This is one of those rare books that I couldn't put down and had to listen to at the expense of everything else.
Very emotive especially to anyone who has a child. The narrator was great at the different accents.
I like that the romance didn't take over the novel. It's a crime novel first and foremost.
Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys British crime novels
The opening scene is guaranteed to reel you in. A young boy is deliberately thrown overboard and without thinking, our heroine jumps in to save him. She must now discover who the boys parents are and the circumstances that led to him being thrown into the lake.
The romance appeared to have equal importance with the mystery but the ending was surprising. I realise now that this is to be the first book in a series so I guess leaving some things up in the air is appropriate.
Loved the heroine Troy. Thoroughly recommend.
There's a lot packed into this abridged version and I can't help feeling ripped off that I didn't get the entire story. I didn't know the characters as well as I should.
Despite that it's a gripping yarn with the romance as important as the crime mystery.
One word of warning......The crime scenes are graphic and frankly creative. Not for the faint hearted.
Now I'm off to find another Jilliane hoffman book.
I have done little else for the last three days but listen to this great story.
I'm australian so dialect is wasted on me though I did assume the narrator was using a 'rural accent'. It takes me a while to get used to any american accent and perhaps this one took longer than others. Certainly I was reminded of someone getting over a speech impediment by enunciating every syllable slowly and clearly. I've never heard the word 'ambulance' pronounced the way it did in this book.
But 5 stars for a very entertaining read
An unbelievable regency romp. If you're a romance writer you should stick to that genre. The "crime' was unbelievable and the evil caricatures of the bad guys were ludicrous.
As described by others, the narrator has a pleasant speaking voice but when it came to his characters, it was abysmal. The men all sounded like buffoons and as for the women, I kept hearing the Little Britain boys saying "I'm a lady! That's what I am, a lady!"
I'm usually a crime buff so Sylvester came as a welcome change. I haven't read a Georgette Heyer since I was a teen. It was wonderfully romantic. The accents and tones of the characters were perfect and I lost myself in the drama almost forgetting that it was Richard Armitage whispering in my ear........sigh.
My first reading of a Frances Fyfield novel but it won't be the last. Some great characterisations, especially the manipulative, unconscionable 'bad-guy'. And I'm almost inspired to take up sewing after the descriptions of the beautiful costumes and workshop.
The narration was wonderful.
I recommend this book if you're looking for a fairly routine crime thriller with an Amish slant. Actually the Amish slant is probably the most interesting part of the book though I feel like a voyeur at a circus. I quite like the 'gutsy, with angst', police captain though a tad too emotional for the job. There's a bit too much 'mills and boon' for a crime novel.
The narrator wasn't bad at all. At first I found her 'girlish' high pitch irritating but I got used to it and she does a great job with the different character voices.
I'm 1.5 hrs into the book and I'm finding it a real struggle.The narrator's voice isn't at all appealing and the character voices blend together so it's difficult to follow at times.
I realise now just how compelling some narrators are and how much they've contributed to my enjoyment of a book. Unfortunately that isn't the case here.
I think I'll do what a previous reviewer suggests and check out the book.
I usually only listen to audio books when I go for my daily walk but with Blacklands I had to listen to the end. If you like a good thriller this one is for you.
Twenty odd years ago a child disappeared. It was believed he fell victim to a serial killer though his body was never recovered. The nephew, Stephen, lives in the shadow of that tragedy, and he dreams of finding the body of that child to give peace of mind to his family. He writes to the serial killer who is in gaol and there begins a sinister cat and mouse game between the killer and his new prey.
I got goose bumps listening to this. I also found it quite moving. Thoroughly recommend this.
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