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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.
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.
the narrator was very good. I struggled with Jean's character; too cliche English dependent housewife. I was disappointed by the lack of suspense , twists and turns. I did not enjoy this novel and don't think it should be classed as a thriller.
The reading of this book was brilliant, I was captivated from the beginning and was unable to stop listening
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.
"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.
Didn't find it as exciting or enjoyable as others. Tad predictable. Had great reviews so was expecting more than just a straight up story. Nothing surprising, nothing that made me wonder.
When a book has such hype and so many rave reviews, you question your own judgment when you can't see what all the fuss was about. There was no suspense, no atmosphere, not much of anything really. And though the reader read clearly and well, she raced through it breathlessly in a way I found tiring to listen to.
"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.
"A promising debut"
I do wish that publishers would stop hyping novels as the next 'Gone Girl' or 'Girl on the Train' as they rarely live up to the hype. This book certainly doesn't but it is a promising, gripping debut. There is however nothing new here although it does stand out from some of the more recent 'domestic noir' novels. It is excellently read by Clare Corbett who does such a good job of keeping the reader engaged throughout.
"Too much waffling..."
Too much waffling on about irrelevant details. I just wanted to get into the story but the author just didn't get to the point. I had to return this as it was annoying me. Maybe the story gets good in the end ... But it will certainly test your patience.
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
Realistic relatable characters
She gave a good performance and enhanced the story with the accents, tone and mood.
Yes, although it was easy to pick up from where you left off
could not stop listening . better than girl on a train and gone girl. several 'narrators ' but never confusing .
"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
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