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There are some things in life better not known, some things that should be left where they rest.Erin Paterson runs her grandfather's law firm in Glasgow, and is an uncompromisingly aggressive negotiator. But the success of her practice is not echoed in her personal life. Erin's father has had a stroke. She can't stand her mother. Her sister's a flake and their brother, Leland, committed suicide. She's not doing too well with her boyfriend either, whom she discovers in flagrante the day that an old school friend, Lucy Grant, is murdered. From this moment, events unravel to test Erin's resolve to the maximum. Can she hold onto her job, even onto her life, when the past slithers out of the darkness to expose a secret in the family that no one dares confront?
©2004 Louise Anderson; (P)2005 W.F. Howes Ltd.
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By Hannah on 08-21-12

Delightfully unlikeable main character

We cringe at the thoughts and actions of the main character, Erin, as she narrates this thriller. Her prim behavior and her priggishness misunderstanding of others is excruciating, though we do come to appreciate her rude brusqueness and even, eventually to endorse her point of view.
The story is complex and often graphic and it leads us all down a twisted and layered unfolding of events. When we, as listeners, have finally untangled all of the horrifying murders, undercurrents and hidden relationships and are genuinely pleased with ourselves and with Erin for being so clever, we discover that we and worst of all the protagonist who we have come to admire protectively, have all been utterly duped.

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By Cholmondeley on 08-18-07

Good Enough

I will buy this author's next audiobook.

If I noticed that an audiobook I was thinking about buying was read by the woman who read this book, I would be more likely to to buy it because I would know that it had a good reader.

A book that can engage and hold my attention while I'm involved in some other activity - such as driving or pulling weeds- gets a 4 from me. (The equivalent to a "B".) A reader who doesn't get in the way of the story and can smooth over rough spots in the text also gets a B.

This book was engaging, the character development, typical of this genre, was particularly good. In other words the characters weren't trite, flat, and utterly predictable. However, it is not so good that I could just sit and listen to it without having something else to do.

So for me it's a 4. Good enough to engage.

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By Steve on 03-14-06

absolutely brilliant

This is the first book i have read from this site. And it is well worth reading it. It held my attention from start to finish - lots of twists and turns. It's Scotland based and the narrator's carried this theme with the accent. Cannot wait for the next book by the author.

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By Kate on 03-21-06

Well written and well read

The Characterization is complex and plotting is smooth and layered. The reader is unusually good.

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