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I would never have tried Louise Voss if it not for her collaborative mysteries with Mark Edwards'; I am glad that I gave this book a listen because I would have missed this gem of a book if I hadn't. Excellent character and plot development does a skilled job of reminding us that one's truth is comprised wholly by their interpretation of individual events and the experiences that shaped them as they grew to adulthood (and as such, we continue to grow and change. as does our own individual reality and our perception of it). I also found this a wonderful introduction to a truly GIFTED British vocal actress, the narrator - who followed every crescendo of the novel's ebb and flow with an amazing vocal acting talent. This book is a good demonstration that when your are listening to a novel that the very best writing can be improved by a skilled narrator (as well as ruined a lack of vocal acting ability: luckily this work is solidly in the former category, so much so that for the first time I could see myself purchasing a book solely by narrator that performs it, as long as it is in my category or categories of preference (in my case mysteries/ suspense/ thriller or at the outside contemporary fiction). The writer and narrator deserve a standing ovation for this captivating offering and because " Needs must"; you must give it a listen!
I'll start by saying that I really like listening to the Mark Edwards and Louise Voss collaboration plus Edwards' own solo novels, so I chose this one. Oh dear - I wish that I hadn't bothered because it was pretty awful and I duly returned it after hearing six chapters - those lovely people at Audible gave me my credit back.
So why was it so bad? Well, to really engage with a psychological thriller it's important to bond with the protagonist/victim as soon as possible. Unfortunately, forty-something Jo came across as high-handed, snooty and pretentious and the narrator really underlined this.
Can we have more DI Patrick Lennon books please?
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
really enjoyed this one. the flashbacks were an interesting way to break up the days she spent in her flat. the main character was so relatable. the language was evocative and she really painted a picture. my only issue was a few grammatical mistakes. a couple of times the author used the phrase "slither of light" assuming she meant "sliver"