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The Shape of Lies

Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
4 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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Yesterday, Scott was dead. Today, he’s back. 

And Anna doesn’t believe in ghosts. 

Scott was Anna’s boyfriend. She loved him, but he ruined her life. When he died, she should have been free, but today Scott is on the radio, threatening to spill her secrets. 

Anna is a mother, a wife, and head teacher of a primary school. 

And she’s a good liar. 

She made one mistake, and now she is having to pay for it. Scott is the only person who knows the truth about her past, but how can he be alive? 

Soon, DCI Tom Douglas is going to knock on her door looking for answers. But Anna is already running scared: from the man she loved; the man she watched die; the man who has come back to life. 

She has one week to find him. One week to stop him. 

©2019 Rachel Abbott (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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A thrilling story of a family smothered in secrets

Thoroughly enjoyed this thrilling story of a family which consists of a husband and wife, Anna and Dominic, who appear to be safe and secure in their relationship, who seem to be happy with their place in life with two wonderful children, a nice home, and an excellent career for the wife while the disabled husband remains at home. But are they. There are secrets, paralyzing secrets - secrets in the past, secrets in the present, secrets in the coming future. The story begins in the present when a phone call to a tell-all talk show by Anna's "dead" boyfriend, Scott, triggers a cascade of events which grow with intensity and fear and build to an incredible climax. As the story unfolds, we are thrust into the past with Anna and Scott with events when Anna was in college and afterwards, the results of which have carried forward into her marriage, her career, and everything and everyone she touches. This very talented author weaves the tale by taking us back and forth in Anna's life, while bringing in the psychology of the impact of secrets which tend to grow and grow until they consume entire lives. This is actually Book 8 in the Inspector Tom Douglas series, and he has a significant role when people involved in the secrets start being murdered. But this book is more like The Anna Series, Book 1. And what an ending......

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lost me

It was just a little too long for me but the ending sure twisted up!

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It could have been great, but...

I had to struggle to finish it. Too many loose ends, no real connection with the characters, the heroine was moronic, and the ending? Nope.

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An enjoyable story

If ever there were a cast of characters with so many secrets and hidden lies, there is in this book.I never came close to even guessing "who done it." If you enjoy mysteries, I highly recommend this book. The narrator also gave a great performance

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Slow is areas, good ending!

I wasn't sure if I wanted to listen to this story or not, but I took a chance. I listened to it at work during data entry periods. I sometimes have a hard time with English readers because there are references to things we don't use in the U.S. In the end I was very happy I listened.

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Always a twist!

One of my favorite authors . Every time I think I have it all figured out there’s a twist. Didn’t fail me again! Love the way she does plots. Also a great narration on the audio book!

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The Shape of Lies

Wow, what an ending. This is a definite put on your list for a must read, enjoyed every single minute and will be definetely be reading more books of Rachel. The narration was excellent.

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May I have a second serving, please?

“The Shape of Lies” is a suspenseful thriller by one of my favorite authors, Rachel Abbott, bringing back DCI Tom Douglas, a character I have come to admire in Abbott’s previous audiobooks. Without giving away any spoilers, let me just say, this is excellently narrated by Lisa Coleman. Twisty turns and surprises throughout. Just when I thought I had it all figured out (and I thought did), surprise, I was dead-wrong! Well worth a treasured credit. Very highly recommended. There just has to be another...

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  • Simon
  • 04-16-19

Dark, Intense and Velvety Smooth!

It's been a while since I last read one of Rachel Abbott's books and certainly absence seems to have made the heart grow fonder! This is an excellent thriller, as usual you won't find a whole load of action here but there is a tense, well plotted story of considerable depth. Oddly for a detective thriller series most of this one is written from the victim's perspective rather than from the detective's. It's a clever and oblique approach which keeps consistency to link the books together while giving a fresh perspective to each one, The lead being new each time while Douglas himself and his team are all decent characters.

This story sees Anna, a successful primary school headteacher with a seemingly comfortable family life confronted by things from her past, and there's no prize for guessing that those things are more than unwelcome. The heat and tension rise as a man is discovered murdered in a local car park. As usual with Abbott not everything is as it seems and what unravels is a cleverly concocted mystery that twists and turns its way to a very fitting conclusion.

Lisa Coleman who has narrated several books previously in the series gives her usual classy performance at the microphone making this an audiobook that is extremely easy to recommend to those who like dark and twisty thrillers which manage to ratchet up the tension without much blood and gore. Abbott is a smooth operator who has owned her craft to a fine edge. And there is definitely a sting in this tale . . .

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  • David M
  • 04-18-19

Plot relies on bad decisions

Good twisty plot, with revelations coming at regular intervals throughout the book so there's never a dull moment.

The downside is that the plot relies on the main character (Anna) making bad decisions, decisions that I can't relate to, and therefore I lost some empathy with the main character. (Hence only 4 stars.)

The story is told from Anna's perspective, with the police having a relatively small role in the plot. Anna is currently a Head School Teacher, pillar of respectability, but gradually we learn of her murky past, things that she was mixed up in at University and may still be mixed up in, and things she is keeping from her family.

Quite a drawn out ending after the main climax.

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  • Lucy Bomford
  • 04-25-19

weak

weak, far fetched story, really struggled with it.Narration was so dull, when she spoke of the character feeling elated no emotion came through in her voice, ever. not recommended

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  • liken
  • 04-21-19

A bit ridiculous really

I didn’t enjoy this book due to far too many unbelievably stupid decisions made by a supposedly intelligent individual. However I did finish it - shook my head all the way to the end

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  • Emma
  • 05-09-19

Awful

I love the DCI Tom series but this book.. it is ridiculous and the reasoning given throughout is laughable, I listened in its entirety as loved the books before but will be requesting a refund on this one. Please do not waste your time or money on this book. It genuinely is awful, such a shame. I would give zero stars if that were possible.

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  • Janet
  • 05-11-19

WOW !

Took me in hook, line & sinker.... great story & well narrated. Listened to it in two sittings !

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  • Mrs L .E Green
  • 05-04-19

Great plot

original and well narrated especially the ending. Guess there is another episode coming? can't wait.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-02-19

Brilliant

well told... brilliant story... twist I didn't see coming... couldn't stop listening definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat
Loved it!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • chasey
  • 04-27-19

excellent

it is breathtaking,surprising. i really enjoyed this book and will definitely get more from this author

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Niall
  • 04-27-19

Brilliant read..

Brilliant enjoyed every min of it...can't wait for the next one... Would recommend for triller lovers...

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  • Alan Ismail
  • 05-27-19

Loved it !!!

This book got me at GO !!! First time listening to this Author ... I must say i'll be searching for other books she has written ... Great story ...

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  • Lexi
  • 04-28-19

Favourite Author delivers again!

I love all of Rachel’s books, and this was as good as the rest! This kept me enthralled with a few good twists and turns to enjoy! Easy and enjoyable! I devoured this book, it didn’t disappoint, highly recommend!

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  • Anna
  • 09-13-19

Interesting twists

Very interesting twists and turns. I thought I had it worked out and then it turned the other way.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-22-19

1414Bronx1414

I just can’t get enough of Racheal’s books - I cry every time I finish one of her books sooo gd

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  • Steven
  • 05-22-19

Best listened at on fast forward

Slow, predictable and about 60 chapters too long. It would have made a good short story.

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  • nofaber
  • 05-21-19

Horrible

I have read/listened to this author before so I must have thought she was okay. After this one the author's name has gone on my 'do not buy' list.
I listen to books, mostly when walking the dog or driving long distance, therefore, I like something able to hold my attention and is easy to listen to. This book failed more than any of my previous choices.
The story was not particularly interesting, with too much padding. I knew who the protagonist was about 1/4 through the book so it lost some of its appeal.
The performance was quite good but I will never get that voice, crying over and over again, 'my children" out of my head, therefore 3 stars..
I did finish the book, (with a fair bit of fast forward). I doubt I would have bothered to if I had had something else downloaded.

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  • Hobbes
  • 05-19-19

Did not enjoy

Unfortunately I found this story very boring and the plot lacking. I only continued to listen as I have enjoyed previous books from same author and hoped it might improve