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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.
It rates highly each character weaves into the story without effort and you are drawn into their lives.
The narration I thought was exceptional. Steven Pacey was brilliant.
"very good listen"
good character building
kept you wanting to keep listing .
the story was well written and explained but kept you guessing to the end .
Not many books I have listened have brought a tear to my eye , this one did.
Lovely listen and would recommend .
"Brilliant narration. Story was ok."
Pretty average really. I loved Steven Paceys narration.
I have listened to other books he has narrated in this series. Brilliant !
I just love Steven Pacey as a narrator. He brings life to all the characters. Not sure I would listen to this series if not for the narrator.
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