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Summary

The stunning new novel featuring DI Louisa Smith.

©2015 Elizabeth Haynes (P)2016 Isis Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"A chilling, page-turning read." (Rosamund Lupton)
"Intense, gripping...utterly unputdownable." (S. J. Watson)
"Riveting.... A tour de force." ( Sydney Morning Herald)
"The rising star of British crime fiction." ( South Coast Register)

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Irritated by narrator but good story

I found the narrator annoying, it seemed when she was reading it that she was in a 'sing song' happy voice! - and some of the darkest saddest parts for the main character should have been performed with more emotion. The story was very good and I enjoyed the book , however the ending was a real let down , and not what I was expecting.

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Incredibly dull.

I've got a few of Elizabeth Haynes books and enjoyed them all. But this one could have been written by someone else. It was long winded, uneventful and seemed full of useless information designed to pad the story out.
I struggled to get to the end and at points I found myself switching off because of how tedious it was.
The narration wasn't great and made every character have the same inflection which in turn made them sound soulless. I found it hard to like any of the people in it and Jason and Lou just made me cringe. There was no character for any of them, they all sounded empty and damaged. Lou was my least favourite. I don't know what happened here but as much as I love Elizabeth Haynes books, I'm convinced she just banged this one out in a rush. When I finally got to the end of this book, I was glad it was over.

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Very well written story !!!

Powerful and shocking story that keeps your attention from the very start. Sad and frightening and touching all at once.

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Hard-Hitting, Painful, but Weak Ending

I usually enjoy Elizabeth Haynes and, to a point, I "enjoyed" this one but there were weaknesses which spoiled it. I felt very little sympathy for the central character, Scarlett, until we were two-thirds of the way through the story: this was partly because of the ghastly voice/accent she was given by the narrator which did not accurately reflect her social background and created an irritable whiney effect. Other voices, too, were not helpful in evoking the sorts of characters they were supposed to be.
The outcome was fairly predictable; I had expected a further twist to allow Scarlett and Juliet to escape the legal consequences of their actions. The most memorable moments were Scarlett's final 'bid for freedom' at the end of the book and the earlier first murder that she witnessed.
The narration had colour and energy - it was just that the voices were not right for the characters in my opinion. But the dialogue was delivered with pleasing spontaneity so that the illusion of truth and immediacy was created. Worth a listen - but not as good as usual.

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Another great book from Haynes!

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Not a word is wasted in this beautifully written novel as it powers along. Dialogue is exactly as it should be with no mismatch between the communication here and real world speech. The story was engrossing and I never wanted to put it down. If you like crime fiction, don't hesitate with this one.

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This should be required reading for everyone!

This book has left me depressed, but I am so grateful it's been written. It's a story of modern day slavery and people trafficking. As it's a 'story' you can comfort yourself that it's a work of fiction but..... It isn't, I remember visiting the Red light district in Amsterdam and gawping at the sex workers in tiny glass fronted rooms. I had no idea they would of been trafficked, or the abuse they would of been through. There is too much to say, but the main point I wish to make is buy this book and be prepared to cry.

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thought provoking subject

I have enjoyed reading all of her books this was no exception thought provoking subject.

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excellent

Had this book ages before I finally listened to it. Well worth waiting for. Very strong stuff. I can believe this could really happen.

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Was like doing a jigsaw and finding the last piece's missing. Invested in it only to be let down so disappointed

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excellent work

brilliant wanted more. look forward to listening to the next one. excellent writer. thank you

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