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Back it goes! Not wasting a credit!

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

Reviewed: 16-10-19

I found this book quite strange! a female teacher has concerns over a pupil who is involved with some dodgy men! The girl is under social services but the teacher - who was in the army prior to being a teacher...thought I would mention that because it was referred to constantly in the book takes it upon herself and gets all involved with the girls situation?? the next minute the teacher is driving the girl to her aunts house (a really long drive away), buying the girl new clothes, fast food and then saying she wanted to pay for the girls financial upbringing!!?? Hmmmm there are names for people like her and she should not have been working at a school. Also at the beginning of the book, although she taught the girl in her class, the teacher didnt know the girl existed, then a few chapters later all of the above unfolds! the story didnt flow at all and the characaters were not at all likeable! it made me feel uneasy as it came across to me like the teacher had other motives, it was strange! very strange and random! I did not want to know how it all ended! there were random chapters where someone else seemed to be telling a totally different story, I had no clue who he was or what he was talking about! it probably would have become clear but by this point I couldn't listen to anymore! The narrator kept stopping, I had to keep checking that my phone was working as it sounded like it was cutting off.

Totally Bizarre and belongs under a different genre!!

Brilliant....Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 26-09-19

Just when I am losing all hope that a decent audio book is going to be released and I'm thinking of cancelling....along comes this.

This is my type of book and I wish there were more like it! gripped me from the start, relatable characters, easy to follow and listen to! some books are over complicated and I end up not having a clue who is who or what's going on but not with this one. I could picture every scene and character like a movie! had me holding my breath in some parts and a few good twists which I did not guess!

I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next!

BRILLIANT!! a BIG well done and Thank you

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Could have been better

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

Reviewed: 13-09-19

This had promise and could have been good, but after a while, the main character got annoying and it was irritating how much of a pushover she was, she needed some 'get up and go' or a bit of oomph! in fact the whole story could have done with some

Started off OK but then became frustrating, there were lots of reasons why:
Katie was not suspicious at all that a strange lady who worked as a professional Doula (Paula) was willing to work for free for her (as if that happens in real life)
Katie and Ian were not at all concerned when Paula turned nasty and refused to move out of the bedroom in their house, they still let her be around their babies.
Katie didnt seem that bothered when she found out Ian had a wife.
Katie noticed one of her babies was well underweight and even her family and friends told her so, but she didn't seem to bat an eyelid.
Katie seemed content to let Ian's wife look after the babies even though Ian told Katie that his wife was unstable.
Katie couldn't remember anything from her childhood, even though it seemed it had been eventful. yet her Mum managed to wipe out her whole memory by telling her tales of a nicer childhood..what?!
There were lots of annoying totally unbelievable parts of the story like above that left me thinking 'what the ...'
I don't want to spoil the end for anyone, but I know if someone had taken my babies I wouldnt just stand there asking for them back! I would TAKE them back, however necessary. Katie and Ian could quite have easily overpowered Paula to get their babies, but just seemed to stand there saying 'please give them back'??! and the threat that she had a candle and could set fire to the mattress that the babies were laying on?? the mattress was in a damp basement which had water coming down the walls, the mattress had been there for years and was damp and mouldy. It would have taken a long time to set fire to it with one candle and if she tried they could have overpowered her then! Also when Katie's mum turned up, rather than shout for her to phone the police urgently and not come down to the basement, they let her venture down into the basement.

Good idea in theory, but badly executed. to be honest I would rather listen to Sonia Jackson play her trumpet on Eastenders!


0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Boring!! No Story

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

Reviewed: 23-08-19

I am on chapter 22 and I am sending it back! I dont know why it is in the 'Thriller' genre! The write up sounds like it could have been good when it says about the missing son in with the wrong crowd and the murder of her husband.

Well the husband was already dead when the book started, you heard what happened in the prologue and the son is already missing and at the moment has no part in the book, just the mum wondering where he is! No exciting storyline about who the son was involved with etc.

Which leaves the Mum Angela and the 2 kids she has left so now we just have a story (hardly) about Angela being skint and struggling for money. She cant pay her rent and gets kicked out of her house, and basically that has been it so far apart from Angela's depressing whingeing on about only having 25.00 to get the food shopping (even though she brought wine), about the sky sports being cancelled, her daughters mobile phone having to be cancelled, feeding the kids egg in toast, having to make a birthday cake instead of buying one....and it goes on...and on. If there was a book category for 'Boring, Dull and I would rather watch paint dry' this book would be top rated in that category but Thriller......no, taking a vow of silence, being put into isolation and having no contact with another human would be more thrilling than this!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Brilliant!! Thoroughly enjoyed!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-19

This was a brilliant listen, I was a bit dubious at first, but stuck to it and I am really glad that I did.

Great story, great twists, kept me guessing all the way through and great narration.

Wish there were more audible books like this.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

This is heading for a trip to returnsville I think

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

Reviewed: 31-07-19

Haven't been listening for long, but I am not sure if I am listening to a story or doing a 'listen and learn' course on the Anglo Saxons! Too much detail that isnt relevant, skim over it and get on with the story!

Returned

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

Reviewed: 19-06-19

Thought this.one had potential. I persevered for as long as I could, but got bored of waiting for something to happen. The woman got on my nerves as one minute she was all wary and nervous about the stranger being in her house, the next minute she is as drunk as a skunk and anything could have happened

Returned this one

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

Reviewed: 19-06-19

Returned this one, it just seemed very similar to another I listened to! the usual, woman suffers from depression and flashbacks etc etc

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Good so Far

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

Reviewed: 19-06-19

Good so far. not finished yet! but the man speaks slow and quiet, getting quieter and quieter by the end of his sentences, keep thinking I have the sleep timer on and its fading out but I havent, so I'm having to turn and speed it up. The lady speaks loud and really fast! so I'm constantly on the volume and speed button. Not sure I can do that for the whole duration of the book

Surely it's not rocket science to realise it should be balanced, same volume and speed!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Felt like I listened to 5 separate stories in one!

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

Reviewed: 19-06-19

Bit of a strange one this! I feel like I have listened to about 5 separate totally different books all at once and tried to get them to merge together and make sense, it should have stuck to one storyline and made it shorter!! one minute I'm following the main story the next it seemed to go into another random irrelevant story. It got to Chapter 70 odd and I lost interest and didn't even care how it finished. Roy Kapoor kept losing his accent throughout the book, and at some points (when it was a random part that didn't really relate to the story) I had to check I was listening to the same book.

The first chapters seemed promising, was Roy, Mia"s cheating husband a murderer? but somewhere along the way, this was no longer the story and it just faded away along with Roy and forgotten.

Mia doesn't have much luck. as typical in this genre of book, she has issues, hears voices, had a breakdown previously, has nightmares ( same old, same old )
A Cheating/ perhaps, murdering husband
Betrayed by her good friend at work and
sacked from her job
Dying mother
Dead Father or "daddy"
Lied to by her sister and mother all her life
Another one of her oldest friends a Male has also betrayed her in some way but I couldn't figure out what!! Mia was in the house with him, her life long oldest friend, remincising about their life long friendship and all the funny memories they shared (this all seemed to come from nowhere, I didn't know they were good friends throughout the book until this one chapter, but suddenly they were bezzies), him supporting her and helping her through all the awful things that she was going through, then she saw him in the background of a photo in a blind panic she ran away to her car, locked the doors and sped off. Then no mention of him or the situation or the relevance of what she saw, another random part that was just forgotten.

The big reveal of who was behind it all was all a bit strange and just fell flat, but not to worry, it was over in no time ready to move on to the next irrelevant chapter.

Hated the fact that Mia a grown, married, successful (at one point) career woman, felt the need to call her father "daddy" throughout the whole story, it got to the point where it was making me cringe and that alone almost made me stop listening. I also got tired of listening to Mia whine and bleat on and on about 'daddy's' house that her mother wanted to sell! another pointless part of the story, that led nowhere!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful