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When billionaire philanthropist Sir Hugo Fletcher is discovered murdered in his London home, tied naked to a bed, the scandal is only a shadow of the darkness lurking off-camera.

Laura Fletcher returns from an Italian vacation to find her home under siege by paparazzi. Is she shocked? Yes. But is she distraught? Not exactly. Chief Inspector Tom Douglas reveals his suspicions that Hugo’s killer is female. The deeper Douglas digs, the more sordid details he uncovers. And yet nothing compares to the secret Laura guards, a secret that could bring the guilty to justice - or destroy an innocent life forever.

©2013 Rachel Abbott (P)2013 Oakhill Publishing

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Needs editing.

What disappointed you about Only the Innocent?

I could not enjoy the story due to the poor editing. I had to discard listening in the early part .A character was described as 'looking out a window while walking around a room doing various things.' All that was said in one sentence.Aside from the visual image of a buffoon walking into furniture trying to do things with their head cranked around looking out a window, I''m supposed to believe that an intelligent character was doing that. A good editor would have pointed out the wisdom of separating the actions. When I struck the second such poorly constructed sentence that even a program such as Grammarly would have pointed out was clumsy construction, I returned the book for a refund.

What was most disappointing about Rachel Abbott’s story?

Badly edited.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

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  • Minty
  • 12-05-14

Engaging book undermined by cringe-worthy narrator

What did you like most about Only the Innocent?

This was a good story line with some sympathetic characters that made me want to persevere with the book - more of that later in the review!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tom was an interesting character drawn more deeply than many policemen in crime fiction and I found myself caring about what he thought and how he would manage his situation.

How could the performance have been better?

Sadly the narrator was the wrong choice for this book. He couldn't bring to life the female characters and instead it was like listening to a comedic rendering of a bunch of insipid females (think David Walliams in Little Britain!) with the one exception of the character of Beatrice, who was given a more forthright and punchy tone. If I were the author of this book I would be pretty upset that my work had been so diminished by such a reading.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, from a story-line perspective I did want to work through it in one sitting. However I really had to steel my nerves to endure the narration such was the intrusion of the different tones used, and had it not been for the good story then I would have given up.

Any additional comments?

I think it would be worth re-narrating this book with with a male reader who has the ability to portray female characters and do them, the story and the author justice.

44 of 44 people found this review helpful

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  • Mazalicious
  • 04-16-15

Good story let down by shocking narration :(

I liked the story. It had an interesting plot, plausible characters and the pace was fine. However the narration was just terrible. The male narrator's rendition of the female characters was almost comedic - think David Walliams 'I am a lay-dee' or Hinge and Bracket. He put on this awful 'posh and squeaky' voice, so that all the women sounded like something out of a black and white 1940s melodrama. It was most off-putting. Given that most of the central characters were women, it would have been far better to use a female narrator - for instance Rosamund Pike is great at narrating both male and female parts. Such a shame that the narration spoiled what would otherwise have been an enjoyable listen.

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  • mrs c a dunne
  • 07-20-15

Very poor narration

What did you like best about Only the Innocent? What did you like least?

The story developed and gradually became compelling. Sadly the narration ruined the experience for me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Only the Innocent?

When Laura goes into the attic and finds the red hair wigs in the case, discovering that two are missing.

How could the performance have been better?

A different narrator.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Not now that i know the story.

Any additional comments?

I will steer clear of any books narrated by Peter Wickam

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Salla
  • 09-05-14

Book I wanted return to as soon as possible

Rachel Abbott was a new writer for me. I greatly enjoyed the flow of the story and how it gradually revealed issues important to the murder. I found myself waiting for the moment when I could continue listening from where I had to stop before. It was exactly the kind of book I wanted to listen to when feeling bit tired after the day at work.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • C. L. Bayford
  • 08-28-15

Great listen....

..... Good story with a great twist, but the male narrator's attempt at a female voice was painful and irritating!

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Christine
  • 04-29-15

Good storyline

This is a good book and one that keeps you listening. The narrator is very good in the male parts, however the female voices were reminiscent of Hinge and Bracket!!! Peter Wickham is an excellent story teller but he should stick to the masculine.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • R
  • 10-04-14

dreadful narration

The appalling narration has prompted me to write my first review despite listening to over 100 books.
The voices put on were nauseating.

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  • dale_mcewan
  • 05-13-15

Interesting and unpredictable.

A little lengthy but nevertheless enjoyable. Human trafficking and mad pedophiles are not my usual fare and will not be in the future, the story , however twists and turns and I carried on to the end to find out who did it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Ann D
  • 09-22-16

Good story, poor narration!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Wickham?

Someone who could read female voices in a sensible way. Some other reviewers have likened his voicing of female characters as like twee comedic women from the TV programme Little Britain, and I can't disagree with that.

Any additional comments?

The narration here was such an ordeal that I would have returned the book after a few chapters had it been written by a lesser author. Rachel Abbott writes very well though, and this is a very interesting and exciting story. It's possible that this is a 5* story, but the narration got in the way of me being able to be sure.

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  • P. S. Elliott
  • 08-17-15

Only the Innocent

Brilliant! I think nearly every topic covered, life as it is now and recognisable. Horror, tears, sadness, joy, love, friendship all combined in this very different thriller story. Narration good also. Hope you enjoy as much as I did.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Denys
  • 02-10-16

Beautifully paced

Rachel Abbott is a brilliant story teller and Peter Wickham has an excellently modulated voice.

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  • Tracey
  • 07-05-17

tedious

tedious read. while the story line was ok, could have been shorter with the same effect. too much fluff.

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  • Raymond
  • 12-29-16

chemical free expensive SLEEPING TABLET

Tried to get into it but it's so boring. Long winded female 'letter readings' that are pure sticky-lolly over the top romantic trashy writings and they're read by an equally bored old man. Oh for heaven sake, get rid of it! my patience ran out before a third was listened to... deleted from my device and moved on.