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One for Sorrow

Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
Length: 9 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (216 ratings)

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Summary

A chilling psychological thriller by the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Silent Child.

Who really killed Maisie Earnshaw?

Within the walls of the high-security psychiatric facility Crowmont Hospital reside many violent offenders. To nurse Leah Smith, no matter what, all offenders are patients first and foremost. When Leah is appointed as nurse to Isabel Fielding, she is determined to remain professional despite the shocking crime Isabel allegedly committed in her past.

Seven years ago, six-year-old Maisie Earnshaw was found facedown in a duck pond, her body mutilated. Isabel - at age 14, found covered in Maisie's blood - was convicted of murder.

As Leah spends time with Isabel, she comes to know her as a young woman with a sweet, gentle nature, someone she could never see as a murderer. Leah begins to suspect members of the Fielding family of framing Isabel as a young girl, and she's not the only one. True crime blogger James Gorden thinks Isabel is innocent, too.

But is Leah letting her own dark past taint her judgment as she grows closer to her patient? Or has a young woman been unjustly robbed of her childhood?

©2018 Sarah Denzil (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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My Dysfunctional Relationship With Sarah Denzil!

I seem to be developing an odd kind of relationship with Sarah Denzil's books, I thoroughly enjoyed Silent Child even though on reflection it had its ridiculous side. Saving April was okayish but a pale reflection of that previous book. This one I again enjoyed but I can see some real flaws in it. It is a book about disturbed minds though and I think that while it is undoubtedly a bit far-fetched there is some mitigation in that which only becomes apparent as the book progresses.

The subject matter is by its very nature dark and gets darker as the book progresses and the characters take on depth. There is a distinct strangeness to Leah's behaviour right from the off which is gradually explained as events progress to the conclusion. Even so some of what happens is hard to validate even by the end. There are some editing clangers in there such as Leah relating that she had no smartphone due to affordability then using the torch app on her phone a little later. On top of that the story does get a bit far-fetched and convenient in places.

Yet, while I can make a good case for there being things wrong with this book I still enjoyed it. Like I said a strangely dysfunctional relationship! Any such relationship needs counselling of course and there is no doubt that Jasmine Blackborow's narration smooths over a lot of the cracks. She puts in a very convincing performance, especially towards the end of the book as the action hots up. She seemed to have a genuine empathy with the characters. I think it also helps that Denzil does set this book up very nicely at the start and builds in a lot of question marks about all of the characters.

Should I recommend this one? On the basis that I enjoyed it yes indeed but if you are likely to be put off by the fault lines in it then maybe steer clear. I think it's genuinely exciting and that Denzil writes an engaging story, I'm willing to let her take a few liberties in the process. At the time of writing I see that one other reviewer, Marjory L, has a very different view and I'd advise taking that on board too before purchasing. I'll likely buy Sarah Denzil's next offering to see if it can heal this dysfunctional relationship of ours completely.

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Started off ok BUT..

Narrator was good, first half of book good, then rapidly lapsed into a farcical story, very disappointed.

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Far fetched and ridiculous

Really didn’t enjoy this book. I longed for it to be over. Ridiculous story. Entirely unbelievable. Struggled through the second half finding it just got stupider and stupider. As I have worked In a Forensic Hospital I felt would enjoy this . How wrong I was. I have had my fill of Sarah Denzil novels now. They get worse and worse. Very little to redeem it. Not a hit in my book.

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Good

After 2 wasted credits I grew unmotivated and unwilling to search for another audio book - that is until I came across this gem. Loved it!
I don’t care if people say it’s far fetched - I really enjoyed it!

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Far Fetched

I was disappointed in this story.. I managed to read half of it then could bear no more. Having worked for years as a psychiatric nurse I thought this book would be realistic and accurate. Certainly not the case. Neglecting patients and obsessed by another is an insult to the nursing profession. Irrelevant stories run through the book and I can only assume it was to pad out the story. The interference, and how it was carried out, to a patient's family was totally unbelievable. I have given 2 stars for the narrator. She did well considering the rubbish she was reading.. Shame on the author demeaning such a wonderful, respected profession.

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overall good read

Couple of increadible turns in the plot and the cockney accent of the reader was mildly annoying but I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend.

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Too far fetched

Started off ok but then got farcical for the second half & was totally unbelievable. Will be returning it!

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Don't bother

Really don't understand why this has such a good rating. I enjoyed the previous books but this is just silly, the main character weak and often badly written. The general premise was interesting enough that I've stuck it out to the end (despite being so put off at the horrific mockney accent that I nearly gave up after the first chapter) but from the beginning of part 2 it's been ridiculous. I'm not sure if a different narrator or possibly the same narrator using her normal voice could have made it easier to listen to but this is the first audiobook I've listened to that the narration was such a poor fit and detracted from the story. If you're not a Londoner this may not grate so much but listen to the sample before downloading or you might be disappointed.

Also, anyone with experience with cat rescue will tell you that feral cats don't jump out of bushes to randomly attack passersby - that alone should give you an idea of what to expect

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  • Lolo
  • Derbyshire
  • 24-03-19

Ok, but not a series I will carry on with

It was ok. Quite a good story with a couple of twists but from very early on in the book I knew whodunnit! perhaps not all the details but the twists and turns of a good thriller just weren't there for me.
I just couldn't find the character depth that I enjoy in my reading, its not a poor book but just not right for me.
I finished the book but won't listen to it again & that for me tells me that its not the best.

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Really irritating

I was intrigued at the start, mainly because of the Magpie title, but lost interest as the story progressed and am within 90 minutes of the end and can't be bothered.

Too many cliched characters.

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  • Blythe Cochran
  • 16-07-18

Worth the credit!

Great story. Love the plot and how it weaves it characters together. Would have liked to know more about the mom but wonderful story!

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  • Michael OBrien
  • 23-01-19

Predictable

If it weren’t for the warm British accent I would’ve had a hard time finishing this story it was so predictable

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  • P. Dombroski
  • 21-05-19

Suspenseful

Great book and narrator. Full of twists and turns always keeping you guessing. Loved it.

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  • GazzytheGazelle
  • 17-05-19

Unexpected SPIN!!

This was another one of those books that I couldn't put down or stop listening to, which I've had quite a lot of here lately, but it started out good and then just got sooo much better. such a thriller!! in the middle of the book it had a twist that I honestly did not expect AT ALL!!

Thank you, Sarah A. Denzil for writing this book. It was fantastic. Cannot wait to read a couple others of yours now,

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  • Buzy_reading
  • 27-04-19

Helping sick patients

When a psychiatric nurse works closely with sick patients in a high security facility her need to care for her patients puts her in danger.
Part one:
Getting to know the patients at the high security psychiatric facility.
Part two:
Clever twists and turns with shocking unexpected revelations.

Narrator:
Jasmine Blackborow was the solo performer of One for Sorrow. She performed this story word perfectly. The sound quality was smooth, crisp, and clean. While her voice was the only one used for the many other characters I felt she offered enough distinction to provide a clear understanding of who was being referenced. I could listen to Jasmine perform all day. Something about a British accent enchants me.

Overall:
There was a steady pace of excitement between James blog posts, Leah’s visits with Isabel, Leah’s talks with Alfie, and Leah’s personal life with Tom.
The blog posts was an open forum where opinions were discussed in regards to the Fieldings being murder suspects. The bird drawings by Isabel added a dark element to the story. Alfie reminisced about past killers bringing up old cases about murder and death bringing chills to my skin.

Your going to enjoy every written word. Every twist and turn had unexpected surprises. Clever is a word that comes to mind while reading this book.
I was hooked from the first written word all the way until the end. Brilliantly written. One of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read. This one truly can be categorized as a psychological thriller. Sarah nailed every item on the list with twists, turns, shocking revelations, danger, darkness, murder, and chills. It’s the complete package.

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  • Susan
  • 06-03-19

Terrible—could not finish.

Just too slow moving . Not realistically believable.
A well educated woman would not think and act the way the major character does.

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  • ellafan
  • 10-10-18

Very suspenseful!!

This book engrossed me from the first sentence,and held until the last.Good character development ,interesting twists and turns plot-wise.A satisfying ending. The narrator really made the book come alive.She handled the voices of each character extremely well. She has become a favorite narrator with just one book! If you enjoy British mysteries,with an unsettling story,this is the book for you!

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  • Catherine J. Pondozzi
  • 22-08-18

Two Words

All I can say is I have two words that describe this book - Unbelievable & Queasy! I can't imagine where this author's mind was when she wrote this book but there were so many twists & turns I had an upset stomach when it ended - if it did end? in fact there was enough plot to write 6 books. Take your chances if you do listen to this book, because I barely made it through.

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  • ringer
  • 18-10-18

Tedious

While there is a good story hidden in the far too many words I was grateful to be done with it.

I spent the first half of the book trying to figure out if it was the writing or the narration that bothered me. The second half knowing it was both.

The writing felt disjointed and distracted. The overuse of adjectives and... well, just words in general, became so distracting that I never did manage to connect with characters at all. I felt as if it was written by someone very young who is still so in love with words they can't help but use them all. (over and over) I found the "suspenseful" bits to fall short, mostly because she took so long to complete a scene that it lost impact. I, unfortunately, found my mind screaming "blah blah blah... Get on with it" quite frequently. Sad because, as I said... There's a good story in there... It just didn't make it past those (blah blah blah, wait, come back... where'd you go... finish what you were saying...) words.

I still can't decide about the narration itself. While her voice is really quite nice and soothing once you dissect it (as I did because I was paying attention to the narration in lieu of the book... Because I was so bored with it...) There was also something quite grating about the narration... I just never did quite get my finger onto it.

In the end I was glad to be done with it and sad that I had disliked it so much. The storyline... It was THERE... Coulda/woulda/shoulda...

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