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The Seventh Victim

Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
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Audible's Crime & Thriller Pick of the Month: March 2020

Love nothing more than being engrossed in a creepy thriller or playing detective with a gripping mystery? You're not alone! Always ready for a challenge, the Audible editors have taken on the tough task of seeking out spine-chilling tales that will keep you up all night. Every month we’ll bring you the very best in murder and mystery in Audible's Crime & Thriller Pick of the Month.
Michael Wood

About the author


Born and bred in Sheffield, Michael worked as a freelance journalist for The Star covering crime and the courts. He is part of the CrimeSquad reviews team and is an established writer of crime fiction, including the DCI Matilda Darke series.

Joanne Froggatt

About the performer


Joanne Froggatt is an English actress. She is well known for portraying Anna Bates in the period drama series Downton Abbey, and for this role she received three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2014.

Joanne is also known for playing Laura Nielson in the ITV crime series Liar.

Mathew Horne

About the performer


Mathew Horne is an English actor, comedian and narrator. He is best known for appearing on several BBC sketch shows and sitcoms, most notably Gavin & Stacey, The Catherine Tate Show, 20 Things to do Before You're 30, Teachers, Horne & Corden, and Bad Education.

Mat is also a series regular on comedy drama Agatha Raisin.

Summary

On Sunday, February 3rd 1990, seven-year-old Danny Redpath disappeared from his home. Four months later, his body was found in the nearby forest, washed clean of all evidence. Over time, more bodies were discovered; more families devastated forever.

Apprehended while attempting to abduct another child, Jonathan Egan-Walsh was charged with the murders of thirteen boys. Convicted on all counts, he received life in prison and went unrepentant, still refusing to reveal the whereabouts of one of his victims, Zachery Marshall.

Twenty-five years later, Zachery’s mother Diane is still searching for his body. When Jonathan dies in custody, she realises she will never know its location – until she receives a letter he left in his cell, in which he admits he was guilty of all the crimes of which he was accused, except the murder of her son.

Diane tracks down the woman in charge of the case at the time, former DI Caroline Turner, and together with Jonathan’s biographer Alex Frost they start to investigate. Could this be the killer’s final twist of the knife – or is he telling the truth at long last? Sooner or later, this secret buried and undisturbed for a quarter of a century will come to light.

©2020 Michael Wood (P)2020 Audible Studios
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Great Book

this isnt my normal choice of book but the synopsis caught my attention

Joanne reads this book really well and her different characters voices are easily distinguishable, believable and the story is heartfelt

would highly recommend

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fantastic read

have read this author from the first publication, this one is completely different from his other series.
i would highly recommend this book, its just a shame its not in print yet

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Kept me guessing to the last word!

I guessed the killer half a dozen times, yep got it right but changed my mind, again and again! Really enjoyed this book, so much so have downloaded one of his other books to read!
Good plot, characters well like in life some really nice others not quite so nice. Liked the dual narration- didn’t think I was going to but it worked well, and both narrators were very good.
Would recommend!

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Fantastic!

Joanne Froggatt is amazing!!! It was like 'watching' a film she was that brilliant! I didn't want it to end!

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Guessed the killer from the beginning

Good book but I predicted the ending very early on. Joanne is a great narrator

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Gripping

This story has depth and sensitivity but is a roller coaster of twists and turns. The characters were relatable and helped by the superb narration. I really enjoyed this book. The abrupt ending comes as something of a surprise, probably moreso because I wasn't ready for it to end. But the characters portrayed surprise too because of the outcome. Highly recommend.

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Very credible story

A very well written book. The narrators did an excellent job. One of the best things about this book was that, unlike many other books, nothing was repeated just to pad the story out. Every moment, every word was fresh and I found myself replaying parts to make sure I didn't miss a thing.
will be listening to more by this author.

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Brilliant

I loved this gripping thriller, had an idea but so many thoughts on the culprit. Will look out for more of the stand alone books that he’s written. I have read the Matilda Dark series and looking forward to the next one coming out this year. Really brilliant read, even better on Audible with Narrators this good.

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excellent twist

I was blindsided by the ending not what I thought at all. excellent i highly recommend

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Very gripping

Was a bit long for me but enjoyed it. I did guess the plot but still enjoyed it

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  • Schrodingersdeadcat
  • 20-03-20

Seriously? Why the good reviews?

I couldn't tell one character from another... man from woman because the narrator didn't change her voice even a little. She also sounded rushed.
The premise of the story was also highly improbable. A retired cop and author of the book about this serial killer get together and try to find who killed missing victim #7 because the killer insists on his deathbed it wasn't him. Where for me it goes off the rails, is when we realize the killer is distantly related which explains the clothes the police found in his house with the other victims. Uhm, flimsy explaination. There are so many trite remarks and silly plot holes not to mention dialogue. It's weird to have a high soft voice as a man too. The first part explanting there mothers grief is very good. The search for the real killer is predictable and amateurish. The rave reviews shock me now that I'm in it. I'll finish but I'm skipping to the end. To be honest it's a bit of a mess.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-05-20

Great crime story.

Between the storyline and the narrator's, it was hard to pause the book and it kept me guessing about the ending all the way through.