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Summary

Two young girls disappear then return home unharmed some days later. Chief Inspector Wexford is concerned about a pedophile who has been recently released back into the community but cannot foresee a series of serious crimes waiting to happen.
©2009 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Good but not her best...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's worth a listen. But I was disappointed that it dealt with such a serious subject like domestic violence in such a predictable, slightly old-fashioned way. The victims were all women, the aggressors all male. Would have made it more interesting to have had just one case where the genders were reversed...

What about Nigel Anthony’s performance did you like?

Well-paced.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

In a similar ilk to other Wexford novels.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed Regs dilemma over his relationship with his two daughters and him coming to terms with finding one much harder to get on with than the other

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Addictive

The plots draws you in, Wexford at his best good old fashioned police work with the right results

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Brain teaser

As usual an excellent story you think you know the outcome but the ending is always a surprise. I would encourage all lovers of crime stories to read this book

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Classic Rendall well narrated

excellent plot with several sub plots all wonderfully intertwined and perfectly resolved. The narration is excellent with good use of a range of voices and accents.

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prescient

loved the complexities of this novel the subject matter must have been quite new when Ruth wrote it. I am sure it would have been a help to the women's refuge cause.

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A thoughtful read

Ruth Rendell is such an intelligent author. There are many layers to this story and three separate mysteries. It is also a social comment on the time in which it is written. The theme that unites the book is the treatment of women. One mystery deals with the disappearance of a small child whose mother is an abused wife. There is then, the mystery of who is kidnapping young women and why? Finally who caused the horrifying death of a policeman. My favourite Rendell Wexford novel very well narrated by Nigel Anthony, who uses an extremely good imitation of the voice of George Baker who starred in the TV series, for those old enough to remember it.

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perfect

Rendell at her best.Nigel Anthony brilliant as narrator. I listen to it repeatedly. Thanks audio.

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Really glitchy audiobook

This was a good, solid if not slow story. The narration was good (Wexford’s voice was spot on from the TV version) and the characters felt real, although there were many to hold on to and I got confused at times.
However, the recording itself is terrible. There are gaps, repeated sentences, a whole portion of the book which skips forward like a CD and parts that begin mid sentence. The chapters bear no relation the assigned chapter points so it’s hard to navigate if you need to go back. Really awful editing together - needs re doing!

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Best ever Wexford

I’ve started listening to the Wexford books - back to front for some reason! This has been, so far my favourite. They have all been so good, but Rendell has really struck a chord with this one.