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Great story and narration - too graphic though

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

Reviewed: 18-08-2020

It's another great story based around Sarah Linton, who is always an inspiring character. The story is gripping and the narration is spot on. Regarding the graphic scenes and discriptions that are known to Karen slaughter fans; this one when a bit too far and was difficult to stomach. And I don't feel they were necessary to the story, but there for shock value. It seems that Karen Slaughter feels she needs to up the ante with each book. But she doesn't. I wish it was toned down a bit as it would make it much easier to focus on the story and characters.

Amazing - But Has its Shortcomings

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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-2019

I found the story of Sandra's life to be heartbreaking, inspiring, maddening, beautiful and intriguing. However, I feel it was a bit too anecdotal. I'm not sure if the author did not do enough research into the subjects of the story, or if she was just unsuccessful in her attempts. But it becomes a bit difficult to believe some of the content, when so much of it is unsubstantiated. This is explained away by the poor memory of Sandra, but the same criticism is true of almost every story and individual in the book. So it was easy to become incredulous. However I have no doubt that Sandra did indeed live through these events. I think the author had difficulty putting the story together, and finding the right narrative. At times, the writing has poetic flair that seems out of place in a biographical story. Likewise, when she 'imagines' the way conversations might have played out, and how someone may have felt, it adds to the confusion of what is fact, and what is anecdote. So I personally had some troubles with the structure and narrative. However, the central story, that of Sandra's life, is extremely moving. It was difficult at times because the trauma described is so horrific. Sometimes it's difficult to 'like' Sandra. But her story is truly incredible. And although the structure of the narrative is inconsistent, and a little confused, it's still worth reading. There's a lot to admire in the subjects, and quite a bit to dislike. There's also a lot to learn. Despite the shortcomings, I still recommend it.

B Grade

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

Reviewed: 21-11-2019

This book should have been categorised as erotica/thriller not romance/thriller. Over the top sex scenes with a B Grade storyline. Narration was good and there were some good parts to the book. But overall, it was kind of just smut mixed with a bit mystery.

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Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 18-09-2019

Jane Harper has not disappointed! This book is on par with her other novels, which are also 5 star reads. Very believable characters and dialogue. Keeps the reader guessing. Something I love about Jane Harper's characters is that they all flawed it some way, even the protagonists are realistic and relatable. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Another great story

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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: 18-09-2019

The Commune series is one of the best survivalist/apocalyptic series out there. Skip the author's notes at the beginning though! They should be at the end of the book. I feel it gave away too much. I was anticipating and guessing at what the author was referring to throughout the book. Otherwise a great read.

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Unoriginal and predictable

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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: 21-07-2019

I feel like I've read this book, watched this movie, heard this theory dozens of times. There was nothing that set it apart from any of its predecessors. It's really quite derivative. The writing and characterisation are both good, but not enough to save it from predictability. Narration good.

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Quite boring

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

Reviewed: 02-07-2019

The main plot was interesting enough but there wasn't much else going on. Not nearly enough to make it interesting.

Exactly what you'd expect...

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

Reviewed: 22-06-2019

This is an easy listening book. A good old fashioned 'haunted house' story. It's not going to win any literary awards but it's a bit of fun.

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 18-06-2019

I enjoyed the book but it pales in comparison to Dark Matter. There wasn't a great deal happening under the surface. It would have benefited from two narrators for the male and female voices. Still a good read with some lovely writing.

Enthralling

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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: 07-06-2019

Another fantastic story by Jane Harper. The characters are believable and the plot is well paced. It will keep you guessing and loving it!