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And So It Begins

Narrated by: Olivia Vinall
Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

So this is how it ends. It is clear to me now: one of us has to die.  

Who will believe your story if the only witness is dead?

Cleo knows she should be happy for her brother Mark. He's managed to find someone new after the sudden death of his first wife - but something about Evie just doesn't feel right.... 

When Evie starts having accidents at home, her friends grow concerned. Could Mark be causing her injuries? Called out to their clifftop house one night, Sergeant Stephanie King finds two bodies entangled on blood-drenched sheets.   

Where does murder begin? When the knife is raised to strike, or before, at the first thought of violence? As the accused stands trial, the jury is forced to consider - is there ever a proper defence for murder?   

©2018 Black Dot Publishing Limited (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A properly addictive, leave-the-light-on thriller." (Red Magazine

 "Masterly and compelling. I couldn't put it down until its heart-stopping conclusion." (Robert Bryndza)

"Unbearably tense, with a killer twist." (Good Housekeeping)

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Slow, drawl, unconvincing

This story focuses on three protagonists across years of a timeline. The story is confusing, the twist is obvious, the plot is unreasonable. I kept listening to this because of the great reviews hoping for it to get better and by the time the twist happened and the majority of the plot was revealed it was just not worth waiting for.

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  • Ann D
  • 14-11-2018

Rather Dull!

I have really enjoyed several of Rachel Abbott’s books, but for me this one is rather dull. I can’t quite put my finger on why it is as lacking as I’m finding it. The writing was a bit poor (surprisingly) in the early chapters. I ploughed on though and that improved (almost as if the book was written at two separate points for the author), but the story never really took off. All of the material was there, but the characters were pretty one dimensional and I couldn’t care about any of them. I have reached chapter 51 and I am going to give-up on it I’m afraid. Disappointing.

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  • David M
  • 05-11-2018

Absolutely first class psychological, thriller

I really don't understand the indifferent reviews posted so far, to me this is an exceptionally good, gripping story. I just couldn't put it down. I was hooked right from the start. The unexpected twists and turns were amazing.

It did take a bit of concentration during the first hour to get some understanding of what the book was all about, then the listening became easier. It was by no means the end of the intrigue because despite thinking we have everything in place, the goalposts just kept moving. What exactly was the crime, who was the guilty one, who was the victim? Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys? We're kept in suspense all through.

There's a very good court-room drama about three-quarters through. This book though is about much more than a police investigation and a court-room drama. The police play a relatively small role in the book as a whole. I can't say more without giving away parts of the plot, but I can say that I will be seeking out more books by Rachel Abbott.

Olivia Vinall performed well too. As narrator she has an impressive range of voices, both make and female. She added value without adding any distractions,

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  • eljay001
  • 23-11-2018

Really far fetched.

Really far fetched. Characters not very believable. Shame because I generally like Rachel Abbots books.

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  • Emma mason-Darcy
  • 14-11-2018

stick with it

i love rachel abbott books and this one did not disappoint. honesty it was slow to start with but it gets going and once it does it grips you. dont give up.

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  • Cathryn B.
  • 04-11-2018

Really dissapointed

Normally love Rachel Abbott but couldn't get past chapter 13. Totally bored. Its going back.

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  • Janice
  • 11-01-2019

Unbelivable

I didn’t enjoy this book at all which was disappointing as I have loved this authors previous works. I found the story line totally implausible, the characters erratic and unpleasant and had no empathy with anyone at all. In the early stages I found it rather tedious, then it began to improve in pace so I stuck with it but once it became apparent where it was going I was annoyed with myself for wasting valuable listening time.

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  • Nicola Grounds
  • 08-01-2019

Didn't enjoy this. The 5th Rachel Abbott book

This is the 5th Rachel Abbott book i have read and it just didn't compare for me. The style of writing was different. I didn't find it at all gripping or exciting. It was a bit more like a documentary than a thriller! I wouldn't recommend.

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  • A. F. Blower
  • 20-12-2018

Slow start but keep with it !!

I was ready to give up listening to this book at around chapter 15 but went back to previous reviews and many said to stick with it
So pleased I did , couldn’t stop listening
Excellent book and well read

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  • Charlotte
  • 18-03-2019

Brilliant.

My goodness what a roller coaster...... to the very last second of listening. Perfect narration too. Thank you Rachel!!!!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-2019

Enthralling couldn't put it down The narrator was brilliant l hung on every word more please

Brilliantly narrated. I hung on every word. Couldn't stop listening to this intriguing story well done