©2004 Lynda La Plante; (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.
"[A] gripping thriller....With crime lab authenticity, a sympathetic heroine, and an affecting undercurrent of May-December romance...this spellbinder spirals down to an edge-of-the-seat denouement." (Publishers Weekly)
After three years with Audible this is by far the best book yet. Lynda La Plante weaves a totally believable story. After watching Prime Suspect a few years ago with Helen Mirren I thought this would be a good 'read' but I wasn't expecting anything this good. As if the novel wasn't great enough Kim Hicks, the narrator, simply portrays everything in 3D it's like listening to a play with a whole cast of actors. A real page turner but at the same time you don't want it to end. I only wish there were more books available by the same author and reader.
“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Lynda La Plante weaves a totally believable story. I thought this would be a good listen but I wasn't expecting anything this good. Kim Hicks is a great narrator and makes the story very real.
Worth the money.I really like the lead charactor and the plot is excellent. I am very fussy and this series is good.
I'm a big fan of Lynda La Plante's television work so I was curious about her novels. I have now read three books in this series and have loved them all. Great stories and a fantastic narrator. So far, The Red Dahlia , Above Suspicion and The Silent Scream are the only BBC-produced audio versions of the Anna Travis series. I can hardly wait until the rest are made available on Audible. Highly recommended.
A totally enjoyable police drama by an author who is excellent at her craft. Lynda La plant made all her characters and the English Murder squad's team and procedures totally believable for me. Although the murderer's identity seems obvious quite early in the book the trouble the squad has to gather sufficient evidence for a conviction makes for a very intriguing and absorbing read which is further enhanced by Kim Hicks excellent narration.
A 'ripping yarn' well told by narrator. Money well spent if you don't want an academically challenging listen, just a good, fast-moving story with characters just fleshed enough to be believable. Set in totally British surroundings, values and policing methods. I thoroughly enjoyed it as 'distraction' reading.
This is an enjoyable read, no more - the story takes somewhat long in the telling, the ending is too predicatable too soon, the protaganist is naive and somewhat simplistic. The primary difficulty lies with the fact that there is only one suspect from start to finish, and the entire book then focusses on the police getting sufficient evidence to arrest this suspect. The book lacks suspense. The enthusiastic narration makes up for some of these shortcomings.
I enjoyed the book but was irritated by Anna Travis more than in other books with her character in. Really, she is meant to be a fairly experienced officer by now not some emotional, naive, love sick teenager.
While the story line was predictable I did enjoy listening and will listen to more in the series.
Am now 80 and been avid reader since childhood. Have 3 children, 7 grandchildren. Narrated Talking Books for Vision Australia 35 yrs.
As a firm devotee of La Plante's thrillers this one again scores highly. Her knowledge of police procedure and keeping her listeners/readers totally involved until the last page is outstanding. Of course the narrator assists in the enjoyment.
Hopefully an aberration - La Plante is usually gritty, but the woman in this story is unbearably needy
Hopefully DS Travis will not return, or might grow up a little next time around
Reader does well - manages male voices, and has a range of accents
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