Where Secrets Lie

Detective Karen Hart, Book 2
Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
Series: Detective Karen Hart, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
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Beneath a quiet village, dark crimes lie buried.

When decomposed human remains are discovered in a suitcase behind a locked door in the home of an elderly man, Detective Karen Hart thinks the facts speak for themselves. That is, until she finds the warning: It’s time to pay for your crime.

The body belongs to a former teacher, Oliver Fox, who vanished from the village thirty years earlier. Hart’s instincts tell her there is something untoward about this rural Lincolnshire community - especially when she uncovers evidence suggesting that, although Fox was a victim, he certainly wasn’t innocent. As the extent of Fox’s crimes becomes apparent and the web of lies continues to unravel, almost nobody in the village is above suspicion.

When there are whispers of child abuse in connection with the case, it’s clear someone is willing to do anything to keep the sinister truth buried. Can Hart find the culprit before more lives are lost?

©2019 D. S. Butler. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Enjoyed it!

I listened to the audiobook of this. It was pretty awesome! The British Accent took a bit to get used to but the language itself would have been harder to read I think!

I started this one instantly after finishing Bring Them Home. I just needed more of DS Hart. This one was wow, maybe the secrets should have stayed buried? I never would have guessed what really happened, but not to worry, you will find out at the end.

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Probably way too long .....

What happened in the prologue was not addressed until way later in the book when I had completely forgotten about it. A decent story but there was so much back-and-forth, back to your desk to look at files, hop in the car to go interview somebody, back to your desk to review files and notes. Plus there were three or four side stories to hear about. All in all it was OK but not a memorable book. I love the narrator, Henrietta Meire, and have listened to her on several other books. She had to deal with so many different voices as well.

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Cold case with the British police force

Getting to the bottom of a cold skeletal case when secrets were hidden for thirty years.

Narrator:
Henrietta Meire is a British performer. She is the voice of all the characters in this story. Her solo performance was top notch. Her performance out scored the writing and plot. Had it not been for the performance my interest in this book would have diminished. In fact, I read this book prior to investing in the audiobook. I’m glad I purchased this audiobook because the performance was splendid despite my lack of interest in the story.

An unexpected discovery opens up a cold case from thirty years ago. DS Karen Hart is the Sergeant working with DI Morgan to solve this unusual case.
Several people seemed to have motives for wanting Oliver Fox dead. Much to speculate with very few clues to investigate. Technology from thirty years ago was limited leaving investigators empty handed shelving this case as unsolved.

Let me introduce you to the characters:
DS Karen Hart a Sergeant in this case.
DI Scott Morgan an inspector in this case.
DC Sophie Jones a constable in this case and junior detective.
DC Rick Cooper a constable and junior detective.
These were UK police rankings.

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There were cracks in the system with the mixing of business with personal lives. A few disgruntled workers let their personal lives interfere with the investigation. While I understood the reason for these characters flaws I was disappointed by their complaints or grievances to the job. These minor supporting characters didn’t offer anything substantial to the story. It felt like nonsensical information to fill in the pages adding to the word count.
I was disappointed with the execution of this case. This plot had the potential to be a great story if it hadn’t got sidetracked with the personal lives of these disgruntled officers.

I appreciate the complication of this cold case having very little to go on. A very confusing investigation. Progress was slow leaving an opening for a story about the personal lives of these officers.

Had I known that the opening scene would take a backseat until sixty percent into the story my opinion of this story would have been better. It’s kind of jarring getting a suspenseful scene from the beginning with no answers until later.



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  • Mtc
  • 02-17-19

Good story , irritating narration

Narrator has a lovely story telling voice but her attempts at accents and different tones are distracting. Her Scottish accent is way off and all her Lincolnshire voices especially the male ones are nasal and slow, and do not represent anyone I know in Lincoln.
This distracts from the story, which is actually a good one.

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  • Elsie59
  • 06-05-19

Narration puts me off.

This is the second book in the series I have listened to, great story, but the narrator is awful. I tried the second one just to see if I could ignore her and listen to the story, but to no avail. Her attempts at regional accents are really poor, intact they make me laugh out loud. She really should stick to her own voice as it's just fine. Will avoid books that are narrated by this woman.

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  • sandra daniels
  • 01-21-20

Brilliant.

believable characters, Karen Hart very likable great story, can not wait for the 3rd book in this series

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  • Kindle Customer Brenda Powell
  • 10-28-19

Where Secrets Lie

Very hard to put down. Keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat.

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  • Louise
  • 09-16-19

Great story....shame about the narration.

Great story, as was the previous one in the series, but unfortunately the listening experience was ruined by the narration. The narrator has a lovely voice of her own but she cannot do regional accents....at least not a Lincolnshire one & her Scottish accent made me laugh out loud & cringe in equal measure....it was that bad. Added to which she made several mistakes with the storyline, which had I not been reading with Whispersync could have got confusing. I’d really like to read more by this author but preferably without this narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-21-19

lots of twists

kept me guessing. guessed the main plot but they were many unexpected twists. overall good

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  • Jane
  • 05-17-19

Not a bad book shocking narration

I hope they chance narrator for the next one She can not do accents it's cringe worthy

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  • Ms. Margaret Mckee
  • 03-16-19

great plot<br />

lots going on. kept me guessing till nearly the end. well drawn characters. no swearing or filth in the writing and the readers terrible Scottish accent well... it made me laugh

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  • Sue Casey
  • 02-14-19

Book 2 Just as good *****

Another winner, so far I haven’t been disappointed with this Author or Narrator totally recommend