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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
4.7 out of 5 stars (107 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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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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Brilliant! The best in the series so far.

I have really grown to love the DCI Tom Reynolds series. While I didn't enjoy the previous book in the series (The Darkest Place) as much as the first three, The Boy Who Fell has more than restored my addiction. Intriguing, puzzling, and rich with believable characters - I can't wait to listen to the next book. Aoife Mcmahon's narration is superb.

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loved it

Tom and the ream at their very best . Jo has written a great book

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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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  • 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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  • Linda
  • 18-10-2020

Has become a favourite series

Having not enjoyed the previous book in the series quite as much was delighted to discover this one right up my street - in fact feel rather sad that this is currently the last in the series. In the weeks leading up to his promotion Tom Reynolds finds himself getting involved in a case at the request of a colleague. A good listen. It's taken me a while to really get to grips with the characters in this series but now I have I do hope that we'll be hearing some further instalments.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-2020

Another brilliant book

Yet another brilliant book following the Tom Reynolds series. Can't praise the narrator enough. Now looking for the next one!

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  • Lee
  • 15-09-2020

Skipped some of it.

I really like Jo Spain and I love Aoife as a narrator but this book was slow going. So much so I feel a sleep and didn’t rewind as normal. Young lad gets murdered and his chums are hiding dark secrets and resentments. A few wee twists but a predictable ending. Not bad exactly just average.

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  • Sima
  • 24-08-2020

amazing as always

Jo Spain is such a great story teller. I'm starting every book and just get blown away every time.great saga about the inspector,hopefully there will be more books

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  • Buyergalore
  • 11-07-2020

Hard hitting subjects deftly handles

In this latest book Jo turns to another topic often shunned by other authors. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to her books, and Ms McMahon is to be congratulated for her sensitive and consistent character renditions, all of whom are recognisable from book to book. I love crime thrillers and commend these books for their historical and current relevance. Highly recommended as different takes on murder detective reads. Thank you

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  • Dewdrop
  • 07-06-2020

Good story

Ok so I admit that I wasn't 100% immersed in this story 100% of the time because I was doing other things plus some parts of the story went over my head because I couldn't follow the first few words so I seemed to switch off. BUT, I did enjoy this story and was able to understand how it panned out easily. I recommend this book because it is a good story and extremely well narrated. Some parts, where multiple names were mentioned in only a few seconds, were the ones that lost me, by the time I thought I'd caught up I lost it again - even after replaying clips many times. Overall though a strong and rather sad story.