friends start getting murdered and the killer is leaving weird poems for Nick.
It appears that the killer is following the plot of one of Nick's books.
We are given some background glimpses into Nick’s life from beat cop.. and how he progressed through the ranks.

Wonderful start to a hopefully new detective series

could this be the future

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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: 24-08-18

Is this is what will happen when we have designer babies to order.
Couples are handing themselves over to this doctor who is able to take out genes causing diseases and flaws, BUT is able to tweak genes to make these kids smarter, taller, more beautiful, stronger, more self-reliant etc etc.
A case of Benjamin Britten in reverse (of sorts).

Great Read

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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: 24-08-18

Marcus Wayland and his family take up an offer to spend the summer on Trout Island where Marcus (an actor) is cast for the local dramatic society's next play.

They are given a house just out of town, which comes with a bad reputation. Strange things start to happen to the members of the family.

In the meantime Stephen a successful actor and a friend of Marcus and his wife Lara.

Lara and Stephen had a fling years ago and seem to want to start it up again. But is he all he appears to be?

I just want to smack him!

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

This is the second book starring the unscrupulous bastard and P.I Brett Cornell

Once again Brett's ego gets him into a whole lot of trouble. In this book Brett Cornell is involved with a love triangle and a police investigation where he is the prime suspect. The police tell Brett it is a bullet from his gun that has killed the guy that Brett had a fight with a few days earlier. Brett's job is to figure out who killed the guy.Obviously he is being framed, but by who? It is a suprise when he/we find out who it is.

Brett as always is so full of himself no-one else really matters, he plays his women off against each other, treats them abysmally and they still come back for more.
Very enjoyable read and Travis Henry Carter is fantastic.

interesting take on the detective novel

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

Interesting take on the detective story, where an on-line group of vigilantes decide to take on the police to solve the crimes of The Lover before they do. The police (Bell) have no idea who is killing women and leaving roses at the crime scene (hence The Lover). So.. this group of on-line people decide that they will give it a go. They are all given tasks to prove that they belong in this "detective' group.
Clementine (Stark) goes beyond her brief to get pictures of the crime scene and "accidentally" hooks up with Bell- the cop in charge. They don't realise that they are in the sights of the killer.

We also find that she has a big secret that she is worried may come out.

brings backs memories of working in an office

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

I got this book as a freebie in return for an honest review.

Firstly, I was not captivated by the narrator, initially she has a bit of a lisp which I found annoying, but that seemed to change as I listened further. The narrator also did not differentiate between the different characters (but not all the time- so was intermittent). However, she does have a "matter-of-fact" tone which makes the story sound quite officious.- which is her character.

Oh poor poor Louisa, her time as a senior Manager in a company is fraught with anxiety. I can vividly remember this sort of office politics from firms I have worked in over the years. That constant bitchiness, and watching your own back and having to be nice to people who are your superiors, but in fact don't know what they are doing.

It is a fairly rounded picture of Louisa, from her problems at work to her family who have a sickly child (one of the reasons Louisa puts up with her rotten job is to help pay for medical bills for her nephew). We get a small insight into her LESBIAN girlfriend. Now this lesbianism does not take over the story, in fact it is really in the background- it is something she keeps quiet from her work colleagues purely as she did not want them to know she was dating a work colleague as that would be frowned upon, though it IS a conservative township and that would probably be frowned upon as well.

By accident Louisa gets access to her boss's emails and is able to keep herself apprised of some of the behind-the-scenes negotiating that is taking place. In order to save costs a large chunk of Louisa's dept is going to be retrenched and Louisa has been designated to tell them, it starts off slowly with culling of the receptionists, then to cutting back payments to night staff, then to getting rid of more than 1/2 of her department.
Louisa's partner gets fired, their relationship starts to fall apart due to financial troubles and Louisa's is MADE to go part time. Her health suffers, but still she continues to work 5-6 days a week.

Loved this book

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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: 24-08-18

Call me sentimental, but I loved this book. It made me cry- which is OK. It ended the way it should have but a little bit of me was hoping it would go the other way.
Marianne, blind from birth lives with her sister in Edinburgh. One night whilst trying to open her front door she drops her keys and a kind stranger walking by helps her. They have a rapport but it is fleeting.
They bump into each other again and Keir (the kind stranger) starts to pursue her- but as a friend not a lover (yet).
They go on a mini-holiday to his home on Skye and become lovers.
Marianne's backstory is that she was widowed in her 20's and lost a baby when her husband got killed on the oil rigs off shore. As it happens, Keir also works on the rigs, but he has a special job as a forecaster of accidental/weather events. He has a second sight which he can't explain but has predicted several large events in the past. He says he sensed her distress on the night she dropped her keys.

Short and sweet

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

Reviewed: 23-07-18

I received this book as a free listen in return for an unbiased review.

Firstly, I think this book was meant for someone younger who hasn't been reading erotic fiction for as long as I have. It felt a bit like going back to my reading experiences in days past.

BUT, the narrator Posey Clifford was well suited for the "sense" of the story and like it says in the title is is titillating.

The story of a teenage girl (virgin) who wants to experience sex. She starts the way lots of girls do now via the internet and chatting with a guy called Massive. She is cahoots with her girlfriend who encourages her all the way through her journey, in fact she and the girlfriend have an "experience" which made me think the girlfriend was cat-fishing her.

She eventually meets up with her video chat guy and and the ending is quite surprising.

Multiple Plot Twists

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Peighton's world comes crashing down when her beloved Senator husband has an "accident" on the stairs and is killed.

Her son. Kyle blames her for his Dad's death and is pushing her away at a time when they should be caring for each other.

There are other men in Peighton's life, Frank the bodyguard(for her husband) Clay, the cop, who is on the case (which he tells Peighton maybe suspicious,) but turns out he has a hidden agenda and Drew who may or may not have been a lover and the biological father to Kyle.

MEANWHILE The hidden agenda, we find out is that Clay's wife was murdered by an on-line woman predator he, (Clay) met whilst in a football chatroom. It turns out that the Senator was also having an online "affair" with her. Clay wants to try to track down this woman and charge her with the murder of his wife and he suspects the Senators's murder also.

MEANWHILE Peighton and Clay start up a cosy relationship.
Frank has told them all now that the Senator is dead he no longer works for them and maybe moving to another city.

There are several other plot twits running through all the other stories, including paternity, affairs, relationships and sexuality. The ending was very surprising

J Scott Bennett's narration is excellent, he manages to make all the males voices individual and even his Peighton is pretty good.