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  • The Ruin

  • By: Dervla McTiernan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,383

Galway 1993: Young Garda Cormac Reilly is called to a scene he will never forget. Two silent, neglected children - 15-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack - are waiting for him at a crumbling country house. Upstairs, their mother lies dead. Twenty years later, a body surfaces in the icy black waters of the River Corrib. At first it looks like an open-and-shut case, but then doubt is cast on the investigation's findings - and the integrity of the police. Cormac is thrown back into the cold case that has haunted him his entire career - what links the two deaths, two decades apart?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!

  • By Anonymous User on 16-03-2018

Dark & Twisted

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

Reviewed: 30-08-2018

It’s not a nice story but it is exceptionally well written. Trigger warnings for rape, domestic violence, child abuse, addiction, and suicide should be heeded, as they are central to the plot. It’s a brutal setup with characters that are roughened and compressed - creating a diamond - a story with edges that slice through you to the core values and fears deep inside you. I wasn’t sure at first if I’d stick it out - I didn’t love the surly, outcast detective but once I was drawn in it held me enthralled and on the edge of my seat till the last words.

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  • Missing, Presumed

  • By: Susie Steiner
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Mid-December, and Cambridgeshire is blanketed with snow. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries to sleep after yet another soul-destroying Internet date – the low murmuring of her police radio her only solace. Over the airwaves come reports of a missing woman – door ajar, keys and phone left behind, a spatter of blood on the kitchen floor. Manon knows the first 72 hours are critical: you find her, or you look for a body.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A menagerie of dislikable characters

  • By Bel on 20-08-2018

A menagerie of dislikable characters

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

Reviewed: 20-08-2018

Then uniting theme of the book seems to be to whine: first about the detective’s own unsatisfactory life then it finds more shallow and unlikeable characters for her to whine about.