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S. Christie

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Great book but a couple of more chapters needed

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

Reviewed: 08-10-19

I really enjoyed this book, as I have all Kathryn Hughes books. She is a superbly gifted storyteller with a knack of being able to keep her readers completely engaged. I loved the book and listened to it in almost one sitting. I do feel the ending was a little rushed however and think it would have benefited from a couple of extra chapters to tie up the ending a little more completely . It seemed a little unfinished in my view. It was however an excellent read and I would recommend.

Wow! Download this now!

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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: 29-09-19

Amazing book! Read it in one sitting... just couldn’t put it down. Absolutely loved it. Ruth just keeps getting better and better . Loads of suspense and twists and turns and the narration was superb! Imogen Church was just perfect. I loved everything about it and thoroughly recommend.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great narration, terrible story

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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: 27-09-19

Oh good grief! This book was simply dreadful. Utterly improbable and completely unbelievable . How it got published I will never know. It started off quite well, but soon descended into abject rubbish which made little sense. The main character was intensely unlikable and the plot stupid and pointless. I kept listening in the hope it would improve, sadly it only got worse. The narration was however absolutely first class and I will look for books read by Kristin Atherton in the future. I will not, however, look for books written by Dreda Say Mitchell, ever ever again.

Dull and drawn out

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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: 18-09-19

Sorry to say that I agree with most of the reviewers of this book. Far too long. Ridiculous plot. Dreadful narration. Waste of a credit. I really wanted to like it. The idea was great, but it needed to be 50% shorter, with a believable storyline and with a narrator who could speak at normal pace. Why did she speak so slowly? It was very very irritating and the main reason I returned this book after reading half of it. Oils to bear any more if it. Sorry Liane, not for me.

Worst narration ever

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

Reviewed: 27-07-19

Unfortunately I just couldn’t listen to this book. The narration is the worst I have ever experienced. Monotonous and spoken far too quickly. Listened to only about 15 minutes but I couldn’t bear any more. So difficult to understand and the more you notice the dreadful narration the more it bothers you. Such a shame as I thought the story was promising, and I have enjoyed other books by this author. Might buy the hard copy instead.

Believability stretches to breaking point

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

Reviewed: 26-07-19

Oh dear, this book really was over hyped. I really quite enjoyed the first half, thinking that it had the potential to be a really good read. Wrong. During the second half it descended into utter rubbish. Completely unbelievable and frankly stupid. The storyline weak,
topped up with ‘I only have a hazy recollection’ to support it. Utter rubbish. I am given it 3 stars because the narration was excellent and the writing good, but the story... oh dear. Not recommended!

Wow!

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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: 24-07-19

Amazing read. Lots of twists and turns and masses of suspense. Couldn’t put it down and read it all on one day. Fab narration and great plot. Would recommend.

Thoroughly enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 22-07-19

After reading the reviews for this book I wasn’t expecting too much , however I have just completed it and found that it was much better than anticipated. The book, I felt, was better than Sophie Hannah’s previous Poirot attempt, and the setting, story and narration were excellent. I did find it was a little too long though, so have given it 4 rather than 5 stars. Good book, well told. I very much enjoyed.

Top Notch Thriller

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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: 18-07-19

I’ve read every one of Rachel Abbott’s books but have been disappointed with the last few. I felt the writing, plot and believability of her books had deteriorated and that her normally excellent five star listens had slipped into mediocrity. Not so with ‘And so if begins’! An absolutely excellent top notch thriller but plenty of twists, twins and suspense. A return to top form Rachel, and absolutely one of your best. I loved this book. The best book I had read this year. Download it now!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

All rather silly

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

I normally enjoy the Tom Douglas series but was disappointed with this one. The believability of the story was stretched extremely thinly and is quickly descended into far fetched nonsense. I guessed the twist early on, but felt the plot to explain it was weak and convoluted. I did finish it but wouldn’t say I particularly enjoyed. Sorry Rachel a bit of a damp squib for me.