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Poison Orchids

Narrated by: Aimee Horne
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
4 out of 5 stars (261 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A dark, compelling new thriller from best-selling authors Sarah A. Denzil and Anni Taylor  

Young backpackers Gemma and Hayley arrive at a remote fruit farm in Australia’s Northern Territory, out of money and desperate for work. 

The weeks go on, a blur of fruit picking, parties, campfires and wading beneath waterfalls in the nearby hot springs. Until the night the girls find themselves on a dark highway, bruised and bloodied.  

Senior Detective Bronwen McKay and psychologist Megan Arlotti question the terrified girls. But Hayley and Gemma are telling two very different stories of what happened to them over the past three months.  

Which story is the truth, and what are the girls covering up? A suspenseful thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.

©2019 Sarah A.Denzil and Anni Taylor (P)2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd

Editorial Review

They don’t do stranger danger like they used to...

It sounded like a pretty sweet deal when Gemma and Hayley stumbled upon a job offering free lodging, pool access, fresh air, and fruit-picking. What more could you ask for? However, the outcome isn’t what you would expect. After being found bruised and bloody on the road, detectives can clearly tell the girls have been through a very traumatic experience. Held captive by a now dead mad man, it seems like a pretty cut and dry case for the detectives on the case. But why are Gemma and Hayley’s stories so vastly different? The combined masterminds of writers Sarah A. Denzil and Anni Taylor and the stunning narration by Aimee Horne take you down a very twisted road of truth and lies because the more you know, the more you questions you have, and the darker the answers are. —Nicole R., Audible Editor

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Wow!

Writing was excellent. Story was going strong right off the bat then introduced new characters from a new perspective. Of course that's necessary bringing in the police procedural part of it.
Trust me though it's a fascinating story and after a long dry spell with nothing exciting this was a great. Highly recommended.

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Wow.

This was so creepy it had me looking over my shoulder a few times. It's been a while since I've come across a true psychological thriller. You definitely won't be disappointed!

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Exceptional psychological thriller

I've listened to a lot of mystery/thrillers over the last few months and most are lacking in originality or in actual thrills -- or the mystery is too easily figured out or too out of left field. But this book was solid all the way through, good story, surprises along the way, and fully fleshed out characters. I highly recommend.

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Twists A-Plenty

I don’t often do more than just give a “stars” - leaving the full reviews to other folks. That said, when an author really captures my attention and interest like Sarah and Anni did, I need let others know!

This book twists and turns, and just when I thought I’d figured it out - another twist. Right up to the last sentence this was an excellent and well written book! It was quite a ride!!

Bravo!!

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Interesting and captivating

I was worried at first this was going to be one of those books where nothing happens in the present, and the whole story is just flashbacks and re-telling of the past. That is definitely not the case! The story picks up quickly and has many unpredictable twists throughout. Would highly recommend!

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I’m actually upset at the five star reviewers....

I was excited to listen to this book and definitely the first few chapters are attention grabbing. But after a few hours of ridiculously boring chapters, I had to return. This book is not good. Not even a little. Audible returns are made for this book. The narrator was good. The book is not.

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LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!

This book had me from the first moment on! Twisted and addicting! I did not want to stop listening to it!

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Wow did not see it coming!

Great listen. The narrator did not disappoint. The voices were able to capture so many personalities and emotions . It was a little long in some parts but the ending was worth the wait.

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Spoiler alert!!

Grrrr!!! Why why why did you have to end the book that way!! Damnit!! And why did u have to kill off one of the most important people. Kill Tate or Sophie but not HER!!! Other than that tho the book is excellently written. This is the best psychological thriller of all because I almost had to stop listening because I was so upset at what was happening to the people!! Excellently narrated as well. The accents were like butter!!! And soothing to hear!!

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My pretty orchids...we are family

Backpackers from around the world were recruited to work the mango farm during mango picking season. At Llewellyn Farm everyone is family. Most are run aways from broken homes looking for a new adventure.

When two frightened but brave girls end up on a highway away from the farm, two detectives and a psychologist are called to ask the girls a few questions. Megan was just a psychologist who’d stepped way past her professional boundary lines to find the answers the girls couldn’t retain. Megan worked closely with the detectives assisting them with any information she could retain from the girls.
When questioned separately each girl recounts a different set of circumstances leading up to their escape. Both girls were at the centre of it all. Thankfully both girls survived the accident on the highway.

Narrator:
Aimee Horne was amazing. I haven’t enjoyed a performance this much since I listened to Will Watt and Hayden Bishop. Superb performance. I especially liked the British performance. Aimee reminded me how wonderful this story was when I read it myself. This was a revisit of the story and I thought it deserved a revisit with an audio experience. Aimee didn’t disappoint. She enhanced my reading experience 10 fold. I always follow along to the narration to ensure I’m retaining every word and this one didn’t disappoint.

This was a flawless performance. Each word was voiced just as it was written. The sound quality was sound proof with no outside disturbances.

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I loved the layout. Sarah immediately took the focus off of who chased them down the highway by focusing on the why. Let me just say I was unprepared for the why. Sarah has quite a scary imagination. The twists and turns were nothing I’d imagined. Sarah pulled off a clever story. It was brilliant.

I liked both detectives collaborating with the psychologist sharing ideas and concepts to proceed in the case. I liked all the supporting cast of characters they enhanced the story and brought this story to life.

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  • Carrie
  • 08-14-19

Really different

The first 3/4 of this book was brilliant, really different to anything else I have heard, no idea where the storyline is going. I was totally hooked.
Last 1/4 was a bit disappointing, it got a bit fantastical and slightly ridiculous. Rather disappointed as I think I would have given it 5 stars otherwise.
Narrator is brilliant.

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  • Heather
  • 09-10-19

Disappointing

This book started well and had me hooked for a while, then began to go off. By the end I was hardly listening and didn't care what happened. It got a bit silly. I wish authors would come up with endings instead of resorting to a shoot out.

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  • Sally Meredith
  • 09-09-19

Sublime to ridiculous!

The beginning had so much promise of intrigue and crime in a realistic setting. It soon became apparent that this wasn’t the case with a cliched corny Svengali baddie a set up in rural Australia that simply wouldn’t exist and unintelligent characters.

It went from dire to dreadful and was actually laughable in the end it was so far fetched. Some may like this kind of fiction but I’d like mine at least semi plausible.

The narration was the best but but even that got on my nerves in the end because the characters were so unbelievable.

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  • michael
  • 09-06-19

pretty poor

swings from highly predictable to convoluted and hard work to follow. characters don't sperate from one feminine clump of cliche until too far into the book.
Natation, however, great 👍🏽

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  • pennyforthem
  • 08-17-19

Starts well but becomes progressively tedious and ridiculous



Good idea. Good initial characterisation and compelling first part to the story. But part two deteriorates sharply. Very dull repetitive accounts of life at the farm. Combined with characters and events that are so unpleasant it becomes hard to listen to.
The plot becomes progressively ridiculous and I ceased to believe in the characters and lost interest. The last two hours are plain silly. Stuck it out but it was painful.

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  • Amanda
  • 09-16-19

Really enjoyable and gripping

Really enjoyed this book. The narration was interesting and varied throughout and the storyline was surprising at each turn.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-16-19

It was ok

A bit slow and not as page turning as I had hoped.
A bit fanciful.

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  • marie
  • 09-10-19

Poison orchids

Fabulous,I loved it and a great ending too,had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish’s

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  • Kevin
  • 09-07-19

IMPOSSIBLE TO FOLLOW

Back and forth. Back and forth. So disjointed and impossible to follow..
Why not start a story at the beginning and end at the end?
The story jumps around and becomes a chore to listen to.
The reader tries too hard to impress with a variety of voices. But it does not come off. For me anyway.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-29-19

slow start but great read

loved this book, slow to get started but the story is unique and nice few twists stuck in too, can honestly say I looked forward to the next chance I h was able to listen , if you like this genre you will really enjoy this.

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  • kathy quinton
  • 08-18-19

Alternative existence .

Unexpected keeps the reader wondering what really happened ?Scary,unexpected ,alternative existence ,full of twists,until the very end.