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Utterly utterly dreadful

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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: 18-09-20

A frighteningly bad book with little in the way of redeeming qualities. Clique upon clique, appalling characterisation and, to be honest, groaningly bad in almost every aspect. Awful narration, disjointed and poorly read, with intonation being a particular issue. I skipped forward chapter upon chapter in the hope that things would be improve but it only got worse. I would not wish this book upon my worst enemy and will never ever read anything by this author or narrator. Avoid.

Rather disappointing

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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: 26-08-20

I have listened to all the Sophie Hannah Poirots and enjoyed them, until I reached this one. I found it to be overly convoluted and drawn out with a disappointing story and a weak ending, sadly i feel it is the weakest in the series thus far.

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Absolutely wonderful

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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: 22-08-20

Loved this book. Such an immersive story with wonderful characters and fabulous narration. Thoroughly recommend.

Missed the mark for me

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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: 06-07-20

A long book which I struggled through. Although the potential for a good read was there I found it too slow, over described and lacking in momentum. I kept reading, thinking it would improve but, sadly, it was a bit of a damp squib from my perspective. The ending was weak and the whole book was very predictable and dare I say a little pointless. Not a favourite read.

My first and last Erica James book

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

Reviewed: 07-06-20

An absolute yawn fest! Listened to 2 hours of this book and gave up. Far far too many characters, my head was swimming trying to work it out, and each chapter there were more of them, illegitimate children of dead characters brothers, evacuees, stepchildren, half children, it just went on and on and on. I got to the point I couldn’t remember who any of them were, having to rewind repeatedly to try and find out who they were . And after 20 brain numbing chapters absolutely nothing had happened. A Completely tedious and intensely boring book. Definitely not my cup if tea. Never again.

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Good, if rather predictable, read

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

Reviewed: 04-06-20

I enjoyed this book but guessed the plot very early on. To me it was obvious how the story would end but I did finish the book, and found it quite a good read. Narration was good but the narrator’s failure to pronounce some words correctly did frustrate me e.g. Kedgeree and Formica

Rather silly but enjoyable nonetheless

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

Reviewed: 03-06-20

I read all of this book in one sitting! Addictive and gripping. However, as the story progressed, and especially towards the end, I was dumbfounded with the unbelievability of the plot. Really far fetched and frankly a little silly. Saying that I did rather enjoy it so am giving it four stars as it had me hooked and the narration was good,

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: 31-05-20

Loved this book. I got completely immersed in the story with its strong and likeable characters and great dual timeline. As a Scot I loved the Scottish setting and I thought the narrator was perfect. The book also taught me quite a lot about WW2 and the Japanese prisoner of war camps, and has made me read much more on the subject which I don’t think it was aware from my history lessons at school. Listened to it all in two days and I just couldn’t put it down. This was my first book by this author and loved it. I definitely recommend.

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Predictable

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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: 26-05-20

Passed the time but I wasn’t mad about this book. Very wordy and drawn out and I felt not brilliantly written. Unbelievable characters and very predictable. I guessed the killer very early on. Not sure I would read any more books by this author but the narration was good.

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Grabs you by the neck... and doesn’t let go!

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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: 23-05-20

A phenomenal listen! Amazing book, with lots of twists and turns and suspense. Narration was the best I have ever heard, and I listen to a lot of audio books. Download this right now... you won’t be disappointed. My favourite listen this year. Off to find more books written by Deborah Bee or narrated by Emma Gregory. A five star read, across the board.

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