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Summary

Pushed to breaking point, Cara Burrows flees her home and family and heads for a five-star spa resort. All she wants is space and time to think, far from everyone she knows. Instead she gets a shock in the middle of the night when she is given the key to a room that's already occupied - apparently by a father and daughter, who are equally shocked to be woken by a stranger.

Back at reception, Cara gets an apology and the key to a new room, and she imagines the drama is over....

America's most famous murder victim, Melody Chapa, has been dead for years. Her parents are serving life sentences for killing their young daughter. But if Melody's dead, how can Cara have seen her?

©2017 Sophie Hannah (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • Alex
  • Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • 29-09-17

Pathetic story

This is as weak a story as I've ever read or listened to. The accent of the Justice With Bonnie character is pretty hard to take, as are the voices of Bonnie's assistant and Melody. The end of the story is designed as a surprising twist, but frankly it just left me saying "Huh?"

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so disappointing.

One star all the way. And less if I could. Hammy narration. Ridiculous plot. Unlikeable characters.

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a really good listen!

typical Hannah. slightly crazy plot with the pace and story sweeping you through the convolutions!



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So different


I've always loved Sophie Hannah's books and although this is not like her other books in many ways, I really enjoyed it. Hannah has a great use of language and she always comes up with extremely intriguing story lines and in my opinion, this one is no exception. It's very different. I couldn't quite fathom or relate to the lead characters reason for leaving her family (not wanting to give too much away) but, despite this, I found myself completely drawn in and listening to it at any moment I could.

Willow Nash was a great choice- so many audio book narrators drive me nuts but she's got a good variety of accents that were believable.

( I also loved the references to some of the differences in character between the Americans and the British, made me smile)

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Interesting storyline but annoying narration

The story is good, unusual and an interesting setting but unfortunately the narrator has an irritating voice to begin with, then gradually, as she adds more and more characters, her accents become increasingly annoying, so annoying that I couldn’t concentrate on the storyline because it was so distracting.

The voice of Melody has to be the most irritating thing I’ve ever heard.

I didn’t take to any of the characters, except, perhaps, Tarin. Again, possibly down to the voices.

I have read (not audio) books by Sophie Hannah previously and enjoyed them, I think I would have enjoyed this if I’d read it rather than listened.

It hasn’t put me off Sophie Hannah, but I’ve noted the narrator and would in future avoid anything narrated by her, I’m sorry.

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Great story with a twist!

Well read, lots of twists in the tale, leaves you wondering at the end! Recommended.

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