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Deadly Sacrifice

Jacaranda Twenty in 2020
Narrated by: Weruche Opia
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
3.4 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Audible's Crime & Thriller Pick of the Month: September 2020

Love nothing more than being engrossed in a creepy thriller or playing detective with a gripping mystery? You're not alone! Always ready for a challenge, the Audible editors have taken on the tough task of seeking out spine-chilling tales that will keep you up all night. Every month we’ll bring you the very best in murder and mystery in Audible's Crime & Thriller Pick of the Month.
Stella Oni

About the author

Stella was born in London, brought up in Nigeria and lives in London. She works as a business intelligence analyst. Stella is a cake enthusiast and an avid foodie who writes about food, culture and tech on her blog africanbritishness and on Medium. Her dream is to travel around the world to taste and experience food from different cultures. Stella believes that her experience of growing within two worlds has given her a unique perspective.

Deadly Sacrifice was shortlisted for the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2016.

Weruche Opia

About the performer


Weruche Opia starred as a series lead in I May Destroy You for BBC/HBO.

Other credits include Inside No.9 and Bad Education for the BBC and Top Boy for Channel 4.

Summary

When a child's severed hand is found, DC Toks Ade and DS Philip Dean are put on the case. Thrown into a world of Nigerian traditional customs, ritual sacrifice, and international trafficking, they must find the guilty parties before more children are lost and more limbs are found.

A chilling new thriller introducing Detectives Toks Ade, Philip Dean, and investigative author Coretta Davis.

©2020 Stella Ahmadu (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Interesting and different but spoiled

I found I was constantly distracted from the story by the writer’s apparent obsession with various odours. Virtually every venue and many characters were described in terms of their smell, mostly very unpleasant. For me it spoiled the listening experience, not because I am sqeamish but because it detracted rather than added to the experience.

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It could have been great . . .

Stell Oni promised us a lot in this book but only manages to deliver some of it. I did get a strong sense of the culture and places from the rundown London estates to the fascinating contradictions offered by a country like Nigeria. I never felt though that I was getting a particularly "gripping journey" and some of the writing seemed quite questionable. When near the start of the book a completely random old Chinese man steps up and for no apparent reason says something like 'Don't worry, you are feted to find her' then the only way to react is to roll your eyes. On the bright side there is some excitement over the finish and a suitable gruesome plot at the heart of this. Weruche Opia gives an impressive performance with a particularly impressive array of character voices to throw into the mix. Some of her male voices were perhaps a bit on the dodgy side but it's a rare narrator indeed that can traverse both sexes with more aplomb than she does. I think if Audible are going to keep bringing forth unknown authors like this they should perhaps help those authors more with improved editing before committing it to Audio. A little more investment in quality with some of the structure and writing elements might just have gone a long way here. As it is, it really isn't that bad but there is bound to be disappointment when a title like this is release as 'Audible's Crime and Thriller Pick of the Month'. It's good that they often like to showcase debutant authors , I certainly applaud that because it must be very hard getting a start in such a crowded market place, but they should bill it for what it is when there are so many high quality new releases out there.

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Disappointing

I really wanted to like this book, but the writing was clunky, the pace wrong and the structure all over the place. Sadly not for me.

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what a let down

really wanted to embrace this book that should have been wonderfully unique.... it was pants

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Amazing audiobook loved it

couldn’t stop listening and sad when it came to the end. I would recommend it to anyone who love crime novels. The narrator was perfectly cast.

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Modern Day Detective Drama across Nigeria & London

Absolutely riveting! Great characters, pace and subject matter. Likeable characters and colorful. More books please. Totally unexpected plot twist with characters that move fluidly across parts of London and Nigeria. Narration by Weruche Opia brings the words of this book to life with a perfectly nuanced performance. This is a detective series that just begs to be continued.

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