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Great story Great Narrator

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

Reviewed: 15-02-20

This is what happens when you let your house on Air-B&B (or is it)

This is what happens when you live a lot of your life on Social Media (even if it is a sham)

This is what happens when you lie to your husband
and
This is what happens when you live a lie for so many years.

Sisters Elle and Fiona live in Cornwall. Fiona has lived there foe a while and Elle a very successful 1st time author moves there and promptly demolishes an old farm house on the cliff (much to the disapproval of neighbours) and builds a mansion - something her husband is not too keen on.

Elle goes to France on a writers retreat -as she needs the money- as the new house is a bit of a money pit AND her husband has left so she is living off the advance for her second novel. BUT she has writer's block and a looming deadline.

She has rented out her house for the two weeks she is away through Air B&B, however, when she gets home things aren't quite right. It is from this point things start to go wrong for Elle. Someone has been in her house (and not just the Air B&B family). Things have disappeared, things have been broken. Mysterious writing on the windows, a flood in the house caused by an overflowing sink. Things aren't going Elle's way and no-one believes her, not even her sister.
Not only is she having trouble on the homefront and the work front, we find out she was probably molested by a teacher whilst at Uni- this also seems to be coming back to bite her.
Throughout the book we are given lots of characters who many be the source of her problems, but as soon as you think "It's him/her" it all changes and another protagonist is brought to the forefront.
I didn't see the ending coming until just before it happens- which is a good sign for me that this book is truly a thriller.
Excellent narrator in Laura Kirman, and will be keeping an eye (or ear) out for her.

a heartbreaking, uplifting story of loss

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

Reviewed: 02-02-20

I received this audiobook as a gift from the narrator.

Jesse, a mother, loses her daughter Sophie whilst they are out shopping. Jesse is a broken woman. Her marriage dissolves (he then remarries and has two more children) she is an emotional and physical wreck. Her home looks like she has stared a re-cycling business, she no longer paints (her profession). Her time is spent looking for clues to her daughter's disappearance and working in a 2nd hand book shop.

Jess spends a lot of time hanging out at the Zone clothes shop, as this was the place that Sophie went missing. Jesse always told Sophie if she gets lost, to go back to the last place they had been together. It is at one of these visits to the shop that she sees a girl that catches her attention. She looks familiar AND she is chewing watermelon gum (Sophie's favourite). Could this be Sophie grown-up? She also finds the girls phone, which she had dropped in the change room.

Jess picks up "lost things" that obviously have a connection to her daughter's disappearance. This is why her home looks like it does.

Over the course we learn a bit more about Sophie. She has an obsessive interest in birds and begins to describe people who have certain "bird traits" by that birds breed. We also learn that Sophie was a difficult child, she had been tested by many specialists and they were unable to come up with a diagnosis. Then we find out that Sophie's parents begin to fall-apart due in part to Sohpie's behaviour.

One of her daughter's childhood friends, Star, starts to work at the bookshop(she is actually the owners daughter) and whilst Jesse and this girl used to be close, after the disappearance they drifted apart.They eventually come together again and through forgotten memories of THAT last summer a journal found hidden in Sophie's closet and a road trip they set out to find out what happened to Sophie.

They get so close many times just to have their investigation shut down by circumstance.
I loved this book and the narrator, she was perfect for the feel of the book.

Not a good match between author and narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-02-20

I wanted to like this book, but it was either quality of the writing or the narration or combination of both that made it a poor choice.
The writing style is not (for me) enjoyable, the trite conversations between the characters did not seem believable, also the narration was a bit iffy, some parts were good and some not up to par. Pronunciation of some words blatantly wrong. Not sure of the narration process, but I would hope they read the book once before they actually start recording it to iron out little problems like this.
Cathy and Anne are twins- (enough said)
Cathy is in an abusive marriage to a police officer and he has convinced his colleagues that she is a bit nuts. So when a neighbour calls the cops as he can hear the abuse going on, Mike (the husband) laughs it away saying it is just his "unwell" wife.
Cathy finally finds the balls to do something about her intolerable situation and the cat and mouse starts here.
Overall an OK story but not for me.

heart-racing story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
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

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

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

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
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

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.