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'Somebody!' I half-sob and then, more quietly, 'Please.' The words seem absorbed by the afternoon heat, lost amongst the trees. In their aftermath, the silence descends again. I know then that I’m not going anywhere...

Sean is on the run. We don't know why and we don't know from whom, but we do know he's abandoned his battered, blood-stained car in the middle of an isolated, lonely part of rural France at the height of a sweltering summer.

Desperate to avoid the police, he takes to the parched fields and country lanes only to be caught in the vicious jaws of a trap. Near unconscious from pain and loss of blood, he is freed and taken in by two women - daughters of the owner of a rundown local farm with its ramshackle barn, blighted vineyard, and the brooding lake. And it's then that Sean's problems really start....

Superbly written, Stone Bruises is a classic nail-shredder of a thriller that holds you from the beginning. The narrative slowly, inexorably tightens its grip as the story unfurls and will keep you guessing until the unnerving and shocking final twist....

©2014 Hunter Publications Ltd (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks

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  • Mrs. Sandra H. Spires
  • 08-21-14

Good Story... but...

Would you try another book written by Simon Beckett or narrated by Jonathan Keeble?

I would perhaps think twice, it would have to be extremely gripping to gain my interest.

Would you recommend Stone Bruises to your friends? Why or why not?

It depends, the story itself was reasonable but I found the pace slow and somewhat predictable.

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

Probably not.

Any additional comments?

I cannot in all honestly slate the book, author or narrator, it was the story itself that left me struggling to listen, I found the pace of the story overall too slow, which is not to mean that others might not enjoy the story, it just left me disappointed.

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  • Sue
  • 02-18-16

Great Listen.

This intricate story unravels by returning to London from France. An unlikely tale of an accidental criminal that is made totally credible by the expert writing.
The amazing talents of Jonathan Keeble make this an absolute joy to listen to. His French accent is completely believable as are the tones and nuances he gives to each character. This man can bring any book to life and twinned with such good material he's a gift!

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  • Kaz
  • 08-05-17

Good book but not Simon Beckett at his best.

Ultimately the book is good, but on several occasions I almost gave up on it as it took so long to get to the point! The characters were built up very well, but as a Simon Beckett fan I felt a bit disappointed and you had to stick wth it until the last couple of chapters to really enjoy it. On the whole it was a bit slow in building.

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  • Maurice Myers
  • 03-13-15

Excellent narration

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator really brings the characters to life and keeps you hooked until the very end.

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  • Terry
  • 10-04-14

Not what I expected from this author

Would you try another book written by Simon Beckett or narrated by Jonathan Keeble?

yes

What will your next listen be?

don't know

How could the performance have been better?

The story was not interesting enough

What character would you cut from Stone Bruises?

Not certain?

Any additional comments?

a bit boring but very well read by the narrator

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