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  • Hidden Bodies

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Joe came to Los Angeles to start over, to forget about what happened in New York. But in a darkened room in Soho House, everything suddenly changed. She is like no one he's ever met before. She doesn't know about his past and never can. The problem is, hidden bodies don't always stay that way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping till the end

  • By naveed mir on 13-04-18

EXCELLENT INGENIOUS THRILLER - KILLER JOE IS FAB!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-19

I simply adored this outstanding and unusual thriller which above all was so much pure FUN with such a naughty but irresistible antihero - who despite his despicable deeds, bad language and graphic adult thoughts still charms and wins the reader over until you are on the edge of your seat hoping that the law will not catch up with this lovable. clever, witty and mischievous, book loving bad boy.
I read the prequel to this thriller YOU ages ago but I am so taken with the narrator Santino Fontana as Joe Goldburg that I have now got the audio book and to be honest I was just so sorry to come to the end of this amazing, unique, hilarious, entertaining thriller that this is the only thing that is consoling me as as the though of life without a daily dose of Joe was a daunting prospect.
Joe is swears a lot more than I recall his doing in the first book and a lot of his internal dialogue is not for the easily shocked, but somehow, with the help of the brilliant narration and skilful tongue in cheek dialogue he gets away with it and amuses rather than offends.
I really cannot ever recall such an endearing murderer and I found myself at one stage saying "Go on, kill her!" at one stage as some of the characters who come into Joe's cross hairs are loathsome creatures and you can see his point that he would be doing the world a favour.
I loved the way this book took Joe to California and I really enjoyed the trip there like a holiday as it was so well described I felt I was there. Loved the way the different characters were narrated. Often men can make a real mess of reading female dialogue but this was a real treat. I have to say that I often dismiss what look like great books as I feel some of the US accents are too strident and while I love American TV and Films I tend to prefer UK or neutral accents but this was just so amazing and after having read the first book this second one really was brought to life by Santino Fontana who will forever be "Joe" for me.
I just loved his internal dialogue and hung on his every word, loved the story being taken onto film sets and into the sometimes seedy world of Hollywood and the entertainment business and also the walk on parts by real celebrities. So many twists and turns, such rich description and great writing which really brought the story to life as if I saw a film version.
They even visited one of my favourite places in Mexico and ate my favourite meal of fish tacos and margaritas all wrapped up in murder and mystery, intrigue, suspense - so witty, so enthralling, so laugh out loud funny - not a spare word in the whole book - just 100% solid gold.
A book which has you sympathising and rooting for the murderer really is like a breath of fresh air and there are surprises and unexpected plot twists and location changes which just keeps you riveted from page one - please please bring on book three - Caroline Kepnes in a GENIUS and whoever is responsible for casting Santino Fontana as the voice of Joe needs to take a bow too - great production values on the recording too 10 STARS!!!

Note to audible.uk - please could you make The Voices of Joe: Caroline Meets Santino ( Free interview between Caroline Kepnes and Santino Fontana, the author and narrator of You and Hidden Bodies) available on audible.com available to fans over here too please as sounds amazing. Thank you

  • Friend of the Family

  • By: Tasmina Perry
  • Narrated by: Deryn Edwards
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

From the Sunday Times best-selling author of The Pool House, this dark and twisty thriller is perfect for fans of BBC's The Replacement, The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. You trust your friend, so you'd trust her daughter. Wouldn't you...? When an old university friend gets in touch with a request for work experience for her daughter, magazine editor Amy agrees. Twenty-year-old Josie walks into Amy's office, moves into the basement of her Notting Hill house and is soon helping out with her children after Amy's nanny is hit by a car.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glamorous, Intelligent, Intriguing, unusual!

  • By juan on 25-11-18

Glamorous, Intelligent, Intriguing, unusual!

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

Reviewed: 25-11-18

I really enjoyed this unusual thriller with a plot that I did not come close to guessing - and although it did require a modicum of suspension of disbelief it was not so wildly far fetched that it spoiled the book In fact it finished strongly and did not disappoint.
I loved the insight into the editorship of a glossy fashion magazine and the juggling that requires when that editor is a mum and wife to a successful man.
But dreary domestic drama it was NOT! For off to the south of France we went along with loads of colourful characters and to plenty of events and parties - then to fashion week in New York. I thought it was very well crafted and I liked the characters and the then and now structure which gave us an insight into Oxford student life and of course the fabulous balls and fashion worn to them.
I think this book would be a lovely one to take on holidays as it is a relaxing, uplifting, indulgent read with plenty of drama and twists but nothing grisly, gritty or depressing.
Deryn Edwards did a very engaging, polished, professional and intelligent read as usual and she is fast becoming one of my favourite narrators though she did get tripped up with the pronunciation of Chi-chi and Anais Anais but otherwise flawless.
This book held my attention over the few days it took me to read it and I was kept entertained solidly the whole way though. Not sure if I actually liked any of the characters too much but they were very interesting and believable.
Good solid 4 stars with extra marks for insight into the publishing world and its struggle to remain current and relevant in a world of online media and news ....plus the lovely trip to the South of France, New York and some luxury houses!
I will look for more books by this author for sure and just a lovely, luscious read.

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  • A Talent for Murder

  • By: Andrew Wilson
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker, Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Agatha Christie, in London to visit her agent, boards a train preoccupied with the knowledge that her husband Archie is having an affair. She feels a touch on her back, loses her balance but is pulled to safety from the rush of the incoming train. So begins a sequence of terrifying events. Her rescuer is no guardian angel but a blackmailer, and Agatha must use every ounce of her cleverness to thwart an adversary determined to exploit her genius for murder to kill on his behalf.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sound engineer did a bad job.

  • By the owl service. on 13-10-17

Returning as still not sure what to make of it ...

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

Reviewed: 16-11-18

I was on board for the idea of this though read as really more interested in the Canary Island sequal but did not want to read out of order. Not sure if it is Joan Walker's style or the sound engineer but very weird cadence and so hard to hear as voice kept just falling away making it so hard to listen too and all so very wistful. Jonathon Oliver was eary to hear and did a good job for as much as I listened to his section but I just gave up on this very unusually written story - strange fiction/non fiction feel - presuming no element of truth on this theory as to why Agatha Christie disappeared but found it so hard to believe as I think anyone would when a villain demands his victim dances the Charleston to "Yes we have no bananas" .
Some how I felt the joke was just on me and though I had many many cracks at this I am calling it a day as seems like the story is taking a turn for the proposterous ... plus just downright hard to listen too with the falling, fading volume on Joan Walker's narration.

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  • The Stranger Diaries

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Anjana Vasan, Andrew Wincott, Esther Wane, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. As a literature teacher specialising in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she teaches a short course on it every year. Then Clare's life and work collide tragically when one of her colleagues is found dead, a line from an R. M. Holland story by her body. The investigating police detective is convinced the writer's works somehow hold the key to the case.s....  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The stranger diaries

  • By brenda peirce on 18-11-18

I Devoured This Like a Ravening Beast - BRILLIANT!

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

Two sleepless nights later and I have polished off this EXCELLENT book in record time. I usually save my Audio Books for last thing at night, first thing in the morning and if they are gripping perhaps I bring them around the house to accompany me doing chores etc.... BUT THIS BOOK .... this had me eschewing TV in order to continue ... um I say TV but the truth is more like I could not be parted from it. I LOVED IT!
This was the first time I had read anything by Elly Griffiths as was just not convinced the other two series were for me but of course I will have to think again about that after enjoying this book so much and might try The Zigzag Girl or one of the Archaeological themed one to see ......... but of course what I am really hoping for is that this is the start of a NEW series staring the same detective.
I thought the narration was very good and had just settled in to the very talented Esther Wane
who was a very believable English/Creative Writing Teacher with a lovely voice though I was surprised at the unconventional pronunciation of common place words like Pot Pourri, Cafetier, Porcine, Tempest and perhaps a couple more - but apart from that I found her performance just excellent and very intelligent and believable ... when along came Anjana Vasan who played the detective role so well and managed to be so amusing without losing the suspense or drama of it. This was a fabulous change of pace and I think it came about 8 chapters in, so I found the different perspective of events really gave depth to the story and I loved the way her account was at odds with the teacher's and how her description of the teacher herself gave fresh insight into the character. I thought this was very clever and just an excellent and fresh structure of storytelling and just so well done and added so much ..... and just when I settled into that along came Sarah Feathers with the daughter's description of events adding a third viewpoint and revealing so much extra information of what was going on and gave even more insight into her mother, the teacher. Of course there is also the very dramatic telling of the Gothic short story The Stranger which also intersperses the book read by the amazing Andrew Wincott with great aplomb - he was just perfect and reminded me a little of an English Vincent Price.
Overall I thought the casting was brilliant and all the narrators played their parts very well and their voices were so very distinctive it made following the story and keeping up with the characters very easy and enjoyable.
This has been my favourite book for a long time, although I have been lucky enough to have enjoyed about 4 five star reads back to back, but there was something about this book that really gripped me and kept me wanting to find out more and more as there really were so many layers - interesting characters - fascinating backstories and mysterious sinister happenings let alone murders.
Indeed I loved this book right from the get go, despite one of my pet peeves being discussed in the Creative Writing Course opening scenes when the Teacher tells her class that animals are expendable and often used by authors to build suspense when they cannot bear to kill a character. Hmmmmmmm ... this is one of my HUGE pet peeves, good books ruined by lazy writers who use animal torture, death or cruelty as a way to build suspense and it just turns me right off a book when I find a main character has a pet who is only put there as something to be unnecessarily hacked to death so to hear of a Creative Writing teacher, albeit fictional, suggesting this as a go-to move did rub me up the wrong way although the character did reprove herself for this later.
Then I enjoyed all the twists and turns, the sinister discoveries and all the subplots right up until nearly the end when it all just seemed a bit rushed to me as I felt, although I did guess "whodunnit", I felt an opportunity was lost to keep building the suspense - almost as if the author had a bus to catch ... or a deadline to meet ... or was running out of battery and they just crammed the end in without ceremony. I think the ending seemed to take about 3% of the book when a gradual burn could have been very enjoyable instead of a sudden conclusion and then a quite generous epilogue. I did also think that the characters actions also became rather implausible for that final section and I wonder even was it a rewrite as was just not up to the amazing standard of the rest of the book.
However, I felt I had been treated royally to the most excellent of adventures with so much intrigue, mystery, suspense, excitement and so many different themes and perspectives and sub plots with great characters, amusing and entertaining streams of consciousness that I still enjoyed the book as one of my favourite reads ever but just could have been even better with a more suspenseful and slower paced ending which matched the believability of the rest of this excellent book which up to then had been just so spot on.
I did however love the way the book ended with the complete short story of The Stranger by RM Holland ( who as Wilkie and Shakespear had been frequently referenced I had to google to see if this was fiction or an existing classic!) and I did not guess the ending of that - fabulous reading by narrator Andrew Wincott and what a shame that other RM Holland creation "The Ravening Beast" was lost to time. Loved the way the RM Holland mystery was also running in tandem with the rest of the mysteries and did wonder was the way M had "enjoyed" the lost novel the explanation of what happened to it!
Of course I would recommend this book whole heatedly as stands head and shoulders above the plethora of murder mysteries out there - so well written, such well crafted plots, so much suspense, so very, very unputdownable - this has to be the book I read fastest and most consistently and stayed on my mind when I was not listening to it and could not wait to get back to.
Please, please PLEASE let this be the first in a series - or if not please MORE MORE MORE Standalones like this one Elly Griffiths as I may have another sleepless night ahead of me just missing this fabulous book and the wonderful way it kept me enthralled!

NB: A note to potential readers looking at these reviews there is one below headlined "Not Bad" which is just a synopsis more than a review and has some rather annoying plot spoilers which I am delighted I did not read before enjoying this book as it really would have spoiled some of the plot twists by listing them and revealing rather too much.


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  • I Found You

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,954

East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him in to her home. Surrey: 21-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful ,involving and moving l Antonia Beamish's narration outstanding.

  • By Susie on 28-03-17

LOVE Lisa Jewell's latest two but could not finish

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I adored Lisa Jewell's last two books, "Then she was Gone" and "Watching You" and got this on the strength of this but while I found it better than earlier ones I could not finish so am returning it.
It seems to me that Lisa Jewell's writing has just gone from being good to AMAZING and I see she has three books now for pre-order.
Perhaps it is just that her last two were more whodunnit mysteries, which is my favourite genre and I was expecting more of a crime thriller than a gentle mystery and that is why I am such a huge fab of these two books and not the previous ones.
I do wonder what the ending and twist was and how it all worked out, but just could not get onboard to find out!

  • Just A Minute: A Further Classic Collection

  • 22 archive episodes of the much-loved BBC radio comedy game
  • By: BBC Audio
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Parsons
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

A further delightful collection of 22 previously unpublished episodes of the ever popular BBC Radio four-panel game chaired by Nicholas Parsons. Showcasing five key players from the past five decades -Tim Rice, Wendy Richard, Tony Hawks, Sue Perkins and Julian Clary - the collection also includes two bonus editions of the show. Loved for the verbal dexterity, wicked wit and competitive edge of its participants, Just a Minute has welcomed scores of guest players to the game since it began in 1967.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Have no hesitation...!

  • By Intheamazone on 17-09-16

BOUGHT AS A PRESENT FOR MY MOTHER - SHE LOVED IT!

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

Reviewed: 29-10-18

My mum and I love to listen to audio books together - usually Agatha Raisin but this made a lovely change. Lovely to have on Audio books

  • The Killer You Know

  • By: S. R. Masters
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Summer 1997. When Will jokes about becoming a serial killer, his friends just laugh it off. But Adeline can't help but feel there's something darker lurking behind his words. Winter 2015: Years later, Adeline returns to Blythe for a reunion of the old gang - except Will doesn't show up. Reminiscing about old times, they look up the details of his supposed murder spree. But the mood soon changes when they discover two recent deaths that match. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I TRIED AND TRIED- I SO WANTED TO ENJOY IT BUT...

  • By juan on 22-10-18

I TRIED AND TRIED- I SO WANTED TO ENJOY IT BUT...

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

Reviewed: 22-10-18

I have been struggling with this thriller for what seems like years ... falling asleep with it ..waking up with it ... not looking forward to coming back to it the next night as just seemed to be going nowhere - and so complicated with first person/third person/then/now/Will/Steve/Jen and I cannot even remember the main character's name even after all this time .. maybe Adeline???
Then there was the horrible hovering threat that this was going to be another animal abuse thriller so that kept me feeling queasy and on the point of returning and much mention of suspected animal mutilation/killing etc so that made it needlessly unpleasant though in the end it was not too distressing.... but just really put me off.
Good premise for murder calling card - ingenious but soooooooooooooooooooo convoluted - and those games the teens played - for goodness sake - I cannot imagine a group of people of any age going along with that let alone teenagers who by their nature are not known for their vast patience, attention span or tolerance for anything which seems uncool which these games most definitely were. I think the group would have just laughed in Steve's face, called him a loser and went back to teen default settings of mainly staring moodily into the mid distance which sounds even to me like more fun than Steve's enforced activities.
Despite always being irritated by the way narrator Imogen Church simply hangs out of sentences distorting their meaning by putting all the emphasis on a seemingly randomly selected word or ending a string of sentences with an upward inflection ....... and don't get me started on her male voices - grim and all sound like old geezers. But despite hijacking every book she has narrated recently to ridiculous proportions, as if somehow desperate to put her stamp on them, or perhaps to alleviate boredom as she does get so much work these days - it has to be said if not for Imogen's narration I would have given up maybe on chapter one. If only Imogen Church would let the story tell itself, without making it so much her own interpretation and creating such infuriating and unlikable characters along the way, I would enjoy her narration so much more but as it is she just seems to take every book like a makeover project and just goes to town on it, riding roughshod all over it so now all the characters are like some strange and unwelcome left overs from the last book. Less welly, no more bonkers swinging out of odd words in sentences making character seem infuriating and more subtlety would be a relief as this was really a rough ride as the narrator obviously desperately tried to hold this convoluted, incohesive and confusing book together ...but even she could not save it with all the gusto, bluster, creative interpretation, comedic Brummie accents and upwardly inflected sentences in the world..
I simply seemed so lost in the quagmire of this book that I gave up and started working backwards from the end to see whodunnit as I had invested so much time already in it and just was eager to make some sense of it ....... but even now I really do not get it ...... how .... or why .... or when really thanks to the jumping timeline.
This book seems like it could have been good .....could have been made into something really special with some inspired editing but this is rather like a curry pizza soup ... just a very confusing mess which had promising ingredients just all slung in together making it very hard to digest.
I would risk another book my this author as it was well written and with Imogen Church getting so many of the juicy bestseller thrillers I would buy another audio book narrated by her as she is very talented if rather heavy handed in delivery.
Returning this book now and admitting defeat as baffled as I was when I bought it ... but just a lot older!
Cannot recommend.

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  • Silent Victim

  • By: Caroline Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother…and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen. It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a buyer lined up for their old house, Emma can’t leave without destroying every last trace of her final revenge.... Returning to the shallow grave in the garden, she finds it empty. The body is gone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good story

  • By fabian on 14-03-18

INTRIGUING THEN BECAME AS IMPLAUSIBLE AS A UNICORN

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

It was a great premise ..... then enter a rather wimpy woman, stereotypical dull but dedicated head of the house husband, moustache twirling love rat rotter ....... all ok and good narration ..... then enter a very superfluous eating disorder which was a completely unwelcome addition to the story ... a rather bizarre childhood revealed... a few good twists and turns as you are presented with two alternative viewpoints to the backstory and ponder on what really did happen ... then the story seems to run away with itself so much so as a few passing unicorns would not seem out of place as the story became more and more far fetched.
I did enjoy it - to a point, once I suspended all disbelief. I did not enjoy the pointless addition of an eating disorder or hearing about the protagonist being constantly hungry on top of all her other problems. I did not guess what was going on as indeed it was hard to keep up with all the past and present shenanigans in play.
I did think it was well written, but could have done with a more realistic plot, more likeable, interesting and believable characters and while I love a good twisting turning thriller this was more of a mishmash of more and more unlikely events as we wandered further and further from credibility. I gave the narrators 4 stars as the characters they played were at times so much like cardboard cut outs of perplexed victims,wicked villains and depthless walk-on extras there was not really the range or material for any actor to give a 5 star performance.
To sum up - sadly so much better than the average dreary domestic mystery of which there are so many but not a solid 5 star thriller which totally ensconced me and that I could not wait to dive into like Magpie Murders; The Death of Mrs Westaway, Something in the Water; Everything is Lies; Close to Home; I am Watching You; Let Me Lie; Sweet Little Lies; My Little Eye, The Guilty Wife; The Friend; I know my Name; The Disappearance of Audrey Wilde; The Blue, The Word is Murder; Lies; The Brighton Mermaid; Watching You; Then She was Gone; Dear Amy; The Mariage Lie; Lie with Me; The Sudden Disappearance of the Frasers, Our House, Without a Word, The Other Couple, Rebound; Local Girl Missing, Behind Her Eyes, The Widow, Blink, Her Perfect Life; The Girl Before, Exposure; The Marriage Pact or anything by Tana French, Jane Casey, Robert Galbreith, Ruth Ware, Sabine Durrant and Emily Barr especially Sleeper ...... to name but a few!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • I Know You

  • By: Annabel Kantaria
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

You trust me. You shouldn’t. That picture you just posted on Instagram? I’ve seen it. The location you tagged? I’ve been there. You haven’t been careful enough, have you? Because I know all about you. But when I meet you, I won’t tell you that. I’ll pretend. Just like you do. You’ll like me, though. You’ll trust me enough to let me into your life. And then I’ll destroy it....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • CONFUSING US/UK ACCENT GAVE A LOT OF THE PLOT AWAY

  • By juan on 19-08-18

CONFUSING US/UK ACCENT GAVE A LOT OF THE PLOT AWAY

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

Reviewed: 19-08-18

I really enjoyed this book - the narration was excellent BUT the decision to make the narrator think in an English accent and speak in a US accent was unusual to say the least. Basically this book sadly is not really suited to be an audo book as it makes it quite easy to deduce things due to the accents. I think it would have worked better for the author to have rewritten it to be narrated and make the central character English and just having lived in the US and then she could have thought and spoken in the English accent and it would not have really been a huge rewrite either and would not have spoiled the plot. I was delighted that the whole narration was not in an American accent .......... but it did not make a lot of sense. Tough one and I did really enjoy it DESPITE this but it would have been so much better for listening and keeping the reader guessing if it had been all in the one English accent. Great twists and turns but as with so many thrillers the plot reveal did not quite live up to the premise of the book and it was a little implausible but I recommend nonetheless as very well written, original, gripping and plot well crafted. Deducting a star from the narration not from the point of view of the read which was excellent but for the split UK/US technique.

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  • The Brighton Mermaid

  • By: Dorothy Koomson
  • Narrated by: Vivienne Acheampong, Pippa Bennett-Warner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Brighton Beach, 1993. Teenagers Nell and Jude find the body of a young woman, and when no one comes to claim her, she becomes known as the Brighton Mermaid. Nell is still struggling to move on when, three weeks later, Jude disappears. Twenty-five years on, Nell is forced to quit her job to find out who the Brighton Mermaid really was - and what happened to her best friend that summer. But as Nell edges closer to the truth, dangerous things start to happen. Someone seems to be watching her every move, and soon she starts to wonder who in her life she can actually trust....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but another great book! Thanks Dorothy

  • By Miss E on 02-06-18

ENTHRALLING MYSTERY ... REALLY REVELLED IN IT!

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

Reviewed: 19-08-18

It tool me a little while to get into this excellent thriller and might have given up if I was not already a Dorothy Koomson fan. Loved the narration of Nell, not so much Macy, but it all balanced out to create a tale well told. It was a captivating mystery full of twists and turns and very well written and fresh, unique, quality storyline .Loved the tantalising secrets and viewpoints of the different characters on other characters which kept you off-balance and guessing all the way through and I did not guess what it was all about or who could be trusted until the reveal which was good.
It kept me really eating it up all the way along, deducted one star from the story as I found the ending, while still exciting and full of twists and turns, to be a little implausible compared to the tightly wound plot - and also I would have thought CCTV might have called a halt to some of the shenanigans quite swiftly plus rather daft mistakes made by villain early on was a bit hard to swallow especially as it was rather vital to the events which unfolded as a result of them. So ending and plot reveal did lose all credibility for me really but I suspended disbelief and enjoyed it all the same.
All in all I did really really enjoy the building tension and storyline and it was a very absorbing and interesting read, well written , original and head and shoulders ahead of 95% of thrillers, so a big thumbs up!