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Call Me Evie

Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
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Don't trust him. It wasn't me. It couldn't have been me.

Meet Evie, a young woman held captive by a man named Jim in the isolated New Zealand beach town of Maketu. Jim says he's hiding Evie to protect her, that she did something terrible back home in Melbourne. 

In a house that creaks against the wind, Evie begins to piece together her fractured memories of the events that led her here.

Jim says he's keeping her safe. Evie's not sure she can trust Jim, but can she trust her own memories?

An incredible literary thriller for fans of best sellers such as Gone Girl, Before I Go to Sleep and Girl on the Train from an exciting new Australian voice.

©2018 J.P. Pomare (P)2018 Hachette Australia Audio
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Amazing thriller!

I loved this story, there are so many twists I didn’t see coming and the ending is very satisfying. A must listen.

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Absolutely gripping

This starts off with so much mystery and suspense early on. I was a little bit confused and the it did go quite slow at times but I liked the way it built up and the tension kept growing. Then the conclusion was very entertaining and creepy. A great listen.

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Loved it!

Such a great story with an ending I didn't see coming. Definitely worth a listen!

Note: Chapter 35 felt like something went wrong with the recording? Perhaps it was just me....

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Slow burn thriller

This is a fantastic novel that slowly and masterfully builds tension to the very satisfying climax. Got through it in two very long drives and wanted more.

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OK

The premise of the book seemed promising but as it went on I found it tedious and couldn't wait for it to be finished. The twists didn't really surprise me. Might appeal to a younger audience (I'm in my 40's) but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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Disappointing

This book is very popular and has heaps of 4 and 5 star ratings. So… Maybe I was expecting more… I don’t know… Anyway, I wasn’t a fan.

The story is told [mostly] from 17 year old Kate’s first person point of view, and split into ‘before’ and ‘after’ sections. The ‘before’ section shows Kate struggling with some normal, and not so normal, teenage drama. Her father, a beloved Australian ex-rugby player, behaves a little too controlling and strict for comfort. Her best friend is a manipulative bitch with an inappropriate creep of a father. And she’s in love with Tom, who displays unacceptable levels of jealousy.

The ‘after’ sections show Kate supposedly being held captive by a man in a farmhouse in remote New Zealand. The man, Jim, tells Kate he is protecting her from the Australian police and media and that she needs to go by the name Evie so that no one recognises her from the news/social media. The reader only gets hints to what has occurred to get Evie/Kate and Jim into this situation and the story unfolds gradually through the ‘before’ narration.

The reader is not supposed to know who Jim is but I think it’s glaringly obvious from the start. The reader is also supposed to feel scared for Kate/Evie’s plight but I felt quite apathetic towards the character for 99% of the time.

I did have a few issues with the plausibility of many scenes from both the ‘before’ and ‘after’ sections. I know some scenes and occurrences were supposed to plant seeds of doubt for the reader about the reliability of the narrator but, for me, I just kept thinking, ‘who acts like this?’; especially the scenes featuring the New Zealand locals. I got to practise my eye rolls anyway.

A lot of the book is ambiguous. I mean, it all made sense after reading to the end, I’m not that stupid, but there is an almost otherworldly feel to many of the scenes, in particular the ‘after’ scenes. I’m not sure if it was deliberate on the part of the author — were we supposed to be thinking everything Kate was experiencing was through a mental fog? — but either way, it annoyed me. And, truly, bored me.

A lot of reviews say they were hooked, that the book is compulsive reading or addictive or some such. Meanwhile, I was bored. I was actually surprised at how bored I was. I kept waiting for something to happen to draw me in or make me appreciate what other readers loved about the book but it never happened. I remained bored.

I only went through to the end to find out how good the twist at the end was. It was okay, I suppose. Although it’s a familiar twist that seems to recur in this genre which, again, elicits more eye rolling.

I did listen to the audio version. Maybe the narration gave the scenes something less (or more, depending on which way you look at it) than if I’d read it the traditional way. I don’t know…

Anyway, I wasn’t a fan. 2 out of 5

PS I’m confused as to why Goodreads names Jim ‘Bill’ in their blurb.Does this mean there’s been changes to the books somewhere along the way? Never a good sign.

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not quite there

the characters were weak. the late twists in the story line didn't do enough to pick it up.

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Not my thing

Unfortunately I didn’t find it entertaining or interesting. The monologue was plain and boring in my opinion

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Gripping thriller

Great thriller with surprising twists and turns, love the narrators accent. I really enjoyed this audiobook.

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