When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love and a stepson, Jamie. But then Jamie makes a chilling prediction, and Rachel's perfect life begins to unravel.
Haunted by the spectre of David's late wife - Jamie's real mother - Rachel finds herself drawn to the deserted mines where she plunged to her death three years prior. As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie's behaviour? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife's untimely suicide?
With December looming, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie's words: 'you will die at Christmas'.
©2016 S. K. Tremayne (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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This book started off slowly, but I am glad I persevered. Imogen Church is a great narrator (one of my favourites). I would recommend a listen.
"Corniche mystery with great twist"
This download is more about great narration than anything else. Imogen Church is spellbinding as a woman on the edge of madness. This is top class acting and goes way beyond the story itself. Well worth a credit!
"Bought hopefully and left disappointed"
Reallly disagree with the other reviews re the narration. The voice that the female narrator uses to read the make role is dreadful - so much so I couldnt listen anymore, ridiculously deep and pompous, in total contrast to the male narrator reading the actual part in the alternate chapters.
A poor and slow start storywise that 5 chapters in was not getting much better and to be honest i found utterly depressing.
Sorry ...... returning this title....
"the female narrator Imogen Church makes the book"
The story is about Rachel and her life as a married woman and what she endures in a big secluded house and with her husband commuting to London every week. A step-son and a dead ex-wife are also in the centre of the story. I think this is a book for female listener.
The book could have been ordinary, neither good nor bad, but Imogen Church makes it worth a credit. She takes us through the book with an absolutely amazing performance and turns the book into something to remember. It is slow pace in the beginning; almost soothing and calming, but builds up to a rollercoaster of emotions, especially in the second part.
The five star performance is based on her narration only, since the male narrator is a disaster in comparison. Luckily, he is quiet most of the time.
"Enjoyable to a point"
I enjoyed this up until the last hour or so when the story became a bit ridiculous. I don't think I would listen to another book by this author. The narration was excellent though.
This book was well narrated. I loved the descriptions of Cornwall. It gripped me from the beginning to end I could not put the book down. I would recommend it as a book to read in the winter on a cold winters night
"I felt this book was not believable,."
I was glad when it was finished I felt a lot of it was nonsense.
Average read, made less than average by the awful over the top narration. Would not recommend.
"Keeps you on edge"
Not sure, I haven't read the print version.
Yes, it kept me on edge the whole way through. It was a very imaginative and very well written novel. I gave only 4 stars because I can't say it's an absolute masterpiece but it's very good.
The narrators are excellent. There were only two things about Imogen Church, one was the regular catching of her breath after sentences, a kind of quick little intake of breath that was a bit annoying and the other thing was her trying to sound like a man when she was narrating a man. Many narrators do this, men and women alike, usually with very little success: they change their voice and think they sound like the opposite sex but the outcome if more often than not, quite laughable.
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