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Publisher's Summary

From the creator of the award-winning ITV series Prime Suspect, this is Jane Tennison's story, from rookie police officer to fully fledged detective.

Every legend has a beginning....

During 1974 and 1975, the IRA subjected London to a terrifying bombing campaign. In one day alone, they planted seven bombs at locations across central London. Some were defused - some were not.

Jane Tennison is now a fully fledged detective. On the way to court one morning, Jane passes through Covent Garden Underground station and is caught up in a bomb blast that leaves several people dead and many horribly injured. Jane is a key witness but is adamant that she can't identify the bomber. When a photograph appears in the newspapers showing Jane assisting the injured at the scene, it puts her and her family at risk from IRA retaliation.

Good Friday is the eagerly awaited date of the annual formal CID dinner, due to take place at St Ermin's Hotel. Hundreds of detectives and their wives will be there. It's the perfect target. As Jane arrives for the evening, she realises that she recognises the parking attendant as the bomber from Covent Garden. Can she convince her senior officers in time, or will another bomb destroy London's entire detective force?

©2017 La Plante Global Limited (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Mostly good. Not as good as previous book in this

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Mostly. Sometimes lost interest

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Storyline ok. Not as gripping as the last book but better than some.

Did Jessica Ball do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

She did but some of the characters abit frustrating.

Do you think Good Friday needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Unsure.

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Do not like the promoting of cigarette smoking.

While this is the usual good book written by Lynda La Plante, having her lead character go from bein a non smoker to taking up smoking cigarettes is disappointing and deplorable. Australia has done so much to reduce cigarette smoking. The author dedicates the book to her Australian and and New Zealand readers, yet disregards our efforts to reduce smoking to prevent the terrible health results from it. A brand is even named, which reeks of product placement. I do not buy books to have cigarettes advertised to me!

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Not the Usual Suspect

Unusually for a book/film relationship, "Good Friday", falls well short of both the Prime Suspect and Prime Suspect 1973 screen treatments of La Plante's stories.

I found the writing prosaic, the plot predictable and the characters stereotypical. Jessica Ball's narration, which settled into a rhythm that lacked variation did little to help resuscitate this book.

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  • Paul
  • 17-01-2018

Predictable

No suspense in this at all. It’s easy to predict the ending after a few chapters. Not really a mystery at all.

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  • Thomas
  • 14-09-2017

A must read thriller ‼️😻👍

Was like riding a roller coaster in the dark ‼️ A one Setting read 🐬THOMAS, Sarasota Florida🌴🌞🌈

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  • Mary Anne Milley
  • 13-09-2017

Another exceptional Lynda La Plants book

I am a huge Lynda La Plante fan, and once again she does not disappoint. I initially hesitated to read this book because the IRA bombings are long in the past and I was worried the story would not be relevant. Because of her focus on character development and real human emotions, I feel this story is timeless and as relevant today as at was in 1974.

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  • Kerrie
  • 14-12-2017

Oh No!

Where is Julie Teal... her perfect narration of Hidden Killers was part of the reason for my purchasing Good Friday, and instead of her strong, resonant and entirely believable performance I'm listening to an annoying, slightly too high pitched narrator who gabbles across words, has no gravitas and like Jilly Bond has a feintly condescending 'jolly hockey sticks' intonation. A narrator suited to chick lit.

I'll give Good Friday to chapter 3 in deference to La Plante's great writing and the Tennison character before deciding whether to return it but definitely won't purchase anymore if Ms. Jessica Ball is narrating...spoiled it :-(

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-04-2018

Disappointing ... narrator spoiled the story

Loved the first two Tennison books but the narrator for this one is dreadful - the book was hard to listen to and the characters reduced to shallow uninteresting people I couldn’t bear listening to. I gave up before finishing the story the narration was so annoying.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Julesfit
  • 25-04-2018

Brilliant book

Really great book . I loved it . Wasn't so keen on the narrator though.

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  • Mrs. Jennifer Petrie
  • 02-10-2017

This book kept me awake all night !

Excellent story line, great characters, easy to listen to. Will definitely repeat again soon.

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  • Ulla
  • 06-04-2018

Cliche upon cliche.

What would have made Good Friday better?

Fewer unnecessary descriptions.They just dragged on and on and on.

What could Lynda La Plante have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Fewer cliches. More dynamic. For once I am surprised that I prefer the tv series to the book. It is usually the other way for me. I shan't hear/read any more books by Lynda La Plante.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jessica Ball’s performances?

Rather not.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom.

Any additional comments?

Far too many cliches. Tennison's parents for one thing, also in her relations with men.Too many descriptions about food, clothes. I'm surprised that Jessica Ball did not know how to pronounce HARWICH.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark Savill
  • 30-09-2017

Not impressed

Lynda la plante has lost something with this book it was predicable and no grit a bit like story time with mother

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • sarahsways
  • 06-02-2018

Another great addition to the series

Tennison really sets herself apart again as an intelligent, talented detective surrounded by mostly male colleagues who don't always rate her opinion. The twists and turns with a central IRA plot take you by surprise, and just when you think you know what's coming, something unexpected occurs. A very enjoyable listen, yet again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-2017

Good Friday

Silly, cliche and hackneyed. A most unbelievable story. Jane Tennison should never have made it out of uniform never mind into a specialized unit.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • J R Cordery
  • 01-02-2018

Great addition to the series

Loved everything about this book. Great narration and gripping story. Can’t wait for number 4

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lucy locket
  • 27-01-2018

another brilliant audiobook

I adore these books ... the way the story is read brings it to life. Brilliantly written. I cannot wait for the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful