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Dr. Jeannette Kavanagh

Melbourne, Australia
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Would have been twice as good if half as long

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-2019

Every profession or job has its own brand of tedium. Yes, Peter James no doubt captures the reality of police procedures. In minute detail.
That very detail was as mind-numbingly boring for me as a reader as it may be for the police.
I bought this book because I had read his latest book. What a disappointment.

Brilliant, mesmerising from beginning to end.

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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: 29-01-2019

This is the first Karin Slaughter novel I've heard or read. Characters drawn so exquisitely. Plot moving so naturally.
Normally I take longer to get through an Audible book. This was so compelling I had to listen any spare minute available. And some not spare.

How wonderful to know I can now go back to mine her rich lode of previous novels. Of course they may not be as believable, graphic and transporting as The Good Daughter but they'll be so much better than most of the dross out there.

No wonder this won the Man Booker prize! Splendid.

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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: 10-12-2018

This is a novel written by someone called to the art of fiction writing. In a world where few are called and even fewer published. I hated the idea that this confection would end. It was a wonderful mix of imagination and the tragic history of sectarian violence in the so-called democracy of Northern Ireland. The character, middle sister, though not named was one of the most appealing characters I've met in recent fiction. By recent I mean in the past 150 years or so. Anna Burns is my new must read. Though Audible presents so much shite posing as a great read, they have only one of her books in their library. Aha well, that's Amazon for you.

Underwhelming use of Anne Tyler's skills.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-2018

I've been an Anne Tyler fan for decades. This novel was well-written but as dull as the one - dimensional character it almost portrayed. I listened to the end always hoping that she'd wake up and live. The ending was an atrocious after-thought. Though Tyler may have planned it from the start one can't have faith that the character knew what she was doing. To dismiss her future life in a couple of sentences after making us wade through her non relationships was a bit disappointing. No. It was incredible and disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I want my money back and my time.

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-2018

This was horrendous. As well as being implausible and clumsily written the story was a saccharine elegy to 'motherhood'. I'm so cross that I kept listening - in the baseless hope that it would improve. No spoiler here but the issue isn't whether or not she has the right baby. It's which female character is equipped to live her own life, let b alone parent another human.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Again, Mark Billingham delivers a great thriller

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-2018

crime subplots all handled with care; combined with a forward movement on the Tom and Helen relationship made this a great read.

Not up to Mark Billingham's best

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

Reviewed: 14-05-2018

The premise of the story was fine but it felt dragged out. Yes the final chapter was unexpected. Also contrived and unbelievable. There was no motive offered for the crime when the killer remained unknown. Even less of a motive when their identity was revealed. Too pat to be satisfying.

From the Dead cover art

Yet another enthralling Mark Billingham read.

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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: 10-03-2018

The plot was plausible but with surprising twists. I like the way Tom Thorn is becoming more multi dimensional - as against a detective with a dysfunctional personality.
The character Anna was sympathetically portrayed and Hendricks is a great foil to Thorn and everyone else. Bravo.

It's hard to believe that this was published.

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-2018

With no evidence of policing skills and less evidence of strategic thinking, DI Lottie Parker takes us on a tedious journey of her incompetence. Where was the editor? Or a writer for that matter! Clunky imagery and superficially drawn characters. I didn't find it gripping: it was soporific. Why don't people in Audible listen to the books they promote as exciting.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

Brilliant. Eloquent writing rivetting read.

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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: 24-12-2017

I'd forgotten how beautifully Michael Robotham writes. Great exploration of the motivations behind evil set against the complex personal relationship of the main character. A very satisfying and suspenseful read. Thank you Mr Robotham for spending that time to write it.