Kate Hood delivers a rousing performance of And Then the Darkness a nonfiction book by Sue Williams. Peter Falconio and Joanne Lees, an English couple, set off for an adventure in the Australian Outback. Joanne was later found wandering by a highway with her hands bound and tape in her hair. She told police that a stranger had shot Peter and tied her up, but she had managed to escape. A massive manhunt ensued, but soon the media began to question both the authorities and Joanne. Was she telling the truth? Who was the stranger? Would justice ever be served?
Award-winning journalist and columnist Sue Williams delves into the saga as it unfolds, finding a policeman willing to risk everything to crack the case, a journalist hell-bent on proving Joanne a liar, endless conspiracy theories, countless devastated lives in both Britain and Australia, and, ultimately, an explosive finale.
©2005 Sue Williams; (P)2006 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
" skillfully woven recreation of events reads so much like a seriously creepy novel, it well may have you swearing off outback holidays forever. All the detail and facts, however, have been accrued from some serious journalistic digging, and it's the density of detail, along with its ominous atmosphere, that is the true gold." (Australian Women's Weekly)
"Like good crime fiction, And Then the Darkness presents us with clearly drawn characters and a satisfying denouement." (The Age)
I loved this book - I am an admirer of true crime, plus the writing really put the Australian scene on the radar as a major character.
Additionally, the author goes into the life circumstances and backgrounds of all the main characters, which I really appreciated, as it gives context to their attitudes and behaviors and to how they live out their lives.
I am only giving it 4 stars because I didn't think the ending went far enough towards resolution...i.e. where are the major players now and what are they doing? How has what happened to the main protagonist affected her life now? I just thought things ground to a halt that was way too abrupt.
A long, boring, and overly dramatic recitation of a young crime victim's angst stemming from a highly sensational Australian outback murder and kidnapping. The author essentially makes a book out of newsclippings, cataloging, among other things, every highway murder committed west of Sydney. I'm uncertain whether the book itself left me unsatisfied, or the inappropriately wry inflection of the reader's voice. This was a marginal listen
We used to make things in this country, build. Now we just put our hands in the next guys pocket.
Great book, the research the author did changed my opinion of this event. Good work, not often unbiased journalism hits the Mark like this. Thought early on I thought a bias developed, then started to think author wanted to truly tell the real story.
There are too many off shoot stories in this book! She goes into so many tangential stories about Australia and the towns and other people not directly involved in the story. It's distracting and makes the story quite boring.
Very well written and narrated. Great for lovers of true crime! I really appreciated the narrator; Aussie accents tend to get on my nerves but her voice was enjoyable to listen to. She doesn't over-read or overact. My idea of an excellent narrator is one who makes you forget you're listening instead of reading, and she has this quality. I wish there were more audiobooks available with her narration. This was one of my first purchases after joining, and it remains one of my favorites (if your in the mood to get lost in a great story). It is graphic at times but only as much as necessary. Neither the writing or the narration are ever gratuitous. Recommend!
The start is horribly patronising and very difficult to listen to if you are british, and especially if you have any connection wtih yorkshire (although the author describes Huddersfield as a midlands town!) I almost gave up listening early on as I found it infuriating verging on insulting. However, it is well worth persevering with and quickly turns into a very gripping account of their trip and is very easy to listen to and follow. Not advisable for parents of young people planning a similar tour, as the author is very fond of recounting other notorious cases! However, an excellent book and very well written and read - although it may very well change your views of certain british journalist and newspapers.
"A sinister story with a potential twist"
The in depth focus on the people and events before and after, it gives a complete picture.
Not sure this applies to this true story, the focus and parallels of the characters and their backgrounds takes some getting through but is worth while.
No, it is pieced together very well once you get through the beginning.
The is a true story well read.
"And Then The Darkness"
I remember this true story well,your worst nightmare travelling abroad,although i remember the story,there was also alot i did not know,i am still not sure about what really happened in the Australian outback see what you think!!!
Not well written at all and not very well read either. I did struggle to the end of this book, but it was a chore.
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