Regular price: $34.34

OR
In Basket

Publisher's Summary

Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters - but none like the one she's just received: 'Dear Amy, I don't know where I am. I've been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I'm afraid he'll kill me. Please help me soon, Bethan Avery.'

Bethan Avery has been missing for nearly two decades. This is surely some cruel hoax. But as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public. How is this happening? Answering this question will cost Margot everything....

©2016 Helen Callaghan (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    116
  • 4 Stars
    40
  • 3 Stars
    24
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    125
  • 4 Stars
    33
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    106
  • 4 Stars
    34
  • 3 Stars
    21
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Totally engrossing.

This is a very well written book. The multiple layers add depth and kept me hooked to the end. I enjoyed it even more than "Everything is Lies". Can't wait for more by this author.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wow what a great book

I bought this as I’d already heard the other book by this author. This book was so much better and I loved the first book.
I didn’t want this book to end. Great story, really likeable characters and brilliant narration.
10/10

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Intriguing book

I really enjoyed this book. Great narration. Fascinating twist. Plausible story. Glad I listened. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Gripping... confronting and disturbing.

Superbly performed and beautifully written psycho thriller. It was both disturbing and addictive. I could see and feel everything in the book.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

gripping read

keep me intwinined for a week. I enjoyed it & greatly wanted to see the conclusion. a couple of leaps of implausiblity

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

nice to have a story with suprises. <br />loved it. <br />

Very well written. Good characters. Great performance. A cut above . Including the second perspective, fantastic.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Dear reader

Loved everything about this book. Great story line, found it very hard to pause and stop listening (I listened throughout my sons soccer game - very addictive book)
The narrators were great!

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Easy read

I really enjoyed this book it was interesting and the twist actually surprised me. What I didn’t enjoy was the graphic descriptions of abuse from the rapists perspective. I actually fast forwarded through that whole section it was just too much and unnecessary.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

slow moving

the plot is really slow moving. i usually go back after sleep timers but did not do it for this story as the internal descriptions of the main character was simply padded out to excise. it was quite apparent what the twist was at the early sections of the book. in terms of narrator, it wasnt easy to distinguish between the characters. overall, a psychological thriller that takes too long to build the characters and I was losing patience 2/3 into the book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

great story line

great story and great characters.. will get another one of her books to read next.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ainslie
  • 17-06-2018

Adding this author to my list of up and comers!

Great story, though the narrator has a really jarring way of pronouncing 'says'. Other than that, really satisfying read.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Miko
  • 22-06-2016

Recommend it

I'm not generally into the crime/thrillers/mystery genre, but a friend recommended this book so I decided to check it out. When I did, the summary sounded interesting and the audible sample drew me in immediately, so I bought it. I'm very glad I did!

The story was compelling and the writing was brilliant - had a fresh quality to it and was so evocative; the author is obviously very observant. One of the reasons I tend not to read in this genre is that I feel there are pitfalls that tend to come up again and again that wreck the plausibility of a lot of stories - things like the characters doing stupid things in order to advance the plot - I was very happy when listening to this to find whenever I worried this would happen, it didn't!

On the narration front, I was also super impressed. All three of the narrators were superb and I will be looking to see what else they've done. I listen to a lot of books and am really picky about narrators so I'm amazed to have found one book with three that I found faultless (this is pretty much unheard of in my world ;)

All in all, definitely recommend this book if you're into this genre at all and also if you're not but are willing to give it a go.

79 of 80 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anne C.
  • 31-10-2016

Brilliant in every way !

Where does Dear Amy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Amongst the top 10

What other book might you compare Dear Amy to, and why?

Quite a few others. Books need to keep me guessing and not be predictable.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Absolutely splendid from Helen Baxendale. Faultless delivery. She picked up every nuance of the storyline and didn't miss a beat. Rare in an audio book reader unless the reader is the actual writer.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Indeed. I was so sad for Amy.

Any additional comments?

I defiinately look for this author again and for books read by Helen Baxendale.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • L. russell
  • 10-07-2016

A good idea but explored to the point of tedium

I am afraid i have to agree with the reviewer on here that struggled with this book.
It started well and the premise is good but it began to get so far fetched and confusing towards the end of the first narrators chapters that i started to switch off.
I sadly havent finished it and to be honest returned it.
I found Helen Baxendale an excellent narrator, she is easy to listen to which is more than I can say for the books content. The author would have been better off simplifying some of the paths she went down.
Not for me and I was looking forward to listening- quite dissapointed as on the surface was my cup of tea.

21 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Judith
  • 15-03-2017

Predictable

Thus book has some great reviews. However I found the first half interesting, but then when it became obvious what had happened it was somewhat pedestrian. The narration was good which helped somewhat. It was an average listen. Bit worth the hype

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • David M
  • 25-02-2017

A proper psycological suspense thriller...

One that Hitchcock could have been proud of. Perhaps the plot might not be completely plausible, but is that what we look for in a good story?
It has all the ingredients; we see a character in more danger that she realises it. Will she escape in time? Just as we think we've figured out what is happening, half-way through the story everything is turned on it's head and we realise that we didn't know at all.
We hear the story narrated from the perspective of three different characters as gradually the various strands of the plot weave themselves together.
Set in Cambridge, the book starts with a narration (third person present tense) by Katie Brown who is abducted. Then the narration is taken up (first person past tense) by School Teacher and agony aunt Margot Lewis who believes she is on the trail of Bethan Avery who was similarly abducted back in 1998. During the quest Margot Lewis is befriended and helped by Martin Forrester from the university. One can imagine these parts being played by Grace Kelly and Cary Grant as we sit on the edge of our seats wondering equally if the person in danger will be saved and whether the couple will get together at the end of the story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Nancy Smith
  • 01-12-2016

really good book

listened to this book within a week couldnt stop listening. Very discriptive and well read

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Debbie
  • 29-08-2016

Well told tale

Kept me entertained to the end. I did see the twist a long way off but that didn't spoil it. A couple of bits went unexplained (how did she get there? Who was the guy she... Well, I won't spoil it!) but overall, a good story. The narration was excellent by all 3 performers. Would definitely recommend to those who enjoy a crime/detective story which isn't too deep & doesn't confuse!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-2016

Good but could have benefitted from slight pruning

I enjoyed this book. The subject matter was interesting. However at times felt it was trying a little too hard. Too much heavy description stopped it from being as suspense filled as it should have been, but this didn't stop my overall enjoyment.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amy Lamont
  • 13-10-2016

Loved the first half...

I loved the first half of this audio book & was gripped, but found it just went a bit off track & long winded for a while, as if the author was just writing for the sake of filling pages. Still worth a read I guess.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Debs
  • 11-02-2017

Loved it!

What made the experience of listening to Dear Amy the most enjoyable?

The horror of what happens made me want to know how it may feel to be in such a terrifying situation as a child! A parents/childs worst nightmare!

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

All 3 were so good. Well done!

Any additional comments?

Again, so glad I ignored any negative reviews as thoroughly enjoyed this book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful