I gave up with this one - and I don't often do that. I got about half way through and decided to flick to the end, heard what was coming and couldn't ..Show More »be bothered to finish the rest of it which was a shame as the premise was quite interesting. I became irritated beyond words with Alice - yup, can see why she was a holistic therapist. The police procedure appeared shonky at best. My only regret is that I didn't listen to it earlier then I could have returned it.
Wow. Just finished this book...and let me say, the negatives notwithstanding, I read it pretty steadily all the way through. The pros: excellent writi..Show More »ng, excellent narration, excellent pacing. The cons: *I disliked the main protaganist, Sally, from the beginning; none of her decisions/actions, from start to finish (the last one almost made me abandon the book) were logical or comprehensible, and therefore I disliked her. *There were 3 five-year-old girls involved, all of whom were extremely precocious, manipulative and unlikable, (has anyone read that old book "The Bad Seed"?) and it made me wonder what the author's experience with children has been -I've known lots of 5 year old girls, and only one met that criteria and she was much less accomplished). *It started to drag a littlle towards the end, like the author was spinning out the story to get the right number of words. Overall: very readable, and kept me tuned in right to the end, so it deserves 4 stars.
Oh my god! I have had a string of poor stories and narration here. This story is so difficult to follow, and the pacing is very slow. Although the ..Show More »end picked up a little, most of the characters were uninteresting and boring. I'm not sure if the author liked any of them.
This is an magnificent novel. Brilliantly crafted, excellent characterisation and with a plot that intrigues until the end. This is Sophie Hannah at t..Show More »he height of her powers - I was transfixed. Julia Barrie's narration is faultless. I defy any one who loves a psychological thriller not to enjoy this hugely.