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Okay!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-20

Looking at all the rave 5 star reviews, I must be missing something. I can see the story is good enough, but it’s not doing it for me. I reached chapter 21 and haven’t really found any of the characters very engaging. The quality of the writing is good, but I am not finding the story particularly interesting. The premise is fine, but, as far as I can tell at this stage, there isn’t anywhere unexpected to go with it. I will leave it and move on to another book.

Made it to Chapter 6!

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

Reviewed: 31-07-20

I may be doing a great injustice to this book in only giving it 2 stars since I only made it to chapter 6. Therefore, bear in mind that my rating is based only upon the first 5 chapters. I could not go on because the story left me bored and I feel it’s unlikely that I will engage with any of the characters.

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 29-07-20

What a lovely book! It’s intelligently written and beautifully narrated. There are several interesting threads, all pulled together well by the end. I fear it may not appeal to readers/listeners under 50 and that could account for the varying reviews.

Good!

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

Reviewed: 26-07-20

I enjoyed this book. The quality of the writing and the narration is excellent. The characters are well drawn. However, the main protagonist’s tendency to go way beyond her remit, placing herself and sometimes others, at risk, did stretch credulity sometimes.

Great read!

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

Reviewed: 26-07-20

This is a really enjoyable read/listen. It’s a great story, well written with richly drawn characters. As another reviewer said, I would love the characters to be brought back with a different case. The quality of the narration was also excellent. One star is lost only because, on several occasions, she re-read a line with a different emphasis, but the first reading of it was not edited out.

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 20-07-20

This is a great read/listen. It had me gripped from beginning to end. I really never wanted to put in down and devoured it in quick time. It’s very well written, without a wasted word. The characters are richly drawn and the story, a corker! I would have liked a further few chapters to explore the issue raised at the end. Despite that, it’s a solid 5* read.

Not for me!

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

Reviewed: 18-07-20

I usually enjoy a book about a community of people. Most have a range of characters with different interesting backstories. Unfortunately, I’m at chapters 12 and this just isn’t working for me. It well written enough. Just not to my taste.

Not My Usual ‘Cup of Tea’, but I Enjoyed it!

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

Reviewed: 17-07-20

I am a fussy reader. Crime fiction is my favourite genre, but I also enjoy some general contemporary fiction. This book was pleasant, but when ‘the gift’ was revealed, I initially thought “I’ll be returning this one”! However, I persevered for a while and found that I could suspend my disbelief and really quite enjoy it. I can’t say more without revealing a spoiler.

Oh dear!

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

Reviewed: 15-07-20

As a Liverpool fan, I really wanted to like this. Unfortunately, it is badly written (a ghost writer would clearly have been a better way to go) and equally badly narrated. There is however, interesting information a there, so for those of us who want the inside information, probably worth sticking with.

Well researched, Informative and Entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 14-07-20

As a Psychologist who works in a different field to David Wilson, I really enjoyed this book. It is well researched and well referenced. Wilson lists references at the end of the book, according to different aspects of criminology and levels of interest. Which is helpful. The accounts of his work are fascinating and his narration is extremely good (by no means is this commonly the case when writers narrate their own audiobooks). I found this book compelling and entertaining, and have no hesitation in recommending it to others.