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A Galloping Chiller...

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-04-12

I agree with many of the other reviews-- this novel rips along at a very fast pace and I'm certain my dog has had to trek an extra few miles as a result of my not wanting to turn it off. The plot does draw you in even if it telegraphs the twists a little. Sean Barrett is on absolutely top form, (although I did think though that he made the central character sound a little 'older' than 45). The bad guy is definitely bad; the good guy is well meaning and good if a little wooden at times, (like one other reviewer I read, I did find the wife a tad unsympathetic as a character) and his sidekick adds dimension. The sub-text is handled well and does make you think. All in all a good listen and worth the credit.

A mixed bag but ultimately a disappointment

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-11

This is the fourth book I have listened to by this author and for me the most disappointing. I found the plot uneven and lumpy and the complete reverse of everything I liked about Grave Doubts. The author's early attempt to misdirect the reader over the relationship between Nightingale & Fenwick seems clumsy and almost irrelevant to the plot. Equally it was fairly transparent from about midway what the fate of one of the missing--presumed murdered--boys was likely to be. Few plot twists and slow pace coupled with subject matter which is not for the fainthearted. The narrator is very good however some of the voices he gives to certain characters can be a little grating.

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Couldn't put it down

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-11

The title of my review says it all. Thoroughly enjoyed this - found myself listening to this at every possible opportunity. Although it is pretty clear who the "bad guys" are I don't think it in anyway detracts from the story. Very well narrated.

Edge of the seat stuff...

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-10

This was my introduction to the work of this author and I was not disappointed. In this book she has created not one, but two dark and twisted killers who are at the same time both chilling yet fascinating. The main characters, Nightingale and Fenwick are believable, with enough hang-ups and baggage of their own to lend authenticity and believability. It is a gripping tale, well crafted and skillfully told at a satisfying pace without massive dumps of exposition.

On the strength of this I bought another by the same author. The narration is good and doesn't get in the way of the story. All in all very satisfying indeed.

Loved the story

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-10

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, it is fast paced, twisty without being over complicated and interesting. Nic Costa is a breath of fresh air and so far removed from the hackneyed characters which populate this genre that he is truly refreshing BUT, along with other reviewers, I have found the narration to be a test. Sean Baker is a fantastic narrator, just not for this book - his breathy portrayal of the main female character and the choice of English regional accents for many other characters including the protagonist, detract very much from the listener's enjoyment. I would have given this 5 stars but for that. I will however, read more of David Hewson's work - it's excellent.