When the body of a man is discovered in woodlands outside Manchester, a ten-year missing-persons investigation can finally be filed away. But this was no ordinary death: gagged, bound and buried alive, he was the victim of a sophisticated and sadistic killer. And there is something else that has the National Crime Agency puzzled. A single character carved into a nearby tree.
Newly promoted to the NCA's Behavioural Sciences Unit, Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart is determined to hunt down the perpetrator. Just as Jo's investigation begins to reveal links with other disappearances, there is another murder. This is no longer a cold case; she is dealing with the escalating violence of a chilling serial killer.
Stepping into a sinister world of secrets, symbols, and rituals, Jo will have to confront the legacy of her own past and the violent memories that lurk there if she is going to solve this case. But at what cost?
©2016 Bill Rogers (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
This was an enjoyable listen, as far as true crime can be enjoyed. The story had enough detail I could picture what was going on, but not so much I felt bogged down. As it unfolded it was pretty easy to guess what would happen, but not annoyingly so. The narrator has a pleasant voice and accent, and of course the fun foreign phrases! I would recommend this book, author, and narrator.
Sci-fi, History, Police Procedurals and Science
This is my once-a-year non-sci-fi review. If you like British police procedurals, and particularly if you like Manchester -- you will like this female-lead spinoff from Rogers' DCI Tom Caton Manchester series. Although this could be read on its own, it does reference back to that series:
The Cleansing (2009)
The Head Case (2009)
The Tiger's Cave (2010)
A Fatal Intervention (2010)
Bluebell Hollow (2010)
A Trace of Blood (2011)
The Frozen Contract (2012)
A Venetian Moon (2013)
Jo has moved from the Manchester force to the NCA -- And the good news is that there is already a second book.
"Could not stand the weird narration voice"
I'm afraid I could not listen to this narration. Will have to return book. Cannot therefore comment on the story.
"Narration is totally unsuitable no expression completely ruined the story so no idea wether the book was any good or not"
Narration awful no expression so no idea if the book is any good or not to irritated to finish
Unlike other reviewers, I don't think that the narrator was very poor - not great, but not as bad as made out. However, I also think that the story is poor. Nothing to intrigue, I don't know if the narrator has anything to do with this!
But I haven't finished this, bored with the story I really can't believe how tedious it is and how ineffective the NCA is portrayed as being. Why, given the seriousness of the crime, does the Senior Investigator go into dangerous situations by herself? She could have (& should have) died several times. To me, this is all too incredulous, even given the staff cuts. Officers would not be encouraged to pursue such cases alone.
I'm giving up on this, but I don't feel any loss from it. This is part of the Kindle Unlimited package that I'm subscribed to. So I can return this with no feeling of loss of money. All that I've wasted is my time… please don't do the same, unless you also have Kindle Unlimited.
the narrator is terrible didn't get beyond 2 minutes.
Anything but not this book.
rcording of narrator/voice =unlistenable ...you cant listen to this recording. its awful
its unlistenable voice also v strange reverb of voice
have to return
Didn't make it past chapter 1, the narrators voice was ridiculous, shame because it looked like a good story
"Worst narrator ever!!"
This might be a good book but the narrators style & voice totally put me off. Struggled through for half an hour but couldn't continue. I must have listened to more than 400 audiobooks & have never been put off like this before!
Don't know couldn't get in to it due to the narratoe
Slow staccato style, little warmth & hard to listen to
The narration is so awful I have struggled to listen to the story and given up.
"Good police procedural"
I was a bit put off my the narrator and for the first time I considered turning off and not finishing. It was an odd voice more suited to a ghost story, strangely like a husky whisper
Story was good if a little inflated by explanations of procedures
"Couldn't finish this unfortunately...."
I wish I had read this first. Unfortunately, I will forever hear the narration in my head, which I found difficult to listen to. I only managed about 30 mins.
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