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Summary

It's 2004. In Bampton, Derbyshire, Lena Fisher is arrested for suffocating her husband, Andrew.

Spring 2016: A year after Lena's release from prison, Andrew is found murdered in a disused mortuary. Who was the man Lena killed 12 years ago, and why did she lie about his identity? When Lena disappears, her sister, Kat, follows a trail of clues delivered by a teenage boy.

Sarah Ward's second novel confirms her place as one of the UK's most exciting new crime writers.

©2016 Sarah Ward (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"The most engaging debut I have come across in a long time." (Yrsa Sigurdardottir, praise for In Bitter Chill)
"A twisted, skilful and entirely intriguing mystery." (Quentin Bates, praise for In Bitter Chill)

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the narrator killed this one

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Absolutely not! The book is okay but the narration was really terrible. It sounded like the person narrating was learning to read as they went along and had no awareness of the actual content/meaning of the words she was saying out loud. The intonation completely destroyed the author's intent and quite often mispronunciation was just ludicrous. Overall the narration was so distracting that I couldn't get into the novel and really couldn't say whether it's any good. Out of deference to the effort that authors put into their work I always finish a novel but this one was through gritted teeth! I found myself musing on how audible versions of books are produced, from the initial selection of the narrator, through the actual recording of the performance of the work, to the involvement (if any) of the author. This is the first time that I have considered asking for a refund of my listening credit and I have listened to hundreds of books on Audible for over 10 years now. My advice to those thinking of listening to this is to take a few minutes to listen to the sample before you add it to your basket ... or perhaps just read the novel rather than listen to it.

What didn’t you like about Julia Anthony’s performance?

See my comments above.

Do you think A Deadly Thaw needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not if it's the same narrator ...

Any additional comments?

The first in this series was great (different narrator) but the narration of this one has stopped me dead in my tracks. If there's another one and it has the same narrator then I won't be listening to it which is a great shame as the series promised to be really good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Dreadful narration

What would have made A Deadly Thaw better?

I'm sure this is a good book to read, but the narration is awful. The pronunciation of some words is laughable and the whole thing is just very poorly read. I haven't even managed to listen to the end. What a shame, I really enjoyed this author's first book but this has put me off.

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unfortunately spoilt by narration

having enjoyed the first book I downloaded the 2nd title right away without listening to the sample, but regretted it... the narration is very off putting and I definitely zoned pit a number of times. The chosen emphasis on words is wrong so the whole message or tension of a situation is ruined and there were a number of times where words were pronounced wrong too. a real audio disappointment compared to the first book, and other audible purchases

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Poor narration

Rather complicated and far fetched. The narrator mispronounced so many words it put me iff

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  • Voyager
  • Telford, United Kingdom
  • 11-09-16

Worst Narration I have ever heard

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend the written book but not the Audiobook

What didn’t you like about Julia Anthony’s performance?

No sense of timing, no flow, mispronounced words, sounded like a schoolchild reading to a class. Nearly gave up listening but carried on out of respect for the author

Do you think A Deadly Thaw needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes please but with a different Narrator.

Any additional comments?

Please withdraw this edition and re-record with a different Narrator.

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The Narration!

I genuinely cannot tell if this book is good or not. It has an intriguing premise and I've previously enjoyed a book written by Sarah Ward.

The narrator made it impossible for me to concentrate on the story, such was my incredulity at the amount of mispronounced words. Very distracting.

Viscous is an altogether different word than vicious, and relevation is a made up one!

This one is going back.

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Story Okay, narration not so good

Story was okay. I listen to alot of crime series and there was nothing new in the characterisation and the 'romance' between characters was just too obvious. I think it would have been better with a better narrator. Like others, the mis-pronunciation of words and the tone of the voice grated. I also struggled to make out the different voices which made it harder to follow the story and who was talking. The voices did not seem to go with the characters and just felt a little young - more for children's book I think.

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  • Sophie
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 27-05-18

Terrible terrible narration

This novel was ruined by the narrator who I could barely bear to listen to; I only continued because I had enjoyed the previous novel so much. The narrator completely mispronounced words- ‘nausea’, ‘detritus’, ‘conjecture’, ‘granite’ and ‘tenuous’ were words I noted as being said in a way that made them almost incomprehensible. Everyone sounded like a child and sentences barely made sense. Audible and Sarah Ward - you need to sort this out!

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What a shame.

I have to agree with the other reviewers - a good detective story let down by an appalling narration. The narrator, editor and publisher should all be ashamed to have let the multiple mispronunciations of not uncommon words go uncorrected. The childish emphasis applied to many phrases and sentences completely took away their meaning and impact.

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Disappointing narration

I nearly gave up on this book because of the narration. It was not easy to distinguish between the accents of different characters and there were many mispronounced words.