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When you're introduced to a book as being a tense psychological thriller, you don't expect to have to put up with quite as many elongated sex scenes as were in this novel.
I felt completely unable to sympathise for the main character. And on top of that, the plot progression and supposed twists were both farcical and predictable.
The narration was probably the only reason I got as far through the book as I did. I will look forward to seeing Mark Meadows' name on any further audiobook I buy. But I doubt I'll be trying any novels by Elizabeth Haynes again.
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Would you try another book written by Elizabeth Haynes or narrated by Mark Meadows?
What didn’t you like about Mark Meadows’s performance?
I have nothing against this narrator, and thought he did his best given the quality of the material he had to work with.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
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I really can't understand how this awful book got such admiring reviews. It is a clumsily written, badly constructed stalker story that simultaneously tries to scare you and to make you feel sorry for the heroine, lonely Sarah, whose husband has died, has a son who has become mysteriously alienated from her, a daughter who has left home to go to uni, and a passion for an old flame from university days. Old flame turns up again, as expected, and moves into a cottage in her garden. Things progress in a rather predictable fashion from here, with lots of gratuitous sex (I felt sorry for the poor narrator, who must have been wincing as he read) that really contributed nothing much more than embarrassment to the story. The author's odd use of the second person when writing in the voice of the boyfriend, is baffling and confusing. We learn that the son, Louis, hates his mother because he saw her having sex with one of his friends on the evening of his 21st birthday party, a few months after the death of the husband. He is revolted by her and calls her a slut, or a slapper, or something similar, and really, one has to agree with him. Sarah is not a sympathetic character, just a really stupid one. If you are being stalked by a man who lets himself into your house in the middle of the night and wakes you by sitting on your bed and breathing hard, surely it might occur to you to lock your doors? But Sarah, who in the manner of the country folk around her, never locks her doors, doesn't get this bit. Then, just to add bit more confusion to this already unconvincing tale, the old flame turned new lover turns out to be (SPOILER ALERT) a male prostitute. More sex scenes, with massages. These plot elements come together in a prolonged scene of bloodshed and general ghastliness involving Sarah and her daughter, the male prostitute, Sarah's best friend, who has been having it off with the stalker, and even the dog. No one gets off lightly, but, astonishingly, all survive the stalker's slash-and-burn tactics and live (one presumes) happily ever after.Complete rubbish. I nearly gave up half-way, and I wish I had.
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