"Elizabeth Haynes is ALL STARS"
I am falling in love with this writer. She writes contemporary fiction with a real twist, i.e., not your standard dribble. This book is full of suspense. The research into her characters was excellent and I really believed in the characters although sometimes it was a little uncomfortable for my tastes but for this writer I will persist. Loved Revenge of the Tide too even more.
"Gripping, harrowing and tense"
This is without doubt the best book I have ever listened to and would highly recommend it. It is a gripping, harrowing, tense listen that portrays the absolute hell experienced by a sufferer of domestic violence. Every time I thought I knew what was happening and where the plot was going there were further surprises. This book completely took over my life for a few days and I absolutely applaud the author.
"Outstanding - Gripping to the very last moment"
When the story began with the description of someone with OCD going through one of her rituals, I wasn't sure if I wanted to listen to the rest of the book for fear it would be more of the same. I am so very glad I did - it is one of the most gripping and thrilling books I've listened to in ages. The character's progress throughout the book is realistic and very inspiring... I thoroughly recommend this - and I can't wait to listen to more from this author. And the main narrator was excellent. I don't think the second narrator was necessary at all.
"un put downable"
Anyone who has had any encounter, either personal or via a friend in this situation, will see how cleverly this book has been written. How manipulative the abuser can be, conning the friends onto his side, starting with something small and how quickly the control can take over. The abuse does not have to be so physical, mental control is just as bad and I think she portrays this brilliantly and the tension when he is released, is he, isn't he.....
"I just didn't get it.."
I was expecting great things of this book but for me it just didn't deliver, in fact I only finished the first part because I couldn't bear any more narrative around her "going out with her mates". I seemed to listen to it for hours on end and didn't even reach the point where she "plans her meticulous escape". This book needed to get a move on, it was way too slow for me...maybe if you stick with it it will improve, not my cup of tea I'm afraid.
"A bit disappointing"
We got this on the strength of David Thorpes narration, sadly he only does the last 15 minutes of courtroom dialogue.
A not very engaging book, you might like it, but find something else to read first.
"A real page turner"
A dark, atmospheric tale revolving around the issue of domestic violence. It had me on the edge of my seat. Well written with believable characters and situations. This is the first book I have read by this author and I must say I am a fan! Five stars from me.
I feel misled by the critics' plaudits: this book is just dull - any tension there might be is drowned in the interminable detail. Of course, the reality of domestic abuse must consist of a long slow descent to the unbearable - but the way this was strung out over the two time periods - and, worse, the lack of any wit or invention in the language - was just tedious: I got through part 1, then could no longer be bothered. The main character is so vapid that the initial sympathy wanes swiftly. And the narrator does not help: her version of the Lancaster accent simply does not have the depth to convey any real emotion at all. And please , please, Audible - if the vast majority of a book is read in one voice - do not give us a sample in another, vastly more amenable voice, which lasts but the first 15 minutes - even more misleading!
"One of the few books I've abandoned."
Something - anything - happening before I was 66 chapters in and realized how much time I was wasting.
That there wasn't a story. It came across as chick-lit crossed with a thriller, with the author forgetting to put most of the thriller in. Dull, and very very annoying.
She was given a tedious chick-lit book to narrate, so I don't whether to say that her performance matched the story, and the character is whiny, so that's how she had to play it - but I hated it.
It's very rare for me to give up on a book halfway through, but 66 out of 123 chapters was more than enough.
I rated this book two stars but could not get that to register on rating.
It took me two months to listen to this audio because I kept leaving it down when I got fed up ploughing through it. The story was very drawn out and there was no point where it was believable. All the characters were hard to like and I was cheering when the heroine got finally beaten up. I did not like the narrator as her accent grated. I will steer well clear of this author in future. Qin