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Summary

In the Peak District village of Scarsdale, 13-year-old girls didn’t just run away. So when Alison Carter vanished in the winter of '63, everyone knew it was a murder.

Catherine Heathcote remembers the case well - a child herself when Alison vanished. Now a journalist, she persuades DI George Bennett to speak of the hunt for Alison. But when a fresh lead emerges, Bennett tries to stop the story - plunging Catherine into a world of buried secrets and revelations.

©2001 Val McDermid (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

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Would you try another book written by Val McDermid or narrated by Paddy Glynn?

I would try another book by Val McDermid as the story jogged along quite well, although I had worked out the twist really early on. However, I found the narration a bit hurried.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

the story being set in 2 time frames was good, particularly as the earliest time frame brought back many memories of my youth. the least interesting was that the reveal was pretty obvious very early on.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration sounded to hurried.

Was A Place of Execution worth the listening time?

just about

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enjoyed lots of it a bit & bits of it a lot!

'bear with the first 1/3 or so of this one..I found it slow & one-dimensional & uninteresting. After that though, McDermid gets into gear & things do become interesting! I'd recommend.

PS- from very early the 'whodunnit' in this story is obvious but that's ok - it's intriguing to sit back & listen to McDermid's plot.

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Another great book from Val

Would you consider the audio edition of A Place of Execution to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book but cannot fault my enjoyment of the audio reading. As with all of this author's books you are quickly gripped by the story and whisked away. The characters are well written and have great 'human' flaws. I would recommend to any reader of this genre as it is a cracking story and well worth trying a Val McDermid book.

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Good book overall

I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Excellent narration and some great twists. Especially liked the way it combined real events into the story.

Have never listened to anything by this author before but I will now.

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Immense...

This is an excellent audio book, well narrated. The story is immersive and totally engaging; it plays on ones differing emotions.

Very enjoyable.

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Gripping stuff

I loved the details- I could see and feel the dales as I was listening

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  • Salter
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  • 24-02-17

Mindblowingly excellent!

Wasn't too sure I'd enjoy this, but boy was I mistaken. Quite possibly my best read for quite some time. The storyline has it all - suspense, intrigue, a lovely twist. It's a great story from McDermid.

You get a very vivid picture of life in the Peak District in the 50/60's, setting the scene for a distressing portrayal of every parents nightmare. The ensuing police investigation and court case is gripping.

Top notch stuff, and highly recommended.

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A great book

I really enjoyed this - a great twist to bring it forward in time. The characters were excellent and I felt great empathy with them.

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excellent ... just what I expect from Val McDermid

an excellent plot with indepth characters...my only disappointment was I guessed what was happening early on in the story...but it was good to be proved right too! Perhaps I should turn detective! The narration was spot on - Definitely worth the listen...you won't be disappointed

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Great first read !

Would you listen to A Place of Execution again? Why?

In the distant future I'd read it again.

What about Paddy Glynn’s performance did you like?

Very good narration, good voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was a griping book, couldn't stop listening to it !

Any additional comments?

This is the first Val Mcdermid book I've bought, although I have seen all of the Tony Hill dramas on TV. It was an excellent story, I will be buying more of her books in the near future, can't wait to get another one !

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