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Summary

The first child was taken from her house.

The second from his mother's car.

The third from her own bedroom.…

When Helen and Sean Phillips go out for the evening, leaving their teenage daughter babysitting little Frankie, they have no idea that they are about to face every parent's greatest fear.

Detective Inspector Patrick Lennon is hopeful that the three children who have been abducted in this patch of south-west London will be returned safe and well. But when a body is found in a local park, Lennon realizes that time is running out - and that nothing in this case is as it seems.…

Blending police procedural with psychological thriller, From the Cradle will have every parent checking that their children are safe in their beds…then checking again.

©2014 Mark Edwards and Louise Voss (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Ok but not brilliant

I thought this storyline was good, if maybe a bit far fetched, but the writing was clumsy and a bit juvenile in parts. It was easy enough listening but not as slick as it could have been.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Total nonsense

Not a single character that could evoke any feelings in me, the story was convoluted, far fetched and absolute nonsense. It also jumped all over the place.

The only reason I managed a second star was that I did actually see it through to the end - so I did want to get to the answer - it wasn't worth the torture of the tale though.

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I gave up

I've never stopped listening to a book before but this was excruciating to listen to. Took forever to get going. Was long winded and the narration was awful. Lennon was portrayed as a bit of a high pitched over earnest boy and the pronunciation of some very basic and well known words were laughable. I have the other books by these two and enjoyed them but this actually irritated me to listen to. Unrealistic behaviour by the characters and in the end, listening to the narrator doing a little girls baby voice was enough for me. Had to give it up as a bad job. I don't know the ending of this book and I don't care. Such a shame as these two usually write a good story and the narrators of the other books have done them justice.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Hmmm.... not the best book

Any additional comments?

It was Ok. Not the best book I have listened too, and certainly not the worst. There were some plot holes that you could drive a bus through (the actual kidnap for one!), but there were also some twists that I didnt see coming!I did keep 'zoning out', and to be honest, I finished it about 2 weeks ago and as I scrolled through my library to see what book to listen to next, I thought "Oh, did I read that?" and had trouble to recall the story - It clearly didnt make a huge impact on me! No I do recall it though and to be honest I wouldn't actively seek out more book by this author.

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Very good listen

Enjoyed it very much , lots of twists and turns, but still believable. Giving it 5 stars as I found I could not stop listening and although I wanted to get to the end I was sad when I did . Very easy to follow.

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Fantastic

Fantastic, brilliant gripping story line, thoroughly enjoyed it, first time ive listened to a thriller/crime story but certainly won't be the last!

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  • Anne
  • Oldham, United Kingdom
  • 18-01-15

Captivating

This is a great listen, well narrated. Great story with many twists and turns. Interesting observations of different relationships. Recommend

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  • Ann D
  • Newcastle, England
  • 02-06-15

Superb! Up there with the best!

What made the experience of listening to From the Cradle the most enjoyable?

I am frankly amazed at how good this is. I have read books by Mark Edwards before, and they were good, but this is in another league. Perhaps this is the result of Louise Voss' contribution, I don't know. What made this so good was how richly drawn each character was, allowing the listener/reader to learn interesting and important things about many of them long into the book. As a consequence, there were many surprises and 'ah ha' moments right through to the end. These moments, and the little twists, never felt contrived. There was much suspense, but it was written with a light touch. The DCI Patrick Lennon, is worth a particular mention. I'm really disappointed that this is a stand alone novel. I would love a series with this character. He was so human, flawed, but in a subtle way and very likeable.

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Awful narration and poor research

I haven't even finished chapter 6, but am returning this book because I am finding it too irritating to continue with.

The main reason is the narration. The narrative voice is one that you might hear reading the news: monotonous, rushed, lacking in emotion. The characters accents are ridiculous: Patrick sounds like a Wurzel, Alice like someone from a London gang (rather than the upper middle class schoolgirl she is). They're just 2 examples but I'm finding them too unbearable to listen to. Also, SOCO is pronounced socko, not so-co... That got annoying after a few times. And DCI Laughland? Has anybody proof-listened to this book?

For what is in effect a police procedural, the research is awful. The caution is completely wrong! Sounds like it has been parroted from an American TV show! The behaviour of police and their interactions with each other is just absurd. Clearly very little research has been done. I could have looked over this had the narration been better!

The story intrigued me- and still does- but I cannot sit through the monotony of the narrator sounding like he's going through the motions of a news report.

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Story slow

Story slow but could have coped if the narrator was better. He made it so uninteresting.

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  • Lia
  • 19-01-18

Twisted But Good

Well done by Voss and Edwards! The story gets a little sloppy at the end but all is forgiven because overall, it was a great listen. A young child goes missing from a house in an upper middle class neighborhood in London. Coincidentally, or not, another young child was stolen from its car-seat at a shopping center. Are the cases related? The policeman assigned to the case lost his own baby in a horrific manner. Can he keep a clear head during the investigation? Voss and Edwards flesh out their characters well. The who-done-it isn't apparent until near the end of the book. Highly recommended for those looking for a good thriller who are tired of the hash put out by familiar writers who use co-writers and all the stories are the same.

James Clamp was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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  • cfdowell
  • 07-10-15

Intense and thrilling.

This novel had a great storyline. It was full of raw emotion and had the most surprising twist. Lots of characters in the mix but surprisingly no one was lost.

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  • Wayne
  • 17-03-16

Troublesome novel about kidnapped children

From the Cradle is detective mystery about the abuse and kidnapping of very young children. It was difficult for me to listen to and now that I am finished I regret it. The book is excellent, but I cannot recommend it.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • mere2442
  • 20-05-16

Read in the wrong order...

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This book after reading The Blissfully Dead- which was the wrong order! I must say that, though I wish I had done it the proper way, I very much enjoyed both books and am snatching up everything by these authors!

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  • Butternuts
  • 08-10-15

Parents worst nightmare

Very well written and performed! I loved every minute of it!! Can't wait to read the next one!

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  • Donna
  • 01-10-15

Beguiling story, with many surprises

I won't give away anything, but this was a creepy story with lots of plot twists. The author did a good job of looking into the murky personalities of many characters. The end is a shock. This is the first book I've read by these authors, and I will look for more from them.

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  • Patricia A. Jones
  • 22-05-17

Excellent Story

The story hax good twists and turns and was paced well. I was not able to solve it before the author revealed it.

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  • another know it all
  • 17-05-17

good solid crime story

could have ended about 5 times before it did. just kept getting more and more complex, in a very good way.

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  • liela10
  • 17-07-16

gosh

Couldn't turn it off. A great way to spend a day with a cold. No interruptions. quite gripping.

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  • J. Kromrie
  • 18-06-16

Awesome combo - these two create stellar mysteries

although these two author's are great by themselves, as a duo they create an intricately wound clever mysteries that are also fascinating character studies, they are talented chroniclers of the "human condition". Give 'em a listen; I think you will be impressed because their main characters are interesting and draw you in although they are attractively fallible (and more believable for it)!

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