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Publisher's Summary

It begins with a phone call. It ends with a missing child.

On a warm summer's morning, 13-year-old schoolgirl Constance Lawson is reported missing.

A few days later, Constance's uncle, Karl Lawson, suddenly finds himself swept up in a media frenzy created by journalist Amanda Bowe implying that he is the prime suspect.

Six years later...

Karl's life is in ruins. His marriage is over, his family destroyed. But the woman who took everything away from him is thriving. With a successful career, a husband, and a gorgeous baby boy, Amanda's world is complete. Until the day she receives a phone call, and in a heartbeat she is plunged into every mother's worst nightmare.

An utterly compelling psychological thriller that will keep you guessing to the very last minute. Perfect for fans of Louise Jensen, Claire Douglas, and Sarah Denzil's Silent Child.

©2017 Laura Elliot (P)2017 Bookouture

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DON'T BUY AUDIO VERSION

Would you consider the audio edition of Guilty to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the book. I stopped listening to the audio version after 40 minutes. The reader speaks quite slowly with minimal inflection. I have listened to audio books for many years and nearly always enjoy the ride. However this reader has spoiled this experience for me and I am returning the book.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Narrator made me want to stab myself in the ear.

Really enjoyed the story. Was so confused when it initially seemed to be resolved so early on. Twists and turns were wonderful. Not a typical story!

Narrator was terrible. The American accents were an absolute joke. They were supposed to be from NY and yet they had a Southern drawl with a bit of an Irish accent thrown in. Various voices were downright creepy at times. I've never hated a narrator so much, but had to keep listening to see where the story was going!

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Great story - advice to deal with narrator

I really loved the story, but the narration really bothered me at first. After a short time, I realized that the speed was strangely
slow. I changed the speed that I was listening to 1.25 and it made a huge difference. I highly recommend listening at 1.25 speed.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Narrator yuk

The story was great most of the way, kind of anticlimactic at the end. However the narration was some of the worst I've ever listened to. Very little difference between characters. And if everyone in Ireland whines that much when they talk, nobody would ever want to visit that country. Sorry.
I never write reviews but had to do so this time.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Was the narrator intoxicated?

I really tried to get into this book but the narration was so pathetic I could not. It was depressing to listen to.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Best Read

The author is amazing a d kept me wanting to red more. The ending was priceless.

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if you can get past the narrator...

Guilty is a compelling story, I truly enjoyed this book. the problem is that I nearly returned it 4 times because the narrator is just so awful! her American accent is grating and her natural Irish accent is so slow. It took me over 2 hours before I noticed that I wasn't grinding my teeth over the performance. The storyline is very interesting. It is more gripping suspense than mystery, as, if you read the description, you know the storyline.

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Narration so bad. Story disjointed

I don't usually have a problem following the story line, this one lost me. And the narration was just awful. Even if you listen to a sample and think you can deal- after about 5 hours you won't be able to

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Amazing!!

This book pulls u from the first chapter and does not let go!! One of those books u don't want to let go of

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Good story. Horrible narrator!

I really enjoyed this story. However, the narrator was so terrible that it made me want to stop listening. If the story wasn’t so intriguing I would have quit listening. Do yourself a favor and listen to the sample before purchasing.... it’s terrible the entire way through! But the story is great. Buy the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Gemma
  • 08-16-17

Good but the narration spoils it!

What made the experience of listening to Guilty the most enjoyable?

This book, in the main is well written and i enjoyed how the story flowed. however, it was in no means a page turner and it did take me a while to get involved in the storyline

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Nothing wrong with the story as such, although not exactly realistic it had some good twists and turns. Unfortunetly, the narrator completly ruined the listen for me, The irish accent is usually a lovely soothing tone, but you could tell this narroator was faking it and it was harsh and unrealistic.

What didn’t you like about Laoisha O'Callaghan’s performance?

Nothing, she spoiled the listen for me

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It started off as an intriguing story. but then as the book went on it got more surreal! i could of had an emotional connection if it go off on such an odd tangent. Dont get me wrong i read the whole thing and it was good but i found it hard work.

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  • Christine McAdams
  • 07-28-17

Awful narrator

This book is well written and does leave a little bit of mystery at the end. it's not page turning so to speak! But is enjoyable the main and only problem is the awful narrator. The Irish accent is normally pleasant to listen to unfortunately it sounds fake and put on when listening to this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • helend
  • 09-01-17

FANTASTIC IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE !!!!

TWISTED!!!!! IT TURNED!!!! IT WAS BRILLIANT I RECOMMEND THI BOOK!!!!!!! through earphones!!!!!!
ITS MORE INTENSE

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Trace
  • 08-04-17

Brilliant read

This book not only takes you on an emotional rollercoaster, it is extremely thought provoking. Be careful what you do in life, because karma's sitting just around the corner 😊

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  • ausgodmum
  • 03-30-18

Breath taking and all consuming!

I felt the beginning of the book was very slow and struggled to keep going with it. I can’t express enough how grateful I am that I persevered.... nothing could have prepared me for the incredible story to follow that caused every possible emotion to surge!! Clever, emotional and inspiring in a strange and unforeseeable way.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-17

Exception in every way

This book will have you gripped from start to finish. It's fast paced doesn't have any pointless or unbelievable 'why would they do that' moments. Highly Recommended by one that reads 5 books a week. A memorable one.

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  • Helen Williams (All Booked Out)
  • 09-01-17

Maybe read... not listen

I nearly stopped listening to this many times as I couldn't deal with the narrator. I love an accent, but I don't know if maybe the topic or over dramatising made this sound worse or not.

I enjoyed the story and will read more from the author.

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  • Christina T.
  • 10-11-18

the Narrator sounds bored and dull..

I can't listen past chapter one... I will have to read this book Instead. Love this author..

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  • wms
  • 06-21-18

Wow

I loved this book from start to end! So much more than I first thought. What a plot! I highly recommend this one.

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  • Maria
  • 05-15-18

Guilty!

Great narration, loved the Irish accent. Good storyline- I felt it got a bit lost in the middle. Bit disappointing at the end.

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  • Sheena Avison
  • 05-13-18

Riviting but....

A really great story that I had to listen to without stopping. But I had to put the speed at 1.25 as at normal speed the reading was too slow and drawn out. Besides that brilliant now to find another by Laura O’Callaghan.

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  • Sue Casey
  • 11-05-17

Enjoyable 4.5 stars

After mixed reviews I found this book enjoyable 4.5 stars a bit drawn out in parts