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This has been my best download for months. A chilling listen backed up with first class narration which does justice to the novel by Penny Hancock who judiciously uses the first person, present tense to take you directly into the mind of protagonist Sonia, a disturbed, middle class individual whose dark past is revealed in stages. Why is she keeping fifteen year old Jez locked up in her riverside house? Events from Sonia’s youth are told in flashback. They feature the charismatic and cruel Seb whose river exploits are central to this tale. The tension is racked up as Sonia tries desperately to avoid being found out, leading her to extreme measures. Recommended listening.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This audio book is quite good but I must admit I prefer thrillers with a little more pace, the narration and the action are very drawn out - it almost makes me want to drift off to sleep. Yet the story isn't boring and if you stick with it the pressure builds nicely.
The main character, Sonia, holds local 15-year-old boy Jez prisoner as she builds her obsession with him - or rather she believes him to be very like Seb, someone from her past. Sonia is obviously having some sort of psychotic break due to the shadowy events of her teenage years - which are slowly revealed through the book.
Overall this is a good story, far from terrible but not heart poundingly great either. Unlike the other reviewer I wasn't crazy about the narration, it felt too sleepy, but it wasn't bad. Listen to a sample first to decide is the voice is right for you.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful