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Belesana

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Unlikable protagonist - Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 27-12-2020

I was looking forward to the book. It was ok. the chapters interweaved current time with the past which added to the story and the narrator is great, the protagonist however is the least professional polis representative ever. the story was quite unrealistic in the way it attributed emotions to young people ie 6 year olds. The protagonist is fickle with his affections, faithless, selfish and utterly unlikable and unworthy of respect. I wont be pursuing this author.

tedious

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

Reviewed: 17-09-2020

Theoretically (for me) this should be a 5 star read. It's set somewhere interesting, there are multiple characters, mysterious criminal shenanigans. I really tried. I pushed myself to the end and was left with, Really? That's what I've persisted for? It seemed to have been made too complicated and at the same time the characters are 'meh'. I'd be happy to push them off a hill. The narrator tried hard to improve it but really there's only so much you can do with what you're given

Unlikable protagonist - Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-09-2020

Everything - apart from the heroine - was shaping up to be a great read. It loses all the points on the character of the heroine; I've not come across a less likable character over the 52 years I've been a bookworm. She behaves like a walking hand grenade and has the same impact on her "loved ones"; she demonstrates zero love or respect for those she professes to love; she does NOT learn from her mistakes and is unprofessional. There's no way a human being can have that little; - social/emotional intelligence - loyalty and trustworthiness in her personal life and not carry that through to her job. Uggh she's awful. I cannot like her or feel any sympathy for a lead character who displays such limited personal integrity or the ability to learn from life lessons. I won't be buying any more books featuring this character and probably not from this author.

exceptional

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

Reviewed: 18-08-2020

thoroughly satisfying in every way! A great story, beautifully crafted characters, narration beautifully pitched to characters and story Instantly purchased the 2 follow up books. superb

I didn't realise it was a romance novel

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

Reviewed: 17-08-2020

I was drawn in by the mystery/crime aspect and profoundly annoyed to find out it was a pretty formulaic romance. To be clear, I have thoroughly enjoyed romances - when I was looking for a romance. Not this time - I was looking forward to a full on mystery/crime novel. The mystery crime part of it was good and enjoyable however the "compelling attraction" between the key players was a bit jarring. Also the narrator had an odd habit of stressing the conjunctions, which distracted me. If you're looking for a puffed up mills & boon, you'll love this one.

Meh - Not the worst

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

Reviewed: 12-08-2020

This is the first in a series - I saw a later one that looked promising, so thought I should start at 1. It was ok. I’ll give book 2 a try

Ugh

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

Reviewed: 23-07-2020

Tedious, soap opera. None of the characters are likeable and the story is annoying -I just wanted it to get good (still waiting)

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will be returning this one

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

Reviewed: 24-06-2020

the story could be better represented with a different narrator. This narrator (regardless of author) makes all the female characters sound hysterical, dominating and aggressive through overacting. it's a real turn off.

Don’t miss it!

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

Reviewed: 15-06-2020

This is a fantastic performance, if you like mysteries. One of the best audio performances I’ve listened to (I listen to at least 5 a month over the past year or so! Would love to see the entire cast listed with their characters (and definitely not just 1 of the women ) Nice work, everyone involved!!

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Unconvincing

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

Reviewed: 10-11-2019

The author writes as a male detective and it doesn't translate. I've not worked in the police but the voice of the main and supporting characters do not ring true. I persisted all the way through however the storyline just didn't land for me. This is the second of the authors books I've tried and I won't be reading any more.