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Deity

Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Series: DI Damen Brook, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
4 out of 5 stars (101 ratings)

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Summary

A brilliant new serial killer thriller from a hugely talented British author to rival the best from Mark Billingham, Peter James and Peter Robinson. When four Derby College students are reported missing, few in Derby CID, least of all DI Damen Brook, pay much attention. But then a film on the internet is discovered purporting to show the students committing mass suicide. If it's real, why did they kill themselves when they had such bright futures ahead of them? If the suicides are faked, why the set up and where are the students? And if they're dead and have been murdered, who on earth could have planned such a bizarre and tragic end to their promising lives? Combining intricate forensics with meticulous detection and the warped psychology of a psychopath, Deity is a serial killer thriller of the highest order to rival the very best of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Peter Robinson.

©2012 Steven Dunne (P)2012 Headline Digital

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Deity

I think i first picked this book up in the Derby Waterstones and thought how different this sounded being based in Derby which is local to me, so when i saw it on audio i thought why not. This was a brilliant story based on these teenagers that just go missing just like that!
But things start to happen when they film their disappearance on a website called Deity and the clock keeps ticking to the next event for the police its gripping and sad and disturbing all in all a fantastic story.

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Bad in the extreme ! The story was far fetched,

Would you try another book written by Steven Dunne or narrated by Gareth Armstrong?

Gareth Armstrong was good at reading what was at best a far fetched plot,

What was most disappointing about Steven Dunne’s story?

Plot changes, lead has the usual back story,his daughter put in danger !!! Really ! The author tried way too hard to get twists and turns,and in the end just confused the story,

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Gareth Armstrong?

He was good

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Deity?

The part with the son who is not son !

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Engaging But Bewildering

This is such a strange book, the mystery itself is decently engaging, I wanted answers and I liked the characters quite a bit, but it was very strange and convoluted at the same time. There were so many different names thrown around I lost track of who was who, which had the knock-on effect of making some of the revelations underwhelming, because I'd confuse which characters they were talking about.

There's also some very weird opinion stuff in this book - some of it makes sense for the viewpoints of the characters but so many characters have the same beliefs I feel uncomfortably like it might be more the voice of the author, not the characters. The amount of homophobic slurs in this book made me think it was set in the 1970s, not the present day. There's also a lot of uncomfortable references to sexual abuse and assault. Personally the part that bothered me most was the judgemental way the characters spoke about suicide, and how spiteful the main character was on this subject, it was very closed-minded and more about shaming the suicidal person than addressing the pain of the situation that drove them there. It made me frustrated and upset - as someone who has lost people to suicide. Again, it seemed like an attitude out of the 50s/60s.

In summary, this is an interesting mystery with a not entirely satisfactory conclusion. It tries about two twists too many in the last five minutes, but despite its flaws I did care about the characters and I wanted them to survive and succeed. I think a lot of that is down to an excellent performance by the reader, handling a multitude of voices and accents without ever taking me out of the story.

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Marvellous

I don't normally submit reviews but this was a great book - probably the best in my library of over 100 audio books.

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Cracking Listen!

Another excellent DI Brook tale from Steven Dunne full of twists and turns, intrigue, suspects galore, pop culture, gore aplenty and likeable colleagues. Dunne & Brook are a must for all crime fans. Gareth Armstrong did a great job on the narration helping bring the dark tale alive. Highly recommended!

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  • Jo
  • 19-03-15

Interesting premise, a bit long-winded

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

I might recommend it as holiday reading, the story is quite entertaining.

Would you be willing to try another book from Steven Dunne? Why or why not?

I might, because the idea behind the story is quite interesting and original.

What about Gareth Armstrong’s performance did you like?

He does a good job.

Did Deity inspire you to do anything?

No, and I don't think it was meant to.

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attention grabbing

I loved and hated this book. I hated the horror but loved the doggedness of the cops especially the inspector. Gareth Armstrong's reading and characterisation were stunning and I loved the north Wales English accents of a couple of characters, very authentic. Brilliant, thanks folk.

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  • Wanda
  • 30-11-13

Different

Enjoyable listen with well-rounded characters and a good plot.
It's always a good book when I don't fast forward a bit because the part I'm listening to doesn't hold my interest. This one held my interest right to the end.