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Excellent book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-19

I chose this on the strength of January LaVoy not having heard of the author. It was excellent and a welcome change from the current trend of storylines all being THE thriller of the year, all being very similar and not living up to the hype. I came across this one by accident (is that possible in a world full of cookies?!), sans hype. I loved it. Thank you.

Very good.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-19

Took me quite a while to get used to the narration but it’s well worth persevering.

Odd!

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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: 09-11-19

Implausible, which of course most fiction is and that’s the point of fiction I suppose. I didn’t empathise with any of the characters and I really need that connection in a book. Obviously, some of the characters were supposed to be villains but even the “nice” ones I found irritating and I don’t know whether it was in the writing or the performance. But, I’ve said before, I couldn’t write a novel and certainly couldn’t narrate so what right do I have to comment?! It was easy listening on a rainy day.

Enjoyable

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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: 08-11-19

I love the narrator, I love Jimmy Perez, I love the Shetlands so I enjoyed it. I think the ending was a tad implausible. Most of the characters are well formed but randomly, the only one I don’t like is Fran. And I don’t understand why the character who does like her, does actually like her!

Enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

Not the normal “neurotic woman” book. This one had some likeable characters. I knew early on part of what was happening and although the final “twist” was a tad implausible, as everything came together, it was still enjoyable.

Easy listening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-19

Jack and Jeff, what more is there to say except who decided Tom Cruise should play Jack in the movie? The very essence of Jack is his bulk which invariably gets him into trouble and always gets him out of it! Sorry, I digress.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Oh dear!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-19

May be good. I’ll never know, it was painful. I don’t think I made it through an hour. I had high hopes I’d found a new series.

Persevere

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

I did nearly give up on this book in the first few hours but I’m glad I didn’t. It had a few recording issues and the initial part, to me, also seemed laborious. In addition, a pet peeve of mine is having people on the cover. Particularly with this series the people on the cover bear no resemblance to the characters created by my interpretation of the narrative so I find it jarring when the cover and narrative are fighting for dominance, it spoils the enjoyment. But that’s just me!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Back on form!

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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: 01-11-19

Now this is the John Grisham I know and love. Camino Island not so much.

Far superior to the first book

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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: 30-10-19

I found this book much more enjoyable and satisfying than the first, The Handmaid’s Tale. That book was wonderful, in my view, due to the narration of Elisabeth Moss, who I felt carried the story. For me, an excellent audiobook should be a balance of brilliant book and a brilliant narrator and in that way, neither takes precedence over the other and at the end you just think that was amazing not distinguishing the narrator over the story or vice versa. I really appreciate the skill that goes into the writing of and the production and casting of audiobooks. This book is kind of a prequel and sequel to the first. I nearly didn’t listen to this one but I’m glad I did.