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The Boy Who Fell

An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery
By: Jo Spain
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
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Summary

From the number one best-selling author of the confession and cowriter of Rte One's Taken Down.

Kids can be so cruel. They'll call you names. Hurt your feelings. Push you to your death.   

In the garden of an abandoned house, Luke Connolly lies broken, dead. The night before, he and his friends partied inside. Nobody fought, everybody else went home safely. And yet, Luke was raped and pushed to his death. His alleged attacker is now in custody.   

DCI Tom Reynolds is receiving the biggest promotion of his career when a colleague asks him to look at the Connolly case, believing it's not as cut and dried as local investigators have made out. 

And as Tom begins to examine the world Connolly and his upper class friends inhabited, the privilege and protection afforded to them, he too realises something.  

In this place, people cover up for each other. Even when it comes to murder.

©2019 Joanne Spain (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

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Thrilling me softly.

This book is so well written, the story draws you in as the layers of the mystery are slowly peeled away. The main characters are drawn so that they are flawed but likeable and easy to empathise with them.

Aoife McMahon’s gentle narration is subtle and easy to listen to, this understatement emphasises the occasional brutality of the story.

I don’t always enjoy Jo Spain books but when her novels are good they are outstanding, this is definitely one of the outstanding ones.

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Well-crafted enjoyable listen

Enjoyed this book. The main characters and plot were well crafted and the narration excellent. I have a big criticism however. The story features some LGBT characters and the author seemed to be under the illusion that in terms of their sexuality, they had to be either gay or straight. The concept of someone possibly being bisexual or pansexual seemed lost on the writer and this was both irritating and distracting.

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Excellent and absorbing.

I wasnt keen on crime novels until I came across Jo Spain. Cant wait to start the next one.

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Another excellent book

I enjoyed this book. Each of Jo Spain’s audio books have been different, well thought out and unpredictable, which is a big plus.
Each new storyline still manages to add small personal details on each character. I’ve read them one after another, but unfortunately this is the last on, so I shall have to get into other’s heads!
Read and enjoy

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The Boy Who Fell

I haven’t listened to one of Jo Spain’s book that I have been disappointed with but for me this one has was the icing on the cake. The conclusion came as a complete surprise.

I love Alice McMahon’s narration too. She captures my imagination and I am sure she would do the same for anybody.

If you want a “who did it” story but keep changing your mind throughout, this is the book for you. Worthy of five stars

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Tedious

A struggle to listen to. Too many characters doing too many things that made the story complicated and long.

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Yay! Another good one!

Really enjoyed this after being disappointed with Beneath the Surface where I liked neither the book nor the reader. Thankfully this is another great DCI Tom Reynolds book with the characters well written, a good story and BRILLIANTLY read by my fave narrator Aoife McMahon who brings them to life. The Kerry accent of Tom’s boss is ace and makes me chuckle. Well done Jo Spain, I’m off to look for the next instalment.

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OK, not great

I finished the book but felt it was slow to get going and a bit padded out with too many 2-dimensional characters that made the story confusing at times. The main character Tom Reynolds is a believable and well-drawn personality. I thought the denouement unconvincing.
The narrator employs many different Irish accents some of which I found difficult to understand.

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Excellent as usual

Always has me guessing love these books.
Also for me narrator is crucial so top marks to Aoife yet again really brings the story to life.

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The boy who fell

I have enjoyed this story very much with all its twist and turns
I have only just found Jo Spain and I will continue to read more of her books.
Beryl