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  • And Then the Darkness

  • By: Sue Williams
  • Narrated by: Kate Hood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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And Then the Darkness

By: Sue Williams
Narrated by: Kate Hood
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Kate Hood delivers a rousing performance of And Then the Darkness a nonfiction book by Sue Williams. Peter Falconio and Joanne Lees, an English couple, set off for an adventure in the Australian Outback. Joanne was later found wandering by a highway with her hands bound and tape in her hair. She told police that a stranger had shot Peter and tied her up, but she had managed to escape. A massive manhunt ensued, but soon the media began to question both the authorities and Joanne. Was she telling the truth? Who was the stranger? Would justice ever be served?

Publisher's Summary

And Then the Darkness is a gripping account of the disappearance in the Australian Outback of English tourist Peter Falconio. His girlfriend, Joanne Lees, was found cut, bleeding and wandering the highway, her hands bound. Joanne's account of her ordeal sparked a frenzy of media interest and the biggest manhunt ever mounted in Australia. Questions arose about the police operation and about Joanne herself.

Award-winning journalist and columnist Sue Williams delves into the saga as it unfolds, finding a policeman willing to risk everything to crack the case, a journalist hell-bent on proving Joanne a liar, endless conspiracy theories, countless devastated lives in both Britain and Australia, and, ultimately, an explosive finale.

©2005 Sue Williams (P)2006 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

" skillfully woven recreation of events reads so much like a seriously creepy novel, it well may have you swearing off outback holidays forever. All the detail and facts, however, have been accrued from some serious journalistic digging, and it's the density of detail, along with its ominous atmosphere, that is the true gold." (Australian Women's Weekly)
"Like good crime fiction, And Then the Darkness presents us with clearly drawn characters and a satisfying denouement." (The Age)

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Fascinating Story

Good story and well researched. I wasn't convinced by the narrator. Too many attempts at different accents but overall not a bad book. Worth a try if anyone like Australian True Crime.

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great read

Great read based on interviews and facts. It shows up the Australian media as being a bunch of attention grabbing idiots willing to print a story at any cost. Joanna Lees is one brave woman.

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Great book with an excellent narrator!

I really enjoyed the book and appreciate all the research! The narration was excellent! Thanks!

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Loved it

The story was great and very detailed.
The narration was perfect which made the story very captivating.

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okay

not too bad. i was on a walking tour through that area at the time. we all had to stay overnight in a remote motel.

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Read well but not very factual

This story is obviously written by someone who has never been in central Australia and has no idea of the actual goings on in Australia, so heavily biased to show Joanne as some kind of angel….. Definitely won’t be recommended by me to anyone.

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