Frantic : Detective Ella Marconi

  • by Katherine Howell
  • Narrated by Caroline Lee
  • Series: Detective Ella Marconi
  • 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In one terrible moment, paramedic Sophie Phillips' life is ripped apart - her police officer husband, Chris, is shot on their doorstep and their ten-month-old son, Lachlan, is abducted from his bed. Suspicion surrounds Chris as he is tainted with police corruption, but Sophie believes the attack is much more personal - and the perpetrator far more dangerous... While Chris is in hospital and the police, led by Detective Ella Marconi, mobilize to find their colleague's child, Sophie's desperation compels her to search for Lachlan herself. She enlists her husband's partner, Angus Arendson, in the hunt for her son, but will the history they share prove harmful to Sophie's ability to complete her mission? And could one dangerous decision cause Sophie to ultimately lose everything important in her life?


Audible Editor Reviews

Australian crime novelist Katherine Howell, who worked as a paramedic for 15 years, brings firsthand experience to this detective novel.
Paramedic Sophie Phillips finds herself with a husband, a police officer, in the hospital from a gun injury and a 10-month-old child who has been abducted. Detective Ella Marconi leads the police search for the child, but Phillips attempts to find her child herself with the help of her husband’s partner.
Caroline Lee uses an Australian accent and a gruff, plainspoken delivery that helps to accentuate the grittiness of Frantic and its subject matter.


What the Critics Say

"A thrilling entry into the crime genre... This is a confident, well-explored and satisfying novel." (Good Reading Magazine)


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Customer Reviews

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Not For The Faint Of Heart!

Warning: As title implies, this is one thrillingly harrowing mystery....almost TOO thrilling! There were several times listening while driving when I felt like maybe I should pull over, it was so very very harrowing, and I'd be gasping, "No! Nooo!" while in heavy traffic. This is the first in the extremely well researched, carefully plotted and flawlessly written Australian Detective Ella Marconi series, and I cannot believe Audible is going to keep me in suspense by not offering Volume 2 (The Darkest Hour) and Volume 3 (Cold Justice)! Why on earth offer Volumes 1 and 4, but not 2 and 3?? Hopefully this mistake will be corrected soon!

Who will appreciate this book: Anyone who likes a cracking good mystery story; anyone with a background in medicine, police procedure and police investigative procedure or EMT/paramedic services; anyone with a strong stomach and not overly shocked by medical trauma cases, child endangerment, torture or murder.

What I especially appreciated: Caroline Lee's narration; Great writing and pacing; a very human and fallible detective who does NOT magically wrap up this messy case in a neat bow (by the book's end, Ella is left to reflect with satisfaction only on the return of a missing infant, but is forced to acknowledge that she and her fellow investigators did not actually solve the case independently so much as stumble over tracks left by others, that one man has committed suicide because of her negligence, and that she allowed one potential witness to be murdered right in front of her), and Britishisms (boot/trunk; dummy/pacifier) and Aussie-isms (tornikay/tourniquet; "frahkah"/fracas; antenatal/prenatal; crook/crippled) galore.

What could have been better: At one point, it is revealed that one female character (now a grandmother) once assisted a pregnant teenager in obtaining an abortion...and then both that woman and multiple other characters remark upon what a terrible thing she did. I found that objectionable (not the abortion, but the condemnation of the grandma for helping). Caroline Lee's usually flawless narration falters during a few brief instances in which she reads lines spoken by a frantic mother whose baby has just been stolen in too relaxed a way, and there are even a few times when I swear you can hear her clearing her throat, swallowing, or taking a sip of water. But overall she's magnificent and the quality of the audio only improves as the story progresses.
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- Gretchen SLP "Avid listener on my daily commute!"

Nice surprise

I bought this because Caroline Lee is my FAVORITE narrator. I didn't expect this to be a great book because police and paramedics do not interest me much, but Caroline Lee can make anything better. I decided to get it, and I'm so glad that I did. Great book on it's on AND great narration!
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- momgiraffe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-29-2008
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd