A gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Follow You Home and The Magpies.
It was the job she had dreamed of since childhood. But on her very first day, when an unnerving encounter drags up memories Sophie Greenwood would rather forget, she wonders if she has made a mistake. A fatal mistake.
What is her ambitious young assistant really up to? And what exactly happened to Sophie's predecessor? When her husband and daughter are pulled into the nightmare, Sophie is forced to confront the darkest secrets she has carried for years.
As her life begins to fall apart at work and at home, Sophie must race to uncover the truth about her new job...before it kills her.
©2016 Mark Edwards (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I don't usually listen to Psychological Thrillers. The prologue nearly put me off as it was too disturbing, so I skipped it until I had finished the book. The rest of the book kept me interested and wanting to know more.
Sophie, the main character was very relatable.
The Narrator's performance was very good, it was well read, expression was good. She was good at the various English regional Accents and she did male, female well.
I did stay up way too late to find out what happened next.
It was an interesting plot with a seemingly mundane setting, a publishing workplace but there was a history which collided with current events. Not predictable. Lots of mystery, twists and turns.
I would have returned this book, however I wanted to see if it would get better.
The narrator was very average - it would have been better if it had a more experienced narrator like Julia Barry, then the story would have had more of that Sophie Hannah creepiness.
The story was average and I was able to work out who the murderer was early on *sigh* . The ending was boring.
The perfect crime thriller. Initially, Sophie seems incomprehensibly daft; the plot too obvious to be borne. But there are some neat twists and complex plotting here. Maybe you'll pick it, maybe you won't. But it's absolutely a compulsive read despite occasionally hammy English accents. Mark Edwards is very good at delivering this type of book, and this is right up there with Because She Loves me, and way above Follow You Home.
"Not very exciting"
I thought this book would be a page turner. I found the characters so hard to get into. They where literally quite boring. No suspense or excitement. Very dull ending. I actually fell asleep several times while listening to this.
Did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. At one point I almost retuned this book because I hate people who make stupid choices. But as the story went on Sophie's character developed more and I found I did not want to put the book down. The end is a bit predictable with a twist. Worth reading
"Real psychological suspense"
So many novels in this genre fall flat for me--mainly because the characters seem more like caricatures than real people. Sophie Greenwood, the protagonist of this novel, is much more than a caricature. I especially liked the descriptions of her family life in the beginning; her interactions with her husband depicted a complex young woman that I could care about. I didn't enjoy the prolonged "horrifying" finale quite as much, but I'd still give the novel a thumbs up.
Nail biting until the end! I couldn't wait to listen for more!! I'm a newMark Edwards fan!
"The Devil's Work "
I was first introduced to author Mark Edwards' work via Audible and as a result, have enjoyed listening to his various titles. This, his latest release, was a crushing disappointment. Why? well, it was all an overstuffed gothic- horror-meets-workplace-from-hell mishmash and the plot was pretty hyperbolic and downright silly at times. I didn't return it though, as I would for other titles, so it must have gripped me somewhat.
The narrator's rendition of the main character, Sophie's, black country accent was really quite awful; it sounded like somebody doing a really bad impression. That said, the rest of her characters were impressive, hence the 3* rating.
Oh dear, I do feel somewhat unable to recommended this title. As a person with Asperger Syndrome I was also a bit peeved to hear the condition used as an excuse for one of the character's personality flaws.
One of the best of Mark Edwards books. Absolutely fantastic, so many twists and turns. Loved how part of it was set in Brighton as I used to live there!
"Gripping stuff "
Enjoyed this audio book - it's the first one I've listened to by Mark Edwards though I've read all his others so I knew to expect something gripping and psychological. I didn't think the plot was quite as clever as some of his others as a lot of loose ends needed to be explained by the policeman at the end, however still a really good story from someone with a dark and clever imagination. Great narration - she did all the accents really well.
I was really looking forward to listening to this book as I have read all the others by this author. The story was great but I struggled to finish it as the narrator was terrible. Dreadful accents which really spoiled the story for me.
"Great suspense & twist"
Started slow- but then it was so could I couldn't put it down!! Suspense and twist was unexpected
"Good but not as good as his other books"
I enjoyed this but it is not as good as Mark's other works such as Because She Loves Me or Magpies. The supposed Black Country accent is awful and ranges from Scouse to mock Birmingham, being a Black Country girl myself I know this is not how we talk. I don't think there is much need for an accent in this narration.
I liked the pace of the story and how it was told in the present day and with flashbacks.
"Not great story. Not great narration. Sorry"
The story is predictable at times, unexciting most of the rest of the time. I'm afraid the narrator didn't do it for me either.
"Chilling and thrilling"
This.book had me hooked from start to finish. I liked all the twists in the story and the two paralell.narratives. The.narrator was good although her voice was at times annoying. I recommend this.book to lovers of thrillers.
"Reasonably gripping poor narrator"
The plot was reasonably gripping . It was totally spoiled by the narrator whose attempt at a Brummie accent was atrocious. The female protagonist was rendered utterly stupid whinging and without any saving graces !!I found her narration quite the most irritating of any I have heard . I listen to a great many audio books and will make a point of never downloading one narrated by Anna Parker Naples.
"Save your time and don't start listening"
The story was very slow and I stuck with it despite the awful narration and found the end a real anti-climax. I might have enjoyed it more without the awful midlands accent.
I didn't buy in to the characters so I don't believe I could like the story with any tweaking.
The main character was portrayed as wimpish and the accent was appalling. A different narrator may have helped.
Not really. I was hoping that it would end sooner, regardless of the outcome. It was like a bad movie that you expect to improve but doesn't.
I would have returned this book had it cost any more than £2.
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