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We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.
But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him?
Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.
Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.
But now Glen is dead, and she's alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.
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"The ultimate psychological thriller." (Lisa Gardner)
"My book of the year so far." (C. L. Taylor, author of The Lie)
Excellent book, kept me interested all the way through. I like this form of novel where you hear all the different voices.
Such a wonderful first book from Fiona Barton - I hope she has another waiting for us! The characters in this book were original and totally believable. It was written from a unique angle in that we heard the story from different characters which somehow made the story deeper and more emotional. Fiona handled the subject of the book tactfully and skilfully with no great insights or descriptions, and for this I applaud her. The plot was a gripping, interesting, insightful psychological thriller. Clare Corbett is, as usual, amazing and it is no wonder she is well respected and in great demand. I would give this book 10 if I could. Just superb.
The reading of this book was brilliant, I was captivated from the beginning and was unable to stop listening
Loved this debut novel. Great character development and a slow burn of a story that grips you right from the beginning. Definitely not another 'Gone Girl' and that's a good thing. This book has a real soul and is very different to anything I've read/listened. Can't wait to see what's in store for us by this author in the future!
Clare Corbett's narration is superb just as usual and only adds to the listening experience.
I love the audio and the readers voice brought it to life, I reckon they would be on par.
Funnily I thought of the Girl on the Train, but probably because of the closeness of the protagonist's voice being so strong and the unravelling of the other characters.
I loved Clare Corbett's performance all the way through and I was totally engaged with each character through her interpretation, she was so good as the widow's voice.
What secrets does she hold?
Caught in her husbands web..
The traps we find ourself in when we seek a relationships are many more than we realise...
The idea of downtrodden yet loyal wife is interesting and nowadays is seen as abusive by some and endured and managed by many - at what point does a woman become true to herself, is she ever able to? This is an aspect I find fascinating to contemplate. A thoughtful read and I reflect on the themes of entrapment that weaves its way through the book that touches each character in some way or another as the entrapped and the entrapper.
Really great book, would totally recommend. Really interesting story especially if you are interested in mystery stories. Looking forward to the next book written by this author
"Confession is a dangerous thing."
Great story and characters, engaging and with a realistic feel that few books achieve, the reporters side of the story feels new and three dimensional, like the inner voices of some of the characters. It feels personal, a realistic exposure of crime we read about on papers with very little background or understanding of the devastation one act can incur on so many.
The story is sad and disturbing but presented with sensitivity and understanding that it is not voyeuristic of the crime or dismissive of the victim, it builds around her and the waves her loss brings to all involved. A true psychological thriller that deepens the empathy not the violence.
It represents the police and press in realistic way with no histrionics or romanticism and humanises a crime instead instead of the usual exploitive gore that is so prevalent.
This is one of the few books I could not put down and finished it in one sitting. A true finding.
The author second books does include some of the characters in this one, yes there is more coming soon.
"Amazing narrator and author"
Best narrator I have EVER listened to, this is a wonderful and intelligent book. It isn't narrated it's acted. Listening to the author and narrator chat at the end was an added bonus! fantastic
The narrator, excellent as always
Listened to this over two sessions, couldn't stop. The narrator made everyone seem real, cracking stuff. An original viewpoint on a murder, the wife of the accused and turning her into a victim too, I'm sure it happens. Can't wait for the sequel
It was told from the wife of the perpetrator's viewpoint.
No but I will certainly look out for other books she has narrated.
Yes, if I had had the time. I listened to it over 3 days.
I liked the discussion at the end of the book between the author and narrator. This was so interesting, especially for those of us who are members of reading groups. Just the kind of thing we like.
"Ver good, had me hooked"
It was read very well and the voices were good. They gave you a good feel of what the characters were like. It drew me in and each character by the voice given enabled me to get an image of each person.
There was not a great physical description of each character, just bit which helped you build up your own image of them, although Jean had a blank face for me throughout the book for me personally, and nothing against the book, it was I think because she changed so much.
It was the first book I have ever read from the point of view of a innocent bystander dragged into the behaviour of another, in this case her husband. Does make you wonder about the partners/children of people who commit/accused of committing crimes and the full effect on their lives.
Jean as she changed so much
Kate was a good character, maybe like to see her again?
When it was about Jean not been able to have her own child
Worth buying, good book, keeps you guessing
could not stop listening . better than girl on a train and gone girl. several 'narrators ' but never confusing .
"ACCOMPLISHED FIRST NOVEL"
This book is a compelling listen. I was not surprised that the author, Fiona Barton, is an ex-journalist because the story was like a prime piece of beef, well bred with a little fat left on for flavour. However, I was surprised to learn that this was her first book. Bravo! I'm already looking forward to the follow-up.
What makes or breaks an audio book is the narrator and Clare Corbett was flawless and fantastic. This is my first CC narrated book but I would definitely listen to another novel narrated by this fine actress.
Finally, the listening bonus to this audio book was the interview between author and narrator that was the final chapter. I learned a little about the author and narrator, how the story evolved and the process of creating the audio book. I think this is a great way to introduce new writers because they share knowledge and practice that might help aspiring writers. Though I would also welcome a few words from established writers too.
"Stunning First novel"
This book is excellent and gripping from start to finish. The authenticity of the reporter is highly convincing. The psychological exploration of the "widow" is extremely well done and plausible without jargon or over simplification - much of it is left up to the reader to complete or imagine. Why would a woman stand by a man who has apparently done the most atrocious act is the central question the author sets out to explore and to my mind succeeds in providing a convincing argument. I especially liked the way in which the widow's grip on reality shifts and changes throughout the narrative. The reader is kept guessing and feels a distrust of the widow's version of events. I hope Fiona Barton will soon publish more books. The interview at the end of the book is full of insights from the narrator and the author herself. The narration is excellent and I would say it is more like listening to a dramatisation than a reading.
I wavered between a 3 and 4 star rating for this novel. The quality of the writing itself was excellent, with both situations and dialogue written concisely and with imagination. The story itself grabbed me and I always wanted to know what happened next. However, I found the 'back and forth in time' style jarred here. I have had no problem with this approach in other novels, but in this one, through the first dozen chapters especially, whenever we returned to the widow and the journalist, it distracted me and felt flat and dull. I also found the characters difficult to engage with. There was a lack of emotional intelligence. Sadly they all felt rather wooden. The sense of distraction and flat, dull chapters was less of a problem later in the book, but for me, it never quite got into a good stride. I believe it would be better if this story was simply told in chronological order. Apparently, it has been optioned for TV. I think it may work very well as a screenplay.
"A brilliant book"
I really enjoyed listening to this book and found it hard to put down ! Clare Corbett is always a wonderful narrator.
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