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"A can't put down book"
My first Susan Hill book and it will not be my last, a combination of excellent plot characters and narrative means I am heading for the store to buy my next Susan Hill today.
A nicely told story until the bizarre fate of the killer that plagues the novel, especially with the focus of the book being told from the police view point. Well narrated. I'm not sure I'll get the next in the series.
"Brilliant storytelling, superb writing!"
A terrific read, great characters and storyline. You become drawn into the twists and turns of the plot as if you are on a rollercoaster ride, it is hard to stop listening to Steven Pacey's strong narration and by the end you feel emotionally drained.
The characters were well drawn and totally believable as were the places.
I must admit to shedding a few tears at the end!
Brilliant book, one of the very best I have listened to and I can't wait to listen to more from Susan Hill.
Excellent author, very sympathetic characters and extremely good reading by Steven Pacey. I will be going straight on to the next book in the series.
Very long winded and slow on the take. Kept hoping for it to pick up but dissapointed
An excellent listen. This is first book I have read by Susan Hill. She creates believable characters within the context of an intricate story-line. As well as serving up the conventional 'whodunnit' and police procedural elements, she manages to explore several other themes as well and weaves them all together very skillfully. The narrator was excellent.
"very good book"
pulled me in quickly and kept me till the end.
Loved the character of Freya. Hated all the mumbo jumbo about alternative therapies and how quickly the patients who had some were feeling so fantastic. Not very believable. Kept me engrossed enough while I was painting the living room, but I am glad it was an audio book as I might not have kept reading it if it was in paperback.
"Not for the men"
I came to purchase this audio having been mesmerised by Stephen Pacey's narration of "The Heroes" and, possibly by the similarity of the cover to Reginald Hill (a favourite author). I certainly cannot complain about the narrator.
Possibly reviews say as much about the reviewer as the subject. That may well be true in this case , however, I was disappointed by the all to obvious perspective of a female author. I quite enjoyed the central character but the love at first sight angle was unconvincing and unnecessary to the plot. Minor characters indulge in repetitive, tedious female angst and were unconvincing.
The new age angle was initial interesting but petered out. As for our hero Simon Serrailler - he can allegedly draw and women fall over themselves through his good looks and taste. Apart from that he seems little different to any other policeman and he contributed nothing to the solution of the crime (was it actually solved?).
Whilst I can see this is setting us up for future books, I for one will not be buying those if they also take about 12 hours listening to get going.
Sorry to disagree with a previous reviewer but I really do think that this will appeal to one half of the population more than the other.
"Oh dear - the ending."
The style of writing was enjoyable. The build up was very good - to the point that I looked forwarded to what was going to happen next.
Probably the next in the series with the hope that the ending isn't as feeble as this book.
The ending to this book gave me the impression that the author had had enough and really couldn't be bothered any more. This book reminded me of those types of film where you get to a certain point and think to yourself "please tell me this isn't the end!" and then the credits roll. The plot was going really well right up to the point where the author just seemed to give up.
Simon Serrailler is just a character that is swooned over and contributes zero to the book. Which is odd considering he features in the title. Very very bizarre.
I hope the second book is much better or it will get ditched VERY quickly which is a shame because the style of writing isn't too bad.
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