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Disappointing

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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: 18-12-19

Don’t understand the good reviews for this one. Didn’t like the style of writing at all. Short simplistic sentences. Little description. Stereotyped characters. Banal dialogue. Didn’t make it to the end.

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Sudden ending

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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: 15-09-19

Loved this book. Brilliantly written and read but it just ends suddenly! Mid story...no warning. Feel let down,

Oh dear

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I had pre-ordered this one so was particularly disappointed when I started to listen and realised that it's just not very good. Imagine Monarch of the Glen crossed with River City...stereotypical nasty land owner and bumbling crofters. The story is told through a vast array of different characters, none of whom I found I had any interest in. The Anne Cleeve Shetland novels have such a strong sense of place that I can imagine myself there and always make me want to visit. This imaginery corner of the Western Isles seems dreary and unreal. It's going back.

Great start to a new series

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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: 02-10-18

I love the McLean novels by James Oswald and was delighted to find this one which I hope is the start of a new series of novels. I’m surprised by all the negative reviews, this is a fast moving character driven novel which flits between London and Scotland. Con is an endearing character who I look forward to getting to know better in the future. The narrator is excellent.
My only gripe is a couple of uses of “go figure’ which seemed out of place and contrived.

Vastly over hyped

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

Reviewed: 26-07-18

I really wanted to enjoy this. I like Richard Armitage and it sounded like an interesting storyline. I've persevered to about half way though but now I'm going to give in and send it back. The dialogue between characters is clunky and unbelievable with oddly formal language which seems completely out of place.

The narration is below average, there are so many better narrators available.

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Returning this one

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

I've had a run of bad luck recently with my downloads and I really wanted a book I could get my teeth into. The premise for this one sounded great and I started off with enthusiasm. Misplaced enthusiasm as it turned out. It's not well written and some of the dialogue and thoughts of the characters were very poor, very artificial and forced. It seemed to me that the author hadn't done much research into how a police investigation would be conducted and had picked it all up from watching cosy TV series.

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Going to return it

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

Reviewed: 13-06-18

I've given this a good try, I've got about an hour into it. The narration is good but the rest of it is just quite silly. The dialogue is childish and unconvincing. After I'd cringed for the nth time I decided to move on to a better book.

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Really unbelievable

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-18

I’ve really enjoyed the previous books about David Raker and was looking forward to this one. I managed a couple of hours and am now going to stop and return it. I just couldn’t understand why Raker behaved the way he did when he was confronted with the allegations about his wife. It wasn’t believable that he wouldn’t immediately bring forward all the evidence that proved his case and the other people in his life who could back him up.The police approach to those allegations was equally bizarre. Just too silly to carry on with.

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Not her best

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

I was really enjoying this one until the last hour or so when it went completely off track. It’s almost as if the author couldn’t think what to do with the ending and lost the plot, in all senses. The narrator did a great job.

Absolutely perfect

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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: 19-04-18

The Erika Foster books are about my favourite of all crime series and the latest book is one of the best. Ericka is a fascinating character who I have grown to really care about and the other characters, both goodies and baddies, are real and convincing. The plot develops quickly and moves in a range of different directions before coming together in an unexpected and very satisfying conclusion.

Jan Cramer is one of my favourite narrators, she really inhabits all the characters.

Can’t wait for the next one.

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