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Unsure what all the fuss is about?

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-2020

I was curious about this book, particularly as it's about to be made into a movie. I was however left feeling frustrated by both the plot and the characters portrayed. Case in point: a smart, educated wife with her own practice runs away when a person queries her pregnancy - really? When questions are raised about her husbands work and friendship circles - she avoids answering - really? It takes a traumatic event and a major upheaval for a son to start asking questions 3 months after the event - really? I was so frustrated by the unrealistic plot and gaps in this book that I nearly didn't finish it. I wish I hadn't, as there was nothing to gain for me to continue to the end. This book was a total waste of my time and I haven't recommended it to my reading circle. Interestingly, I haven't heard one great review about this book from friends yet. That truly surprised me, because I WANTED it to be a good book.

Hmm, I'm lost for words

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-2020

This book was well narrated....but I couldn't help feeling the plot was ridiculously unbelievable. Not one I would recommend reading unless you like cheesy romances with silly plots.

Unbelievable plot

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-2020

This book was well narrated. The plot, however, left me wondering why the book was written. Case in point; a person who's active in the community with close family ties chooses (out of nowhere) to make a life-altering decision with dire consequences for all involved. The husband with an equally active life decides to join the quest. Really? SURELY the first point of call is to seek professional help. The quest itself was unconvincingly linked to son's gambling habit - but I was left shaking my head in disbelief. I was truly struggling to connect the two. With so many people suffering from serious mental health conditions, this book was on shaky ground and I was left feeling it did readers a huge disservice. Antics on the ship were passable, but a little lengthy. Many times I was left wondering if the author was trying to stretch out the content. The ending itself was ridiculous, so many gaps in the plot. The concussion I came to is the author committed to writing a set number of words and ended abruptly when this was achieved. I wouldn't recommend this book.

Subject matter was confronting

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-2020

For me, this book was confronting in the subject matter (aka the Children's Ward and all it entailed). It was however well narrated and for anyone who likes a descriptive thriller, this may just be your cup of tea. Not for me though.

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Started strong....but disappointed

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-2020

This book did have some laugh out loud moments. It was well narrated and quite enjoyable for the most part. Unfortunately, it seemed to take a wrong turn about halfway through. I was left feeling as if the author lost enthusiasm and was looking for a quick ending that was oh, so very predictable.

Started strong.....but.....

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-2020

This book was well narrated and started well. The author seemed to lose her way, with a very, very predictable ending that left me feeling frustrated. This book had so much potential.

Groan

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-2020

Oh dear, while well narrated, I didn't think books this cheesy existed anymore. If it wasn't free would have given it 1 star.

What was the point of this book?

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-2020

Well narrated, however, this book went NOWHERE. I was left feeling I wasted time listening to it. Thankfully it was free or my rating would have been 1 star.

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Great read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-2020

The book kept me intrigued to the very last page. The narrator did a great job of differentiating characters, complete with accents and sound effects. This contributed well to the overall storyline, which was well written.

Navel gazing at it’s worst

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-2020

I’m really unsure where to start with this one. The incorrect use of grammar ‘samwich’ instead of SANDwich set my teeth on edge. That unfortunately wasn’t the worst of it.
The continuous sounds of loud swallowing, followed by moist, wet words made me think the narrater may have had a head cold. It was unfortunately so off putting that it distracted from the message . The story itself came across as one huge navel gaze.....which was heavily peppered with quotes and side stories. I found myself drifting off and then skipping ahead due to sheer boredom. This one will be chalked up to a bad experience, which is also the crux of the story...