An old farm, a deserted landscape, a dark secret from times past with fatal consequences for the present…
In the tranquil northern seaside town of Scarborough, a student is found cruelly murdered. For months, the investigators are in the dark - until they are faced with a copycat crime. The investigation continues as they struggle to establish a connection between the two victims. Ambitious detective Valerie Almond clings to the all too obvious - a rift within the family of the second victim - but there is far more to the case than it first appears. Soon Valerie is led toward a dark secret inextricably linked to the evacuation of children to Scarborough during World War II. Horrified at her last-minute discovery, Valerie realizes that she may be too late to save the next victim.
©2013 Charlotte Link; Translation by Stefan Tobler (P)2013 AudioGO
Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.
Plowing through all 17 hours in 3 days, there were times when I was thinking "that's not plausible," and times when I couldn't listen fast enough. I did, finally, guess the killer before the end but the side stories woven in between make for an atmospheric read that is tough to turn off. Davina Porter does a fine job narrating although she can sound kind of whiny at times. Nonetheless, she conquers a range of characters and puts a lot of soul into her performance. Curious what you all think!
The story was engaging and I enjoyed it. I'm also a huge fan of Davina Porter and honestly, she's the reason I purchased the book. If you like to be kept on the edge of your seat wondering "who did it??" with a British accent, then you'll most likely love this book. There is a LOT of introspection from the characters though, and that's what I find tedious. Overall, I'd recommend it.
I bought this book solely because Davina Porter narrates it; I just love her. But not all of the books she narrates are winners (except the Outlander series, which are all fantastic), and I didn't have high hopes for this novel and author I'd never heard of. But I was very pleasantly surprised. This is a solid, engaging, well-written murder mystery. It's well paced and kept me guessing for much of it, even if I didn't end up ultimately surprised by "who done it." It's not going down as a favorite-favorite book, but it was a solid story and I liked it, and of course Davina Porter was great (although if I'm being totally honest, I chuckled a few times when various characters would suddenly develop strong accents that they didn't previously have only to then fade back into normally a minute or so later).
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