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Summary

The new thriller from the master of psychological suspense.

She’s a murderer. Everyone knows she killed Stuart Rees - why else would his dead body be found in her shed? So now Tabitha is in prison, awaiting trial. Coming back to the remote coastal village where she grew up was a mistake. She didn’t fit in then, and she doesn’t fit in now. That day is such a blur, she can’t remember clearly what happened. There is something she is missing, something important. She only knows one thing. She is not capable of murder. And the only one she can trust to help her out of this situation is herself. So she must fight. Against the odds. For her life. 

Beautifully written about prejudice, loneliness and fighting spirit, this new audiobook by Nicci French is shocking, twisty and utterly compelling.

©2020 Nicci French (P)2020 W F Howes

Critic reviews

"Great writing, razor-sharp plotting, and powerful characterisation. I defy anyone to see the ending coming." (Cara Hunter)

"Part ingenious locked-room mystery. Part you’ve-got-the-wrong-person nightmare drama. Part intricate memory game. Yet all seamlessly woven together. French’s best book yet." (A J Finn)

"Clever, compelling, original and twisty." (Erin Kelly) 

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Absolutely Fantastic

I've pretty high standards when it comes to audiobooks and am know to return within a few chapters if it's not quite right and I can honestly say this had me entirely hooked from the offset.
Fantastic concept. I'm intrigued by the judicial system and the way this was written is very a accurate depiction of what might happen in a trial. Gemma Wheelan is THE BEST narrator around.

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Incongruent rubbish

I don’t understand the previous good reviews about this book because it was the absolute opposite of what reviewers have said about plot and character development. The story is far fetched and poorly executed.
The main protagonist, Tabitha, is initially portrayed as someone with sense and intelligence. As the book progresses the character flits to being someone who lacks basic intelligence and insight. Maybe the author was trying to capture her deteriorating mental health but the change was so sudden and continued to flit back and forth with no explanation that you get the feeling that the book was written by someone who wasn’t interested in writing it.
The relationships are one dimensional as are the other characters in the book, especially the inexplicable and sudden close friendship with her cell mate Michaela.

The first half of the book is Tabitha interviewing the people in her village from prison in order to defend herself in court. Their motivation to agree to be interviewed by her was curiosity, which seemed completely implausible and this is where I got extremely bored with the book. I listened to the end but it was a lot of drivel for a completely underwhelming ending.

The narrator kept on changing the different characters’ accents and seemed to get lost herself.

Overall a complete disappointment. Don’t waste a credit.

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Classic Nicci French

if you love the literary craft that is Nicci French then you won't be disappointed. Carefully and classically sculpted by the duo this mystery keeps the reader invested in the plight of its awkward heroine throughout. loved it.

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Brilliant book

Kept me guessing right till the end as to who the main suspect was! Brilliant book!

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Another excellent book from Nicci French

Loved it. Nicci French never fails to keep me gripped and guessing to the end.

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Disappointing and boring

If you like the Frieda Klein books this is nothing like them. It’s difficult to engage with the main character and the atmosphere of the book is very depressing.I gave up after about an hour.

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Great book

This is a fab book. Great story that leaves you guessing right until the end. It’s a whodunnit but through a different lens that is unusual in crime fiction these days. Not the usual formulaic police procedure story at all. Full praise too to Gemma Whelan who read the book perfectly. Narration can make or break a book, but this was spot on in my view.

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Gripping Read

Really great 'who done it' style . The book had good pace and great narration throughout. loved it

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Excellent

This is so much better than anything else by this author which is quite an accomplishment. So original and compelling. You can’t guess the outcome at all, highly original concept. I wasn’t keen on the narrator to begin with but by the end realised her performance is right for the awkward character.

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Um OK

I think you have to like courtroom stories to be able to enjoy this, as half the book is set in court. I did skip a few chapters here and I don't think it made any difference. The main female lead is very annoying though as she wants to defend herself but continually says "oh but I dont know the rules". It became a bit of a comedy and sometimes quite ridiculous. If you prefer NF's old/usual type books I wouldn't recommend this but on the hand if you want a change then maybe you might. It's not a thriller by any means, and its very much an average rating from me.

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