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Divided House

Dark Yorkshire, Book 1
Narrated by: Greg Patmore
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

The public face. A private reality. Sometimes, the dead have a lot to hide. 

DI Nathaniel Caslin’s life is a mess. He works the minimum, abuses substances to survive the day, and drinks his nights away. A once-promising career is in freefall.

Investigating the death of an ex-serviceman in police custody reveals the disappearance of a young family. No-one noticed. No-one seems to care. In the grip of a bitter, Yorkshire winter, a family home reluctantly offers up its grisly secrets. Out on the moors, a murder scene of horrific brutality demands Caslin's focused attention. In the search for answers, is anyone who they claim to be? 

Haunted by the ghosts of the past, Caslin is pushed to his limits. Will this case break him or be his path to redemption?

©2018 J M Dalgliesh (P)2019 J M Dalgliesh

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Great Listen

A really good detective story, about a horrific series of incidents which all come together in the end via various twists and turns. It is read very well by Greg Patmore, though I feel that people who do not know Yorkshire and its people might find it a bit hard at times to understand. I loved the fact it was read by someone with a mild Yorkshire accent it added to the story. I grew up in Yorkshire and knew many of the places in the book. A great listen which I did not want to end. I have just bought some extra credits so that I can enjoy some more of the series. I would recommend buying the compendium of the 1st three books in this series.

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Enjoy it.

Liked the story and loved the Narration brought the character to life will be listening to other books in the series.

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Engrossing thriller.

I found the book slow at first, but when it came into its own I began to feel totally immersed. Caslin the DCI who is a troubled soul is allowed to emerge slowly and engage fully and is just supreme. When I eventually reached the end of the book I found my first urge was to listen to it again so I could ensure I had fully appreciated the depth of Caslin, and this engrossing twisting story.
If I had one criticism it was the narration I didn't warm to. Greg Patmore has such a hesitant delivery I found myself initially disliking the book and Caslin the central character, hence my wish to reread/listen. When I became more attuned to the narrator it became easier, but honestly think he was wrong for this book.

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A dark thriller

This was a new author to me and the first book in a series. I really enjoyed the story and thought the plot was well worked out. The main character was interesting and believable though many of the secondary characters suffered from a lack of depth and were not fleshed out as much as they could be. I often found myself mistaking one for another, particularly mixing up Chloe & Claire.

The narrator gave a good performance and was a pleasure to listen to. I look forward to listening to the next book in the series and following Caslin's career.

I received a free copy of this audiobook either from the author or a promotion or giveaway and am voluntarily writing an honest and unbiased review.

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Murder & corruption!

Brilliant dark, murder mystery. Keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat throughout; so well written!
Greg does a great job with the narrating; clear distinction between the characters, great pacing and atmosphere too!
Highly recommend and hope there’s more to come!!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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Columbo is more like it.

A British police procedural set in Yorkshire and with a near self destructive policeman, Kaslim, as main protagonist, this is a gritty multi layered and numerous charactered mystery thriller The plot is complex and it is easy to get lost without concentrating on what happens - but it is worth it.
Narration is by Greg Penmore, and he performs with style the reading well paced and matched to the text throughout. A good performance.

This is the first of the J.M.Families books that I have read and it will certainly not be my last. Complex, gritty and with good characterisation, I can recommend it to all who enjoy the crime genre in general and British police procedural in particular. A good read

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twist in the tale

can't wait to read book 2. was a gripping read. would definitely recommend. great narration

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  • Donna
  • 12-03-19

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Here is a book all dressed up, looking like the top of the line. My favorite genre: today's British
cop procedural. I like to think I'm keeping abreast of the latest cop
technology and this may be true here. Am I keeping up with modern trends in the criminal world? Or is this just 21st century white and black hats? I did listen to this twice, it is for sure a brain treat. a twists and turns - AND A CAR CHASE! I BELIEVE THIS IS MY FIRST AUDIO
CRASH BANG :-)

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  • MDW 77
  • 20-03-20

Not my Favorite

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
I tried several times to listen to this book, but each time I couldn't get into the story. This just didn't have enough action, and the narration was somewhat slow, so I always found myself zoning out even when I tried to connect to the story. Although not for me, I am sure others would enjoy this book.