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Nobody was supposed to get out alive.

On a Dublin city street, packed with afternoon Christmas shoppers, a young woman appears, naked, traumatised and bearing burn marks. 

Tom Reynolds, now chief superintendent, is no longer head of the murder squad. But when it transpires the woman escaped from a house fire started deliberately and that there are more victims, including a baby, Tom is sucked in. What begins as a straightforward case of arson, soon becomes something much more sinister. 

The people in that house never wanted to be there in the first place. Now more of them are missing. Tom is faced with a ticking clock as he tries to locate the others and as he does, a terrifying spider's web of domestic and international crime unfolds. 

And not everybody will survive the fall-out.

©2020 Joanne Spain (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

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Eagerly anticipated but not the best in series

i am a devotee of Jo Spain + Aoife McMahon and couldn't wait for the next book in this series. it's certainly enjoyable -- especially for those who have followed the earlier exploits of this team of detectives -- but doesn't reach the heights of those earlier investigations that focused on aspects of Irish history like the Magdalen laundries. Also -- what made those earlier books so sublime was Aoife's range of Irish accents. This time round she's not so on top of the Geordie and Italian voices -- and the story feels a bit more generic.
There's a changing of the guard and the characters haven't quite settled into their new roles. Ray Lennon had some good dialogue but Tom's wife is getting a bit sanctimonious!

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excellent

another memorable story in the series. cant wait for next one. They are all great individually but even more enjoyable reading one after the other.

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Story went nowhere fast, uninteresting subject. Disappointed after listening to others in this series that were good.

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An engaging and enjoyable read

Perhaps not quite as strong as the previous books in this series, <i>After the Fire</i> was still an engaging and enjoyable read. I highly recommend the narrator - Aoife McMahon. As always, I enjoyed Jo Spain's easy writing style and ongoing character development. A solid plot with some intriguing turns throughout and a suitably 'ah-ha' ending.

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A brilliant series

Jo Spain just gets better and better. Excellent plots , complex relatable characters and skillful dialogue.

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Did not disappoint

I enjoyed all the books in this series. Other reviews put me off this one but it was just as good. Different plot but that's a great thing.
I'm glad I took the risk. The mystery keeps going until the end. A couple of twists & a darn good story. The narrator is awesome as per usual.

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I loved this series so far but this instalment misses the mark. Struggled to stay interested in the story and the characters. Looking forward to more but better.

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Just love this series!!

Jo Spain knows how to spin a good crime story. I can't believe I have to wait another year for the next installment.

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Kept me guessing.

A brilliantly written story.
Loved the Characters. Didn’t want it to end.
Well done again.

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Oh god no more

I still have 3hours to go but I just can’t last the distance this story is very much like any other trafficking story. The detectives are dull and stupid having no idea how to speak to the woman who have been trafficked. I just couldn’t listen any more. Love Aoife McMahon she is lovely it’s just the writing that is flawed.

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  • papapownall
  • 01-07-2020

Fanciful story of a murky underworld

I have listened to a couple of Jo Spain's previous books and really enjoyed them. This is the first of the Tom Reynolds stories I have listened to and I was a little concerned that I would be missing out having not read the first five. I need not have worried as although Reynolds is the police Superintendent who leads the case, he is by no means the centre of the story.

This book immediately grabs the readers /listeners attention as we hear of a dazed and confused naked and burned woman on a city street. Naturally, the mystery revolves around who she is and what she was doing and we are soon taken into a murky underground world. The plot unfolds nicely and we meet several unsavoury characters and hear some shocking stories along the way.

The strength of this book is the way that the story mushrooms from a simple arson case and takes us to a sinister world that is unthinkable to many. The author lets her imagination run riot with the story line, some of which was, for me anyway, a little hard to follow at times, but reaches a satisfying conclusion, as all goods books should.

I loved the narration of Aoife McMahon too. I had previously heard her narrate previous Jo Spain books and also the excellent Normal People by Sally Rooney. I would look out for other books read by Aoife McMahon as she is excellent.


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  • Irene wilkie
  • 11-07-2020

Another cracker

This is another great book highly recommend it , love the story line and the characters

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  • mary Tunley
  • 10-11-2020

Brilliant

Jo Spain is utterly brilliant. I have spent the last week listening to all this series of books and am now bereft that I have come to the end.

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  • Michelle Corkhill
  • 08-08-2020

keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Another excellent book in the Detective Tom Reynolds series. only criticism is..... dodgy geordie accent!!!

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  • Mrs. Avril C. Pucci
  • 08-07-2020

Another good Jo Spain book.

Jo Spain always writes a satisfying story with interesting & believable characters. This is no exception.

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  • Mandy Dockery
  • 29-01-2021

Not for me.

Narrator could not master different accents, and in my opinion the book wasn't worth putting up with it. Managed 6 chapters only.

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  • eithne
  • 26-10-2020

Boring

I’ve listened to a few of Jo’s novels and really enjoyed them but unfortunately this was very disappointing. Story line very flat and out come predictable from the very early chapters. Dreadful attempts at different accents, especially the ‘Geordi’ one

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  • Wendy Holton
  • 03-07-2020

Another cracking installment!

Absolutely love Jo Spain's work. Like all the others, this story was gripping, well paced and intriguing. Not so complex that you were just left baffled. Takes you along with it. Likeable characters and superb narration, although the Newcastle accent did make me laugh a little. Just loved it. Hope you are already working on the next one Jo, can't bare to wait too long!

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  • J A Biddle
  • 03-06-2021

Narration disappointing

The narrative was okay although not really difficult to work out. But the narration was awful the different voices the narrator used was very off putting and the Geordie accent in one part of the book was awful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-2021

Enjoyable listen

Loved it, definitely one of my newest favourite authors. Great performance, I felt like I was in the room of the characters.

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