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Linda Marea

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It’s been awhile since I’ve listened to a thriller whodunnit this brilliant!

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Reviewed: 08-11-2019

To my shame I’ve known nothing about Patricia Gibney but within the first chapter I’d become a total fan. What a fantastic writer of detective stories: her characters are superb, beautifully fleshed out. Gibneys style is smart slick and tight. And to enhance an already perfect story is the brilliant narration of Michele Moran. There are good narrators and ordinary narrators and narrators who can lift a story to another level and Michelle is one of them. In fact I’ll start looking for everything she’s ever read.
I loved this book from start to finish and can’t wait to read anything and everything else that Patricia Gibney has written.

Utterly fascinating and a long overdue recognition.

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Reviewed: 12-09-2019

Everybody knows about Jack the Ripper but I can’t imagine there are many who know anything about the lives of the women he murdered. This book by Rubenhold is an overdue work revealing the nightmarish lives women lived in the 1800s and how simply by being born female they would struggle until they died. The book also reveals that the women Jack the Ripper killed were not prostitutes but women simply trying to survive in a time where survival could not have been more difficult. Readers are also reminded that the way society treated these victims as ‘less than’ because they were considered by the judiciary as sex workers is still going on today – that Women today are still judged by their behaviour and, if they are victims, those who have assaulted them can achieve a more favourable outcome because the woman is not as important.
This book was beautifully narrated and I struggled to stop listening even late into the night.
Above all it’s impossible not to be left feeling chastened by being part of a society that treats Jack the Ripper as a celebrity. This book strives to set this right by showing us that the women he killed did not deserve the lives that ravaged them and certainly didn’t deserve their lives to end so horrifically.
Compelling and thought provoking.
Excellent.

This book should be mandatory reading for every Australian!

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Reviewed: 07-09-2019

To listen to the truth of our indigenous culture is to hear the lies told by white colonialists with 1 agenda: to take over the land from its occupants and in the process deprive them of the acknowledgment that they were masters of agriculture, trade, environment, architecture, engineering and hunting in close collaboration with other species. This book destroys the long held false claim that aboriginals were simply hunters and gatherers. Bush opportunists. Their culture was written off to enable the colonists to make claims on the Australian land.
As a white Australian I am so deeply ashamed to be a descendant of a genocide of both the Indigenous communities and the land they saw as their responsibility to nourish and sustain for generations to come. We may have said sorry... but we have never said thank you.
The very future of Australia may well depend on whether we seek the knowledge our indigenous have always known.

The most tense reads in forever!

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Reviewed: 29-08-2019

The building tension was like getting a tattoo: every moment of discomfort rewarded by an unforgettable result!
And, it’s impossible not to be unnerved by Robothams ease at portraying the intense emotions of his female leads - how does he navigate the female psych so meticulously?
My only issue was with his Spielberg-esk finale. Didn’t need it.
This thriller is nonetheless a superb read and I’d defy anyone to name one better.
Bravo Michael Robotham. The decision to create a mini series from this was a no brainer.
The Secrets She Keeps is a cracker!!!!!!

The most perfect book I’ve ever read.

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Reviewed: 24-07-2019

I’m crying like a baby in my kitchen.
I simply don’t have the words to do this beautiful book justice.
And to be narrated by the author, who at times shook with the raw emotion of his characters story, meant that this work was narrated to perfection as well.
So gloriously Australian.
So utterly heartachingly rich.

Groan!

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Reviewed: 16-07-2019

I’m not sure if I really disliked this book or was completely turned off by the narrator. I usually adore books read by British narrators but Jan Cramer must have had a train to catch because she rushed to the point of leaving out punctuation, ran characters into each other and generally had a snippy judgey tone that thoroughly grated.
Perhaps I might have enjoyed this book had it been in the hands of another narrator but this book needed time in front of an editor to prune the waffle and delete the words doubled up in consecutive sentences.
I was soooooo close to sending this book back but hey, what doesn’t kill you...

Thrilling but a little clunky

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Reviewed: 14-07-2019

It’s a great story but it feels like a number of scenes, characters and setups were borrowed from half a dozen other books and films. It’s a bit predictable however the actual crimes are uncomfortably gruesomely unique. Would I read subsequent books in this series? Not sure. The clunkiness I experienced was the predictable characters up against a breed of truly evil psychopath. Then there’s the overuse of phrases you’d expect to hear from your old grandad. For me it just didn’t feel polished. Loved the narration of Dan Bottomley.

It’s like waiting for a new season of Game of Thrones

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Reviewed: 01-07-2019

Once you’ve latched onto the The Jackson Lamb series you’re hooked. Sean Barrett’s brilliant narration is so riveting and entertaining it’s impossible to put down and as irresistible as your guiltiest pleasure.
I simply don’t know how to wait for Mick Herron a new book. I want it NOW!!!

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One of the best new authors in Australia

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Reviewed: 04-04-2019

This factual investigation of the shooting of Elijah Holcomb Is written with the deepest respect & compassion for all involved. Along the way Kate Wild lays bare her own soul to share the intense vulnerability. Narrated brilliantly by the author Waiting for Elijah is possibly going to be my book of 2019.
I’ve loved every word.

Gripping story

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Reviewed: 25-02-2019

This book reminds me of My Absolute Darling I’m so far as the bulk of the story is heavy with tension brutality cruelty and fierce survival.
Then the final chapters give way to a chocolate box sweetness - so that you’re left wondering if this could possibly be written by the same author!! It’s deeply disconcerting and I felt profoundly cheated (by both books) watching all the loose strings be gathered up to form an almost absurd bow.
But those final chapters aside, this is a ripping tale that would easily have been taken from actual crimes against Jews in Hitlers murderous reign.
Beautifully narrated and for the most part absolutely riveting.
As most authors would acknowledge: finishing a book well will make it or break it.