Bring Them Home

Detective Karen Hart, Book 1
Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
Series: Detective Karen Hart, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
4 out of 5 stars (191 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A perfect village. A perfect crime.

When two young girls disappear from their primary school, the village of Heighington is put on high alert - and not for the first time. Called in to investigate, Detective Karen Hart is sure that parallels with a previous disappearance are anything but coincidental.

DS Hart is still reeling from a case she tried and failed to solve eighteen months ago, when a young woman vanished without a trace. She’s no nearer to the truth of what happened to Amy Fisher, but with two children missing now, too, the stakes have never been higher. As she looks to the past for clues, she must confront her own haunting loss, a nightmare she is determined to spare other families.

Hart soon realizes that nothing in this close-knit Lincolnshire community is what it seems. Pursuing the investigation with personal vengeance, she finds herself in conflict with her scrupulous new boss, but playing by the rules will have to wait. Because while there’s no shortage of suspects, the missing girls are running out of time....

©2018 D. S. Butler (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Solid first book

I liked the book. The narrator was good at giving individual voices to the characters but her narration in between dialogues was monotone en ended in questions...story was great though and for once, there is a Detective series where the female Detective doesn’t have to fight with her male supervisor...hurry up and bring out the second book!!!

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This author has potential, narrator needs some coaching

So let’s start with the biggest frustration. I’ve heard this narrator before and I can tell she’s really trying. The challenge is that she has almost a flat affect at times and it’s possible she’s been getting some coaching because I hear a slight improvement. When the narrator does not modulate much, there are two unfortunate things that happen. First of all, it’s much easier to zone out. Secondly it makes the character seem like they’re devoid of personality, and it’s really becoming endeared to the characters that makes listeners want to continue reading the book as well as the series. Equally, a lot of her character voices for the ancillary characters become really nasally so I do hope someone will work with this narrator to help her learn how to do different voices that are a little easier on the ears. Oh, and I would also encourage some dialect training for her Scottish accent.

One thing I liked about this book, because it seems like almost all of them are now about missing girls (can someone come up with an original idea?), was that we didn’t have to go back-and-forth between the detectives, the suspects, and the missing girls. It was such a relief not to hear the missing girl’s perspective. That has become really contrived and trite in this genre.

Last of all, there are some inconsistencies as follow:

The reference to what Jasper says Dean would likely do is considered absurd by the detectives when they considered and investigated that very possibility almost as recently as one or two chapters earlier.

Emily’s mum blames herself for the abduction because she didn’t pick the girls up from school even though everyone knows they snuck out of school before school was out

The narrator uses a voice for the culprit in the Prologue that bears no resemblance to the voice the culprit uses throughout the novel. I suppose this was to try to prevent listeners from guessing the identity which would have been difficult to ascertain from reading instead of listening to the book. I guessed the identity pretty early but I still felt this device was dishonest. Note to Authors: with the popularity of audiobooks, you may want to consider how something will read visually as well as audibly so this technique doesn’t have to be used. The omniscient narrator should never lie, only throw out red herrings.

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Blasphemy

Why is it necessary to use blasphemy in the book. Really make me put the book down immediately most of the time
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Great read!

I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to the rest of this series! Enough drama and mystery to keep you guessing. It was a straight through read for me!

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Enjoyable

I listened to the audiobook of this. It was pretty awesome! The British Accent took a bit to get used to but the language itself would have been harder to read I think! The story was fast paced, and I loved getting to know DS Hart, and the rest of the group. The mystery behind where the girls were was never ending, the twists! Whew.

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Got them home

Positive police procedural mystery is told with good reads and explanations. Did part reading and part audio. Nice sounding reader with quick and distinct anunciation. Enjoyable.

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I enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator brought the characters to life. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys listening to a well read mystery.

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Great auther

Looking forward to following D S Butler. I really enjoyed the story line. A great intertwining of characters. Waiting for Book #2 .

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  • Mrs D
  • 11-29-18

Spoilt by the terrible accents of the narrator.

I'm enjoying the story so far but struggling to listen to the terrible accents especially the Scottish one which is so bad I may have to give up listening and just read the book myself.

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  • Orvieto
  • 12-23-18

Poor narrator

The story was quite predictable, and I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I actually managed to guess right all the way . What really spoiled it for me though was the narrator, I found her accents dreadful and her voice so boring.

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  • C. Hume
  • 02-15-19

Can barely listen

Dear God, the narrator is atrocious. The Scottish accent is appalling. Most of the place names were pronounced totally wrong. The river in Lincoln is called the Witham as in with um, not wittam. It's pronounced Cannick, not Can wick despite the spelling and the village of Heighington is hayington, not highington and I'm only on chapter one. Not sure if I can go on!

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  • Jane
  • 02-14-19

Great Story Cringeworthy narration

This is a brilliant story totally ruined by the worst attempt at a Lincolnshire accept Ive ever heard.
I assume no one actually asked her to do the accent before employing her to do this

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-07-19

Read by a robot

Don't know anything about the story I'm afraid, the narration was so terrible, i couldn't listen for more than a few minutes.

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  • Kirsty
  • 06-08-20

great story, loved the characters

great story, i was hooked immediately. i have download the rest of the books in this series already. I have found another great author to binge listen to.

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  • Kathy
  • 05-04-20

Awful narration - could prompt a Scottish uprising

The story is good but ruined by the excruciating narration.
Even the main character has an appalling accent but the Scottish one is beyond the pale.

Not sure I can finish it

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  • Rachel Hague
  • 04-11-20

Not terrible but not great either

Ok, but no real depth to the story and I struggled to engage with the character.

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  • L M McDermott
  • 02-03-20

Unexpected twisr

loved this . Had me hooked from tbe start.Well read,well described throughout. Next one ordered

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  • lezley turner
  • 01-01-20

Badly narrated

This is so badly narrated that I didn’t get to hear this story - waste of time and credits

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  • Sue Casey
  • 02-13-19

First time with this Author

It’s hard to find new authors and a narrator as well so I can only say I enjoyed this book and didn’t pick the ending so I’m willing to recommend

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