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How far would you go to find out who killed your mother? Adopted Miranda will do what it takes. As this story about murder, betrayal, and dark desires unfolds, things take an unsuspected turn. Things from the past find their way back to the surface, and dead might not mean dead, after all.

©2016 A.G.R. Goff (P)2020 A.G.R. Goff

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Very good solid story with a surprise ending

I loved the story. It flows nicely and the ending really took me by surprise. The gory details are never spelled out but rather just touched. It makes a nice change to the usual graphic descriptions that try to shock. The narrator has an excellent reading voice and I found it pleasant to listen to. However, he doesn't change to adapt to individual characters and just reads the story. Personally, I like it because (for me) that's the difference between an audiobook and an audio play, but I guess it's down to individual taste.

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"A never ending nightmmare."

Some twenty years before, a baby was given up to be fostered. Her life had been unhappy but now, with both surrogate parents dead and no other known relatives, Miranda the now grown woman, was determined to find the old man who's name on her birth certificate showed he was her father. Why had he abandoned her to the unloving care of strangers? How had her mother died and was it he who had killed her? Her life had been so miserable, she just wanted to know how it had all started, what actually happened and who could she blame?
BUT instead of direct answers, she is given by David, the old man named as her father, a journal BUT written not by him BUT by an old time actor friend of his to read, and told that all would be revealed through the book. BUT, though read it she does, if reluctantly, pre-guessing the content BUT usually wrongly, the past is slowly revealed. It is a clever idea, BUT badly executed and very poorly editted, combined with a narration which manages to emphasize the worst of it's problems. And yes, one of those problems is the constant, emphatic use of the word 'but'. There are also re-recorded sentences left into the narration and even one complete chapter repeated: chapters 25 and 26 are identical.

A very large suspension of disbelief is needed to carry the reader through this, a convoluted seedy romance story with a slight mystery attached, unbelievable characters and a vague passing attempt at horror. It is accidentally quite amusing and I found myself enjoying it for the sheer foolishness of it all. I was fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of Layers, by the rights holder, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you.

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  • The Chief
  • 22-02-22

might have been an OK book

but there is something wrong with the recording. it jumps around, chapters repeat, Then the book just ends. The End. I wasn't sure what was going on half the time. At one point the sound deteriorates so badly I had to set the volume at the highest setting.

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  • Anne Secher
  • 18-06-21

A flashback mystery with shocking plot twists

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.*

3.5 stars.

Miranda gets to the house of a man who took care of her as a baby to find out about her birth family, but she ends up uncovering many mysteries and even danger for her life.

We follow several of the POVs involved in her story, which gives us different perspectives of the events that led to her mother's death and her being adopted. Characters are slowly developed and I found myself constantly interested in the story because nothing is given away too soon. The plot also includes a couple of twists and turns that caught me out of base.

Characters are clearly set and nobody's clean or perfect. I disliked all of them for different reasons, and found disturbing behaviours in most.

Overall, if you like a mystery with plot twists with properly developed characters and a dark plot, this book may be for you.

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  • JoLa2020
  • 29-03-21

Layers - a dark thriller.

"As this story about murder, betrayal, and dark desires unfolds, things take an unsuspected turn...." This was thrilling, well crafted and fast paced story. A young woman, Miranda, is seeking information about her birth mother. She goes to the home of Dave, an older man whom she thought was her father. He gives her a diary to read.....and the story unfolds. The plot switches back and forth from the present day and the early 90's - before Miranda was born. There were a few surprises, some happy but short-lived moments. The narration was not very good. Steve Atkins-Linnell is a good reader but a bad actor. I didn't always know who was speaking because there was no difference in the narrator's voice. Overall, great story, not-so-great narration - but worth a listen! I received this free audiobook in exchange for an honest review.