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The Less Dead

Narrated by: Katie Leung
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
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When Margo goes in search of her birth mother for the first time, she meets her aunt Nikki instead. Margo learns that her mother, Susan, was a sex worker murdered soon after Margo's adoption. To this day, Susan's killer has never been found. 

Nikki asks Margo for help. She has received threatening and haunting letters from the murderer for decades. She is determined to find him, but she can't do it alone....

A brilliant, thought-provoking and heart-wrenching new thriller about identity and the value of a life, from the award-winning author of The Long Drop and Conviction.

©2020 Denise Mina (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Great but...

This started really well - the characters are engaging and really, no one writes working class characters with as much insight and compassion as Denise Mina. The premise is a good one - doctor adopted at birth finds out her mother was murdered and had been working as a prostitute. There are some loose ends - Margo's family are not revealed in as much detail as I expected, and a shocking event is left hanging without the reader ever finding out what happened next. The ending is sudden and problematic - one of those slightly trendy crime fiction endings that are ambivalent and unsatisfying. It's pretty clear to anyone who has watched tv or read any crime fiction that the ending that's hinted at would never happen and any intelligent person would be able to work that out. Still, great read until the end. I just wish crime fiction editors would start insisting on a properly wrapped up story. Great narration - would definitely listen to more from this narrator.

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Disappointingly dull.

The story never really gets going and falls into the flaw of a character taking risky actions against their declared better judgement.

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Gripping from beginning to end

An amazing performance by K Leung. Kept me on the edge of my seat.