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The body of a young woman is found on the streets of East London, in the shadow of the City's gleaming towers. No ID on her, just hard-earned cash. But there is no doubting the ferocity of the attack.

DI Simon Fenchurch takes charge but, as his team tries to identify her and piece together her murder, they're faced with cruel indifference at every turn - nobody cares about yet another dead prostitute. To Fenchurch, however, she could just as easily be Chloe, his daughter still missing after ten years, whose memory still haunts his days and nights, his burning obsession having killed his marriage.

When a second body is discovered, Fenchurch must peel back the grimy layers shrouding the London sex trade, confronting his own traumatic past while racing to undo a scheme larger, more complex and more evil than anything he could possibly have imagined.

©2016 Ed James (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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A waste of time

The lead detective is plagued by problems with acid reflux and, in tense moments, hearing drums in his head. These issues are referred to constantly. The story appears to be a fairly run-of-the-mill police procedural, but takes a turn toward the absurd (not intentionally) toward the end. My advice: don't bother.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Nancy
  • San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States
  • 01-24-17

Tedious

Just simply over done. Repetitiveness became unbearably annoying until you don't care about any of the characters.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Tracey
  • Danville, AR, United States
  • 09-08-16

Riveting whodunnit set in UK

Protagonist is divorced 42-year DI with a past that continues to haunt him and affect his past relationships (with estranged ex-wife, widowed father) and police colleagues. He checks the system daily to see if the 10 year old case of his kidnapped 8-year old daughter, Chloe, has developed any leads, a case his retired policeman father is also doggedly pursuing.
Despite his past, Fenchurch is a not morose, but an intriguing character, who listens to Morrissey, attends football matches with his father and chastises his colleagues for not shielding a victim from onlookers at the first crime scene. He is sympathetic without dipping into pathos.
I couldn't quite give it 5 stars, as I quickly tired of the refrain "same as it ever was" (the author must love Talking Heads) and the ending, which I found a bit far-fetched.
Michael Page, a seasoned narrator, is a favorite of mine and does not disappoint here. He handles a variety of accents, from the posh private school to the Scottish brogue aptly and doesn't sound like a cartoon character when he voices the female characters, as so many male narrators do.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Unlikely story line' poor narration.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Would definitely change the narrator and put a few pauses between spoken phrases, and, either make no attempt to "act" the story - just read it, or get a reader who can produce different and distinct character voices.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

In general,it was a bit ridiculous. Plot was over contrived and got worse as the story progressed.

How could the performance have been better?

See prior comments.

Could you see The Hope That Kills being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not likely a movie or TV series, story was just not good enough

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Quite good

I liked this more than I thought I would. Great start to a new series.

I like Fenchurch and the cast of characters in his CID unit. Even his boss. The story was good and Michael Page is a great narrator.

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Very enjoyable!

If you could sum up The Hope That Kills in three words, what would they be?

Frightening, timely, provacative

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hope That Kills?

The police raid on the chalets.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Simon caught up with Doctor Vaughn.

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

Several good laughs... I love English, Irish and Welsh humor. Touching but not to the point of crying.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book, and intend to read more in this series. Brilliance Audio does a great job of producing quality audio books.

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  • JonR
  • 01-12-17

Good Police Yarn, shame about the narration

A good story line was spoilt for me by the characterisations of the narrator. Basic narration was fine but the voices of most of the male characters sounded very similar and as if they all smoked 40 a day. In particular Savage and Fenchurch’s dad were the most difficult, therefore ended up reading the Kindle edition for most of the story. Will read the kindle edition of second book in the series, which is a shame as usually I find the Audible narrators excellent.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-05-17

Liked the storyline found audio different

This was a book I was looking forward very much to reading then I saw it was also available in audio having listened to one audio book before and thoroughly enjoying it k decided to listen to this I'm sorry to say that I found it difficult to follow the accents of the narrator I thought spoiled the story the storyline was good and if I were to read this I think I would enjoy much more this is only my view it won't stop me reading ed James in future

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  • Colette
  • 10-07-16

Quite good in the end

The story started quite slowly and didn't suck me in immediately. I had difficulty with the narrator and very nearly gave up on many occasions because the voices he attributed to some characters grated with me. Fenchurch is in his 40's but his voice seems much older and didn't suit the character. Anyway, I kept going and managed to put this to one side as the plot developed and I had to find out what happened.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • tricia
  • 09-14-17

Monty python accents

Ok story but ruined by narrator who can't do any accent...

Don't bother with this one

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Fersh
  • 09-06-17

Wow!

Well done, Ed James, on a superb handling of a dreadful subject. I enjoyed listening to this, so much so that I kept it with me throughout the day whilst I did lots of tasks! I had to know the outcomes. I've now bought two more D I Fenchurch stories, just to see how it moves on.

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  • BFS11234
  • 05-26-17

Good book

Good listen and a good story line. Looking forward to listening to other book by Ed James

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  • katejmac
  • 04-27-18

Dreadful narration

This book is spoilt by the narrator who really over does it. It’s at time hard to follow due to the many ridiculous voices.
The story is very slow I gave up in the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-17-18

unconvinced

nearly gave up half way through, not sure if I'm glad I didn't or not

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  • Angela
  • 01-31-18

Good audible book.

Enjoyed.
Really good series that does not disappoint. Well put together series.
Very good narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-18

Ruined by narrator

Although I enjoyed the actual story the whole plot was overshadowed by the awful narration! I nearly gave up listening in the end it was so bad. Ridiculous accents, an inability to pronounce such simple words as admin or kebab and the fact he kept merging all the characters voices and accents together made for an uncomfortable listen and a hard to follow plot!! It’s a shame as I definitely can’t put myself through listening to the rest of the series. I shall definitely read them though.

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  • kate
  • 12-04-17

Don't waste your money

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one

What will your next listen be?

When Breath becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was lost with voice character interpretations. Something of a story line but no depth to it at all except for all the drums that were playing in head!! Was that a hint for heightened suspense? Didn't work.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

no

Any additional comments?

I read reviews before I purchase and I purchase a few books. Please make them honest reviews.

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  • Maggie
  • 11-22-17

It's ok

I found the accent difficult to follow at the beginning and the story jumped around a little too much for me. However I found a rhythm and got into it