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The Boy Who Fell

An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery
By: Jo Spain
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
5 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the number one best-selling author of the confession and cowriter of Rte One's Taken Down.

Kids can be so cruel. They'll call you names. Hurt your feelings. Push you to your death.   

In the garden of an abandoned house, Luke Connolly lies broken, dead. The night before, he and his friends partied inside. Nobody fought, everybody else went home safely. And yet, Luke was raped and pushed to his death. His alleged attacker is now in custody.   

DCI Tom Reynolds is receiving the biggest promotion of his career when a colleague asks him to look at the Connolly case, believing it's not as cut and dried as local investigators have made out. 

And as Tom begins to examine the world Connolly and his upper class friends inhabited, the privilege and protection afforded to them, he too realises something.  

In this place, people cover up for each other. Even when it comes to murder.

©2019 Joanne Spain (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

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Perfect pairing!

Loved this book as I did the rest of the series.
Jo Spain’s writing & Aiofe McMahon’s narrative compliment each other so beautifully. A brilliant partnership that I hope will continue to bring DCI Tom Reynolds and his team to life for many pages to come.

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Jo Spain +Aoife McMahon = sublime storytelling!

i am completely addicted to this series. Firstly, i love everything Jo Spain writes. Aside from the characters and great stories, she always has a strong social justice angle and the books always say something about the culture. And then there is Aoife who does something magic with these books. Her range is incredible, and i love the mix of Dublin and Kerry accents. Most amazing is the quite seductive Tom Reynolds. It's notoriously difficult for female readers to pull off credible male characters and vice versa. Often they're just passable -- but honestly, i am completely swept away by Tom :)

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Always great

Author Jo Spain and narrator Aoifie McMahon never disappoint and this is no different. Great characters and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing, I really enjoyed it.

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Fabulous

Love all the Tom Reynolds mysteries. The narrator is amazing, could listen to her all day!

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Predictable

The narrator was great but the story was seriously lacking. I guessed who did it after a handful of scenes that featured the murderer at the beginning of the book. I preserved though as I thought i must have been wrong as I though that it couldn’t possibly be that obvious. Unfortunately it was.

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  • Em&Me
  • 15-02-2020

Thrilling me softly.

This book is so well written, the story draws you in as the layers of the mystery are slowly peeled away. The main characters are drawn so that they are flawed but likeable and easy to empathise with them.

Aoife McMahon’s gentle narration is subtle and easy to listen to, this understatement emphasises the occasional brutality of the story.

I don’t always enjoy Jo Spain books but when her novels are good they are outstanding, this is definitely one of the outstanding ones.

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  • Smileynash
  • 30-01-2020

Well-crafted enjoyable listen

Enjoyed this book. The main characters and plot were well crafted and the narration excellent. I have a big criticism however. The story features some LGBT characters and the author seemed to be under the illusion that in terms of their sexuality, they had to be either gay or straight. The concept of someone possibly being bisexual or pansexual seemed lost on the writer and this was both irritating and distracting.

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  • nora46
  • 18-01-2020

Excellent and absorbing.

I wasnt keen on crime novels until I came across Jo Spain. Cant wait to start the next one.

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  • Mrs G P Spurgeon
  • 18-02-2020

The Boy Who Fell

I haven’t listened to one of Jo Spain’s book that I have been disappointed with but for me this one has was the icing on the cake. The conclusion came as a complete surprise.

I love Alice McMahon’s narration too. She captures my imagination and I am sure she would do the same for anybody.

If you want a “who did it” story but keep changing your mind throughout, this is the book for you. Worthy of five stars

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  • Mrs. C. Partridge
  • 25-03-2020

Best Yet

Absolutely loved it from beginning to end. Toms character is great and I consider the best book by Jo and certainly the best narrator.

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  • angela winston
  • 11-03-2020

brilliant

loved it!! nice twists and turns..love the Tom Rynolds character..looking f iui forward to next book!

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  • annie21
  • 28-02-2020

as usual a great story with a twist

really enjoyed all these books narrator excellent you feel you can see the characters brilliant

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  • Mrs
  • 23-02-2020

Excellent

Yet another superb book, keeps the listener totally captivated, The end is totally unexpected, fantastic listen.

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  • Rosie @ 36
  • 21-02-2020

Another excellent book

I enjoyed this book. Each of Jo Spain’s audio books have been different, well thought out and unpredictable, which is a big plus.
Each new storyline still manages to add small personal details on each character. I’ve read them one after another, but unfortunately this is the last on, so I shall have to get into other’s heads!
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  • dotty
  • 13-02-2020

Tedious

A struggle to listen to. Too many characters doing too many things that made the story complicated and long.