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Summary

Dreda awarded an MBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2020 New Year’s Honours List. From the international best-selling author of Spare Room comes an unmissable new psychological thriller.

One hundred years ago young women were killed in this workplace.

Is history about to repeat itself?

Rachel, a young woman in serious debt, needs to find a job fast before she’s made homeless. She gets a lucky break when she is offered a great position in a successful company. Then she discovers that the building was once a Victorian sweatshop with a tragic history. Is this why Rachel feels something increasingly sinister?

Soon her new job becomes a living nightmare. Rachel desperately wants out, but she has no other way of escaping her debts. She’s trapped. Then she makes a shocking discovery.

Haunted by the death of others and as the present and past begin to close in, Rachel needs to find answers before she finds herself in grave danger....

What is really going on in her workplace?

And can she ever escape her inner demons?

©2020 Dreda Say Mitchell (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"As good as it gets." (Lee Child)

"A truly original voice." (Peter James)

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  • Em
  • 22-02-20

don't bother with audio. read the book first

my biggest criticism is with the narration
I bought the Kindle book and audiobook. Sarah Borges is reading it. she irritated me so much I had to keep turning off and trying again. if you imagine, in a highly dramatic, atmospheric stage of any plot, the narrator steps up the breathy, dramatic delivery, you can ride with that and connect, following through to the point if relief. But this lady keeps that high pitched tension ALL the way through the book. from page one. it is exhausting. there are no shades in the delivery it's all on tiptoes. no contrast. no shock element.
The second criticism is of the writing. The author repeats herself far too much. "I threw my head back in a gasp" I looked down and felt my chin on my chest etc. all very good strategies in a thrilling story, but should not be repeated. ever!!
The story is good. the plot is good. what stands out in neon lights, is that the writer, though talented, is inexperienced and a bit self-indulgent. it does not deserve the praise it gets. with experience AND A GOOD EDITOR who knows what they are doing (I don't care who they are they, they did not edit this book as they should) she will be worthy.

Edit: I just tried again to listen to this book and I absolutely can't. The narrator is TERRIBLE. The rhythm is chaotic. She speeds up and slows down within a sentence, which would add to the drama, if used appropriately, but she does it in every sentence, on every line, in every paragraph.
I won't buy any book that she narrates.

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Good story

A story to hold your interest, but the reader let it down very badly disappointed.

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Intriguing story

A very enjoyable listen. Quite an unusual story where tension is palpable. Kept me guessing until the end. Excellent narration.

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Very unbelievable plot!

Having read and enjoyed Spare Room, I was looking forward to seeing what Dreda Say Mitchell could come up with next. The answer is another creepy psychological thriller. Well, it started well and I was completely hooked. Rachel, in debt, finds a dream job with a great salary working for Michael. Then he asks her to work in the 'server room' which is in the basement and can only be accessed via a trap door. The book is definitely creepy, with a proper sense of dread, but then things fell apart a bit. The plot was so far fetched. I know that this is fiction, but there are limits! However, overall I did enjoy listening.

Sarah Borges did a good job with the narration.

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Loved it

If you enjoy a true mystery then this is brilliant. Is our heroine mad or is she being manipulated? Who the hell knows until the end. I honestly thought I knew but it corkscrews around so many corners that I became as confused as she was. You will need to concentrate but that isn't a bad thing. Now I am off to try Spare Room for more confusion!

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slow

it wasn't a bad book but found the narrator irritating so was hard to concentrate

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  • 07-04-20

Excellent narration

It's really sad that people have to be mean, even cruel towards authors and narrators. The narration by the way , is excellent. I heard no "whining " and I'm a pretty good judge of narration as I've been an audible customer for over 10 years.
As for the writing, the premise is fresh, writing is very good, lots of twists and creepiness that you would expect in a book like this. It's s good book and I see nothing wrong. Highly recommended.

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  • lisa
  • 14-05-20

Not sure

I just cant seem to love this book. What should have taken at max 2 or 3 days just drug and drug so a book could be completed. The story line was a tad confusing and I developed no sympathy for the main character. Narrator was great!

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  • MM
  • 18-03-20

Intriguing!!

Keeps interest from beginning to end! Lots of twists and good stuff!! You’ll love it!

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  • sweta
  • 27-02-20

Awful Narrator

The narrator is so Awful she ruins the book. The Story is really good but the Narrator's Whiney voice ruins it. The authour Describes things way too much this kind of writing is not for me

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  • Susan
  • 25-02-20

Couldn’t Put It Down

Great plot with continual action! The narrator adds to the excitement. All together I highly recommend this book!