When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.
the book begins well enough. However the murder mystery ends about a third of the way through. It appears the mystery part was not finished. The book transitions to a commentary. It is embellished with details of the authors life.
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He's respected - not very respected - chief had been grumbling all the way from London, and now the speeding Alvis was well into the wild and hilly country of Derbyshire, he was more caustic than ever. When Chief Inspector Bill 'Ironsides' Cromwell accepts an invitation to spend Christmas at his sergeant's family seat, Cloon Castle, he doesn't realise the mysteries he'll encounter. First, there is a mysterious figure who leaves no footprints, despite the heavy snow.
Great mystery: well written; superb narration. The central character is a curmudgeon in the spirit of Nero wolf with a touch of Sherlock Holmes.
When Lydia was a teenager, she made a decision that ruined her family's life. They've spent the last 30 years living with the consequences and doing their best to pretend it never happened. Lydia's husband, the gorgeous and reliable Mark, and her two teenage children know nothing about that summer back in 1982. And that's the way Lydia wants it to stay. The opportunity to come clean is long gone, and now it's not the lie that matters; it's the betrayal of hiding the truth for so long.
Narrator speaks in a monotone. She makes it difficult to keep focus on the story. The monotone narration takes away from the story.
Each winter the crew at the Shackleton South Pole Research Facility faces nine months of isolation, round-the-clock darkness, and one of the most extreme climates on the planet. For thirty-something mechanical engineer Cass Jennings, Antarctica offers an opportunity to finally escape the guilt of her troubled past and to rebuild her life. But the death of a colleague triggers a series of mysterious incidents that push Cass and the rest of the forty-four-person crew to the limits of their sanity and endurance.
not a mystery. slow at the start and in the middle but picked up at the close. narrator was good.
When a woman's body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realises she is dealing with a serial killer - a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open, smiles forever frozen on their faces.
story was a little disjointed. made it hard to follow. eventually the relationship among the characters becomes clear. then there is an unexpected twist. that twist made me give the story two extra stars
In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.
Would you consider the audio edition of Silent Child to be better than the print version?
I have not read the print version but the audio version is very good.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The first half of the book did not but things picked up after the mid-point. The author spent the first half introducing the characters, building the scene, and slowly developing the inconsistencies that would make the second half exciting.
Which character – as performed by Joanne Froggatt – was your favorite?
I think the central character was Emma or M. Emma, in the first half of the book, was portrayed as mostly normal. She was a mother at a young age but there did not appear to be any significant character flaws. However, in the second half we dig deeper into her past, her actions, and the perceptions of those in her town.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Without giving away too much, it was the recovery of her child. I don't think I should reveal more than that or many people will be not experience the tension that builds in the second half of the book.
When your life is a lie, who can you trust? When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well, although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced. But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone or why.
Excellent! Maggie is married to a guy with a secret past . He lied to her. As you might imagine, the truth comes out in fits and starts. As it is revealed the story goes through twists and turns.
You went to bed at home, just like every other night. You woke up in the back of a taxi, over 250 miles away. You have no idea how you got there and no memory of the last 10 hours. You have no phone, no money, just a suicide note in your coat pocket, in your own writing. You know you weren't planning to kill yourself. Your family and friends think you are lying. Someone knows exactly what happened to you. But they're not telling....
One of the best psychological thrillers I ever listened to. this book will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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The Hundred Worlds have withstood invasion by the relentless Hok for decades. The human worlds are strong, but the Hok have the resources of a thousand planets behind them, and their fleets attack in endless waves. The long war has transformed the Hundred Worlds into heavily fortified star systems. Their economies are geared for military output, and they raise specialized soldiers to save our species. Assault Captain Derek Straker is one such man among many.
if you like sci-fi military with lots of action this book is for you. it begins with one world's children modified to be cyborgs. as the story progresses the warriors discover they have been brainwashed. In a complicated series of steps they become liberators.
How far would you go to protect your family? Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children, with the help of his devoted mother, Judi. And then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben, but Judi isn't so sure.... There's just something about Amber that doesn't add up. Ben can't see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn't want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.
The book started very slow. It dragged in the middle. However, the surprise ending makes it all worth it.
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