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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-17

I found the idea behind this book to be very ambitious. No matter how much background reading you do, to place yourself in the woman who this has actually happened to is a tough call. Sometimes the author succeeded extremely well, other times the weird phrasing grated a little. The time-frame is also rather rushed - seeing her son putting on weight or expecting him to speak within a week doesn't seem very realistic considering the trauma he is supposed to have been through.

The idea is a good one, and Sarah had a good crack at it. It just didn't work for me sometimes, that's all.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

Dark but intriguing

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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: 24-02-16

What's it like to be a twin? Which one are you?

A dark and captivating journey around the mind of Ellie (or is it Helen?). You are twins, does it matter which one you are? Intriguing. It kept me listening right to the end. Recommended.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Feels like it will never end!

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-12-14

I had read Broken Harbour and found it quite good. The basic plot of this book is also ok, but the telling is just sooo long drawn out. Endless conversation, annoying dialogue (ok, this is often from teenagers, but did some of the 'in' expressions like 'hello?' and 'like' have to be used quite so relentlessly?) I didn't actually like any of the characters, and towards the end of this 20 hour marathon I found I was listening more to just get the book out of the way than because I actually cared 'whodunnit'. Might be less irritating if read rather than listened to, but I doubt it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Blindsided me!

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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: 19-11-14

Oh my, this was good! The story, the characters, the narration, for me nothing could have been done better. And then, a total shock towards the end, one that I really didn't see coming at all... which made me smile about how I had been led by the nose!

A perfect 11 out of 10 - if you thought the House of Silk was good then you're in for a real treat with Moriarty.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

Enjoyable easy listening

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

Reviewed: 25-10-14

I had, being a Rebus fan, read many of these stories some years ago in book form. However, that didn't really take away from the enjoyment of having them read to me by James Macpherson, whose wonderful narration adds a whole new dimension to the printed book.

Naturally the short stories lack the complexity of the novels, but I think they stand up well in their own right. Some are of course better than others, but they all add glimpses to the fascinating character that is John Rebus and the interesting city that is Edinburgh.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

An unexpected pleasure!

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

Reviewed: 27-04-14

I hadn't read anything by Lynne Truss before - I'd been rather wary of her as I wasn't that impressed by the excerpts I had read of her (in)famous grammar book. I found myself with an hour to fill and a generous free sample of 'The Cat out of Hell' that fitted the time available perfectly... and it hooked me totally! I hastily bought the rest of the book and enjoyed it enormously.

The narration is wonderful, especially the voice of Roger the cat. Recommended listen, especially for cat-lovers!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Multi-layered and absorbing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-14

I really enjoyed this book. Excellent characterization, complex plot and very thought-provoking indeed. Juliet Stevenson's narration is utterly superb. I had never heard of this author before; I'm glad I decided to follow the recommendations of other readers, she is a great discovery!

31 of 34 people found this review helpful

Yes, yes, yes, Rankin right back on top of form!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-11-13

I must admit that 'Standing in another man's grave' was a disappointment to me. It didn't feel like Rankin had found the true voices of his separate characters, Rebus and Fox and I found the mix of them both in the same book an uneasy one. It was good, of course, but I just didn't feel it was the top notch story that us Rebus fans had come to expect. Well, Rankin is back with a vengeance! As I progressed through 'The Saints' the book it just got better and better; great plot and twists and turns, but also the interplay between the main characters was a total pleasure.

James MacPherson is 'the' voice when it comes to Rankin books as far as I am concerned - great job as always. So, for anyone who, like me, began to wonder if Rankin was slipping, you really need to listen to this one - you won't be disappointed!

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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On the whole enjoyable and well-plotted

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

Reviewed: 11-07-13

Well-constructed plot which kept me guessing till the end. On the whole an enjoyable book.

I think my main problems were that none of the characters really grabbed me. The ingredients were all there, mysterious spatters of information about past incidents hinting at secrets should have really intrigued me but somehow didn't seem to quite 'gel'.

At times too the forensic information was very nearly too much, the pace of the book would slow right down before getting back satisfactorily on course with new developments.

I thought some of the accents were not quite right, but not to the point that it disturbed my listening enjoyment. Further than that the narration was good.

Despite the list above, the book is good, the plot satisfactorily complex and the tale well told! It would be nice to see another one to further develop the characters.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Gripping and satisfactorily complex

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

Reviewed: 29-06-13

If you are new to this series I recommend you first read the preceding 2 books in the series. Most of the book is a stand-alone story, well-plotted and enjoyable, but there is the continuing background thread of Frieda's past coming back to haunt her in the nebulous form of Dean, so two stories really, developing at different paces.

Frieda is also developing nicely as a character too, and remains interesting - in this book we see a far more vulnerable person and sides of her character we haven't seen before. I found her more likeable as I began to understand some of her background and what drives her. Sandy is still a bit of a cardboard cut-out, but we get a bit more under the skin of Carlsson the detective - we learn more about the pressures of his working/private life and the relationship between him and Frieda deepens nicely.

Beth Chalmers narrates very crisply and cleanly and is a pleasure to listen to!

All in all, the satisfyingly complex plot that you would expect from a Nicci French novel, but with the added dimensions of longer term plot and character development that a series allows. If you are a fan then this will not disappoint!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful