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Summary

Summer, 1981: The body of Kate Rokesmith is found by the River Thames in London. Her four-year-old son is wandering nearby, traumatised and mute.

Detective Inspector Darnell cancels yet another trip he had promised his daughter Stella and heads for the scene of the crime. The murder is never solved.

Winter, 2011: It's another busy day at the Clean Slate office. Owner and head cleaner Stella Darnell is annoyed to have her routine interrupted by the news that her father has died of a heart attack.

Dutifully sorting his belongings, she finds the case papers for the Kate Rokesmith murder gathering dust in his attic. Stella cannot resist the lure of bringing order to chaos. Red pen in hand, she determines to find the killer....

©2013 Lesley Thomson (P)2014 Audible Studios

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Zzzz

Glad I'm not the only one that found this book interminable. Main character was just annoying, spend all her time seeming to wish she'd spent more time with her dad while he was alive then wasn't even going to go to his funeral? I carried on to the bitter end, there were no surprises other than how much she managed to pad it out. I have been left with a wonderful feeling of lightness every time I open my audible app and realise I can now listen to something else.

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Implausible, overly-detailed and predictable

What a waste of a credit. Wish I’d taken more notice of the reviews that pointed out this book’s many flaws. None of the characters were likeable, and it was hard to identify with or care about any of them, even the victims. There came a point when it was so obvious ‘who dunnit’ that I wanted to shake the main character Stella. All the other 1 star reviews for the paperback edition say it much better than I can. It’s a surprise this ever got published as it reads like a very early draft that needs a good structural edit and some advice on creating believable characters and a compelling story arc. I definitely won’t be seeking out more in this series.

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What a waste of time, effort and a credit

Hopeless writing, awful characters - who cares what happened to them, or what brand of aftershave they use, nor to I care to know that he had obviously spent a night away as the salt stains of persperation indicated two days of wear, in the way of rings on a tree shows the age......

The reading was dreary - though possibly Anna Bentinck was also bored senseless.

I CANNOT finish this book, it is one of the worst that I have come across.

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Brilliant!!

I had started to read this book twice before, and whilst really enjoying the story, never seemed to find the time to read as a busy Mum of 5.
My husband downloaded the audible version for me to allow me to finish it. I'm
So glad he did.
I found 'The Detective's Daughter' thoroughly enjoyable, full of twists and turns, I couldn't stop listening.
The narrator suited the story well too.

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I couldn't get to the end.

I hate giving a negative review, but i have to. This story was so slow to get going and by the time it did I'd lost interest so much my mind had switched off. Instead of looking forward to the next installment i was looking forward to it ending. Main character is horrid. Constantly flash backs i disliked intensely especially just when you think its going to get going. I'm afraid the thing has got me down and its beimg returned.

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Great start to a series

I first read this book several years ago and enjoyed it, and having just purchased the other books in the series I decided to revisit by listening to the Audible version.

First of all I have to say I didn't really like the narration. There seemed to be too many unnecessary long pauses. Even though I increased the speed to 1.25 the pauses were still there!

As for the book itself, once again I did enjoy it. The premise of a deceased policeman's daughter working to solve the case which was his obsession during his life is an interesting one. I remembered a lot of it but had also forgotten much of what happened, so some of the twists suprised me once again. I didn't really like the protagonist, Stella, but that didn't matter. The one negative about the book is that it's a bit too wordy, with long descriptions which didn't really add any value.


I am now looking forward to the other books in the series.

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Really good listen

This book had me hooked from the moment that I started to listen . Believable characters, amazing plot .
Brilliant book .

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Not a listen for the faint at heart

It took me three attempts to try and get into this book. Sadly, although I persevered, I found this book very hard going indeed. The plot seemed disjointed, characters a little confusing and the narration, in parts, quite strange.

I was unable to form any connection with these characters and, in parts, was at a total loss as to who was whom.

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Story is too long & boring

The story at over 17 hours I thought it would be an interesting read. Unfortunately it drones on and on. I doubt if professional editing would have helped.
The narration was ok considering the lack lustre plot and storyline. The narrator did her best in the circumstances.

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Irritating

Overall very irritating and hard work . Narrator too sugary. I restarted 4 times but it did not get any better.