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A Most Original, Gripping Novel

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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: 27-03-20

The narrators really do this justice, since it is told through the minds of three engaging characters. The story begins with Libby, a kitchen designer who appears to be the sole trustee of Henry and Martina Lamb. She inherits a house. Or more specifically an imposing old mansion in Chelsea, worth millions. But the house has a dark history. 25 years ago when she was just a baby abandoned in a cot, police made a grisly discovery. The house was left empty apart from 3 corpses in the kitchen (her parents among them) and a handwritten note. Could this have been a suicide pact?

For over two decades her brother and sister have been 'missing' yet they slowly drip feed the backstory.

I love how the character stories are so different but when the three siblings are brought into contact with each other, they at last begin to fuse. Dark, chilling and with many twists, this story will stay with me for a very long time and I thoroughly recommend it.

I just wanted the horror to STOP

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

Reviewed: 14-03-20

Peter James has a brilliant writing style with some beautifully drawn descriptions, but I found parts of this very hard to listen to. The horror escalates to a degree where I thought it was too much. Any sane human being would not keep returning to a haunted old mill where the atmosphere is charged with hate and hideous things keep happening.
The storyline is intriguing in parts, from the dynamics between villagers, to the strained relationship between the two main characters (husband and wife). I didn't particularly like Tom and thought he was pompous. Charley I felt sorry for but she irritated me a bit, for no other reason than being a bit pathetic. The regressive therapy was by far the most engaging part, although even that went over the top. Fans of supernatural horror might like this, but it wasn't for me!
I just wanted the horror to STOP.

Interlocking stories with a twist

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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: 08-02-20

Listening to this, I loved the range of voices for each character and the way the stories came to life. This is part social history and domestic noir covering a period of Irish and British history from the 60s to the 1990s and follows the lives of three characters who are abused as teenagers. It is not so much about the abuse itself but the way it affects the victims as they struggle through adult life from handling relationships to dealing with life in general. A complex contemporary story but one which will appeal to fans of character led fiction and psychological suspense.

A brilliant story with great characterisation

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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: 08-02-20

Another corker of a story by Caroline Mitchell who I am a big fan of and I don't need to explain the plot but it was totally addictive from start to finish, a well crafted psychological thriller in which the suspense grows and grows. The character development is spot on; Roz, a naive young Irish woman who you cannot help feeling a little sorry for. All she wants is the best for her baby but from the moment Sheridan is introduced, there is a sense of impending doom. Sheridan is everything you loathe about rich, pampered American celebrities where image is all important. So when Roz signs a contract to give up her baby to this couple, little does she know she is about to fall into a terrifying trap and her life hangs in the balance. Some parts were predictable but having said that, I was a little sad when it ended because it was just so enjoyable!

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Entertaining and light hearted murder mystery

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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: 09-01-20

This was an entertaining story with characters that exploded into life from the very first chapter. Well written from start to finish, I enjoyed the narration; an audio production filled with mystery and intrigue, but with laugh out loud humour throughout. The era is well depicted, so much so it calls to mind one of those old black and white movies made in the 60s. So for those who enjoy journalism and wit, 60s nostalgia, combined with an amateur sleuth style detective story, this is for you.

Well written but terrible hardship

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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: 29-11-19

I enjoyed listening to this and from the very first chapter, was drawn into the sheer injustice of the 1800s. That people were transported half way across the world for somewhat petty crimes must have been terrible in itself but the suffering goes further. From prison life to a terrifying 5 month journey, we follow the stories of not just one woman but three woman. Nora, Helen and Sarah are victims of a cruel society, their 'crimes' committed out of desperation, or for survival. The story does drag in parts and is very gloomy but then you expect this. The journey across the seas could be a book in itself, though I desperately wanted to know how they would fare in Van Diemen's Land. I enjoyed part 3 the most for this reason and despite its harrowing content, there is indeed 'light' at the end of the story.

Fabulous

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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: 21-11-19

Once again Matt Wesolowski has written a cracker of a book. The audio version did not disappoint and I enjoyed the experience from start to finish. Good actors, good voices and characters that seem incredibly real.

Absolutely Brilliant!

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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: 21-11-19

I read this on Kindle about 18 months ago so when it came out in audio I couldn't wait to relive the experience. This book is a rollercoaster of emotional turmoil, dark secrets, intense psychological suspense and is utterly gripping throughout. Listening this on audio, I experienced a whole spectrum of emotions from extreme sadness for Emma (the main character) to intense loathing for the despicable and manipulative Luke. Told in 1st person through the voices of three different characters added an extra exciting element and both the voices and the narration were superb.

I will definitely be listening to more audio books by this author.

Magically entertaining

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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: 21-04-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The Creatures of Chichester to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version

What other book might you compare The Creatures of Chichester to, and why?

The One about the Mystery Blaze, which is another book in the series I enjoyed.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene with the frozen professors was good but the scenes where the kids are trying to look for clues are also very thrilling.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I thought the narrator was very good and loved all the different accents and voices.

Any additional comments?

A really well constructed children's story where the familiar Creatures from Chichester join forces to solve a mystery. This time it revolves around an eerie conspiracy. Three children find themselves in danger when a massive lake fills the city. But when the boy's goldfish end up in this magical golden lake it grants them special powers. Is it down to the fish to save the city population from drowning?

Brilliant!

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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: 30-03-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

WOW! No words can describe how good this was! I read the kindle version but the audio book was even better. This is a chilling mystery set in the Northumbrian Fells with a bit of supernatural folklaw mashed into the mix. Beautifully narrated and absolutely captivating throughout, for those who enjoy a YA thriller I cannot recommend this highly enough.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Six Stories?

The Beast.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Brian Mings without a doubt.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It chilled me to the bone.

Any additional comments?

Brilliant twist. I already knew it was coming having read it on Kindle but it was even better narrated through the voice of audio.