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This is was one of the most exciting books I have ever listened to. Simon Prebble does a perfect job of the voices and brings the whole story alive.
In many ways this is almost a gothic novel - the air of brooding and unknown evil hanging over the Essex marshes and the little village of Furnham and the house River's Edge makes the book electric with suspense. I couldn't stop listening to it. Rutledge has to trace the murders back to their beginning over 20 years before the start of the murder which attracts Rutledge's attention. From a man coming to Scotland Yard to confess to a muder he didn't commit, Rutledge must finally go back over 20 years to find the first murder committed by this serial killer. Is is amazing to watch him untangle it all.
The solution to the murders will come as a big surprise and you will have a hard time figuring out. It is amazing the way Inspector Rutledge puts his case together and all the strange twists and turns it takes. With all the driving back and forth he does, I wonder the man gets any sleep at all.
The plotting is excellent and bit by bit we uncover the history of this reclusive town on the River Hawking. Each character is well fleshed out and we can picture them in their cottages so vivid is the characterization of each villagel Inspector Rutledge meets.
I wish Audible would publish all his books in audio but I am going back and reread all the books in the series from the start.
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What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?
Overall was well read. Just a little difficulty discerning one voice from another during conversations between some characters. Also a little difficult to understand Hamish's brogue.
Any additional comments?
This was my first outing with Inspector Rutledge, and in spite of it being well into the series, The Confession stands on its own, and references to earlier installments were not confusing. The writing was good, plenty of descriptive atmosphere. I liked the complexity of the plot well enough, but felt that while Rutledge was trying to sort out how the current and past events fit together, there were some very thin assumptions that barely held water. I had figured out the murderer and motive well ahead of Rutledge, and felt that the author(s) kept Rutledge from figuring it out somewhat artificially. He should have asked the right questions long before he finally did. But I hadn't expected at least one of the big reveals, and overall it was a satisfying mystery. Just a bit short of 5 stars, but I can see downloading others in the series.
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I listened to this story some time ago, but have very little memory of it so I don't think that it could have been a very riveting mystery. Charles Todd is an author whom I like so perhaps this is not one of his better books.
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