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Publisher's Summary

A decomposed body washes up on a beach near Glasgow. The victim, Tracy Eadie. Junkie. Prostitute. Fourteen years old.

Rosie Gilmour, tabloid journalist and crusader for justice, receives evidence linking police officials with Tracy's disappearance. Digging deeper, Rosie uncovers a sickening network of corruption and abuse, leading back to the very top of the establishment. And to powerful figures who want their secrets kept hidden.

Rosie has found the story of a lifetime. Yet living to tell it will be her greatest challenge.

©2011 Anna Smith (P)2013 WF Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Strongly plotted, written in plain, punchy language, and very good on the tensions and divided loyalties between the establishment and the fourth estate." ( Guardian)

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  • nina
  • 11-03-13

Great story!

Would you listen to The Dead Won't Sleep again? Why?

This is a very interesting book. Wasn't sure initially, just needed something to listen to on the train journey to London... well, this is the best book I have ever listened to. Very well narrated, fast moving, couldn't put it down. Try it if you like a bit of real life crime story. Don't be put off by only two reviews...

What did you like best about this story?

It was real.

What about Sarah Barron’s performance did you like?

Really great!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, children's story.

Any additional comments?

Really recommend it.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Vicuña
  • 05-24-14

Glasgow's underbelly exposed

What made the experience of listening to The Dead Won't Sleep the most enjoyable?

Excellent narration, great accent, strong plot

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rosie, flawed but plausible.

Have you listened to any of Sarah Barron’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but on the basis of this, I'd listen again.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The final pages were a cliffhanger...

Any additional comments?


This story packs a powerful punch with a very strong plot involving prostitutes, junkies, murder, police corruption, a paedophile ring at the home of a Judge, gutter press journalism and the Glasgow underworld. Despite the scope, the plotting is both taught and credible throughout and it's rich in character.

The opening pages set the scene well with a death and disposal of the corpse overboard at sea. The first shock is the revelation as to who's involved. The story follows a headstrong investigative reporter, Rosie. Keen to expose corruption and totally involved in her journalist lifestyle, she's a likeable and well rounded character. She carries a personal burden and along the way, the nature of her difficult past are revealed through a liaison with another troubled individual. All the core central characters have a real feel to them. In particular, the dialogue really hits the spot. The language used changes according to character, so whether it's a child, DCI or Editor, it sounds exactly right.

Great plot, strong characters and fast paced from start to finish. I was totally drawn in to an exciting exposé of dirty dealing in Glasgow's underbelly and the machinations of the press. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Ali
  • 03-24-14

A gripping listen i just couldn't switch it off!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely be listening to her other books. The narrating was superb and took you right in to the story. I was gripped from listening to the sample and had to find out what happened. I love the character of Rosie and the other characters in the book. The narrators voice fitted the story perfectly.

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  • Saffy
  • 09-23-13

Outstanding narration

I really enjoyed this, the first in the Rosie Gilmour series and found it a very compelling listen. Although it is not really a 'whodunnit' , the plot drew me in and I found the character of Rosie extremely likeable. However, the narrator is really the star of this audiobook. Her voice really draws you into the story and she differentiates between all the different characters superbly. I'll definitely be listening to more in this series.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Stuart
  • 07-23-15

Great read

Would you listen to The Dead Won't Sleep again? Why?

In the future it is a book that I could come back to again. Most enjoyable.

What did you like best about this story?

2 plots in 1

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

If I'd had the time, would have read the whole book in one.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Hazel
  • 04-09-15

Enjoyable listen

Narrator good, a little under stated for the action in progress. Accents for the various characters excellent. Intriguing story, though somewhat disappointing conclusion for me, can't explain it would give away too much!

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  • joan hayes
  • 04-03-15

Brilliant

Yes very enjoyable,Il listen to more of her adventures,also the narrator brought the book to life very well read.
Joan hayes

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  • Budgieboy
  • 02-04-15

Had me hooked right from prologue

listened to it from start to finish in one mamoth session. Thoroughly enjoyed the story. suspenseful and pace was good. Narration excellent

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  • kerrsybabe1
  • 12-13-15

Thriller and very exciting,

Marvellous this book is a great read, you can find yourself in Glasgow city centre

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Christine
  • 04-23-14

Good listening

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, good listen at times of stress

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Very good average, only problems with some other character voices

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending, Excellant

6 of 7 people found this review helpful