Headstrong journalist Anna Rothman knows what suicide looks like - her own husband killed himself five years ago. When Elly Swift, an agitated passenger beside her on a train, leaves a locket in Anna's bag before jumping onto the tracks, Anna starts asking questions. But everything points to suicide and the police close the case.
However, Anna believes that Elly's fears for Toby, her young nephew who was snatched from St. Stephen's church six months ago, fail to explain the true reason behind Elly's distress. Through a series of hidden messages Elly left behind, Anna embarks on a dangerous crusade to track down Toby and find Elly's killer.
But nothing is as it seems and Anna opens a can of worms that throws into question even her own husband's suicide - before the threads of the mystery converge in an astonishing conclusion.
©2013 AJ Waines (P)2015 Author's Republic
I really enjoyed this. I see some reviews saying it's not THE book, but I disagree. This book is just as good, writing is really easy and the pace is well thought out. Narration is a little fast, bust she still does a great job. I will watch for more from this author!
This book will capture your attention and it would have you wondering every step of the way. It is full of suspense and well narrated .
I'm glad I read it before the movie came out.
Vancouver-based filmmaker. Crazy cat lady who falls down a lot of rabbit holes.
I had been recommended this book and it was on my to-read list for the last year, but I found the (audio)book sorely disappointing: the narration was fairly flat (it is particularly dreadful when the story becomes more stylized and dramatic), and the ending is utterly unbelievable. I actually laughed out loud near the end, which is probably not the intention of the author.
The main character came across as judgmental and frankly, unpleasant -- as are most of the other characters. Worse, the author seems to be harshly critical of women and their bodies; in fact, the language to describe the bodies of larger women made me cringe. It was almost hateful.
The written prose is probably on the level of any Dan Brown novel (take that as you will). I would consider it a passable diversion, but will not be recommending it to any of my friends.
I had just finished the Tana French series so this probably was too much of the same. It didn't help that I had several friends rave over this book and so I felt let down with the tidiness of the ending.
I listened, but really did not care for this novel. It is written in such a way that there is no room for speculation on the readers part, which makes for a boring mystery/thriller/suspense. It did not invoke much if any thought, and the reader must sit back as things are revealed that are either obvious or ridiculous. I feel like there were multiple elements to the story that could have made for a great novel, but the author was not able to get them to come across in a cohesive manner. I think this novel could have been enhanced by the narration, but this narrator did not pull that off.
A little too out there in terms of the kinds of coincidences that align in this story line (I won't spoil it!) but otherwise a good listen.
I liked 80% of the book but felt the author wrote herself into a corner and it felt as if she just wanted to get to the end. Her conclusions were fantastical for the most part and spoiled the experience for me. The gang of rogue children really did me in.
Although the narration was excellent, the ending was poor compared to the rest of the story. The book had the feeling of a childrens sorry rather than adult. The descriptive work throughout the story was a little shallow and I could not remember anything really of the book when I had finished listening to it.
"Awesome narration,really bad story "
the narration is awesome by melissa chambers but the story is so bad and blain with no originality what so ever
"Great story. brilliant who dunnit."
loved the book. The story was a fantastic who dunnit. great twist. recommended to everyone.
The story narrative would have worked better with different characters reading their own parts. male and female
"Poor, unlikely story."
This story is not believable and does not hold the attention of the listener.
Poor plot with unlikely twists and turns.
I wouldn,t recommend it as the listener will be disappointed.
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