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An enjoyable book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-2021

As a whole I did enjoy this book very much. I was anticipating a different scenario than what I got in the end but it was an interesting surprise in its simplicity. My only negative comment is the below: Imagine you are a mother living with your child (no husband). You hear a sound in the middle of the night and think someone is in the house. What’s the first thing you do? Check your child’s room to see if they are ok? Not in this book. The woman checks all the rooms first leaving the child bedroom for last. Why on earth, who does that? I am not a mother but that's the first thing I would do. This is the only moment in the book that didn't make sense to me. I would recommend this book for sure. The narration was excellent portraying perfectly the age of the characters.

what a gem- didn't want it to end

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-11-2020

I am a huge fan of Jo Spain books and I am so gutted that I have now read them all. I have enjoyed reading this book, it never got boring or too slow. The characters were complex and believable. I liked them all, in their flaws and craziness. This book was full of passion, mystery and intelligence. I though how weird is this book, when we actually know the killer/ attacker from the start. But the story unfolds so gracefully and comes together nicely. Can hardly wait for 'The perfect lie' to come out.

Not as good as I hoped.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-2020

First of all I would like to say this is the first book i am reading from this author, so I didn't know what to expect. This review is my own personal views and you may not agree with it and thats' ok. The book has a good start setting the scene. 60% in the book we still haven't gone deep into the story. It feels slow paced and not much information provided to solve the 'crime' if there was one. The characters have holes, for example the detective and protagonist starts of as appearing to be a strong woman with her kickboxing training halfway through the book she is chasing a suspect and she is thinking a pregnant woman shouldn't be chasing people...whats with that, she is few weeks into the pregnancy and she had no issues training twice a day. Yes we get it all way through the book that she wants to throw up. Relationships: The relationships between the characters are not clear enough, which makes the story not gel together. She doesn't tell the guy she had a one stand with that she is pregnant till the very end. It is implied that there is some kind of past between her and her superior but we get nothing on that apart from some reference that he is close to her personal space bs and the smell of his aftershave. I believe there should have been more in depth build up of that relationship, it all seemed to be scratching the surface. Mary: the older woman, when everyone finds out her name is Grace continue to call her Mary, as if it's so hard to call her by her actual name, its not like they knew her for years. Zoe: When the police find out that Zoe's mother has been dead for years they do not have the courtesy to inform Zoe. The whole 'scared and lonely woman' like Zoe character that gets rescued by the tall blonde 'player' guy who feels he needs to protect her is so blasé and old fashioned. If only some of the bones of the baby have been sewn in the dress what happened to the rest of the bones? The author never tells us. Cliffhanger at the end: thankfully I read this book a good few years after it was written and found out what happens to the main character in the next book summary. I doubt I will be reading the next books in the series, this just didn't do it for me.

Bait was set in the first 30 min...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-09-2020

In the first half hour of the book the bait is hooked, then the rest of the 6 hours you can see the carrot stick dangling in front of you, which makes it very frustrating indeed. This book is about WEAK MEN, and unfulfilled LOVE in a historical-political background in Iran. It was an intense book and at parts it had me yelling out loud to the main character. It was a frustrating book and not all the characters stories were closed off at the end, what happened to Bahman's mother? How did he and his family end up in the same place as Roya in America? Did he follow her...the author doesn't say. I enjoyed learning about the Iranian traditions, sayings and food very much. Performance: Mozhan Marno was very good. I will check out other books she has narrated.

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It held so much promise...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-09-2020

Story: It held so much promise... but it disappoint in the end. I found the story was ok. A few things that just didn't make this book to 4 stars for me. 1) I can understand that the author wants to keep some kind of suspense and not reveal everything at the start but my god it took forever to actually tell us what happened between Carlotta and Luke all this time ago and there was no reason to keep it from the readers for so long, it didn't bring anything 'wow' into the plot. 2) who in their right mind don't ask someone who disappeared one night, never to be seen, what the heck happened? 3) the female role of Carlotta was not as feminist as she should have been, considering how she was portrayed as a whole. She was weak and stupid. I don't understand the appeal of female characters depicted like that. Why on earth would she not tell her 'best' friend of the chauvinistic colleague of hers at the start of her friends relationship with him. Of course when she did tell him it was too late. AND what sealed the deal for me was the ending when she has decided her career is more important to her, to drop the important meeting to stay with the 'guy'. DISAPPOINTING. Ideal ending would be to have it all: Fast forward a week, she has gone to the meeting, he has followed her to Dublin and bam! happy ending. No I don't recommend this book. We can do better female characters authors, please. Performance: Aofie is THE BEST narrator ever. *****5 stars easily.

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Unexpected

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-2020

The story was not original but it was surprisingly good. Most of the time what was coming next was unexpected. The story kept unfolding without being boring at any given time. I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The narration was excellent and the rendition of the different characters was very good, especially by Will M. Watt. I may listen to other books by the same author.

Misleading title

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-2020

I wouldn't have chosen that title for this story. It is misleading because the book doesn't focus on this at all as this is revealed towards the end. Maybe "Karma", or "Right here, right now" or "Stella's Life". Story: I enjoyed the book and think that it was an interesting story, a bit different than others but had the main characteristics of any story. It had drama, tragedy, humour, love, family issues. Most characters were believable, however I don't understand the discontent that the son had to the mother after they returned from the US. Lately I find that characters in most books of this genre generally have a sense of stupidity to them. Are there parents who let their children speak to them and treat them like that? where have this society come to, I am appalled. Although I have enjoyed the book and I read (or rather listened) in a few days without getting bored I don't believe i will be reading any other books from the same author. Narration: Just brilliant. Aoife McMahon does it again. She is so talented.

who needs enemies when you have friends like these

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-2020

storyline: You don’t need enemies when you have friends like these. The story was simple, but weaved masterfully from the start. I liked the back and forth in time narration. I did find it frustrating that we didn’t get any clues until the very end. I guess we would have guessed who done it early on. Each and every one of the character hated each other, these people are not friends, how very sad lives they all had. No self worth, seeking gratification from how other people treat you. I hope that not all people are like this considering that the characters are taken from real life?? audio book narration: very good, enjoyed all the different narrators, which helped built the different characters for who they were.

Intriguing but could have been better...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-2020

Story: The book started with our protagonists during high school in a small town in Ireland. This is the first book I have read from this author and I find that she is a very good narrator, she builds up her characters throughout the book. Are the people normal in this book? If an abused person and a depressed person are normal maybe yes, who isn’t in some way challenged by life growing up through school or family environment. So the book drew me from the start and intrigued me of where it was going. A bit more than halfway I got impatient as it was going on about the two peoples lives but it seemed aimless. I don’t think that was necessary, and it was blatantly obvious how freaking stupid the two main characters were, wasting time not being honest with each other and letting life go past. Life is precious and every moment counts. The characters/ story does a full circle and brings us to closure, a sort of ambivalent closure, I mean I could really scream to the girl to snap out of it, snap out from her self pity and self loathing. Is this book about relationships and how these change us along our path of life? or is it just about loneliness, being afraid to express and say what we feel? To being able to feel worthy of life, happiness, love, self worth….maybe all the above. Saying this I am not sure I will read other books from this author, but I thank her for this story. Narration: I love, love, love the Irish accent and Aoife McMahon is the best. She captures each character’s feeling and personality in the way she depicts them all and every single one of them. Se never disappoints. All in all I would recommend this book. Thanks for reading :)

Only half the book is interesting

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-2020

I liked the first half of the book only, the other half was just a repeat of the first half. The narrator was the most boring...it seemed he was bored reading, very flat voice. I wouldn't recommend this book. Plus when he started mentioning Trump I lost faith and finally gave up.