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The Golden Rule

Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

When Hannah is invited into the First-Class carriage of the London to Penzance train by Jinni, she walks into a spider's web. Now a poor, young single mother, Hannah once escaped Cornwall to go to university. But once she married Jake and had his child, her dreams were crushed into bitter disillusion.

Her husband has left her for Eve, rich and childless, and Hannah has been surviving by becoming a cleaner in London. Jinni is equally angry and bitter, and in the course of their journey the two women agree to murder each other's husbands. After all, they are strangers on a train - who could possibly connect them? 

But when Hannah goes to Jinni's husband's home the next night, she finds Stan, a huge, hairy, ugly drunk who has his own problems - not least the care of a half-ruined house and garden. He claims Jinni is a very different person to the one who has persuaded Hannah to commit a terrible crime. Who is telling the truth - and who is the real victim?

©2020 Amanda Craig (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Not my cup of tea

More of a romance than a thriller

I’m new to the writer, and I was expecting a thriller, not a romance. I admire the writer’s attempts to subvert the genre and her attempts at making a strong female character, but it didn’t work; came across forced and unbelievable. (Rather than having the protagonist say strong words, get them to be and act strong?)
I wanted to slap the main character by the end.
I also felt it a bit patronising to working class families and jobs.

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Dull, condescending and a little embarrassing

Quite how this book has garnered such positive reviews is beyond me. The prose is laboured and full of cliches. The stereotypes of working-class lives, especially Cornish ones, are wince inducing. As for the posh, villainous characters, they feel like they've been lifted from the pages of a children's book. The entire novel reads like someone who is in their late 60s, with plenty of cash in the bank, attempting to write about millennial life. You have been warned.

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Excellent from start to finish

Amanda Craig has again written an intelligent, witty and relevant novel that straddles genres and delights in the richness of its prose

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Rings a bell!

Most enjoyable book, read it in three days as couldn't put it down
good credible characters and the plot was a modern day slant on .........

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Not sure

I really wanted to like this - the "back cover blurb" appealed, it sounded a good premise for a gripping story; unfortunately on the whole it wasn't. It's likely that it will probably offend people with rural backgrounds or lives and people who voted to Leave the EU, or Conservative voters - unfortunately the author wears her political colours very clearly on her sleeve and denegrates anyone who doesn't love London or the EU as ignorant bigots and Tory voters as misguided at best! If you can get past that, it's a benign enough book.

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Disappointed

This is my first book by this author. I had read some good reviews but was disappointed.

I felt the story was cliched and the protagonists massive caricatures. The story had some promise but ultimately didn’t deliver for me.

Also I didn’t particularly enjoy the reader.

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Oh dear!

Hard to know how this book got published- absurd story line, child-like writing, long pages of painfully naive political views....

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  • Schrodingersdeadcat
  • 05-07-20

Different but good...

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book quite like this. According to the blurb you think Strangers on a Train... think again. I felt it was more fairy tale like with lots of political commentary, social commentary which I had no problem with. The author addressed different perspectives of men and women and culture issues. I think so many things were talked about which our protagonist thinks about in her pain and disappointment.
I loved the descriptions of the beauty of nature and the way we can easily wrongly judge people based on first impressions.
Well done.

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  • Annie Smart
  • 05-07-20

Amanda Craig continues to evoke and enthrall.

Just loved it, every aspect. It feels like she writes for me, for my family, my concerns, my experiences. I imagine many others will feel the same way. And it makes me laugh. (I should add, I have read all her previous books and love them, their characters , the 'crime' element, and the semi-fantastical air Craig generates. I've had my life shaped by the very same childrens' books, fairytales, myths and movies. If you've not read her before maybe try the earlier books and follow the sequence through.)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-20

Great Story

This was a special book for me. It took me back to my younger days with the author Victoria Holt. I liked the descriptive writing of places I have never been, and lives very different than mine. I loved the story of Hannah and Stan. All in all a very nice change from the type of mystery/thriller I've been reading. Highly Recommend.

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