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Have never been so glad when a book ended..

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

Reviewed: 05-03-20

This book would have had a better review if it was about two hours shorter. I appreciate this is a horror category but you can have too much of a good thing. The endless descriptions of grime and unpleasantness became too much. Don't read this book if you are on anti-depressants, it may well push you over the edge. And don't get me started on the reader, well the female reader to be precise. It really helps if you ask someone how to pronounce unfamiliar words rather than just guessing and her way of reading really began to get on my nerves after a while. As you might of gathered I really hated this book.

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a bit too much at times

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

Reviewed: 23-01-20

This is my personal opinion only and others may really enjoy this book, but if I wanted to read a study of asylums in the 20th century, I would buy a book. I really found listening to the torture of the inmates of the asylum in such detail became too much.

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 08-01-20

Thoroughly enjoyable and with a really stellar cast. Plot had some really good twists and kept my attention

A pretty grim affair

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

Reviewed: 17-12-19

I cannot say I enjoyed this book. The story is grim and bleak and I came away feeling grim and bleak. Beautifully written, the author evokes the wild and remote countryside on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors but there is no joy whatsoever in this book. Just anxiety and grief and finally some horror. It may have worked better if you read this as a novel, as it would not immerse you in this cold grey wotld quite as much as when you are listening to it, but I really cannot recommend it as an audible book.

Great production, story made me uneasy

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

Reviewed: 12-12-19

Without giving any spoilers whilst this was a good psychological drama there were elements in this story that made me feel very uneasy. I have no problem with horror but the good thing about listening to a radio drama is that you are emerged in the plot. On the reverse, I found there were parts of this plot that I really felt uncomfortable about being emerged in. Is the writer misogynistic? Probably not but it left me with a very nasty feeling.

Ok

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

Reviewed: 07-12-19

I tried to come up with a better title to this review and I have tried to be positive about this book but I am struggling. This book was simply not as good as the first book. I liked that one because it had a good plot and I liked the characters. This tried so hard to be a follow up but the characters were not as likeable, and it just tried too hard but just did not quite make the mark.

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Really Enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

It may not be a typical 'haunted house' drama but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There is a lot of characterisation which may slow down the pace of the book but I forgave it as I thought is was a cracking plot and good narration.

Great story but could have done with some editing

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

Reviewed: 26-11-19

Overall I enjoyed this production. The performances were excellent although I had not appreciated it was a play and not a bok (served me right for not reading synopsis properly) However I found the scenes describing the various depravities overlong and even gratuitous. I could easily have skipped the majority of the scenes in the theatre and still got the point being made. Also Miss Miller's dialogue where she just repeated and reflected the words back (others were also guilty of this technique) became very tedious. However on the whole I would recommend this book.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 18-11-19

I really enjoyed this book. It had enough different elements in the plot to keep my interest and it is very well narrated.

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really disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-11-19

I had before this book really enjoyed Darcey Coates novels, but this has definitely been the exception. I found the story more far-fetched, but more importantly I found Mara unbelievably annoying. Her continual ranting and raving just came across as a spoilt brat, and if I had been her boyfriend I would have walked out and kept on walking. I almost wished she had never escaped at the end. So in my opinion, give this book a miss.