My name is Piper Hadley and I went missing on the last Saturday of the summer holidays three years ago.
When Piper and her friend Tash disappeared, there was a huge police search, but they were never found. Now Tash, reaching breaking point at the abuse their captor has inflicted on them, has escaped, promising to come back for Piper. Clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and his stalwart companion, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, force the police to re-open the case after Joe is called in to assess the possible killer of a couple in their own home and finds a connection to the missing girls. But they are racing against time to save Piper from someone with an evil, calculating and twisted mind....
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"Excellent plot, superbly narrated..."
Very good indeed! The plot did well and truly thicken as the book progressed, and I found myself listening at every opportunity to find out 'whodunit'! At the end of the book I found myself in tears, such was my empathy with the characters.
Sean Barrett reads superbly, as always. He is one of the few male readers who can 'do' women without making them sound either simpering or halfwitted. Much of this story is in the voice of an 18 year old female, and he does an impeccable job.
If you like detective stories, this comes very highly recommended indeed!
"The Best Book I have ever listened to"
Wow, what a book. Having listened to all of Michael Robotham books I couldn't wait for the latest and it surpassed all I could have wished for. It is brilliant certainly the best book I have ever listened to.
So good, in fact, that I couldn't decide whether to listen to the whole series again or just re-listen to ths one. My decision was to listen to this one again and strange as it may seem this is even better the second time around a true sign of an exceptional book. I cannot wait to get to bed at night to listen and, at least, this time around I will not have to be listening at four in the morning my knowing the plot I can take my time. Thank you Michael Robotham the best audio book out there.
"Dark and Powerful"
I couldn't switch this book off and listened to it in 2 days. A rich and gripping story, narrated beautifully. I was slightly put off at first hearing a man speaking the part of a teenage girl but his gentle tones soon carried me into the story and I found myself enthralled. A superb story with twists and turns to the very end. Loved it.
"Gripped me from the beginning!!"
Another great crime busting novel from Michael Robotham, gripping, with twists and turns to keep you head spinning, couldnt wait to get back to it each time I had to break away. I always download lenghty books to keep me occupied on my long commute and I am sometimes disappointed that the story is sometimes lost in lenghtier books but not so with this one. It can be a little confusing as the majority of the story is a "narration" from one of the victims referring back to the beginning of events and then bringing you right back to present day, however the "confusion" also keeps you guessing, right to the end, who is responsible for the abduction of the two girls, the motive, what is going to happen to Piper, and many more. With its suspense and intrigue it leads you down one way and then another, not giving you the full explanation until the last chapter. A fantastic read, well narrated - one of the best crime thrillers I have read this year.
"Superb - best one yet!"
Both my wife and I loved this one. I found the relationship between Joe and Ruiz much more believable this time, Joe doesn't go on too much about 'Mr Parkinson' and his being asked to help the police seems almost plausible. This book has it all; suspense, suspicion, romance, red herrings, crushing disappointment, sadness..... Until now I didn't think any of these would beat Shatter but this one is brilliant. Oh, and it's read by the master Shaun Barrett who is as flaweless as ever. On to the next one!
"Wow! a great book"
Gets into it right from the start. I could not stop listening. A very good book. There is a little bit of nasty but not much. Had me gripped with patches of suspense throughout. The reader was just right for this book too.
"Absolutely Loved It!!"
I really enjoyed this book and really didn't want it to end. This is my second book from this author, the first one being Shatter and I love the main characters so much I will be getting the earlier books in the series. It comes very highly recommended from me!!
"Say You're Sorry"
A gripping read from start to finish! Some very blunt language which takes a little getting used to, but acceptable in the overall context of the book. A great first book to download!
I have only just discovered this author which is great news for me as I can now look forward to reading his other novels! Wonderfully written by an author of some considerable talent, paced just right, with nicely drawn characters and great plot. I will also say that I thought Sean Barrett narration was great. Highly recommended.
"A compelling and discomforting story"
The scenario is sadly a topical one of young girls kept in captivity by a depraved kidnapper. After three years, and the case having gone cold, further surprising evidence revives the search and the police engage the help of Joe O’Loughlin a psychologist with expertise in profiling offenders. His character broadens the appeal and scope of the book to be more than just a detective novel as he introduces ideas about the motivations and personality traits of perpetrators of such crimes. These more reflective aspects of the book don't lessen the pace and excitement of the chase.
The story runs in parallel from the point of view of the imprisoned girls and from that of those trying to find them. Using dialogue lends immediacy to the narrative and made me feel involved in the desperate search for the girls as the police try to piece together their last movements, who might have kidnapped them and where they could be kept.
At times the story is painful to listen to but the cruelty and violence are mercifully not over-done and much is left to ones imagination in this compelling drama. There are false leads and wrong assumptions along the way that add to the cliff-hanger final chapters.
The characters are well-drawn, particularly Joe whose compassion, humility, health problems and family troubles make him more likable and real than some other fictional profilers.
The narrator, Sean Barrett, is so good it sounds as if the characters are telling their stories. He is convincing as the voice of young girls as well as an array of different accents, genders and ages.
A gripping story that also made me think about inhuman behaviour.
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