The real nightmare starts when her daughter is returned....
A bone-chilling psychological thriller that will suit fans of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Daughter by Jane Shemilt, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
A girl is missing. Five years old, taken from outside her school. She has vanished, traceless. The police are at a loss; her parents are beyond grief. Their daughter is lost forever, perhaps dead, perhaps enslaved. But the biggest mystery is yet to come: one week after she was abducted, their daughter is returned. She has no memory of where she has been. And this, for her mother, is just the beginning of the nightmare.
©2015 Alex Lake (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Storyline was decent but the author deviated too much and it became annoying after a while. I would end up fast forwarding through the babbling to get to the real storyline.
I would say yes, because the narrator made such a huge difference for the story. Without the narrator, the story wouldn't be so great. She gave life to the story.
The most interesting aspect of the story was being able to see the disaster of Julia's marriage. I was very sympathetic to her circumstances even when it was not relate-able.
The very end when she had to tear apart her hand to get out of the Priest hole.
No, I wouldn't be interested in reading a second book but if there was a book. I should probably be a back story of Etna and what triggered her physiological behavior.
The story was ok, I really wish the Author could have wrote the story in the way were it wasn't obvious who culprit was. That was the most disappointing part of the whole book. But overall was a good story. I rooted for Julia throughout the story. She was in so many obstacles. That was really strong.
The story started slowly, and as is put out in the synopsis, results in the return. It rapidly runs downhill with the speed of a runaway locomotive through muck and mire of human disfunction.
Do not succumb to the leaders. This is a disturbed story that cannot in any way be termed entertaining, or enlightening, or to have any moral redeeming value.
It was a bad buy.
"Shame about the shouting"
This was a good story, if a little unbelievable at times. However, I almost stopped listening because of the narrator, who seemed to think it was necessary to actually shout when the characters in the book were getting agitated. It certainly made me agitated. Surely the text in a talking book should be enough? Very irritating.
If I had not bothered to download and listen to it.
The speaker was very annoying to listen to and it was as though a child had written the story, it kept drifting away from the story to 'I remember when' or 'it reminded me of' and would go on and on about something else, sometimes a whole chapter that had nothing to do with the story and it was always 'and then.... and then....and then....'
"Averagely written without great suspense"
bit of a disappointment as a holiday read. Didn't find main character engaging and plot included too many stereotypes which leads to a predicable ending.
Loved this book! Well read and a gripping story line. There were times I just couldn't turn it off!
I nearly gave up on this book. I only managed to finish it by skipping over several sections that were droning on too long. The idea was interesting but something in the book was lacking and the performance of the narrator was irritating so I was glad when it was over.
Shouty, irritating, annoying.
Yes, skip past some sections of it and almost quit half way through.
I wouldn't recommend this book at all. The narration is very shouty. I read other reviews saying the shouting was bad but I couldn't imagine it but listening with headphones on and having the narrator shouting in my ears was not pleasant and it happened a lot. I found the way the narration was done made me not connect to any of the characters and the main character Julia I disliked so that half the time she was in peril I just wanted her to shut up and go away. If I hadn't bought this book with a voucher I would return it for a refund.
This is a very tense story of a kidnapped child. Very sympathetically written. Superbly narrated
"Excellent nailbiting thriller!!,"
I Let You Go, the same edge of your seat capacity to keep you guessing!
Brings out the suspense angle very well.
Would recommend to anyone wanting an edge of your seat thriller!
Enjoyed the narrator
do not like writing much as do not want to spoil story for others
"saw the twist coming a mile off!"
badly written and obvious ending the story didn't flow well. plus didn't like the way it was read.
"Boring, tedious and flat"
I returned this book, and I don't do that very often.
All the characters were unsympathetic and the book itself felt strangely empty. Where's the police investigation? We never even seem to hear mention of the police.
I'm fairly sure what the "twist" is, but I actually don't even care enough to find out if I'm right. It's that flat. The characters are two-dimensional at best.
Edna could've been interesting, but she's a flat, boring caricature. The starchy matronly shouty voice the narrator adopts doesn't help; there's no nuance left, if there had been any in the book to start with.
The abductor could have been interesting, but because the author is trying to hide their identity, we don't get hear anything interesting about their internal life or motivations, so we might as well not hear from him/her.
All in all, it felt like an almighty waste of time.
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