©2007 Sarah Rayne; (P)2007 Oakhill Publishing Ltd
"A mistress of the art." (Reviewingtheevidence.com)
"Rayne handles her complex plot with great skill and the suspense is held to the very end." (Shots)
I certainly loved the story structure of this thriller. I love mysteries that thread through different timelines. Moreover I loved the premise of the main character, although I did find her precarious mental state a little overly-convenient at times to suit the plot.
On the whole, the story is a bit scattered and although it's all pulled together in the end, I'm not sure the main protagonist was a truly strong enough character to have all the threads of this story coalesce around her. So although you have a decent resolution, it felt a bit lacking at the end.
The narration is very good, though.
Yes I enjoy her books and I find that Diana Bishop is the only female narrator that I really enjoy listening to on audio.
I did not finish the book. I heard it until the 8th Chapter and then quit and returned the book. I have read other of this writer's works and really enjoyed them. I am sure I will be judged as prudish but the graphic sex scenes especially the rape was very offensive to me and therefore I did not finish it.
Excellent voice impersonations. Good clear diction.
If this had been an actual physical book I could have skipped over the sexual aspect much easier than with the audio book. I choose to return the book rather than finish it.
"Had to keep Listening!"
This was an extremely good and creepy book. The suspense hardly ever let up, and the switching back and forth between time zones was not detrimental in any way. Is there going to be a sequel? Yes please....
A good read, found it hard to put down. The first couple of chapters seemed a bit old fashioned and slow, but it soon hotted up!
"Spare me any more of that narrator!"
I do enjoy Sarah Rayne, although I think she pretty much writes the same story again and again - but it's enjoyably creepy and that's what matters. Unfortunately I was unable to listen to this one for long as the narration was just awful. Pauses in completely the wrong place, launching at words for no apparent reason; huge emphasis where none was needed. A real shame because this is a great walking book.
It would be if not for the narration.
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