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Winner, Earphones Award 2020

Five long-missing children are about to be returned.

It was summer in the mountains when five small children vanished from their nursery school picnic. The heat was stifling that day, the tinkle of an ice-cream van in the air....

Three-and-a-half years later, in the dead of winter, the children are returned to their families...one by one.

All except for Ivy - the granddaughter of Homicide Detective Kate Wakeland. The other four children say Ivy is dead.

Speculation grows that the mysterious abductor is enacting a cruel revenge plot due to a murderer that Kate put in jail years before.

Kate isn't sure what to believe. But one thing is certain - she's about to begin the battle of her life. When the children were first stolen, she was prevented from investigating the case.

But now, Kate will be relentless in uncovering the identity of the abductor and discovering what happened to Ivy.

©2020 Anni Taylor (P)2020 Podium Audio

Critic Reviews

"Lee's delivery of both the narrative and the dialogue is flawless." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Amazing book and amazing narration!

I absolutely loved this book! It was so good that I couldn't stop listening to it. I found myself doing chores just so I had an excuse to listen to it. It really kept you guessing all the way up until the end. This was my 1st book by this author and I'm now looking forward to reading the rest of her novels. This is a must read!

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Loved this book and Caroline Lee is PERFECT!!

Well done! Excellent plot and intricate story line made for a wonderful read! Loved all the characters and am so glad this will be a series...Caroline Lee is spot on perfect as the narrator! Loved it!

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terrible!

i have never written a review on here but this book and narrator were so bad i wanted to spare someone else from wasting theur time and money on it.

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On of the BEST WRITTEN mysteries...

I’ve read in a long time. Amazingly well crafted, intriguing, outlined and performed. I love a good mystery and will sometimes even settle for a cheesy one to help with a fix. This one however is one of the best, most realistic and well written ones I’ve ever read. Highly recommended!

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Contrived and Manipulative

The lead character was well developed and had potential. Yet it strains credulity that a kidnapping of so many children was solved not by the hundreds of experts but rather because the main protagonist uncovered a clue that is so obvious, a rookie detective could have found it.

The “secret” generating an “apology” at the end was either a manipulative hook for the next book or an irritating loose end. Either option is just sloppy writing. I avoid series and checked that it was stand-alone so the lead-in was irritating in the extreme.

Caroline Lee was spectacular as always. Well, except that the accent for the psychiatrist was a bit of a cartoon. But hey, no one’s perfect...

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What a story!

This was my first mystery detective story I’ve listened too. After the first few minutes of hearing that 5 children were taken I almost quit, too sad! I get very involved in movies and stories! But I pushed through and so glad I did. Caroline Lee did an amazing job with her Narration! Annie Taylor, really enjoyed your story, I’ll be searching for more❤️

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Great listen

I thought the story was very good with a few surprises. I like the main character, and I really like Caroline Lee...I look for books read by her.

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Fantastic!

This is one of the best books I've heard in a long time. The narration was perfect and the book was well written enough to keep me guessing the whole way through. I highly recommend it!

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So many showers

I enjoyed this book. The story was longer than it needed to be but still good. The narration was good but one thing that puzzled me was how the detective had to shower so much and how she had the time to do so. I will go on to the next book in the series.

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so sad it's finished!

terrific narration and good storyline, likeable characters, with a bait 'n switch surprise ending. worth a go.

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  • 09-12-20

51/2 *

An excellent, atmospheric book, beautifully written with well developed, likeable characters. It’s a nice change that the detective is in her sixties.

And I’ve yet to listen to Caroline Lee’s narration and be disappointed. She could make a phone book interesting but this book was was no phone book, it was wonderful material for her to work with.

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  • Marie
  • 07-22-21

brilliant

this really kept me guessing until the end. Great story line, fabulous narration. Next one in series downloading as we speak!

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  • 06-19-21

brilliant!

excellent book! lovely unexpected twist! highly recommended. chuffed to have found a new author (to me) looking forward to next in series

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  • Maureen
  • 01-18-21

Book of parts

First half was great 5*, but second half dragged and needed to be condensed, found myself rolling my eyes so much, A great book totally spoiled by too much unwanted detail. Hated the detective's daughter, wanted to give her a good slap for her silliness.
Loved the narration, Caroline Lee as ever, is brilliant, but even she couldn't rescue the direness of the second half.

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  • April
  • 11-11-20

Hooked from the opening chapter

Excellent story didn’t want it to end a real mystery. Luckily a second book is now available. The narrator Caroline Lee made it for me, she is so expressive, she makes the characters come alive.

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  • Mari
  • 09-23-21

Really good crime mystery.

I enjoyed this page turning mystery (actually a couple of mysteries) involving an older female detective and her family. As always excellent narration from Caroline Lee and I look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • marjog
  • 06-11-21

Worth a listen

A bit predictable and heavyhanded prose in places but ok listen overall. I will certainly try another title by this author.

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  • Kerrie-Anne
  • 05-07-21

terrible reading

shitty book, shitty reading. very good for going to sleep. honestly prime sleep book. interestimg enough to keep you distracted from whatever gives insomnia. every single sentence sounds like a dumb ass Aussie asking a question......?
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  • Amanda
  • 03-25-21

Gripping

Enjoyed this story which is brilliantly performed by Caroline Lee, who always adds to every story she reads.

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  • Wendy
  • 03-11-21

Totally different....

I have read so many mysteries - crime novels and love to come across a new local (Australian) author. I've heard many of Caroline Lee's readings and have always enjoyed them. This one is totally different. A different subject matter, a truly impossible crime to solve - until it seems to solve itself. I was hooked from start to finish. Well done!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-21

happily surprised

I was happily surprised by this book, I borked at 11hrs of listening.. I get bored easily, but
it had me in the whole 11 hrs
I love Caroline Lee as a narrator

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  • Christine
  • 02-04-21

Great Story and performance

Great story where you can't guess the ending or who were the kidnappers.
The narrator was excellent (a bit unsure if the accents were overkill), all the towns were correctly pronounced and overall it was a great listen. I will be listening to the next from this author and I sincerely hope its as good as this one.

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  • jody burgess
  • 10-12-20

Great story!

I really enjoyed this book. I thought the story line was strong, with a twist that lasted until the end. Caroline Lee is a fantastic story teller, with a great Australian accent. Caroline Lee, you make the books you read!
I hope this book turns into a series, that I can’t wait to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-20

A Must Read!

This is a brilliant book. Engaging, great storyline and likeable characters, full of twists and exceptionally well narrated.