The Secrets of Pain : Merrily Watkins

  • by Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by Emma Powell
  • Series: Merrily Watkins
  • 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Syd Spicer served with the SAS. He has been trained to overcome pain and fear in all their forms. Well…almost all. Faced with a situation that would normally be passed discreetly to Hereford deliverance consultant Merrily Watkins, Spicer is handling it himself…and coming close to breakdown. Is there a national security aspect here, or is it something more personal?
With the framework of her own world beginning to crack, Merrily Watkins is persuaded to venture into areas where neither a priest nor a woman is welcome…to unearth secrets linked with the more arcane history of the Hereford-based SAS and the border’s pagan past. Secrets involving blood ritual and darkest side of spirituality. Secrets that can never be disclosed.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Can't imagine a Merrily story without Emma Powell

What did you love best about The Secrets of Pain?

As always, the strong, good writing and character development. I've stopped reading books because of the clunky dialogue or unlikely behavior of characters. Rickman tends to be dead on: people are complicated, weird stuff happens and the characters are questioning their own perceptions of them in totally believable ways.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Always love me some Franny Bliss.

Have you listened to any of Emma Powell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Everything she's done in this series I've listened to. She's golden as always.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

... probably laugh, but this question's a little dumb. Why encourage people to go for the maudlin and overwrought stuff?

Any additional comments?

I have trouble listening to much supernatural/suspense stuff because of how overdone and hamfisted a lot of it is. Rickman's work puts you in a definite place (geographical and cultural), so the experience of reading isn't merely emotional or scary or educational. It's the full package.

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- Michael

Another winner!!

Where does The Secrets of Pain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

i love this series

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes. never sure which directions the connections will come from

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

i live the was she pauses. it builds drama. i would not have read it like that

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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- Tracey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-14-2012
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing