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Hold My Hand

Narrated by: Joan Walker
Series: DS Josie Masters, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Summary

How long do you hunt for the missing?

A horrible vanishing act....

When a young Josie Masters sees a boy wearing a red football shirt, Dylan Jones, being taken by a clown at a carnival, she tries to alert the crowds. But it's too late. Dylan has disappeared....

Thirty years later, Josie is working as a police officer in Bath. The remains of the body of a child have been found - complete with tatters of a torn red football shirt. Is it the boy she saw vanish in the clutches of the clown? Or is it someone else altogether?

And then another child disappears....

©2018 M. J. Ford (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"A cracking debut from M. J. Ford. Well-written and sizzling with tension. Deserves to do well." (James Nally, author of Alone with the Dead)
"A fab, page turning thriller!" (Jacqui Rose)

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an alright listen

I enjoyed this book. The narrator's style was annoying and a little over the top on occasion but seeing beyond this it's good if not a little far fetched. I had guessed certain people were involved but not how. Jo as a character is a little annoying as she is seemingly just super perfect despite everything.

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Excellent

Brilliant listen did not see the ending coming at all. Absolutely amazing. Loved it from start to finish.

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Well written and great narration

The storyline was excellent, and I especially liked the way the author described the scenes, it was as if I was in the room.

This was also backed up well with a great audio narration.

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Brilliant

Wow what a great book. So many twists, I thought I knew what the conclusion was going to be but I was so wrong and the ending is so unpredictable! Great narration also.

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Enjoyable story narrator let it down

I enjoyed the book though predictable.

The narrator was good at changing voices but not much life added to the voices. Got to a point where I was going to switch off but I'm gad I kept going, it was a good thriller.

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Enjoyable listen

This is a an enjoyable listen. I had worked out who the 'baddie' was quite early on, but I kept listening to see how the various threads would eventually be linked together. I am a bit tired of police officers who don't have any family they are close with or friends. It makes police seem as if they're a different species from the rest of humanity. In my 15 years as a civilian oversight volunteer with the Met, all the officers I've met are remarkably normal. It's maybe a little bit cliched, but the story is well thought out and knits together well. Worth a punt!

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Possibly a good story ruined by awful narration

I had to give up on this one even though the story piqued my interest. I found the narration style grated on my nerves and it’s the first audible download I’ve had to abandon as a result 🙁

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omg!!

well it starts off boring, so boring I nearly gave up listening to it. but then ....Then.. the last 6-7 chapters change the whole story
it's a good ending

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Real twister

Absolutely loved this! Twists I had no idea were coming! Highly recommend, could not turn off

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Great read

narration was excellent, good storyline, it keep you interested, but not on the edge of your seat. Would recommend.