Audible Premium Plus

$14.95 a month

1 audiobook of your choice.
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
$14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $19.95

Buy for $19.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

One murder can make a town nervous. Two brings fear. Add three, four, and more, and watch neighbor turn on suspicious neighbor.

©2014 CM Thompson (P)2018 Bookline & Thinker Ltd

What listeners say about What Lies in the Dark

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    9
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    8
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    3

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great thriller

Uniquely written dark thriller
A serial killer has a town in panic after his victims are found numbered by order of death
I liked that the detectives are troubled characters it added to the overall bleakness of the story
Well narrated and a great first novel highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Wonderfully narrated . . .

I LOVED this narrator!!! Perfect perfect. Looking at others done by her right now in fact.

The storyline however, was a little hard for me to grasp onto for quite a while... Who exactly was doing the talking or having those narrated thoughts? After getting past that, it DOES have a surprise ending. Overall, it’s a VERY different style of storytelling I must say.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Thrilling!

Fletcher and Bullrush are assigned to solving a series of murders in which the killer carves numbers into their hands. The murders affect everyone from the officers to the citizens of the town. It doesn’t take long before neighbor is turning against neighbor. Even the Officers’ issues come to light as they become desperate to put an end to the killer wreaking havoc on their town.

The hopping POV allowed the author to steadily feed us information about the killer and the town itself. We’re put into the minds of the victims, the killer, the police, and just about everyone else in the tone so that every chapter has some type of suspense. The ending came a bit too quickly for my liking, but it wrapped everything up quite well.

The narrator really brought the story to life.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Fell Short

This book had me on the edge of my seat, the narrator was AMAZING, she just brought the book to life! I was hooked on this book since I listened to the preview on Amazon. The author did a great job of feeding you just enough information of who the killer was bit by bit, kept you guessing and wanting more. I was DYING to find out who he was!! Then towards the last hour of the book it all unraveled so quickly I felt like I was blindsided when the book ended. I even thought I had accidentally skipped a chapter or two because it ended so abruptly. I went back a chapter and listened carefully but nothing was missed. That was my only disappointment, I felt cheated, I wish the author drew out the ending a little more with a few more details. For what it's worth the first 6.5 hours were great!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great narration

Good detective/murder mystery. My first reaction to the narrator was negative, the posh accent sounded so fake- but she quickly grew on me. Nice voice modulation- and of course I love the accent. Would listen to more Pippa Rathborne narration any day.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Different

What Lies in the Dark
C.M. Thompson

This is a dark serial killer book. It is a bit different from other books in this genre. It is somewhat confusing at times, but if this is of interest to the listener then you will find yourself drawn in.



The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed by Pippa Rathborne.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Not what I expected.

I liked this audiobook more than I thought I would. It had a few interesting twist. However, it did jump from one character to another and it confused me at times. Other than this it is a great listen/read.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Thrilling Roller Coaster Ride

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is a uniquely written book which had me from the very beginning. Here, a serial killer is murdering women and carving numbers in their hands. The two officers assigned to investigate the murders, Fletcher and Bullrush, are both very damaged individuals on their own and these murders are overwhelming them. In addition, the citizens are panicked and turning on each other.

The book is written by rotating the viewpoint of the victims, the killer, the police, and the citizens. The story is a tension filled thrill ride with a great [totally unexpected] ending. I highly recommend!

The narrator, Pippa Rathborne, was fantastic. Her tone and manner of narrating this story helped to increase the tension and enjoyment of this story. I listened to this in one day [I just could not stop - was completely on the edge of my seat].

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Tense from page 1

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Very well written serial killer story. I really liked the twists and the way it ends.

Narrator is really good, I enjoyed her voices.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

wonderfulmystery

the book was written in a very specific manner I don't know if I want to call it refreshing or I want to call it a bit unsettling it was a great book and after I fell into the story I actually loved it it's not your usual in mystery but it's a great book
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 04-14-19

Stirring and disturbing, as a thriller should

This is contemporary British noir; a sometimes gory journey into hearts of darkness read with unsentimental restraint and subtle insight into the characters by the narrator, with powerfully moving effect at climactic moments. She brings out the sardonic humour of people under extreme pressure, as well as their essential loneliness.

There are a few passages of repetitive exposition in the book, but the author deserves full credit for tackling complicated themes of violence, grief and redemption within a disintegrating community. Relationships and family life crumble. Nobody knows who to trust and nor do we. Prejudices and preconceptions are challenged. Everyone is trying to hide behind a mask of some sort.

The listener clings to the two flawed but ultimately sympathetic detectives (in the memorable partnership of Fletcher and Victoria "Bullface") for hope. I felt that I knew them personally by the end. We long for heroes however disillusioned by humanity we are, and this book keeps us guessing whether any still exist.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ruby
  • Ruby
  • 02-12-19

Challenging

I have tried to listen to this book 3-4 different times but have always been put off by the narrators voice. She just isn't for me and I found her hard to tune into.

But the overall premise of the story had me coming back time and again. Small time murders as more and more bodies are discovered but with less and less evidence! I found the writing style quite different to a standard crime thriller, but the way the author builds up tension made me speed through to the end.

I'm glad I stuck with it, definitely worth it in the end…

Please note, I did receive a free copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Norma Miles
  • Norma Miles
  • 01-14-19

Afraid of their own shadows.

A city somewhere in the United Kindom, surrounded by woodland and open spaces as well as containing parks and other secluded spots within it. A dog walker finds the body of a woman, her throat cut, thrown over a fence. Police conclude she'd been attacked from behind. One oddity though: the number 22 had been cut into her hand. Was this some sort of code? Or did it reference the fact that the woman was 22 years and 22 days old when she died? Or, worst scenario, that she was the 22nd victim, and there was a serial killer at large? Fears of the latter are believed confirmed when other victims are uncovered, one marked as 2 dating back several years.
In charge of the investigation are Defective Sergeants Aaron Fletcher and Victoria 'Don't call me Bullface' Bullrush, both with long service records. As time passes and bodies line up, desperation and guilt dog the police team and fear suffocates the city.

This police procedural serial killer thriller is unlike others of it's genre in that it concentrates on people: victims, law officers and the killer, their personalities, lives and aspirations, rather than the rather gruesome deaths. and on the effect the deaths have on other people. The victims have nothing in common other than being female and within the late teen to forty age range. The frequently terse writing style brings an immediacy to the story, which quickly becomes compulsive reading. The identity of the killer, though teasingly flashed before the reader, remains hidden until close to the end.

Pippa Rathborne narrates, her attractive sounding voice converting text to speech expertly, conveying emotion where required. Starting slowly, her pace increases after the first intro chapter, and moves through the novel with a confidence which increases the compulsion of the story. A fine performance.

I am grateful to the rights holder of What Lies in the Dark for freely gifting me with a complimentary copy, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. As previously mentioned, it was unlike any other of it's kind that I have read, and, once started, completely compelling. Characterisation of all of the protagonists, with the possible exception of the killer himself, was good and this made for an even darker than usual peak inside an area being held hostage by fear.
Definitely recommended to those enjoying the serial killer genre.