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  • Forget Me Not

  • By: Claire Allan
  • Narrated by: Melanie MacHugh, Anne Bird
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

It’s six in the morning during the hottest summer on record when Elizabeth O’Loughlin, out walking her dog, comes across Clare, a victim of a horrific knife attack, clinging onto life at the side of the road. Clare dies minutes later, but not before whispering her haunting last words to Elizabeth. When it becomes clear that Clare’s killer has more than one murder on his mind, Elizabeth has to take drastic action or face losing everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some lessons...

  • By ashley on 05-31-19

Taut psychological thriller.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-19

Elizabeth, a widow living on a farm outside Derry, takes her dog for a walk one hot June morning along a country road where she finds a young woman, dumped, barely clinging to life. “Warn them,” are her dying words. The story then picks up with the shockwave Clare’s death sends through her loved ones.
Expertly rendered, this story unpeels layers of truth and delusion with exquisite sensitivity to the ebb and flow of human beings’ relationships. A taut psychological thriller.

  • The Liar's Girl

  • By: Catherine Ryan Howard
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins, Alan Smyth, Gary Furlong
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Will Hurley was an attractive, charming, and impressive student at Dublin's elite St. John's College - and Ireland's most prolific serial killer. Having stalked his five young victims, he drowned them in the muddy waters of the Grand Canal. Sentenced to life imprisonment when he was just 19, Will is locked away in the city's Central Psychiatric Hospital.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is what story is all about.

  • By Keenan on 06-08-19

This is what story is all about.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-19

In Dublin, Ireland, a college student is found floating in the Dublin canal, and then another. In the Hague, two Irish detectives visit Allison Smith, an Irish expatriate, believing that she holds the key to solving the new rash of killings. Ten years prior, her boyfriend had been convicted of similar series of murders. He’s willing to help the police but he will only talk to Allison and so Allison is dragged back to Ireland to confront the ghosts of her past.
The book is what story is all about: A page-turning series of extraordinary events happening to believable characters whose true natures are revealed as they meet the challenges doled out to them.

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  • The Scholar

  • The Cormac Reilly Series, Book 2
  • By: Dervla McTiernan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

When Dr. Emma Sweeney stumbles across the victim of a hit-and-run outside Galway University early one morning, she calls her boyfriend, Detective Cormac Reilly, bringing him first to the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him. The dead girl is carrying an ID that will put this crime at the center of a scandal - her card identifies her as Carline Darcy, heir apparent to Darcy Therapeutics, Ireland's most successful pharmaceutical company. Darcy Therapeutics has a finger in every pie....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Story, A Great Listen

  • By Jack B. Rochester on 05-25-19

Excellent whodunit

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-19

DS Cormac Reilly followed his girlfriend research scientist, Dr. Emma Sweeny, to Galway where he is not readily welcomed by the existing force. In the year that has passed since the events of The Ruin (Cormac Reilly #1), she is absorbed in her work and he is still an outsider with the gardai. Late one night, she leaves her laboratory and finds a body in the parking lot, a young woman who was a hit-and-run victim and calls Cormac to the scene. Her devotion to her job, his devotion to her, and his coworkers’ efforts to undermine him quickly complicates the investigation.

This is a classic puzzle murder mystery. When the murderer is revealed, I was honestly surprised. But the revelation made sense and the resolution of the plot threads were logical.

  • Her Name Was Rose

  • By: Claire Allan
  • Narrated by: Melanie MacHugh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Rose Grahame had everything Alex D’Arcy dreams of. A handsome husband, a stunning home and a baby boy with twinkling blue eyes and a smile that would brighten the darkest of days. It’s a stark contrast to Alex’s life - her dead-end job, her borderline addiction to drink and pills, her failed engagement and her cluttered flat. But the women’s lives are about to collide - and nothing will ever be the same again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tense Page-Turner

  • By MarisaReads on 07-05-18

Brilliant story.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-19

Emily steps off an elevator behind a young woman pushing a baby buggy. Then she watches in horror as the mother steps into a crosswalk and is struck by a speeding car. She is killed instantly but the baby was spared. Her name was Rose.
Emily is such a believable character, she could be a coworker or a friend of a friend. She is young. She is fragile. But she knows how to act like a normal person and she knows which of her impulses she shouldn’t share. One of those impulses is her obsession with Rose’s death and the perfect life she had lead, as documented on Facebook.
That author’s hallmark is writing a psychological thriller in which normal people do normal things yet the threads of their stories weave together in an ever-more intensely suspenseful story. I cannot say anything more without spoiling the story. Suffice it to say: the plot twists are organic. The characters are believable. The ending is satisfying.

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  • Distress Signals

  • By: Catherine Ryan Howard
  • Narrated by: Alan Smyth, Bronson Pinchot, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

The day Adam Dunne's girlfriend, Sarah, fails to return from a Barcelona business trip, his perfect life begins to fall apart. Days later, the arrival of her passport and a note that reads "I'm sorry - S" sets off real alarm bells. He vows to do whatever it takes to find her. Adam is puzzled when he connects Sarah to a cruise ship called the Celebrate - and to a woman, Estelle, who disappeared from the same ship in eerily similar circumstances almost exactly a year before. To get answers, Adam must confront some difficult truths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally! A great book!

  • By Grasslands on 05-16-17

Twisty and diabolical.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-19

This book begins with a traditional mystery: what happened to Sarah? As each question is answered, more spring up. Interwoven with the mystery is a dark psychological thriller, the threads of which are pulled tighter and tighter as the stories progress ultimately leading to a diabolical conclusion. Mwa ha ha ha ha!

  • Apple of My Eye

  • By: Claire Allan
  • Narrated by: Zoe Rainey, Caroline Lennon, Annie Farr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

When a mysterious note arrives for six months pregnant Dr Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life - from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months. As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future. Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother - and stay a mother....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mother's love or not?!

  • By Mystical Lady on 02-21-19

Creepy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-19

Nurse Eliana Hughes and her husband Martin lead a charmed life in Derry, Northern Ireland, and are expecting a baby girl in two months. This will be the first grandchild for Angela, Eliana’s mother. Meanwhile, Louise is plotting to kidnap a baby and raise it as her own. Slowly, Eliana’s life unravels, Angela becomes more possessive and Louise carefully plans her crime. And then it gets really creepy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Stranger You Know

  • By: Jane Casey
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

He meets women. He gains their trust. He kills them. That's all London police detective Maeve Kerrigan knows about the man she is hunting. Three women have been strangled in their homes, and it appears to be the work of the same sadistic killer. With no sign of break-ins, every indication shows that the women let their attacker in willingly. The victims' neighbors and friends don't seem to remember anything unusual or suspicious, and Maeve is almost at a loss about how to move forward with the investigation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Casey Is Getting Better and Better

  • By Sires on 12-10-14

Twisty mystery/thriller well told, well narrated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Maeve Kerrigan is a spunky and a little bit rogue police detective in London tasked with finding a brutal serial murderer of young woman as she is experiencing problems of her own, not the last of which is that her partner, DCI Josh Derwent, is a suspect. Derwent is a complex character: egotistical, brusk, sometimes demeaning, and yet occasionally thoughtful and capable of tenderness – in his own way.
He is sent home in an effort to keep him from sabotaging the investigation while she is assigned to another team. Her loyalties to finding the truth, protecting her partner, and saving her job pull her in every direction until through her good old-fashioned police work, a satisfying conclusion.

  • The Ruin

  • By: Dervla McTiernan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,541

When Aisling Conroy's boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib, the police tell her it was suicide. A surgical resident, she throws herself into study and work, trying to forget - until Jack's sister Maude shows up. Maude suspects foul play, and she is determined to prove it. Cormac Reilly is the detective assigned with the re-investigation of a seemingly accidental overdose 20 years ago - the overdose of Jack and Maude's drug-and-alcohol-addled mother. Reilly is under increasing pressure to charge Maude for murder when his colleague Danny uncovers new evidence....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book of the Year

  • By Sharon on 07-11-18

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-19

DI Cormac Reilly has returned to Galway twenty years after he made a horrible discovery: two children in a delipidated country mansion with, their mother in bed dead from a drug overdose. Not long after Reilly’s return, Jack, the younger child is found dead in the river Corrib from an apparent suicide and his sister, Maude, had mysteriously returned from Australia just a few days before his death. While Cormac tries to unravel this mystery, the new-boy hazing he’s been getting from his comrades escalates.

A brilliant debut from author Dervla McTiernan, THE RUIN is a seamless police procedural elegantly told with vivid characters and set in Ireland we don’t see in picture postcards. The audio, read by Aoife McMahon, is one of the best I’ve heard.

  • Milkman

  • By: Anna Burns
  • Narrated by: Bríd Brennan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 887

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes "interesting" - the last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed, and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is a story of inaction with enormous consequences. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like the writing, not the audio issues

  • By Criticalthinker on 12-31-18

Superb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-19

Milkman is the story told by a young woman living in a city in Northern Ireland in the 1970’s. She has a peculiar habit which sets her apart from the others: she reads while she walks. Her preference is for historical fiction as she’d rather be in some other century than her own. She reads as she walks to work. She reads as she walks to her French language night class. She reads as she walks everywhere.
And somehow, when a terrorist named “The Milkman” begins stalking her, her family and friends blame her situation on her habit of reading while walking.
The story is told like a fairy tale with feathery poetic language. The people and places in the unnamed protagonist’s life are identified by their function: Almost Maybe Boyfriend, Milkman, The Real Milkman, Tablets Girl, Shining Girl, the Holy Women, the Problem Women, the people across the road, the place across the border, the place across the water. My favorite are The Three Wee Sisters, the storyteller’s younger sisters who are impossibly precocious, a bit bossy, speak in one voice, and don’t seem adversely effected by their environment.
Like a fairy tale, this story tells of many dark things and horrific things: stalking, common-place violence, suicide, mental illness, layers and layers of laws and rules (those from across the water, those from the resisters, those from the state, those from the church) and the strange ways the community copes.
I listened to the audio performed by Bríd Brennan, easily one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever heard. Her accent is understandable to my American ear. Her voice has a bedside-story charm that enhances the novel. Her characterizations are subtle but distinct.

80 of 84 people found this review helpful

  • Lying in Wait

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Caoilfhionn Dunne, David McFetridge, Lesley McGuire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 400

On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life - wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply amazing...

  • By ashley on 06-14-18

One of the best audiobooks I've ever heard.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-18

This is me reading the first chapter: Omg. O.m.g. OMG! Then the story develops like the Matterhorn ride at Disneyland, pulled uphill in the dark and come whirling down again screaming OMG! It's a psychological thriller with gothic elements. The three actors who narrate it are engaging and talented and bring this otherwise insanely well-written book to life. It should be a movie. A really good movie. And I hope everyone buys all Liz Nugent's books and she keeps writing for years and years.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful