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  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard, but a high standard

  • By Philip on 05-04-15

A good thriller

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

I have not a huge amount to say other than this is a really enjoyable crime thriller. Well read, interesting characters.

  • The Ritual

  • By: Adam Nevill
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 325

It was the dead thing they found hanging from a tree that changed the trip beyond recognition. When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise. A shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling stuff

  • By Fergal on 27-02-13

A book of two halves

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

Reviewed: 21-02-19

This book came with great reviews and so I was looking forward to listening to a story that would have me checking over my shoulder as I went to bed. Well maybe I am braver than others but I did not feel this way. The first part of the story does build atmosphere and was gripping. The second part U just find more and more boring until by the end when I should have cared what happened I just wanted it to end. Yes the final couple of chapters obviously had tension but by then I did not really care. Others obviously felt differently but I wish I had chosen another book.

  • House of Secrets Super Boxset

  • A Collection of Riveting Haunted House Mysteries
  • By: Alexandria Clarke, Roger Hayden
  • Narrated by: Tia Rider Sorensen
  • Length: 25 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

In the small town of Black Bay, a vacant, forgotten house sits atop a bluff. When Bailey and Bodhi Taylor move in and begin renovations, the house seems perfect. But things move on their own, screams echo from the basement, and Bailey sees a shadowy figure out of the corner of her eye. Is the house haunted? And if it is, what does the ghost want with Bailey?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Story ok but overall not impressed

  • By P Atkins on 09-02-19

Story ok but overall not impressed

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

Reviewed: 09-02-19

Whilst the story was not bad, it was very predictable. The writing is dreadful and the production inconsistent. Once I noticed how many times the narrator emphasised 'He said, she said' it became impossible to ignore. It almost drove me mad! And why in one scene did Curtis suddenly become Chris. Was this an error in the book or the narrator, who knows. Who cares!

  • Dead Lake

  • By: Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by: Nicky Phillips
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Sam is excited to spend a week at her uncle's remote lake cabin. It's a chance for her to focus on her art without distractions: no neighbors, no phone, and a small radio as her only contact with the outside world. But there's something deeply unnatural lingering in the lake. The radio's news reports talk about disappearances on a nearby hiking trail. The car won't start. And Sam starts to believe she's being stalked when she catches glimpses of a tall, strange man standing at the end of her dock.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still good but not my favourite Darcy Coates book

  • By P Atkins on 20-01-19

Still good but not my favourite Darcy Coates book

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

Reviewed: 20-01-19

I do like Darcy Coates as an easy read in the genre but this one was not my favourite. The premise to the story was interesting but not as gripping as some of her others.

  • While You Sleep

  • By: Stephanie Merritt
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Thorburn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

A pacy, chilling psychological thriller, set to reinvent the genre. It begins, they say, with a woman screaming.... On a remote Scottish island, the McBride house stands guard over its secrets. A century ago, a young widow and her son died mysteriously there; just last year a local boy, visiting for a dare, disappeared without a trace. For Zoe Adams, newly arrived from America, the house offers a refuge from her failing marriage. But her peaceful retreat is disrupted by strange and disturbing events....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dodgy Scottish Accents

  • By Katy E. Seegmiller on 24-06-18

So-so.

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

Reviewed: 15-12-18

I enjoyed this book on the whole but there was something a little disappointing about the storyline and its conclusion. I think I also got rather fed up with Zoe's constant irritation with pretty much every person who tried to help her.

The accents were also pretty dreadful at the start although they did improve.

  • Cold Moon over Babylon

  • Valancourt 20th Century Classics
  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Welcome to Babylon, a typical sleepy Alabama small town, where years earlier the Larkin family suffered a terrible tragedy. Now they are about to endure another: 14-year-old Margaret Larkin will be robbed of her innocence and her life by a killer who is beyond the reach of the law. But something strange is happening in Babylon: traffic lights flash an eerie blue, a ghostly hand slithers from the drain of a kitchen sink, graves erupt from the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric, moving, genuinely unsettling

  • By James on 02-03-18

Great story and great production

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

I really enjoyed (if that is the correct word for horror fiction) this story and it was not at all what I had expected. The Larkins are not only believable but likeable and the tragedy that befall their family is sometimes almost too difficult to hear. Nonetheless I could not stop listening and would thoroughly recommend this book.

  • The Haunting of Ashburn House

  • By: Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

There's something wrong with Ashburn House. The ancient building has been the subject of rumours for close to a century. Its owner, Edith, refused to let guests inside and rarely visited the nearby town. Following Edith's death, her sole surviving relative, Adrienne, inherits the property. Adrienne's only possessions are a suitcase of luggage, 20 dollars, and her pet cat. Ashburn House is a lifeline she can't afford to refuse. Adrienne doesn't believe in ghosts, but it's hard to ignore the unease that grows as she explores her new home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacking depth

  • By Miss S D Williams on 23-11-17

A really well told ghost fiction

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

I will keep this short but wanted to thoroughly recommend this novel. It is a good story, the heroine is likeable and I really enjoyed the narration. Well worth listening to if you like haunted house fiction

  • House of Spines

  • By: Michael J. Malone
  • Narrated by: David Elliot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Ran McGhie's world has been turned upside down. A young, lonely and frustrated writer, and suffering from mental health problems, he discovers that his long-dead mother was related to one of Glasgow's oldest merchant families. Not only that, but Ran has inherited Newton Hall, a vast mansion that belonged to his great-uncle, who appears to have been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew has grown up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fine Cocktail of Contemporary & Gothic Twists

  • By Simon on 10-12-17

Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

A good story and I really enjoyed David Elliot's narration. I could picture the house as it was described, and once started I had to listen to the end.

  • Unspeakable

  • Some Secrets Will Haunt You
  • By: Tony Marturano
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 76

Kenning Hall was more than a country home, it was the family's sanctuary away from the frenetic pace of London, until that day. What happened that day was so horrifying, so devastating, that the place was left to ruin, until now. A decade later, 32-year-old Rupert Harrison, the only surviving heir to the Harrison publishing dynasty, has ordered Kenning Hall restored to its former glory. It's time to go back.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unspeakable

  • By LJM on 23-02-18

Good in parts

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

Reviewed: 26-03-18

Whilst the story is a very interesting idea, and there were parts that were quite scary, it is very slow to start and I really did feel like skipping a few chapters at times. I also really found the sex scenes unnecessarily graphic at times. Maybe some people assume horror fiction equates to erotic fiction, but I am sadly not one of those. So would I choose this book if I knew then what I know now? No.

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  • Perfect Prey

  • DI Callanach, Book 2
  • By: Helen Fields
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465

In the midst of a rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach. He dies minutes later. In a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker. The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a Dumpster in an Edinburgh alley, strangled with her own woolen scarf. DI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach have no motive and no leads - until around the city, graffitied on buildings, words appear describing each victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very different and totally absorbing

  • By Roger Catto on 31-08-17

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I just did the audible equivalent of not being able to put this down. I really loved this book. It is a very good plot with twists and turns.