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Chaos, murder, and a hint of sizzling romance descend on East Africa in this electrifying thriller of a mystery.

Journalist Alex Derksen's new assignment in Tanzania should be easy, but he soon finds himself on the wrong side of the news. It starts when he meets Ranna, a beautiful photographer with something to hide. Alex stopped believing in love a long time ago, yet here in the middle of East Africa, it's found him again.

Alex knows a thing or two about chaos - wherever he goes, it follows. When an IT billionaire washes up onshore after seasonal flooding, he finds himself at the center of an investigation with Ranna as the main suspect. It turns out she may have a good reason for hiding her past.

Wherever she goes, murder follows.

Alex should be used to these cat-and-mouse games, but this time it's different. Should he listen to his heart and help Ranna hide the bloody trail leading to her? Or should he use his head and run for his life?

©2012 Irma Venter (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2020 by Elsa Silke.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-04-20

Enjoyable

Hard Rain at first confused me with the title. But as i listen the meaning became clear. The story i love it. I will listen again one day and read it also

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  • Denise E
  • 25-05-20

GREAT❗

The story was excellent. The narrators were fantastic. I can't wait to be able to get the rest of Irma Venter's Alex series.

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  • Kimmy A
  • 25-05-20

Sequel Please

The ultimate bad guy was a bit easy to figure out, and I would have like more character background. Overall, it was good.

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  • deryck durston
  • 28-06-20

mystery drama African style, sort of

Full of colonial characters who are working at journalism, policing and looking for trust. Pity the South African Afrikaans speakers were North American and the local color was bleached out of the performance. it wouldn't have been hard to get this right, so I wonder why it didn't matter?

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  • TiffanyD
  • 01-06-20

Set up for a series

Easy to read thriller/mystery that has a rather wonky narrative arc which I think is due to the fact that the author is trying less to tell one clear tale than to set up a cast of characters for an ongoing series of books. The narrators' performances were fine but the characters I didn't love. The first narrator (male), goes on and on about falling in love at first sight, which was hard to swallow. And his naivete about how his girlfriend got away with a whole new identity bordered on the ridiculous. I liked it better when we switched to the second narrator (female). At that point the story gets more interesting but then the mystery portion is solved (you see "whodunnit" from a mile away) with far too little explanation and fanfare, and the rest of the story seemed like nothing but a set up for the launch of a series.

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  • L. Taylor
  • 22-05-20

Dull story, horrible female narrator

I was so disappointed in this book. I wasn’t sold at the beginning but was intrigued just enough to keep trying. But I never really loved any of the characters and didn’t truly care what happened to them. The love story is totally unbelievable with no build-up. They just are suddenly in love and willing to do anything for one another. Really? I enjoyed the male narrator, but when it changed to the female narrator I should have just ended it! The way she ended every phrase really grated on me to the point I sometimes didn’t even listen to the actual words. I wish the male narrator had done the whole thing! I won’t be reading anything for else but this author and will definitely avoid the female narrator!