Greenlight

Audible's Thriller of 2018
4.5 out of 5 stars (280 ratings)

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A nail-biting thriller that turns popular true-crime such as Serial and Making a Murderer on its head, Greenlight shocks with twists and turns you’ll never see coming. Four years ago Eliza Dacey was brutally murdered. Within hours, her killer was caught. Wasn’t he? So reads the opening titles of Jack Quick’s new true-crime documentary. A skilled producer, Jack knows that the bigger the conspiracy, the higher the ratings. Curtis Wade, convicted of Eliza’s murder on circumstantial evidence and victim of a biased police force, is the perfect subject. Millions of viewers agree. Just before the finale, Jack uncovers a minor detail that may prove Curtis guilty after all. Convinced it will ruin his show, Jack disposes of the evidence and delivers the finale unedited: proposing that Curtis is innocent. But when Curtis is released, and a new victim is found bearing horrifying similarities to the original murder, Jack realises that he may have helped a guilty man out of jail. And as the only one who knows the real evidence of the case, he is the only one who can send him back.

Publisher's Summary

A nail-biting thriller that turns popular true-crime such as Serial and Making a Murderer on its head, Greenlight shocks with twists and turns you’ll never see coming. 

Four years ago Eliza Dacey was brutally murdered. Within hours, her killer was caught. Wasn’t he? 

So reads the opening titles of Jack Quick’s new true-crime documentary. A skilled producer, Jack knows that the bigger the conspiracy, the higher the ratings. Curtis Wade, convicted of Eliza’s murder on circumstantial evidence and victim of a biased police force, is the perfect subject. Millions of viewers agree. 

Just before the finale, Jack uncovers a minor detail that may prove Curtis guilty after all. Convinced it will ruin his show, Jack disposes of the evidence and delivers the finale unedited: proposing that Curtis is innocent. But when Curtis is released, and a new victim is found bearing horrifying similarities to the original murder, Jack realises that he may have helped a guilty man out of jail. And as the only one who knows the real evidence of the case, he is the only one who can send him back....

©2018 Benjamin Stevenson (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Listen to audio snippets

Jack steals crucial evidence from the crime scene
The case was open and shut, until Jack came along
Jack's whole career depended on this
Cross-examination of Officer Ian McCarthy
Voicemail left by the victim

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Critic Reviews

"An outstanding debut from an exceptional new talent, this is an absorbing thriller told with heart and wit. Morality and ambition clash on a journey full of twists as Greenlight takes readers from the cut-throat media landscape to a sleepy town full of secrets. Confident, compelling and with a surprise around every corner, I loved it." (Jane Harper)

"Such an assured, intricately plotted novel full of mind-bending twists and turns." (Candice Fox)

"A gripping, densely knotted debut that kept me guessing until the very last page." (Mark Brandi, author of Wimmera)

"Greenlight has a killer premise, genuinely surprising twists and turns and an original, deeply memorable protagonist. A thriller on the dark side, but with moments of great tenderness. Benjamin Stevenson is a writer with something to say." (Dervla McTiernan, author of The Ruin)  

"A hugely-original premise, a guilt-ridden protagonist, a plot that won’t lie down. A great debut." (Chris Hammer, author of Scrublands

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Excellent Aussie Thriller

I'm typically not a huge fan of the thriller genre, they can be a little formulaic and you can guess who the killer is 2/3rd of the way in. Not with this book! A rollicking finish and excellent twist, I was blindsided and loved it. The protagonist is nuanced and well developed. It's also good fun listening to a story based around Sydney and thr Hunter. Have a listen, you won't regret it.

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A polished debut delivered brilliantly

GREENLIGHT works extremely well as an audio title as the conspiratorial way it has been written lends itself beautifully to that platform of intimacy. In our ears it’s all quietly confessed secrets and the discovery of lies as we move around with producer Jack Quick in the shadows of a country town. This is not necessarily a sleepy town. This is wine country.

The success of Jack Quick’s initial podcast investigation into the death of Eliza Dacey surprised no one more than Jack himself. Curtis Wade was never the most popular person in the community, being newly cashed up (just tacky) and difficult to deal with, but the speed of his arrest and conviction for the murder of a young vineyard worker screamed ‘fit up’. The degree to which Jack is willing to suggest a conspiracy to his listeners may involve some… finesse. Ratings are everything. How far Jack is willing to go involves some deep diving into a soul that was already troubled before the investigation into the death of Eliza.

Curtis Wade made a convincing villain for one murder and upon his release, is once again regarded as a suspect when there is a second killing. Jack’s reporting on Eliza’s murder, stylistically slanted and edited of course for maximum dramatic effect, had suggested the existence of simmering town prejudices and that the most of inept of country cops had been tasked with investigating Eliza’s murder. Jack now has cause to question his own ethics, and whether his presence had been a catalyst for more violence. Wrongs must now be addressed.

If you’ve ever stayed in an Australian wine region, you might feel that you recognize the (fictional) setting and some of the townsfolk who feature in GREENLIGHT. Wine towns ride on the back of tourism, but the locals aren’t always friendly to anyone who rides in to dabble in the business of winemaking, or to involve themselves in transactions of buying and selling wine. In Jack Quick we have someone trying to do right whilst acknowledging the wrongs that had been tactically employed along the way. He’s a curious character, and not the alpha male we normally see leading the charge in crime fiction. We’ve had enough of those. People who are able to mess up, be beaten up, and then get up again when required are way more interesting to read of.

GREENLIGHT combines the appeal of the two fastest growing forms of digital entertainment that we have right now - podcasts and audio books. Today’s time poor readers have leaped on to both of these mediums with increasing gusto in the last two years or so and it’s all to the good. GREENLIGHT is an absorbing work of fiction that gives us the required time with each character, somehow managing to gallop us past what we should have been paying our most keen attention to. Multiple voice actors are used here in the podcast excerpts that are inserted judiciously into Jack’s narrative. The lead voice actor here is brilliant at differentiating the characters he plays in Jack’s scenes, so there’s never any confusion as to whose voice it is that we are hearing.

The mental health issues raised in this novel are not often addressed in fiction in relation to the males of our species. This is quite enlightening to read of, as negotiating your everyday working life around a full blown eating disorder is just another difficulty to your day. Jack’s character and life outside of his career are fully fleshed, and the read is all the better for it.

GREENLIGHT is a polished debut work of crime fiction that offers up the trifecta of entertainment; it is engaging, topical, and satisfying. The excellent voice work in this Audible production adds much to the experience of being immersed in the struggles of Jack as he questions his own motivations and the cost of success in our entertainment obsessed world.

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I loved it

I don't usually listen to the crime/thriller genre. I decided to give it a go because I've heard Rupert Degas narrate before, and he is excellent, perfect for the job. It goes without saying that narration was impeccable. The story itself had me hooked from start to finish; I loved it! I'll definitely be looking out for more books from the author, what a treat!

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Great crime thriller.

Beautifully written and keeps you guessing till the end. Set in country Australia which a refreshing change. Deserved award winning novel.

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Recommended

Really enjoyed this one, I became quite attached to Jack, found him to be a very loveable character and got to chuckle a few times at his quick comebacks. There was a lot going on which kept me interested the whole way through. Didn't see the twist at the end coming and also enjoyed the narration.

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Amazing production!

Thrilling story and great narration but the stand out for me here is the flawless production of this book.
Thank you

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very happy with the story and the accents cheeres

good book very glad i have it thanks :)
lardy da da da da da do do do

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I Didn’t Guess The Ending

I had trouble making myself stop listening. A couple of times I thought I knew what was going on but would then dismiss the thought. Haven’t enjoyed being deceived this much since I listened to Girl On A Train. Well done.

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awesome

i loved this book. well written, great characters and best of all set in Australia!

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have exchanged. not sure how it made thriller oty

really struggling to understand how this made thriller of the year. Can only assume that it's because it's an audible original. poorly written, from the outset it was like walking into the middle of a half told story. there was no set up if the characters, ppl would appear as if you were supposed to know who they were or how they fit into the story. where there was not enough info setting up the characters there was too much gaff with irrelevant and detailed descriptions of other things. timeline jumps around but again is not clear. all in all at chapter 6 I have had to return.

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