The newspapers reported the case with relish. Jane (Jinx) Kingsley, fashion and heiress, tried to kill herself after being jilted by her fiancé, who has since disappeared - together with Jinx's best friend Meg. But when Jinx wakes from her coma, she can remember nothing about the alleged suicide attempt. With the help of Dr Alan Protheroe, she slowly begins to piece together the fragments of the last few weeks. Then the memories begin to surface...
©1995 Minette Walters (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
Written in the early 1990's (94) and well read by Sian Thomas, this is possibly the most satisfying Walters I have read (heard).
It is also a story that does not seem to have won awards, like many of Minette Walters' other stories. Just maybe it is one that is best as an audio.
Not as grisly as 'The Scold's Bridle' or 'The Sculptress' there is a nasty double murder to be solved. The unfolding of events and the returning of memories leads us through the plot.
While this is my own personal response, I found Sian Thomas's reading good except for her voices for the police investigators. Others may disagree with me.
The story does call for a second listen or a very close first listen, as there is a lot of detail that later does become important. Even if you know or think you know "who did it", the story is not that simple.
If you enjoy a good mystery that you can savour over time, and, possibly return to a second time, you could be in for an sustaining listen.
"Fantastic suspense number!!"
Martina Coles Lady Killer
The part when the vicar came to visit Jinks and her memory returned
Loved the way it played out with very few hints about the real killer until right at the end!!
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