A gripping tale of jealousy, obsession, and murder, from the number-one best-selling author of The Magpies.
When Andrew Sumner meets beautiful, edgy Charlie, he is certain his run of bad luck has finally come to an end.
But as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the frightening truth.…
Is Charlie really the girl of his dreams - or the woman of his nightmares?
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"Good suspense thriller from beginning to the end."
I couldn't quit listening because I wanted to know what came next. Good character development and writing. Totally enjoyed it, and was surprised by the ending.
Gone girl by Gillian Flynn. Because it was a twisty suspense about love gone bad that had you going right up to the end. The ending was unexpected. Some of the characters you loved and hated, then your perception of them later changed. People can be creepy and real psychotic. It also reminded me a little of Stephen King.
Can't really say one scene/part stood out. I liked the whole book.
Yes. But it took me two days not one. I alternately read the book, and listened to the audible version when I couldn't sit and read.
New author for me. I really enjoyed it. He is a good writer with good character development, and a good story. I like a good suspense thriller, and I look forward to reading/listening to more of his books. The author has a great imagination and had written the book on similar things that happened to him.
Despite the somewhat clichéd storyline, I really enjoyed this book!
There is only so much you can do with a psycho-girlfriend plot, and I can’t say that this author came up with any new twists in the genre, but nevertheless I was kept guessing.
It was a satisfying and entertaining distraction.
"One of The Most Boring Books Ever!"
Nothing happens in this book! Nothing. The story rambles on & on with some twists & turns that end up at dead ends over & over again. Absolutely boring and a waste of money & time. Do not waste your credit or your money.
"Slow Pace, Annoying Female Characters"
I can't say, really. I didn't finish the book, as it was going at such a slow pace and the writing was so mediocre. The narration of females was so jarring I had to grit my teeth to get though it. Not worth the credit.
The mediocre writing.
He didn't narrate women well at all, he made them sound daft and pathetic.
All of them.
Not worth the credit.
This author needs to take a creative writing course. I can't judge the story as I couldn't get beyond the first 90 pedestrian minutes.
I couldn't stop listening, even thou I wanted too. The story was good but the constant self talk and analyzing by the main character was exhausting! I needed to take breaks because the constant internal dialog from the main character was way too much. Overall it was a good story and did not see the end coming. Will download another from this author. Narration was on point👌
"Captivated for the first 90% and then lost me"
I loved this book until the last 10 percent. This story had a constant rhythm and build and then in the final chapters it took a series of wrong turns that just didn't fit. Very disappointed and I do not recommend.
"Surprise Ending Not Credible"
Some interesting plot points, but unfortunately the characters were contrived and their behavior unrealistic. Also, all the women sounded like upper-class Brits with bulimia and tongue studs. The raspy, lispy tentative narration drove me nuts--sorry.
"Taut, Intelligent Thriller"
Excellent, well-paced. Would recommend to those who enjoy slow but steady build up and relatable characters.
"So very disappointing"
I don't know. It was over-sexed, two-dimensional and predictable. The main characters were entirely unsympathetic. I really do not know who might enjoy a book like this.
I don't know. I'm hoping to find a well-written psychological thriller, something in the vein of Broken Harbor or The Silent Wife.
Yes. I don't have a real problem with the narrator, just the storyline.
Not that I can think of. I can't believe that it is written by the same author who wrote The Magpies, which I purchased and enjoyed.
Such a disappointment. Now I have to waste more time researching another book.
"Engrossing story with well drawn characters!"
This was very well written and beautifully narrated. Its a tale with many layers and a few twists. There wasn't a wasted sentence here, so I never wanted to put it down. Some reviewers said it was great until the last couple of chapters, which they didn't like. I was very happy (though surprised) by how it turned out. It was all plausible and perfectly satisfying.
"Bunny boilers as a love story"
The first part is very good as a thriller, the characters work and the feeling of impending disaster increase at a good pace then all of the sudden a mention of bad spirits and auras, then back to normal till the writer informs us that a huge bit of information that was missing from the original story, and no more mention of spirits or auras, then the twists begin to happen fast and furious but if you stop for a second to think the holes in the story begin to accumulate to the point where the last chapters are just explaining how it all went so crazy.
I would have loved this story if it had persisted in its first form, but the second part is just a mess that would require require religious degrees of credulity to accept as even possible.
The sound in this book was not good but the reading was ok, I think having a female actor play the women would have help to make it more realistic, the reader is not good at female voices.
"I will do anything for love"
I am quite surprised how much I enjoyed this story as I expected it to be a fairly standard slasher type thriller. The strong point for me was the fact that Andrew is such a likeable and sympathetic character. The fact he is so ordinary and beset with tremendous bad luck makes his romance with the charismatic and frenetic Charlie incredibly poignant. I also though the fact he clung on to hope despite all the warning signals was very true to life. The plot was tight and pacey and this was one of those books where I kept looking for excuses so I could carry on listening. On top of this Napoleon Ryan is one of the best narrators I have listened to. At one point I actually thought a woman was reading one of the female characters. I recommend this if you are looking for a thrilling story with a very human and vulnerable touch.
"Gripping (for the most part)"
I'd tell them that the first 90% of the story was very gripping. The menace of a disturbed mind was very well described and made this the audio version of a page turner. The denouement was less than satisfactory, though. It's difficult to explain why without spoiling the plot, but in my opinion the author would have done better to have avoided the "twist" and just gone with what appeared to be the obvious.
Very good regional accents and male/female portrayal.
In a way I'm glad I didn't listen all in one sitting because if I had done so I would feel that 10+hrs had been a bit of a waste, given my disappointment with the ending. As it is, I had roughly 9 separate hours of satisfied listening when I was gripped by the plot, followed by a final disappointing hour.
"50 shades of what the f**k"
Clichés in every paragraph and random and weird sex scenes which added nothing to the plot. The main character was unlikeable and the ending did not make sense. I do not normally write bad reviews. Sorry for the bad review.
"Too many cliches"
How many times was it the best sex I'd ever had; the best curry I'd ever tasted! Nearly gave up on this early on because of this and the books seeming predictability. However, the end was actually quite scary
"Enthralling with a surprise ending."
I don't know.
The characters were well described so you could really picture them. It was easy to emphathise with the main character. The book is written in a relaxed and contemporary style which makes it easy to relate to.
Yes very good except for one. I didnt feel that Charlie's voice at all fitted her description. I know she was northern so there should be an accent but she just didnt sound sexy, attractive or even very intelligent.
I got angry with Andrew for not being more assertive. I also felt very sad for him as he had a lot of back luck in his life.
I found myself really looking forward to finding out what happened next and didn't find it at all predictable. A very entertaining read which kept me engrossed from the start,
.... from this book unless you are very easily pleased. Predictable story and plot. Awful female lead and unlikeable characters throughout. Rather gratuitous descriptions of sexual arousal. I wondered if this book was written as a scary/racy book for teens/young adults. It certainly isn't sophisticated enough for an adult read.
Well written, lots of great storylines, believable characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the drama of this book
No but I would like to
No, in several sittings. It was difficult to put down. Loved the voice
A great read.
Thoroughly enjoyable, kept me on the edge of my seat. Plenty of twists & red herrings.
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