A girl lies close to death in a deserted lane.
A driver drags her body to the side of the road.
A shadowy figure hides in the trees, watching.
For Ellie Saunders last night’s hit and run on the back road could destroy everything she has....
Ellie’s new neighbour, former Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas has moved to the village for some peace and quiet, but as he is drawn into the web of deceit his every instinct tells him that what happened that night was more than a tragic accident.
©2014 Rachel Abbott (P)2014 Oakhill Publishing
"There are red herrings galore in this well scripted plot and even when you think you have the story sussed, Abbott throws a spanner into the works … a refreshingly original read" (Crime Fiction Lover blog)
"Not only is it tightly plotted, with intricate twists and turns, the writing is also of the highest standard" (What am I reading blog)
"This is a tightly written psychological thriller" (Amazon top 500 reviewer)
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Right from the start I was gripped. The plot itself was intriguing, fascinating and had a totally different ending to the way I was thinking. Well done to the narrator Penny McDonald who never once failed to keep her dialogue Intriguing. Loved it !
I lost count of the amount of times I found myself cringing at implausible dialogue, weak characterisation or the ridiculous actions of the characters.
The book is almost well plotted but characters act in contrived ways just to keep the plot chugging along. The hackneyed dialogue isn't worthy of a teenage diary and the characters are all unlikeable and unsympathetic. I switched it off on two occassions vowing never to listen to it again, and only forced myself to listen thriugh to the end so I could review it...it wasn't worth it...
The narration was irritating and over enthusiastic, but a drop of sympathy must go out to Penny McDonald - having to trudge through unrealistic dialogue. It may not be fair to blame the narrator.
This is amateur writing and it's made me vow to use more discretion in future when it comes to choosing new authors.
"Compelling story, impossible to put away"
Warning! This story is so compelling, that you will not be able to set it aside until you get to the end of it. It is a contemporary story, and it feels so real, the characters are the types of people you may well know or have met, so it is your curiosity that will keep you on your toes until you find out what is really going under the surface! Be ready to step into deep and dark waters. Another warning is for the start of it, I was not expecting this opening. No spoilers, just that I was very shocked, to the point that I felt sick. So much so, that I was thinking of deleting the book. I am glad I didn't as this is one of the best crime books I have recently read and I give it all stars, and also to the author Rachel Abbott, who is a self-published writer. Well done Rachel, you rock! The story is guaranteed to move you and may be bring up certain feelings. But you will find yourself absorbed and trying to piece the puzzle together, with each additional clue and new piece of information, almost as if you are the one who has to solve the mystery.
Someone who likes Interminable discussion about relationships past and present and has interest in only a hint of a plot within the first half of the book.
I didn't take to this story. I gave it a good long listen-to but it failed to get me involved and made me annoyed. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen beyond all the (possible) events that are hinted at. I could not finish it.
"Murder in the Ambridge panto"
Not by Rachel Abbott but depending on the story i might try Penny again.
Where to start? The story was like a version of The Archers with stock characters and a storyline full of improbable coincidences. People supposedly clever are culpably stupid in failing to see the obvious and then agonising for long passages before doing the most ridiculous and dangerous thing. If any of them had any common sense murders could have been avoided and the book would have been - thankfully - shorter. I became impatient with the characters' moralising and glib acceptance of horrific happenings. Lets have another cup of tea - or maybe an espresso from that complicated machine...
Some of the accents were nasal and grating and at times it was hard to know which of the characters was speaking.
It was a bit of a car crash - i kept going to tick off my conclusions as they were validated! Glad it was over. I thought it was a couple of times before it actually finished.
"The biggest disappointment on Audible"
I give up. 2.5 hours into this (and that's an extremely generous use of my time on this book) and I cannot bear it any longer. The book is so irritatingly boring that I am compelled to warn other readers to save their money or credit. And no, I will not bother to finish the book because if something being sold in "crime and mystery" does NOT have any mystery in the first 2.5 hours, I will NOT waste any more of my life on it.
In the first hour I stopped a few times and thought I accidentally downloaded a different book from the one I read about, as the write-up seemed to present a different story from the one I was listening to! There is NO mystery to hook you from the start. Instead, the author starts telling you the characters' dark history, thereby destroying any chance of slowly revealing it. The girl on the side of the road? Oh, she comes in a bit later (the book doesn't start with her, as you would think from the write-up) in a contrived "suspenseful scene" and then she disappears, after which comes probably an hour of an excruciatingly descriptive and boring scene of Ellie's dinner party, which seems to take place in real time. In the meantime, you wonder - what happened to the girl, where's the cop and - why am I listening to this at all?? I don't give a damn about why Pat left his wife!
The reader tried very hard, but I couldn't stand her affected dialogue. When she was not reading dialogue, her intonation reminded me of airline safety videos. To her credit, there wasn't much she could do with such poor writing. I wouldn't give up on the reader, but I surely won't take another chance on this author who needs a lesson or two on how to write the mystery genre.
I am not a demanding, hard-to-please listener. I regularly dispense 5-star reviews to books that are enjoyable and at least remotely compelling. But this book was a miss and a sad waste of my credit. Save yours.
"You cannot get these minutes of your life back"
Shocking book. I managed to hang in there to the end because I felt certain there was going to be something redeeming. I bought this book based on an audible bestseller list. I suggest it has been on a very cheap offer at some time and many copies bought then. How else could this possibly be a best seller?
The narration first - Like a child trying to express whilst reading out loud. Poor intonation and comes across as distinctly patronising. So irritating.
The Story - Imagine The Archers from Radio 4 and make is less inventive. An injured child, a load of people who don't trust each other and toward the end, a murder and a half. A dinner party, an obsessive un-lover, a dead dog. There you go, I just saved you 13 hours of your life.
The writing - I fast forwarded through huge chunks of repetitive description. At one point I thought I might have switched on at a point way before where I left off last time because the story was repeating. I had not done that.
I am cross with myself for sticking it out to the end.
"Suspense based on unbelievable stupidity"
I found this book profoundly irritating. The moments of suspense are based on a series of stupid decisions by the characters. Ellie believes her husband is having an affair but won't ask him about and even tries to "make love" with him hours after she finds he has transferred 300,000 pounds to (she thinks) buy his lover a house! But she mustn't ask him about it.
Another example was when Leo kept quiet about her laptop being accessed even after her sister said that the house had been broken into, because she didn't want to make a fuss.
Mediocre and annoying. Why would a person choose to live in the house where her sister was mistreated. Just not believable characters.
"Worst audiobook ever"
Can't imagine anyone could enjoy this audiobook. It's the first time I've ever not finished listening to one - what a waste of a credit. Dreadful, dreadful narration on top of a weak storyline. Can't believe someone actually paid for that narration. Like listening to a truly awful amdram performance.
The irritating over dramatic ridiculous narration
Her vocal tone, intonation, expression, poor characterization, ridiculous over dramatization etc etc
Made me angry that I had wasted time and annoyed that it had such raving reviews which I can only imagine were written by family members of the author, narrator or publisher!
Do not buy this audiobook. I will definitely read more of the negative reviews before making purchases in future and perhaps listen to a sample where possible too. You think because it's in the 'best sellers' section it must at least be ok. But clearly I now know that's not the case!
This is the third of Rachel Abbott's books that I have listened to, and I have loved every one. I felt that this book was a little slower to develop than the others, and it seems to take a long time to get to know the characters. However once I did, I loved it. The concurrently running mysteries built tension very well, and I found it difficult to put down. I love the character of Tom Douglas and find with each book. I like him more and more. I love Rachel Abbott's writing, and eagerly await more of her excellent thrillers in the future. She is definitely one of my favourite authors.
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