PI John Craine has come to Hale Island to get away from it all. But within hours he stumbles across the dead body of a young girl on the beach. When the police arrive the body has inexplicably disappeared. Or did Craine imagine it in the first place?
Determined to get at the truth, Craine starts asking questions. But it seems that no one on the island is talking. And all too soon he finds himself tangled up in a deadly network of fear and violence…
©2012 Kevin Brooks (P)2013 W. F. Howes Ltd
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"A cut above"
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are finely drawn and believable. Although it is not exactly a whodunnit, as you know from the start nearly, it does have some twists and turns. The narration was very good and Andrew Wincott brought them to life perfectly.
"A first - and not in a good way"
This is the first time I've given up on an audiobook. I didn't want to spend any more time with the drunken junkie private investigator or the rest of the unsavoury lowlifes in this dull book.
Andrew Wincott, the narrator, has a beautiful voice but his performance - particularly of the female characters - soon began to grate.
A complete waste of time and money.
i would listen to this book again as it holds you right from the beginning. you just want to keep listening
made me cry especially at the end as it is so human and makes you wish for the next book
this is a great writer and narrator. the book is about a private investigator who is a drug addled alchoholic who you just have to identify with even though you wouldnt normally. the book holds you all the way through and i would certainly listen to more by the same author and narrator
"Holds the attention."
Perhaps try's too much with the tough beaten down voice of a much maligned character to the point where you begin to loose credibility in the guy and start to think he probably deserves what he gets. Overly dramatic with the voice in places.
"Strong language a bit of a 'put off'"
A good plot but spoiled by overuse of strong language (which seems worse when spoken out loud than when reading print).
"A Hint of Scandinavian Noir!"
Very slow to begin with but once I got into it I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Yes the author asks the listener to accept some poetic licence, not least how quickly 18 year old Robyn accepts her newly revealed significantly older half brother, along with some seriously clichéd characters.
Andrew Wincott’s narration is impeccable and his characterisations bring all the dark “players” to life, to colour the atmospheric scenes of a tired and dull Essex island, painted by the author..
Yes Craine is a flawed character who must have the stamina of an ox to consume all the booze, and drugs that he does but still come out ahead, but hey that’s fiction for you, it would be boring if it was totally lifelike!
"predictable and repetitive"
i was very happy with the narration but wouldnt try another book by Kevin Brooks
"Boring and flat narrator"
paul thornley could have pulled this off going to request a return I hate it when writers change narrators mid series. Rubbish
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