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Publisher's Summary

DS Jane Bennett takes charge of South London's Lewisham murder squad following the temporary suspension of her boss, DI Mike Lockyer.

His involvement with a female witness resulted in her murder. Mike returns to work, but he's a shadow of the detective he was a few months before. Bennett gets a desperate call from an old friend to say that her husband, retired colleague Mark Leech, has gone missing. Blood spatters found in the home suggest she doesn't have long to find him.

When Jane is sent to a site in Elmstead Woods, she stumbles upon a sinister murder scene. A tomb has been created, and the body she finds is not Mark's - as she dreaded and suspected - but that of missing university student Maggie Hungerford. Her killer recorded her last moments, even providing an air supply which was cut off only when the game lost its thrill.

Two men admit to having had a sexual relationship with Maggie. Both deny murder. Someone is lying. And Mark is still missing. When another tomb is discovered, an anonymous tip and mounting evidence suggest a disturbing link which threatens to derail both cases and let a murderer walk free. Lockyer is shocked into supporting Bennett in a case which becomes ever more ominous and dangerous as the investigation deepens. They know that their hunt is for a killer with a mind so twisted that he or she is likely to stop at nothing.

After ten years in London, working for a city law firm, Clare Donoghue moved back to her hometown in Somerset to undertake an MA in creative writing at Bath Spa University. Never Look Back was her first novel, and in 2011, whilst still an unpublished manuscript under the title of Chasing Shadows, it was longlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger.

©2015 Clare Donoghue (P)2015 Audible. Ltd

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Another great British Police procedural

step aside, Linda Lapllante! Ms Donognue has crafted a superb novel , multi-plotted, twists and surprises all the way. The characters are strong, trying to bring justice when the rules get in the way. Each character is very human, doubtful often, but courageous. I look forward to future Clare Donoghue novels.

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Some twist and turns

Keeps u interested all the way, trying to figure it all out. Great narration, telling a suspense detective story.

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Good story, great performance, overblown ending

Very solid and compelling plot, but the end was OTT and dragged the whole book down for me. However, definitely willing to give more books by this author a read. Very good narrator-character voices were well differentiated and well matched.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Laurie
  • CROWN POINT, IN, United States
  • 02-09-16

Very compelling story

I think I initially got this book because it is narrated by Imogene Church who could narrate warranty information and make it compelling.
The story kept you guessing and was very well written. I will be listening to Clare Donoghues other books no matter who the narrator. I'm a new fan!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Riveting

Great story with lots of twists. The narrator struggled with a few characters but did well considering how many there were. I'll definitely be listening to more by this author.

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Good plot. Good narrator. OK writing.

Any additional comments?

A good plot for a crime thriller and overall a good ‘listen’. A team of British detectives, headed by Inspector Bennett, have to find the perpetrator of a string of murders, the first being the rape and murder of a young woman, the subsequent ones involving the burial alive of people, presumably to study their fear reactions via camera. It turns out to be more complicated, as the real perpetrator is a madman who is using the researcher’s less-than-ethical work to carry out the murders for his own motives of jealousy and revenge. It’s dramatic and kept me listening in spite of my complaint with the writing: My complaint with the writing is that there is a bit too much of the ‘daily life’ details like getting dressed, putting the car in gear, etc. and too much description of inner emotional turmoil by the main protagonists, Inspector Bennett and Inspector Locklear. It’s the sort of writing that Tami Hoag does. It gets tedious after awhile. I’d give it a 4 for story and reading and a 3 for the writing.

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painful

it's rare that I consider quitting a book - I resisted the urge to give up, but I couldn't wait for this book to be over. now that it's over, I wish I had just followed my instincts and quit the book. there are too many good books out there waiting for me to read them to to waste time on this. I can usually trust that a book with a 3.9 average rating on Audible will be at least moderately enjoyable, but not this one

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve
  • Washington , DC, USA
  • 04-22-15

Boring!

What disappointed you about No Place to Die?

A mystery but not a thriller. There is so much introspecting it distracts from the story.

Has No Place to Die turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She was a little overly dramatic.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from No Place to Die?

Cut the singing.

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Tedius

What did you like best about No Place to Die? What did you like least?

The story had potential, but the "twist" at the end was not unexpected for me. I was distracted by the reader's male voices. She would lower her voice, but then the speaker would take on a strange regional accent in addition to the lower tone.

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

I would not have the narrators jump around in time. I would get rid of the stuff between Lockyear and the woman detective. Lockyear's personality changes were never explained. The female lead never seemed confident in herself.

Would you be willing to try another one of Imogen Church’s performances?

No

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ellen
  • COLCHESTER, CT, United States
  • 03-01-17

Enjoyable Series

I am enjoying this series quite a lot. Great narrator and good story lines. It is easy to get attached to the two main detectives and their life stories .

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  • maddy
  • 04-14-16

Abandoned it halfway through!

What did you like about this audiobook?

Having listened to Book 1 I was looking forward to becoming engrossed in a good mystery with characters I was already familiar with. I was gripped at first by a sensational plot, but was completely bored by constant analysis of the character's personal lives which were pretty boring anyway.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I wouldn't bother listening to any of this series of books again.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

I found myself wishing it would come to the point of a particular scene/ event without detailing points which had already been covered. I was easily able to come to ceratin conclusions way before they were revealed in the storyline.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

AWFUL!I have never heard such a childish and manufactured attempt at a man's voice, which was unbelievably irritating. It was almost embarrassing to listen to.

Do you have any additional comments?

Don't buy it!

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  • trevor montgomery
  • 05-17-15

Good book easy listening

Great twist at the end. Enjoyable first book slightly better. Good strong main characters both male and female

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  • Neat
  • 05-07-15

Brilliant

Didn't know what to expect from this book, but as soon as it started it had me hooked, then the suspense and frustration trying to find the killer was brilliant all the to the finish,

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  • iris
  • 03-25-15

Too much soul-searching!

I really appreciated the first book in the series and although the actual story line is very good a great deal of the beginning of the book is taken up with the lead detective wondering about her relationship with Lockyer and his behaviour. She is also occupied with questions of being a woman in a man's world etc. Added to this the narrator of the first novel was a pacey reader with a versatile voice whereas this reading is sometimes far too slow for this genre. This is not a great work of philosophy so a ponderous pace is not suitable. There seems to be a trend in modern detection novels to spend too much time on trite reflection to the detriment of the intrigue. I think it is only very few who manage to bring off the use of the intrigue as a metaphor for an investigation of the mystery of human nature. That said the book is still worth a read.

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  • Jonny D
  • 03-24-15

Great Thriller, Brilliantly Read

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It's the second of two books with some of the same characters and I got it because I liked the first book so much. It's an excellent thriller, very sinister and keeps you guessing until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it is brilliantly read by Imogen Church, who is a very accomplished audio book reader. It runs along at a nice steady pace. I would definitely recommend it but you should get the first book first before you get this one.

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  • faye
  • 03-21-15

Don't be sucked in by reviews on Amazon

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

nothing

Would you ever listen to anything by Clare Donoghue again?

unlikely

What didn’t you like about Imogen Church’s performance?

too slow and ponderous. Rubbish at male characters like a child putting on a man's voice, slow and deep.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from No Place to Die?

i would cut most of the book, so it's not really an appropriate question for me. To be fair much could be the fault of the narrator, but I am finding, more and more, that English police detective novels are all the same. I found this dull and samey.

Any additional comments?

i downloaded this on the basis of the positive reviews on Amazon. It was only several dull hours into the book I checked them again to read in more detail and find out why I believed they were so far wrong. There will always be differences but you generally find a good spread of reviews. All the positive reviews at the time I purchased the audio book were by people given free copies. You can call me cynical but I've yet to see one negative review from any of these readers. My fault I should have scrolled through the full reviews rather than skimming. The length of them should have given me a clue.

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  • Anne
  • 03-14-18

Brilliant<br /><br />I love Mike and Jane as characters. <br />

very real, and totally believable characters, only 2 books in and I'm hooked. will, be buying the next one...and the one after that.

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  • Flint
  • 12-29-17

Good

This was good but I think it is necessary to have read the previous book in order to fully enjoy this book.

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  • james
  • 12-27-17

Really enjoyed it!

Easy listening with good narration. Loved the story with plenty of twists and turns. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Fersh
  • 12-12-17

A good listen

Well crafted, intricate story. Strong female central character, but with human flaws. Good narrator. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

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  • Ed Napiorkowski
  • 01-21-18

Gripping

A solid story with twists and turns a plenty and a host of realistically portrayed characters for the reader to follow along with. Worthy of 4 stars.

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  • alisa warren
  • 03-08-16

good

Really enjoy this author's books. Very easy to listen to, great suspense and a sense of familiarity with characters.

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  • Jeanette NORMAN
  • 03-03-16

An excellent read.

I am aware that we reader's are introducwd to killer in first part of the novel. Here however I was kept guessing to the end. I can rwally recommend this to you.

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  • Mark
  • 04-10-15

Riveting From Start To Finish

Great book loved it fantastic story keep my on the edge of the seat from start to Finish.

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  • Karen
  • 01-01-16

Enjoyable listen

loved it. Listened to it twice.. Enjoyed the narration and the story line..

0 of 1 people found this review helpful