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The Cliff House

By: Chris Brookmyre
Narrated by: Sarah Barron
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Summary

One hen weekend, seven secrets… but only one worth killing for.

Jen's hen party is going to be out of control…

She's rented a luxury getaway on its own private island. The helicopter won't be back for seventy-two hours. They are alone. They think.

As well as Jen, there's the pop diva and the estranged ex-bandmate, the tennis pro and the fashion guru, the embittered ex-sister-in-law and the mouthy future sister-in-law.

It's a combustible cocktail, one that takes little time to ignite, and in the midst of the drunken chaos, one of them disappears. Then a message tells them that unless someone confesses her terrible secret to the others, their missing friend will be killed.

Problem is, everybody has a secret. And nobody wants to tell.

©2022 Chris Brookmyre (P)2022 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Totally unbelievable, but well told + so much fun!

I have had a run of picking real turkeys recently and so I was so delighted when at the very beginning I felt I could sit back and relax knowing I was in the very reassuring hands of a professional, polished master story teller who I knew would take it from here.
It is my first Chris Brookmyre and when I was doing a bit of research on Goodreads, I realised this is not his usual genre and I am always a bit nervous of men writing predominantly female charactered books. Thankfully I need not have worried - I even had to google Chris Brookmyre before writing this to check is was not Christine Brookmyre as all the women read true and there was no clunky awkwardness.
So knowing their was a real seasoned talent at the helm I buckled up for one hell of a hen's weekend which was packed with secrets, intrigue, betrayals, lies, cocktails and of course a luxurious, exclusive private island resort.
For some reason this is my third consecutive Audiobook set on a private island (Two Scottish, one off the Devon coast) so I am really getting into walking the coastal pathways and having trouble leaving for various reasons. The Cliff House is just so much superior to "The Retreat" by Sarah Pearse (which I had to return) but weirdly similar in that the latter is set on "Reaper's Island" and there is also mention of a Reaper on this island too.

I thought narration was good - bar the mispronunciation of the Spanish name Joaquim ( Wackeen not Joe-A-Kim) as it came up a lot was distracting. Even if you have never heard of Joaquin Phoenix it is so easy these days to Google pronunciation of any word and hear it said correctly that it is annoying that the producer and narrator just did not bother. However the Scottish name places and various Scottish and English accents seemed perfect to my inexpert ear plus RIB boat pronounced correctly "RIB" the word and not spelled out as in the last other two books about islands - so just a minor gripe really.

This well crafted thriller, though a familiar and well trod homage to Agatha Christie's "Ten Little" island based murder mystery, had plenty of surprises and while one had to suspend disbelief, it really was a great adventure with humour and pathos a plenty.
The backstories were well written and there was always something going on or being revealed so never a dull moment.

I put this down and picked it up again, was gripped, distracted and fell right back into the action and was instantly engaged from the getgo, which I think is the sign of a really well written book. After a string of un-thrilling thrillers without any real hook to keep you interested and entertained, this was a book which did all the heavy lifting and allowed the listener/reader to just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Nothing upsetting or gory, no animal cruelty, torture or unsettling dark themes, no sloppy plot holes, just a really enjoyable well plotted thriller which rattled along merrily from twist to turn to double twist. I did guess a quite a few bits of the plots but there was so much going on I was never bored and consider it a credit well spent.

Does exactly what it says on the can, no nasty surprises and in these days when it seems a thrilling thriller is hard to find, this is one, though following a familiar recipe, is confidently and skillfully written and makes for a very engaging and entertaining adventure.

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Cliched and totally unbelievable

I’m a big Chris Brookmyre fan right back to his early novels and this is the worst I’ve read. It had none of his normal sharpness and humour and felt like he was just churning something out to fit with the current trend of locked room thrillers. The narration was brilliant though which made it an easier listen.

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Not my usual choice

Wouldn’t usually have picked a book like this, but it was a great listen and good story. Well worth a shot.

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Great story, well written

After hearing the Author giving a synopsis of this book at a book signing I decided to give it a go. Great decision. This story has so many twists and turns and many surprises.
Worth a read or listen

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Brilliant, would highly recommend

This is a very good book and I enjoyed it from start to finish!! Would highly recommend

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Another great Brookmyre

Yes, it's another great Brookmyre. He writes a book a year (+ the Ambrose Parry's with his wife), and this one has not disappointed. It's well written, the characters are well crafted, there are lots of twists and turns, and some laughing out loud moments, and the narrator's performance is enjoyable.: Brookmyre at his best !

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Hard to keep focus

I’m finding it difficult to concentrate sufficiently even to keep track of the story. I take this to be a very bad sign. There’s too much that’s utterly inconsequential, too many absurdly unlikely confessions. The characters are not engaging. The plot is not interesting. As usual, the whole thing is a painfully contrived puzzle. Boring. Drivelling on and on. Bring back Agatha Christie.

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Good read

This was a bit different from previous Chris Brookmyre books - and a lot less swearing! Good pace and kept me guessing to the end. Excellent narration as always.

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Dreadful,

There was no suspense to this novel as all the characters were dislikable and had unbelievable back stories, it was so tedious you ended not caring whether they lived or died.

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Not great to be honest.

I listened to the entire audiobook but didn’t care about any of the characters. I think it’s a problem authors have when they don’t put a character you are drawn towards, rooting for. I was glad to finish it tbh.

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