The body of a young woman is found on the streets of East London, in the shadow of the City's gleaming towers. No ID on her, just hard-earned cash. But there is no doubting the ferocity of the attack.
DI Simon Fenchurch takes charge but, as his team tries to identify her and piece together her murder, they're faced with cruel indifference at every turn - nobody cares about yet another dead prostitute. To Fenchurch, however, she could just as easily be Chloe, his daughter still missing after ten years, whose memory still haunts his days and nights, his burning obsession having killed his marriage.
When a second body is discovered, Fenchurch must peel back the grimy layers shrouding the London sex trade, confronting his own traumatic past while racing to undo a scheme larger, more complex and more evil than anything he could possibly have imagined.
©2016 Ed James (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)
Protagonist is divorced 42-year DI with a past that continues to haunt him and affect his past relationships (with estranged ex-wife, widowed father) and police colleagues. He checks the system daily to see if the 10 year old case of his kidnapped 8-year old daughter, Chloe, has developed any leads, a case his retired policeman father is also doggedly pursuing.
Despite his past, Fenchurch is a not morose, but an intriguing character, who listens to Morrissey, attends football matches with his father and chastises his colleagues for not shielding a victim from onlookers at the first crime scene. He is sympathetic without dipping into pathos.
I couldn't quite give it 5 stars, as I quickly tired of the refrain "same as it ever was" (the author must love Talking Heads) and the ending, which I found a bit far-fetched.
Michael Page, a seasoned narrator, is a favorite of mine and does not disappoint here. He handles a variety of accents, from the posh private school to the Scottish brogue aptly and doesn't sound like a cartoon character when he voices the female characters, as so many male narrators do.
Just simply over done. Repetitiveness became unbearably annoying until you don't care about any of the characters.
Would definitely change the narrator and put a few pauses between spoken phrases, and, either make no attempt to "act" the story - just read it, or get a reader who can produce different and distinct character voices.
In general,it was a bit ridiculous. Plot was over contrived and got worse as the story progressed.
See prior comments.
Not likely a movie or TV series, story was just not good enough
Psalm 103 Guy
Frightening, timely, provacative
The police raid on the chalets.
When Simon caught up with Doctor Vaughn.
Several good laughs... I love English, Irish and Welsh humor. Touching but not to the point of crying.
I highly recommend this book, and intend to read more in this series. Brilliance Audio does a great job of producing quality audio books.
"Good Police Yarn, shame about the narration"
A good story line was spoilt for me by the characterisations of the narrator. Basic narration was fine but the voices of most of the male characters sounded very similar and as if they all smoked 40 a day. In particular Savage and Fenchurch’s dad were the most difficult, therefore ended up reading the Kindle edition for most of the story. Will read the kindle edition of second book in the series, which is a shame as usually I find the Audible narrators excellent.
"Liked the storyline found audio different"
This was a book I was looking forward very much to reading then I saw it was also available in audio having listened to one audio book before and thoroughly enjoying it k decided to listen to this I'm sorry to say that I found it difficult to follow the accents of the narrator I thought spoiled the story the storyline was good and if I were to read this I think I would enjoy much more this is only my view it won't stop me reading ed James in future
"Quite good in the end"
The story started quite slowly and didn't suck me in immediately. I had difficulty with the narrator and very nearly gave up on many occasions because the voices he attributed to some characters grated with me. Fenchurch is in his 40's but his voice seems much older and didn't suit the character. Anyway, I kept going and managed to put this to one side as the plot developed and I had to find out what happened.
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