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"Crime with a little too much emotion"
The plot is fairly standard but there is a lot of descriptions of the townsfolk and a weird love interest of the main police detective and her boss. There is also a supernatural element which proves true even though the logic of the rest of the story is precise. I will read more of Susan Hill as this was her first crime work,
Reading the reviews before I bought, it seemed that a criticism was that the plot got lost in the story. I can see why some felt that, but my feeling was that the author was drawing the characters who were likely to feature in further books. I really enjoyed all of the book and will definitely read more from this author. Well written and well read. Thank you.
"Enjoyable crime mystery"
My first fiction audio book.
Overall a very enjoyable book. Slightly confusing to start with but I was interested enough to continue. As the story progressed, the characters became clearer and were well observed. I like the topics involved and, without being too graphic, there was a decent amount of suspense and thrill.
I specifically bought the first in a series so if I liked the characters I would have more to listen to. Will very likely carry on and buy the others.
Meanwhile I thought the reader was exellent. Really added to the story, managing to convey convincing characters in a way that was both easy to listen to and clearly pronounced.
Very sad, tense reading/listening. Will definitely purchase the other novels in the series. Loved the voice of the narrator.
Good story, well read, just downloading the next book in this series!
Would definitely recommend listening to this book from audible.
"A good listen but needed a better finale"
Good characterisation and very well read.
The ending was a bit lacklustre.
I felt a bit shortchanged after listening for so many hours.
Maybe I'm just too hooked on fairytale endings!!
"Surprising plot twist and pleasing narrator!"
I was surprised by this book, I've never heard of the author but it came up as a suggested listen on Audible and as there were so many already in the series I thought I'd give no.1 a go. It is nicely paced and the characters are developed swiftly with plenty of pleasing attributes so that you enjoy hearing about them as the story unravels. There are a couple of plot twists that I wasn't expecting which further added to my enjoyment of it all. I instantly bought book no.2 and having nearly got through all that I will be on to book 3 soon. I would thoroughly recommend this series (and this narrator, who has a pleasant voice and brings the book to life).
No, now I know the ending!
Well written and Susan Hill is a good story teller.
His reading and giving a voice to each individual character is superb.
A bit sad about the dog!
Susan Hill writes beautifully and the story flows. However, I like to have a plot where the detectives solve a crime by wit and cleverness, discovering hidden clues and making deductions (old fashioned stuff?) rather than a mere relaying of events. This tells a tale about a nasty criminal, what he did and why, and what happens to him, but there is no 'detecting' and no puzzle solving.
"Heart in Mouth"
At first it took me a while to get used to Steven Pacey's voice, but his characterisation is good. I tend to listen at my PC while working at home. I am not sure whether I could read the print version at night. Susan Hill's stories are strong stuff.
Her characters are believable, which makes the stories all the more listenable. Sometimes I find it difficult to break away.
I like the main character's sister, although this has been formed by listening to other books in the series (I am just about to start book 4).
I cannot say as it would be a "spoiler", but I am not ashamed I cried.
Although the themes of these books are quite black, the main characters are the redeeming features. Realistic, flawed but on the whole likeable. She writes with a real insight into the human psyche with all its dark places. All I can say, is these are really not for the faint-hearted.
"Not your average detective novel"
I haven't read the print edition so can't comment on whether audio is an improvement.
Interesting characters, but in particular some very brave choices made by the author. No spoilers here though!
I always like his narration. Understated but good characterisation.
I think you'd have to be fairly hardened not to be moved at the end.
I went through this, followed by all the rest of the Serrailler books, in only a couple of weeks. I'm not quite sure what to do with myself now! But if you're looking for a new crime series to start on, I'd definitely recommend this. Well written, Susan Hill tends to leave a lot of scenes to the imagination which works very well. Narration is excellent, you can be confident of no jarring errors or grating accents.
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