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It is a hot summer's day in the tourist village of Avebury. A man sits outside the Red Lion pub, waiting. He sees a woman with three young children, two of them running ahead while their sister dawdles behind. A child's voice catches on the breeze.

For want of anything more interesting to do, the man watches. He sees nothing sinister or threatening. Even when another figure enters his field of vision, he does not react. The figure is ordinary - male, short-haired, stockily built. But he is moving fast, at a loping run.

And then it happens.

In one swift movement, the running man grabs the youngest child and carries her away. Still the man outside the pub does not react. Suddenly, a white transit van bursts into view, its engine racing, its rear door slamming shut. The child and her abductor are inside. The child's sister rushes forward. The man outside the pub jumps up....

The tragedy begins at Avebury. But it does not end there.

©2010 Robert Goddard (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Perhaps I have read too many

I like Robert Goddard books, I really do and this was no exception, twists and turns and a convoluted plot but I wish he could change his main characters, middle aged men veering towards a failure label. It doesn't detract from the plot but it lends the book a fatalistic feel. Still, a good story

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Its one of the best crime thrillers I have read !!

After about three pages l knew it was going to be a great read, it kept up a brilliant story line right to the end, l would suggest that a lot more people give it a try.

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Gripping mystery

Enjoyed this, good voices even though I,d read it before, it came alive by the reader.

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Sight Unseen

Goddard is a very accomplished author and I have always enjoyed his books. However Sight Unseen is a tortuous read/listen. Far too complicated and a massive amount of detailed historical detail which made following the story line very difficult. I persisted because the characters were well drawn.

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Ok but..

Well read but not as gripping as I had hoped from Goddard as the plot is rather convoluted and becomes a bit too far fetched. Struggled to keep interested to the end.

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Excellent read

Loved this book. Lots of twists and turns Kept my interest and would recommend it

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Interesting

The best book I’ve listened to in lockdown thank for a most interesting story and history lesson 🥰

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Robert Goddard never disappoints.

The story was equally exciting and nerve wracking to the end. The narrator is engaging.

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great twist gripping yarn

loved the main characters plight maybe a little too much action but overall a good read

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Complex multi layered tale

Robert Goddard Is such an inventive storyteller. His subjects are diverse and every story is totally different. They’re complex and multilayered tales which keep you gripped from start to finish. I particularly like the fact that his stories are woven around real events. This book starts in Avebury ‘but it doesn’t end in Averbury’. An abduction is witnessed along with a road traffic accident. Over some 20 years, a mystery around some old letters is unravelled. These letters and the possibility of George III fathering an illegitimate son ( and potential heir) are at the heart of further deaths and the story just keeps ratcheting up the tension. I had no idea where it was going next and at a point where I thought it was all coming together, another storyline opened up. Brilliant read and I was engrossed.