The Birthday Girl

Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
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Dear Carys, Zoe and Andrea
Come and join me for my 40th birthday adventure weekend, full of mysteries and surprises
the like of which you can't imagine.

When Joanne's friends reluctantly accept an invitation to her birthday party, it quickly becomes clear that there is more to this weekend than they are expecting.

One of them is hiding a secret. And Joanne is planning to reveal it....

A weekend away in a cottage in the woods sounds like fun – until no one can hear your cries for help.

Four friends.
A party to die for.
Who will survive?

©2017 Sue Fortin (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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Surprised Me!

So many secrets, twists, and turns - and evil. I didn't expect to get into this book as much as I did but it was a pleasant surprise. It moves very quickly - basically happens over one weekend but there is a lot of back story to fill in the blanks. Some good action sections and suspense / mystery ... It has it all plus secrets - I love a good secret!

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Slow burner

It started slow but picked up in the last half. It was quite fast pace in the latter part. Although I did guess some parts, there were still many surprises in the story.

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Choppy plot start to finish

The author had the makings of an interesting book but went off the rails in the following chapters. I had to check if I'd purchased an abridged version because characters suddenly came in and out of destinations, leaving me to say 'how did they end up by the river?' or 'why is this character so frightened she ran to 'there?'.

The narrator did a decent job given the materials with which she had to work.

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A mind blowing ending

The first couple of chapters have the impression of a dud but that quickly changed. A lot of twists to this story kept me guessing. The narrator did an ok job. Excellent story that is worth the price and or credit. 😀😀

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Eh

Too many unlikable characters for me. The ending irritated me as well. The narration was okay for the female characters, but the male characters..not so much. Save your credit, and read (or re-read) "In a Dark, Dark Wood" instead.

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Worth the money!

I’m so glad I took a chance on this book! It reminded me of Ruth Ware’s “In a dark, dark wood” but kept on going! After the party was over I thought it was going to end soon but I realized I still had several hours left! There was so much more to this story besides just the party. It kept me interested and wondering what was going to happen next! You could really understand what the main character, Carys, was going through. Such turmoil that touched everyone’s life. I’m not sure why this one reviewer claimed it was choppy because everything is explained. It was so good it only took me 2 days to read it. The narrator did a fantastic job with all the different character voices. Many twists and turns you won’t see coming!

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Decent listen

it took a minute for the story to pick up but a good twist to the ending!

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  • Lee
  • 05-01-18

Sparkles then gradually fizzes out.

Firstly I did like this book and yes it did fill some other wise boring hours but on the whole it was nothing special. A few years ago I watched a film ( parody of slasher movies) where a beautiful, busty woman was being chased by an axe welding maniac. She comes across a signpost which says to the left safety, friends cops etc and to the right sudden painful death. So of course she chooses to go right. This book reminded me of that film. I found myself constantly saying don't do that!

3 smart woman go to the back of beyond for a fourths birthday celebrations and then proceed to do predictable stupid things. Okay it does have some little suspenseful moments but I did see the twists and sussed out the bad egg early on .

Narration was good. Bought as a BOGOF.

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  • Rachael Pilling
  • 03-12-18

Lots of twists and turns...

Gripping thriller which keeps you guessing until the very end. Refreshingly unique and original storyline.

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  • Ashleigh
  • 03-08-18

Brilliant

I really loved this book and the narrator was fab too.
i was at the edge of my seat the last few chapters i would definately reccomend

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  • A nn Salman
  • 03-04-18

Intriguing and Twisty

At times i wondered where the story was going and struggled with it but then it would gain interest and direction.
Iworked out the end around the last 2 chapters.
In general a good story

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  • Mandy Dockery
  • 03-03-18

Loved it!

A truly nasty listen with cunning twists and turns. The characters are all nasty too I didn't like any of them.
Makes for a very interesting read. Narrator did an extremely good job, but the male voices could use more work.
This book is definitely one I would recommend.

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  • Ms Alison C
  • 12-19-17

I guessed it but still really enjoyable

Was quite intrigued throughout as to where it was going.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Would recommend it.

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  • FELICITY GAINARD
  • 12-18-17

Brilliant

Loved listening to this book . Kept me on my toes wanting to not stop listening:)



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  • MoroH
  • 02-12-19

happy surprise

I thought rhis was going to be one of those books where you knew what was going on, the twist was pretty surprising. thanks

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  • Julie
  • 07-01-18

a good story.

why do authors insist on using the objectional F word. It spoils the story. otherwise a good yarn.

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  • Catherine
  • 05-30-18

a VERY light read

Perhaps it's because I really enjoy dark gritty stories, but I found this book to be more like chick lit than a dark mystery. It would probably be ok for a train journey.