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They keep getting better

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Reviewed: 03-05-2019

Another excellent story in this series. Perhaps even the best one yet, in my humble opinion.
Great development of the characters as the series progresses. One more in the series to go, and I shall definitely be buying it.
Again, great attention to detail but maintaining readability, or in the case of audio, listenability, if that’s a word! Highly recommended.

Getting to know the characters

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Reviewed: 24-04-2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this, the 3rd book in the series. I feel like I'm getting to know the characters, particularly the lead character, Tracy Crosswhite. Intelligently written, and well narrated once again.
Towards the end of the book, the thought occurred to me that while there had been some emotional moments in the 3 books thus far, nothing had really moved me. Without wishing to lay a spoiler here, suffice to say that changed in the final chapters of this story.
Highly recommended, and as I write this I'm downloading book 4. I think that speaks for the series.

They get better!

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Reviewed: 21-04-2019

I read this one after reading My Sister's Grave, Mr Dugoni's first in this series.
Both good, but this is a great follow on in the series. I wasn't disappointed, and have just purchased book 3 in the series on the strength of them, which I'm really looking forward to.
A good story, and well narrated.

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Good story, entertaining, kept me listening.

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Reviewed: 15-04-2019

An interesting story. Not a standout among others of its genre, but very entertaining nonetheless.
Good courtroom scenes, obviously either written from experience or very well researched, and descriptive suspense scenes that hold one's attention.
Not a faultless narration, but very good. I was going to knock off a star for it, but then I thought, if I'm going to hand the task of reading to someone else, I really should't penalize them just because "I'd have read that sentence differently", once or twice. I'm leaving it at 5 stars because I think the narrator conveyed the story that the author intended to tell, and did so capably.
Overall I'd say give it a go, and I think I'll be trying others by the same author.

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As good as the first, possibly better

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Reviewed: 10-04-2019

Really enjoyed this book. It’s a delight when a sequel meets one’s hopes after reading the first. This one actually exceeded mine. One thing that stands out in these books is the obvious research that the author has done. It really lends authenticity to the stories.
I’m hoping for more in this series.

Another potential movie from Kathryn Hughes

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Reviewed: 06-04-2019

I purchased this title after listening to The Letter, by the same author. I can't say which I enjoyed more, as they're quite different, but both thoroughly enjoyable. I think both would make good movies. The Secret is a beautifully woven story, which really moved me, numerous times. Well narrated, very engaging, and highly recommended.

Highly enjoyable!

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Reviewed: 06-04-2019

An interesting story that kept me engaged enough to listen through in just a few sittings. The author really put depth in the characters, allowing the reader to empathize with them. Well written, in my humble opinion. The narrator falls a bit short on the Australian accent unfortunately, even given it would possibly have been tainted by the Irish origin, but not enough to spoil the story, and overall she did a great job. I wonder if the author might write more using this detective. I grew to like his character, and would be interested to hear more from him.
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Update to this review... just found that there are more books in the series, so I know what my next purchase will be :-)

Lovely story

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Reviewed: 30-03-2019

Charming story. I think this would make a lovely movie. The narration is quite good in terms of portraying the characters’ emotions, but falls down on the American accents, which is a slight pity. Well read, however, and really doesn’t detract from the story itself.

Excellent book. Excellent narration.

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Reviewed: 27-03-2019

A thoroughly enjoyable book. I’m fairly new to Stephen King’s work. I have always steered clear of horror stories. This is certainly not horror, but quite suspenseful. The narrator does a great job of staying true to the characters, managing to keep the listener’s attention without being excessive. There’s enough drama in the text without the distraction of a poor narrator, and Mr Patton conveys the story, in my opinion, as the author intended.
In summary, highly recommended. If you are as I am, averse to horror themes, and have avoided Mr King’s work for that reason, I can only say give this one a try. His expertise in his craft is obvious, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Moving story, beautifully narrated.

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Reviewed: 15-03-2019

Written in a style that doesn’t require intense concentration to keep up, this book is most enjoyable in audio format. Interesting characters, brought to life by Joanne Froggatt as, I’m learning, she is so wonderfully skilled at.
It is both heartbreaking and heartwarming, and in a couple of instances I was moved to tears, due in no small part to the artistry of the narrator. At times I felt as though I were listening to a play, rather than a narration, and it added a very emotional dimension to the experience.