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Summary

From Kerry Wilkinson, the best-selling author of the Jessica Daniel novels, comes a new crime series.

Nicholas Carr disappeared on his 18th birthday and the world has moved on. His girlfriend has gone to university, his friends have got jobs, the police have other things to look into.

But his father, Richard, is still stuck on the three fingers the police dug up from a sodden Manchester wood. What happened to Nicholas on the night he disappeared, and why did he never come home?

Private investigator Andrew Hunter is Nicholas' last hope - but Andrew has his own problems. There's something about his assistant that isn't quite right. Jenny's brilliant but reckless, and he can't figure out what she gets from their working relationship. By the time he figures out who's a danger and who's not, it might all be too late...

©2014 Pan Macmillan (P)2014 Kerry Wilkinson

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  • Peter
  • Newton-le-Willows, United Kingdom
  • 29-09-14

Something worth purchasing

What did you like most about Something Wicked?

A story set in my city with three dimensional characters and a strong story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jenny (Andrew's assistant) stands out from the beginning as unique character. The more I read about her, the more than I wanted to know about her.

What does Nigel Patterson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He helps bring the strong 3D characters on the page to life.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Little did he know that a finding a missing son would put their lives on the line

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next audio book from Kerry Wilkinson.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Okay

The relationship between the two main characters was interesting, but I didn't feel gripped by the story or the narrator. It was an 'okay' listen from a daily deal members offer.

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narration the best!

first book by this author that I have read/listened to and I thoroughly enjoyed it. the book is full of subtle humour and the characters are believable.
I wasn't sure of the reader at first...but his different voices are just brilliant.
a really good listen!

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  • laatkins
  • WOKINGHAM, United Kingdom
  • 04-08-15

Didn't expect the ending.

Good narration overall good story.
I like both main characters and felt I wanted to keep listening.

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Alright.

A pleasant little listen, not sure if it's the story or the narration but I wasn't chomping at the bit for the next chapter. Very listenable though.

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Good enough story

Easy listen but the reading style was far too easy to fall asleep to, especially at the beginning. I did become more involved as the story went on. Good as an audiobook but not a great read.

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Not as good as the Jessica Daniels books

Thought I'd give this a go as I really did enjoy the Jessica Daniels novels and have been keeping an eye out for more books and came across this.

I did enjoy it but not as much as her previous books - story was ok and worth a listen but unfortunately not high up on my recommended listens as have read listened to some excellent books lately so maybe a bit harsh but just an ok from me.

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  • Mr
  • 22-07-15

Simple story with a few twists

Ok story. Various unexpected twists kept me listening to the end but Andrew Hunter is an interesting if not very likeable character (won't spoil it but leave it to the listener to make up their own mind). Probable won't look out for any more in the series.

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Good story but lacks depth

It is a simple story but written well. Lacks depth has some good twists but needs more fleshing out. Narrator has done a good job on it and the book is quite satirical at times.

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  • Emma
  • hereford, United Kingdom
  • 20-07-15

An interesting read

This was my first Andrew Hunter novel and I enjoyed it . The plot had a few twists which kept me guessing to the end , but what was behind it all was too unfeasible for me . That said I would try another one of the series and make my mind up
The narrator was fine and handled the different characters well not my favourite but ok

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 06-10-16

Great start to a new series.

This is my first book by this author, even though I have the first 2 in his The Silver Blackthorn Trilogy, and I have to say that I really enjoyed this!

When a man turns up saying that his son went missing 9 months ago and he feels the police have lost interest in it. He wants Andrew to investigate and see can he find him. With very little clues, three fingers were all that was found, Andrew and his assistant, Jenny, set out to see what they can find. First stop, the boys then girlfriend Lara!

Character wise, I loved both of the MCs. Andrew is such an all round great guy and Jenny is such an enigma! She has a story and I can't wait to see it unfold! She is just so fearless and odd....

Plot wise, this was relatively fast paced. The focus is on the main investigation, which is filled with twists and turns, but there are some side things happening too. I was surprised with the twist near the end and totally didn't see it coming!

In all, a great start to what will hopefully be a great series. This author knows how to keep his readers hooked!!

Nigel Patterson was as good as always. He is so easy to listen to and has a pleasant voice. He has such an "English gentleman" voice!! Lol,

*I received a free copy of this from the narrator. This in no way affected my thoughts.*

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  • med c
  • 07-09-14

Mystery thriller

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This audiobook is a fast paced mystery thriller. I have to stop listening at one point while driving because I was so into the thrilling narration. I finished listening when I got home.I highly recommend.

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  • bec
  • 16-10-14

Excellent new Mystery series

I knew I would like this story as soon as I heard Nigel Patterson acting the role of the radio announcer with the fake American accent. The next hook was the car pursuit of the wily and underestimated Stuart Deacon in his Audi, this was also my introduction to Andrew, the little bit seemingly boring P.I., and his lively assistant Jenny.
It would be difficult to add to the publishers blurb without spoilers, so I won't, but needless to say, there are many twists to this story. The beauty of it is though, is that this is the first story of a series, and as such, cleverly lays the foundations for future stories.
Now what about Jenny? Well, being the assistant to a private investigator, we know that she is bound by the laws of crime fiction to be clever and quick witted, and also to be very good with computers. She is all of these, yet Jenny is also a Very Odd Person, and I look forward to reading or listening to her story. Oh, and does she have a surname or is that a part of her mystery? I can't recall hearing one on my audiobook.
As for her boss, Andrew Hunter, seems he's a bit of a mystery himself. I quite liked him, but at one point in the story he really went down in my estimation. However, later, when he'd proved that he could man up, he redeemed himself! I'm very much looking forward to his future story.
I would never have believed I could like anything originating from the pen of a Sports Writer, but this is a thumping good story, tip top, and well suited to audio.

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Much of the success of an audiobook is, of course, dependant on the quality of the narration. For me, the best of the best narrators are the one who, when within a few moments of listening, one just doesn't notice them any more. The voice is pleasant, the rythymn and pace is just right, as are the accents and characterisations. There is nothing to jolt the listener away from the story and back to reality. Surely, this is how it should be? Such is their talent, that they can make or break an audiobook. Nigel Patterson is up there with the best of them, I fervently hope that the author and publishers continue to work with him for all future Andrew Hunter Audiobooks.

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  • Gayle
  • 20-09-14

Mystery/Thriller~Love the Genre

Very interesting listen with so many twists and turns. Was grabbed from the beginning to the end. Very good story with fabulous narration and was surprised with the ending. Highly recommend.

Audiobook provided for an honest review.

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  • Terri
  • 08-09-14

A Haunting Tale!

Where does Something Wicked rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Something Wicked ranks right up there with the best books. I enjoyed listening to it!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes! Loads of twists & turns in this book to keep you on the edge of your seat. The cult was quite haunting.

What about Nigel Patterson’s performance did you like?

I love Nigel's voice! Even better, I love how many multiple voices he did in the bok and the sound effects he did, such as a quieter voice when thoughts were in his head & the way voices drifted off when people were talking!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It spooked me. Some parts made me laugh. I loved the detective work & all the foot trails the detective followed.

Any additional comments?

Listening to this book was great! I really enjoyed the story & plot itself along with the delivery by the narrator. Nigel breathed additional life into this story with all his voices and sounds!

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  • jami
  • 03-09-14

Fast paced missing persons case

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definately. I really enjoyed this one. Not my normal fare, but I am glad I had the chance to hear it.

What did you like best about this story?

Something Wicked draws you in from the beginning with a lot of plot twists and well written characters. I was suprised at the ending, every time I pegged someone I turned out to be wrong. This book will keep you guessing until the end.

Have you listened to any of Nigel Patterson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any others from this narrator, but I will be looking for them in the future. Nigel Patterson has an amazing voice and really makes the story a great listen.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened over two days- would have made one if it was possible.

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  • serisa
  • 01-09-14

If you go down to the woods today.

What did you love best about Something Wicked?

A really good story. Strong characters twists and turns in the plot line.

What did you like best about this story?

The way it was narrated by Nigel Patterson he brought the story, City and characters to life.

Which scene was your favorite?

Alex (not man) licking the bread before she puts it back in the packet.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes I would have listened in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

This is my 1st Kerry Wilkinson novel and I loved it from start to finish.

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  • CM
  • 04-11-16

Great Start to a new series

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This a new author for me. I had been listening to a lot of police proceedurals and was looking for something different. This was different ,quirky and fit the bill. A private detective in Manchester England with a slightly odd assistant . Great narrator, accents are spot on. Can't wait to read the second book.