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Five years after a tragic expedition put New Hope Island back in the headlines, past-his-prime crime author Dennis Thorpe leads a writers' retreat to that secluded corner of the Hebrides.... The group is never seen again.
Ruthie Gillespie, the beautiful, heavily tattooed, hard-drinking author of dark tales for children, was supposed to be among their number, but something stopped her at the eleventh hour, and it isn't long before the police come knocking. With her escape tying her irrevocably to the case, Ruthie falls deeper and deeper into a web of dark magic and darker secrets as it becomes clear that the writers' pasts are not what they seem.
How far can you take an investigation when your own life is threatened? Do you continue, knowing that you must find the answers before the island claims another victim? Or do you run and hope that it never catches up with you?
©2015 Francis Cottam (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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By Dawnde W. on 07-17-17

UM... How stupid do you think we are?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Not re-writing the exact same book. I mean EXACT! Down to the save the day ending with guess what? A Book! Seriously? I am so pissed I spent a credit on this I could scream. If Audible didn't let us return books I would scream..

Would you ever listen to anything by F. G. Cottam again?

I don't know. I'm not generally a "throw the baby out with the bath water" kind of girl... but if he thinks it was ok to present this book as a "Second" in the series (when it should have said it was a revised version of the first) then I don't really trust him.

Any additional comments?

I am just really bummed, and shocked that in the prior reviews no one mentioned the fact that this was in no way, shape, or form, a "new" story.

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By jksullycats on 07-17-17

Didn't I already listen to this?

What would have made Dark Resurrection better?

First, there were too many story similarities between this and the first book in the series. General storyline down to specific quotes from characters (i.e. McIntire talking about being responsible for sending people to the island). REALLY?? You needed to learn that lesson a second time and go through exactly the same realization process? Second, make it scary.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Hopefully something scary... they are hard to find.

What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Lack of a headache. Seriously, I listen to audiobooks mostly because reading gives me migraines... but the narration was fine. I actually really liked the sinister voices done in the first book. I'm sorry they weren't put into play in this book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I really couldn't even finish the last hour and 15 minutes of it.... maybe there was something redeeming in there. But it seemed to be heading for a similar ending as the first book, and I already heard that.

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By Drew on 05-21-16

Mixed experience

I listened to The Colony back in 2013. I enjoyed it and was looking forward to this follow-up. I listened to The Going and the Rise novella first. This features a character, Ruthie, who then has a prominent role in Dark Resurrection. Annoyingly, a detailed summary of The Going is featured in DR. This is the most obvious example of padding-out this long novel.

I wish I had revisited The Colony before listening to DR. Some of the characters from DR feature in the new novel and I couldn't remember their back story. Like The Colony, I found that this novel had far too many characters and distinguishing some of them was not easy.

I stuck with the story to the end but it took a lot of effort. It seemed very long and didn't sustain my inteterest.

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By John on 06-15-17

Good sequel but flawed again

If you enjoyed the first book you'll probably still enjoy this. Some of the same problems remain, if anything the repetition of the backstory and the exposition has got worse. The new characters are essentially the same as the old ones.

Additionally, the balance of the forces on the island has changed which seemed a bit unlikely all things considered and seems to have been done to shape the new story than because if fitted within the existing story.

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