Listen free for 30 days

The Assistant

Narrated by: Laura Kirman
Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

She’s in your house. She controls your life. Now she’s going to destroy it.

From the number-one Sunday Times best seller.

She watches you constantly.

Newly divorced Jo is delighted to move into her best friend’s spare room almost rent-free. The high-tech luxury Camden flat is managed by a meticulous home assistant, called Electra, that takes care of the heating, the lights - and sometimes Jo even turns to her for company.

She knows all your secrets.

Until, late one night, Electra says one sentence that rips Jo’s fragile world in two: ‘I know what you did’. And Jo is horrified. Because in her past she did do something terrible. Something unforgivable.

Now she wants to destroy you.

Only two other people in the whole world know Jo’s secret. And they would never tell anyone. Would they? As a fierce winter brings London to a standstill, Jo begins to understand that the assistant on the shelf doesn’t just want to control Jo; it wants to destroy her.

This edition includes an exclusive interview with S.K. Tremayne, discussing audiobooks, his writing style, the genesis of his chilling idea for The Assistant, and more.  

©2019 S. K. Tremayne (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Terrifyingly believable and utterly, utterly gripping. One of my top reads of the year." (Lisa Jewell)

"The Assistant is the definition of suspense!" (Jeffery Deaver)  

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    14
  • 4 Stars
    8
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    14
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    12
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great Domestic Thriller with a hint of sci-fi

Jo Fergusson is the vulnerable young woman, lonely, and struggling to cope on her own in a flat in Camden Town (London NW1). Through Jo, the author starts by painting a wonderful picture of how it feels to live in London as a lonely 33 year old. We almost get a tourist guide to Camden Town and Primrose Hill at one point.

I liked the way that Jo's character developed from being relatively submissive, to fighting back and taking control later in the book.

The threats appear through Electra, the smart speaker system that is supposed to look after our every need and keep us company. Jo has a wide circle of friends who are in the computer tech industry, but which one of them has hacked into her smart speakers to threaten her and why?

This was a very well written thriller, good characterisation, and strong mental images were held all the way through, I had no problem in following the plot despite some complexity at times. (We do get references to mental illness which can be an easy way for an author to turn a thriller into a better selling psychological thriller - but I can forgive that.)

The tension built up nicely towards the end, and a very good ending I thought. Loose ends are all tied up.

This was my first book by this author, I'll be looking for more of his work. Laura Kirman was also very good as the narrator, she did not distract in any way.

The download includes a 12 minute interview with the author. Well worth listening to that.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Five star

Fantastic, a must listen. Loved it from the very first page. Well done 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

Best audiobook I’ve listened to in a long time.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The Best Read For Years

I Could not put this book down, it was thrilling from the beginning to end

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jo
  • leicester, United Kingdom
  • 08-01-20

The Assistant

Overall I enjoyed this book and was hooked on the ‘who dunnit’ aspect! I did find myself rolling my eyes a few times when Jo allowed herself to be blackmailed! Either she had a mental illness or she didn’t..you can’t just switch them on and off!
However despite most of the characters seeming to be completely self absorbed and obnoxious I still listened to the end!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Smart Home Thriller

It took me a while to get into it and almost gave up, but then I started to get into the story and I flew through the rest of the book. The storyline is interesting and very current. I own several Alexa's and love them, but there are always articles in the media asking whether they might be listening in on our lives. The book does make you think what if ....?

I loved the Camden setting of the book, and found it interesting that the poetry and life of Sylvia Plath, who lived just a couple of streets away from where the book was set, was woven into the story

The narrator, Laura Kirman, did a great job. I listened on my Alexa and occasionally when Laura said the word 'Electra' my Alexa paused to 'listen'. Creepy!

There is a short interview with the author at the end of the book which was also very interesting and worth a listen.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant

Brilliantly read a scary story which could very well happen in the future , brilliantly ready by Laura Kidman 10/10 and 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

So gripping!!

This book is amazing!! I didn’t want to stop reading! So gripping! The perfect example of a page turner!
The narrator was fabulous too!
Any thriller lover will enjoy this book!

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

could of been so better

it was far too long for my liking and I feel like it could have done being done within 5 hours instead of 10. I got this back on my birthday and I was really looking forward to it but sadly the story is just so far-fetched and the first clue given is clearly the murderer anyway.

I think the reviews are good because of Alexa but sadly for me it was just far too unbelievable and you continuously made to feel like she's going mad