The discovery of Gemma Whiting's bludgeoned body within spitting distance of her family home, opens a new case for DI Sally Parker, one that quickly embroils her in Gemma's feud with male family members. The more Sally digs, the longer her suspect list grows. Frustrated after months of investigation, yet another young woman is attacked close to where Gemma's body was found. Sally begins to wonder if she's been looking in the wrong direction for the killer.
©2015 M. A. Comley (P)2015 Tantor
The narration was appalling. My 11 yr old granddaughter could have put more feeling into reading it.
Not if she hires Charlotte Anne Dore to narrate. What a really poor choice.
I felt as if she was reading the story for the first time and had no idea what was going on, so she put emphasis in the exact wrong places. And her voice is irratating to the nerves.
I'm sure I could have enjoyed it if I had been reading it instead of listening to it.
Every now and then I like to take a chance on a new author and/or narrator. The smart thing to do would be to listen to the sample, which in this case I failed to do. I won't make that mistake again.
To say this narrator's style is wooden would be a generous understatement. I resorted to speeding the narration up to 1.25 in an attempt to make her narration approximate some kind of human speech, but even that wasn't enough. Her slow reading and over-enunciation set my teeth on edge.
And the story isn't the strongest either. It's a police procedural that appears to be written by someone unfamiliar with the genre, let alone actual police procedure. For example, it's hard to imagine the police anywhere letting a family stay in a immediately after a murder has been committed--without having scene of crime officers even examine the evidence or having detectives take statements.
I could go on and on, but I'll restrain myself. I simply can't recommend this book, and in fact wish I had phoned Audible and asked for my money back. And I'll definitely be listening to samples from now on!
Whoever chose Ms Dore to narrate the Conley stories did the author a disservice. Had I not already bought the book as part of the series, I'd not have bothered listening to it. Ms Dore's delivery is often stilted, unnatural and detracts from a good story.
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