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The Dead Ex

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Summary

Penguin Audio presents The Dead Ex by Jane Corry, read by Laura Aikman and Honeysuckle Weeks.

The third twist-filled thriller from The Sunday Times best-selling author of My Husband's Wife and Blood Sisters

'I wish he'd just DIE.'

He said in sickness and in health. But after Vicki was attacked at work and left suffering with epilepsy, her husband, Daniel, left her for his mistress.

So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he's gone missing, her first thought is 'good riddance'. But then the police find evidence suggesting that Daniel is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it.

What really happened on the night of Daniel's disappearance?

And how can Vicki prove her innocence when she's not even sure of it herself?    

©2017 Jane Corry (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd

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Disappointing

Not sure why I persevered with this book when I found it so slow and confusing. The narration was appalling, with the Vicki character sounding like a robot, words broken into syllables and no flow whatsoever. The story was highly improbable - high-flying career woman with no character judgement, other characters sketched rather than fully drawn and one of the final twists relying on a character who had been little more than a name.
Those final twists - one, possibly two would have been credible but the last few chapters felt as if a cork screw had been pulled through them as one twist after another was revealed. I’m not sure I know who did what to whom, when or why, and it really doesn’t matter.

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Excellent

I was hooked from the first chapter. Great book with lots of suspense and plenty to keep you interested. Much better then the last Jane Corry book I read. The narration was also very good. I would definitely recommend.

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A suspense thriller with all the right ingredients

This book had me gripped right from the start, there were no dead patches and towards the end the surprises just kept on coming.
The story evolves from the perspectives of two separate people over the years from 2007. Vicki who's ex-husband DAVID has gone missing with evidence that she might have had something to do with it, and Scarlett an 8 year old who is moving between foster homes. I listened intrigued, wondering how these threads would eventually come together.
The writing was superb, I could visualise all the scenes in my mind with very little effort and the time I spent listening just seemed to fly by. Great performance by the two narrators.

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Slow but worth listening

This book starts very slow and the only reason I kept listening was to find out how the 2 separate characters were linked. It's in 3 parts and I would say I eventually became invested in the book during part 2. I would recommend it to people and tell them to just keep going as it's definitely worth listening to for the ending. No one else seems to have mentioned this in their reviews but in part 1 Vicky's chapters started with a very strange piece of audio where the narrator sounded like they had been slowed down, I'm not sure if this was just a fault on my download but I found it pretty irritating!

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Confused

I struggled to read this book. I can't think of anything of value contained within its pages. It started well and was interesting to begin with but …. what a disappointment.

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a mediocre story ruined by one of the narrators

the story was often dull and badly told. it was confusing because of one narrator suddenly growing up. though it didn't take long to work out who she was; nothing subtle in the writing.

Vicky's narrator almost made me stop listening. her reading was jerky and flat at the same time. her men sounded like women and some of her accents were way off.

one of my least favourite listens.

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Wish I hadn't bothered .

I must be in the minority because there are lots of good reviews about this book . I really didn't enjoy it . It bounced around from years ago to times that haven't even happened yet . Character changed her name and I spent ages wondering who the new character was , not that I really cared by that point . I didn't enjoy the narration either , it sounded like she was speaking 1930s "posh" English and the other one never got older than 9 in her voice .I haven't finished it and don't know if I'll bother . Sorry Jane Corry .

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Boring

Just didn’t move anywhere. Harrowing but utterly unbelievable account from a young girl and a rather moany aromatherapist. The response to her epilepsy seems overblown too. My sister and three of my friends have this but to read this account you’d think it was leprosy - dull and unconvincing character.

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Nice Twists

great narrator, with good twists in the story. enjoyable book. would recommend this book. A bit different

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So many twists and turns!

I could not stop listening! compelling reading, and just when you think you've figured out who it could be there's another plot twist!

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  • MA Reviewer
  • 25-06-18

"Ex" This One Off Your List....

If you were wondering if it was possible to pen a dull story about an ex-wife suspected of being involved in her former husband's mysterious disappearance.....it is very, very possible. And this "Ex" book is Exhibit "A".

True confession: I have a weakness for wife-kills-husband/husband-kills-wife books. This being said, I had seen the pre-publicity press for this title and ordered it immediately before the book had any Audible reviews.. How could a book with such a great plot be bad??? Well...... I made it through 2 hours of the book before I refused to let it waste any more of my time. The book is slow, dull, repetitive and a huge disappointment.

The narrator reading Scarlett's lines is very irritating and, quite frankly, she gave me a headache.

There are so many great reads on Audible. Don't waste your credit on this one.

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  • rebecca musser
  • 24-06-18

Enjoyed

I enjoyed listing to this book, The Dead Ex. There were many twists and turns. There are some slower points, but I wanted to find out who these people are and how they all connect with each other.

The one item that I did not like was the voice used for Vickys thoughts. Why was a computerized male voice used for this part. Very distracting and odd. Thank goodness not many of these were in the story.

The story was a bit easy to figure out, yet there were a few surprises toward the end.

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  • Christine Bamberger
  • 27-11-18

Addictive, but what's with the slow sequences?

Overall I greatly enjoyed listening to this suspenseful and plot-twisty book, which not only presents a convoluted mystery, but gets you thinking about the vast shortcomings of prison and foster care systems -- even those with good intentions. Honeysuckle Weeks and Laura Aikman do an excellent job of portraying various voices (especially Weeks -- she even has a pretty good American accent!).

Just one thing confused me about the recording: In Part 1 (indeed, right off the bat), there are some short narrations that I guess are the diary entries of Vicky. However, either the director of the audiobook recorded Weeks at a slow speed for those, or somehow the session in which those were consecutively recorded came out of the recording studio slow, and were not adjusted. I was thrown, because all the way up to the end I thought the character of David had some husband stashed somewhere who also was into aromatherapy (lol). But truly, Weeks slowed down sounded like a bloke! Nevertheless a gripping listen; highly recommend it.

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  • Jessica W.
  • 28-06-18

Couldn't decide if I hated or loved it..

There were so many parts of this audiobook that made me so angry and annoyed... then parts that made me think it was a great story. I was ready to give it 3 stars and then 5 stars. So, I settled on giving it 4 stars.

First of all, the title of this book & the summary were sort of misleading. Then the book jumped around so much and used dates and it was hard to follow. I found myself having to repeat chapters thinking I had missed something or needed to reclarify an event.

Not to give too much away, I thought that the constant twists were fantastic. Holy mother of literature. I was definitely in shock and had "OMG" moments while listening. I never had a clue to what might happen which was very pleasant because I can usually figure out the twists in books, NOT THIS ONE.

So yes, there were parts that aggravated me but this book had me hook. I would definitely recommend.

The only parts with narration that bugged the crap out of me were the male computer sounding diary entries. They were creepy and soooo out of place. HATED that part.

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  • Maxie
  • 27-06-18

this isnt my kind of book...too slow dragging out

isnt my kind of book...too slow drag and the english slang sucks for an american!