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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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meticulously plotted in modern idiom

I’m am 83 year old English man reporting on the 4th of Ko Spain’s excellent crime novels I have learned that modern female writers can deliver socially realistic grittya material using unapologetic vernacular language which adds to the the plotting which is thoroughly worked out and worthy of generations of writing in the genre. l appreciate the insights Jo bravely provides for oldies to catch up a necessary educational exercise

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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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Hard hitting subjects deftly handles

In this latest book Jo turns to another topic often shunned by other authors. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to her books, and Ms McMahon is to be congratulated for her sensitive and consistent character renditions, all of whom are recognisable from book to book. I love crime thrillers and commend these books for their historical and current relevance. Highly recommended as different takes on murder detective reads. Thank you

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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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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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A great procedural thriller

Another DCI Tom Reynolds mystery but can most definitely be treated as a stand alone. Great plot and although I guessed the twist this in no way spoiled my enjoyment. I have to say the narrator was first class and definitely added to my enjoyment
Will look out for more from Jo Spain

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enjoyable and unpredictable

I did enjoy this, characters were believable, ending unexpected and a little abrupt perhaps. A perceptive book about younger people's emotions

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Another brilliant book

Yet another brilliant book following the Tom Reynolds series. Can't praise the narrator enough.

Now looking for the next one!

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It was ok

This book was ok. Story was reasonable and well plotted.
The performance was good when straightforward narration but when in character was generally awful.
Accents were so hard to listen to. Why have a female reader when the main characters were male??

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