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Summary

Jim says he's an undercover policeman. His daughter, Sam, thinks he's a liar. On holiday in Orkney, Sam spies on Jim as he runs secretive errands across the island.

Why is he so interested in Norse mythology? And why does Sam have the eerie feeling that she too is being watched?

When Sam finally discovers the truth, it will draw her into a dangerous world of darkness and deception....

©2015 Clare Carson (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

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Great book

Really enjoyed this book great characters tense and humorous Scarlett Mack brought the story to life

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Like a children's story for adults

Would you try another book written by Clare Carson or narrated by Scarlett Mack?

Probably not

What was most disappointing about Clare Carson’s story?

The characters are just too unbelievable. Too much of ' the heroine enters the deserted house when we all know it's stupid and dangerous'. It takes far too long to get to the point of the story. I gave up on first listen - went back later and listen to the end but it didn't get any better. Ponderous and boring in the first half, third rate thriller stuff in the second.

What three words best describe Scarlett Mack’s performance?

Ponderous, lacking animation

If this book were a film would you go see it?

NO!

Any additional comments?

This is supposed to be based on the writer's life but like most people's lives it's just ordinary and not very interesting.

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More please! Carson is excellent

Recent history is largely ignored by writers, but Carson takes on Greenham, the miners’ strike and the Cold War paranoia in an interesting way, seen through the eyes of an intelligent but remarkably stupid heroine - Sam Coyle. What makes the book work is the beautiful writing, which never turns to hackneyed phrases unless they say something about a character. Perseverance is necessary as you’ll think Sam is delusional until it’s no longer a possibility. Just enjoy the writing, and the reader is very good indeed so it’s not that hard to keep going. I’ve read the book six times now and always gotten more out of it.

I hope the other two Sam Coyle novels will soon appear on audible. I’ll buy them straight away

I give the story 4 stars as there’s a scene of physical bullying that shows how stupid Sam is, but which is unnecessary to the story and the atmosphere.