I really enjoyed this book. the story flowed and seemed to happen quite organically. Not entirely unbelievable
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
K L Slater is making a name for herself writing what I would describe as relatively low-key psychological dramas and infusing them with quality writing and believable characters. This one is no exception, the whole thing revolves around the death of a young boy and the flawed relationships that surrounded his life in an old pit village.
It's a dual timeline story split between the present day and the events leading up to the tragedy some sixteen years earlier. Rose, a slightly awkward teenager struggling to come of age meets an older man Gareth triggering a tragic series of events. It's a very human drama, it's not full of action and it doesn't have any real blood or gore and minimal violence.
Powered by Lucy Price-Lewis;s classy narration it's a listen that simply washes over you with quality writing. Price-Lewis is a smooth and classy performer though judging by her accents in this one I think she should probably avoid books set down under!
In all I'd rate this more a drama than an out and out thriller but it kept me entertained in a smooth and accomplished fashion. It signals the danger of controlling relationships particularly set against the hardships felt by former mining communities. It's say the other side of what most young people might have faced compared to Billy Elliot!
No hesitation in recommending it if you like low-key mystery thrillers based on flawed human relationships.
13 of 17 people found this review helpful
i really enjoyed this book. i liked the way it was set out and you really felt like you knew the characters.
I had my suspect nearing the end but i was wrong what always pleases me.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I think maybe the book was ok but the narrator was irritating and I felt so bored by the combination of both that droned on and on that I had to abandon half way through and fast forward to the last chapter to see the conclusion to save myself another few hours of my brains mental capacity having its time wasted. Not fast moving enough basically not gripping enough. Not saying it was terrible and not sure if it was the narration that caused my issue or the plot...but narration certainly didn’t help me. It’s a matter of taste. Others may love it for the same reasons I didn’t but I got a refund
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
I have a real problem with the females in K L Slater's books, they are so spineless and portrayed as helpless victims. Rose in this latest book needed a shake, she was so wet I got totally fed up of the dialogue which was on a loop about her she was disempowered and helpless. I think I will give this author a miss in future unless some more gutsy females are portrayed.
In spite of the characters I thought the narration was good, and I did enjoy the twist at the end.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book is so good, I could not stop listening or thinking of getting back to listening when I wasn't. It goes back 16 years at exactly the right time, and then in present time again.
You will not be disappointed, and the ending is absolutely brilliant. Hurrah for Rose.