When billionaire philanthropist Sir Hugo Fletcher is discovered murdered in his London home, tied naked to a bed, the scandal is only a shadow of the darkness lurking off-camera.
Laura Fletcher returns from an Italian vacation to find her home under siege by paparazzi. Is she shocked? Yes. But is she distraught? Not exactly. Chief Inspector Tom Douglas reveals his suspicions that Hugo’s killer is female. The deeper Douglas digs, the more sordid details he uncovers. And yet nothing compares to the secret Laura guards, a secret that could bring the guilty to justice - or destroy an innocent life forever.
©2013 Rachel Abbott (P)2013 Oakhill Publishing
I could not enjoy the story due to the poor editing. I had to discard listening in the early part .A character was described as 'looking out a window while walking around a room doing various things.' All that was said in one sentence.Aside from the visual image of a buffoon walking into furniture trying to do things with their head cranked around looking out a window, I''m supposed to believe that an intelligent character was doing that. A good editor would have pointed out the wisdom of separating the actions. When I struck the second such poorly constructed sentence that even a program such as Grammarly would have pointed out was clumsy construction, I returned the book for a refund.
"Book I wanted return to as soon as possible"
Rachel Abbott was a new writer for me. I greatly enjoyed the flow of the story and how it gradually revealed issues important to the murder. I found myself waiting for the moment when I could continue listening from where I had to stop before. It was exactly the kind of book I wanted to listen to when feeling bit tired after the day at work.
"Engaging book undermined by cringe-worthy narrator"
This was a good story line with some sympathetic characters that made me want to persevere with the book - more of that later in the review!
Tom was an interesting character drawn more deeply than many policemen in crime fiction and I found myself caring about what he thought and how he would manage his situation.
Sadly the narrator was the wrong choice for this book. He couldn't bring to life the female characters and instead it was like listening to a comedic rendering of a bunch of insipid females (think David Walliams in Little Britain!) with the one exception of the character of Beatrice, who was given a more forthright and punchy tone. If I were the author of this book I would be pretty upset that my work had been so diminished by such a reading.
Yes, from a story-line perspective I did want to work through it in one sitting. However I really had to steel my nerves to endure the narration such was the intrusion of the different tones used, and had it not been for the good story then I would have given up.
I think it would be worth re-narrating this book with with a male reader who has the ability to portray female characters and do them, the story and the author justice.
The appalling narration has prompted me to write my first review despite listening to over 100 books.
The voices put on were nauseating.
This is a good book and one that keeps you listening. The narrator is very good in the male parts, however the female voices were reminiscent of Hinge and Bracket!!! Peter Wickham is an excellent story teller but he should stick to the masculine.
"Good story let down by shocking narration :("
I liked the story. It had an interesting plot, plausible characters and the pace was fine. However the narration was just terrible. The male narrator's rendition of the female characters was almost comedic - think David Walliams 'I am a lay-dee' or Hinge and Bracket. He put on this awful 'posh and squeaky' voice, so that all the women sounded like something out of a black and white 1940s melodrama. It was most off-putting. Given that most of the central characters were women, it would have been far better to use a female narrator - for instance Rosamund Pike is great at narrating both male and female parts. Such a shame that the narration spoiled what would otherwise have been an enjoyable listen.
I could not stop listening to it. Disturbing and gripping can't wait to listen to the next one! A audible must
I bought this after listening to another book by the same author which I enjoyed tremendously. However, this one was SOOO long with a faulty predictable ending. The narrator was terrible. He used s falsetto voice for the many female characters, which was annoying and difficult to listen to. I wasted 2 long car journeyed on this book!
"All in all a well written and well read story"
The audio book was very well read and narrated at a good pace. It is difficult for male and female readers to realistically impersonate their counterparts, but I felt Peter Wickham did a good job and didn't find his female portrayals annoying.
This was a good story and although I had fathomed the murderer and motive before the end, I enjoyed it none the less. I liked the characters of both Laura and Tom and was glad that the Chief Inspector proved to be a man of character. I am glad that the ending was not as predictable as I thought it would be. My favourite character overall was Beatrice. I really liked her vigour and no nonsense, cut to the chase demeanour. I really got a sense of all the characters in my mind eye as I listened. All in all a well written and well read story
Really couldn't stop listening to this psychological thriller, although the pace slowed after an intense beginning.
Narration was mostly good.
A thumbs up
"Powerful and compelling"
I actually have! This is one of the best thrillers I have ever listened to and I was happy to go back and listen to it again as the next time around was almost better than the first one!
It's more sophisticated than 50 shades of grey and more psychologically developed than gone girl - I am so glad the author was able to publish it online given that no publishing house had been interested in this book.
His performance is impeccable
the human fallibility aspect of almost every major character in this book
This has great potential for a fabulous screenplay - Too bad Hitchcock is no longer with us or he would have loved making a film out of this.
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