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The Darkest Place

An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery, Book 4
By: Jo Spain
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (116 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of With Our Blessing and Sleeping Beauties comes a gripping new mystery.

'Island of the Lost was the isle's name long before the hospital was built. In winter, they say the fog falls so heavy there that you can't see your hand in front of your face. Storms rage so forcefully you can be blown from the cliffs. Once St. Christina's was built, the name took on a new meaning. Very few who went into that place ever left.'

Christmas day, and DCI Tom Reynolds receives an alarming call. A mass grave has been discovered on Oileán na Caillte, the island which housed the controversial psychiatric institution St. Christina's. The hospital has been closed for decades, and onsite graves were tragically common. Reynolds thinks his adversarial boss is handing him a cold case to sideline him. 

But then it transpires another body has been discovered amongst the dead - one of the doctors who went missing from the hospital in mysterious circumstances 40 years ago. He appears to have been brutally murdered. As events take a sudden turn, nothing can prepare Reynolds and his team for what they are about to discover once they arrive on the island....

©2018 Joanne Spain (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

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the best to date. excellent plot and story.

the narrator has now really perfected her art and this was the best book so far as well.

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Jo Spain, you e done it again!

Another brilliant story - great plot, interesting characters, unpredictable twists and turns right till the end. As usual- love Aoife McMahon’s narration- she makes characters of all ages and genders so believable.

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I didn't pick the end!

Loved it. Enjoy the characters, great plot with a twist in the tale. Absolutely love the performance. I could listen to Aoife forever, she's one of the reasons, apart from the light 'who done it', that I listen to this series.

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Yet again a great listen

As usual I’m going to say I loved this book. Great team of detectives and read story line. I just love these characters

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Great story, kept me guessing until the end!

Another great murder mystery from Jo Spain, made all the better with awesome narration. Highly recommend, looking forward to book number 5.

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Keep 'em guessing another thrilling read.

Fabulous narration again this girl 8s such a talent. I left Ireland 3 decades ago, this listen makes me feel like I have had a quick trip "home". Highly recommend. 😁

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Another absorbing DI Tom Reynolds story

This is another wonderful Jo Spain story, with a plot that really holds the attention. It’s also very revealing of the practices that endured until quite recently in “insane asylums”. Fascinating, and the end is very dramatic! As with all of the books in this series, I really enjoyed spending time with the characters. They are well rounded and fully three dimensional; they have come to feel like people that I would like to know. The narration is brilliant, as with all of the books in the series read by Aoife McMahon - she voices the characters and their emotions perfectly. Can’t wait for book 5!

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another successful case for Inspector Reynolds .

an interesting plot which maintained interest to the end. The development of the regular characters adds to the books charm. The narrator appears challenge by the number of male characterisations. I didn't really enjoy her narration but I look forward to another Tom Reynolds book

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  • Sue
  • 16-10-2018

Excellent story

Was delighted with Tom’s fourth adventure. This was marvellous and gripping to the very end. And Aoife is the best narrator! Sooz

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  • Mom2fourgifts B
  • 21-11-2018

Great Narrator of a Great Story!!

Great Story with a twist at the end that I was not expecting! The narrator was Superb!

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  • Mrs. A. Hemsworth
  • 21-09-2018

Fantastic all round !

Two weeks ago I had never heard of Jo Spain, I then bought the first book in the Tom Reynolds series to listen to at the start of my holiday, I was so impressed by the the depth of the story, it’s many twists and turns and the characters that I quickly got through the other 3 novels culminating in The Darkest Place which came out yesterday and I have just finished. Jo Spain is a very talented story teller and with each novel her skill shines through in a way that only the top authors manage to do and her confidence grows as the series progresses. These books are full of complex plot lines which keep you guessing right the way through the novels and although quite dark in places Jo Spain deals with the issues with compassion and sensitivity. The characters relationships matures through all 4 books and there are plenty of lighter moments within the team of detectives. If you are looking for well written novels that are full of very realistic characters who soon become people you could really care about then the Tom Reynolds books are for you, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed by these books. I hope that Jo Spain will continue to bring us many more adventures with Tom Reynolds and his team, I really look forward to the day when I hear that she is about to publish her next novel, they really are brilliant in every way. Aoife McMahon does a fantastic job of narrating these books and her lovely accent only adds to atmosphere of the novels, between them both they have created a winning combination from start to finish, long may it continue !!!!

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  • PW
  • 18-01-2020

wonderful narrator.

Aoife McMahon is brilliant as the narrator. Seamless perfect switches of accent, perfect pacing and a lovely voice brings the characters alive.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-01-2020

The Darkest Place

This was a really good thriller. Lots of layers and twists. I enjoyed it very much. The narration was extremely good.

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  • John Tracey
  • 04-01-2020

Another Cracker from Author and Narrator!

Loving this series from Jo Spain, this was a great story with more twists and anticipation built in. The subplots of the characters themselves are also gathering pace and we're starting to get a real feel for Tom and his team. Aoife McMahon is probably the best narrator I've come across, her tone and pace are perfect and she is excellent with the various accents of each character. Really looking forward to the next book in this series

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  • Ann
  • 20-02-2019

GRIPPING!!

Yet another excellent plot and performed by the best narrator possible...you won't be disappointed with the author or narrator!

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  • Linda
  • 15-10-2020

Fine but not my favourite

It took me a couple of books to get into the Tom Reynolds series although I have greatly enjoyed other Jo Spain books. However by the last instalment I was hooked. Now this one. Nothing wrong with it, it's a good tale very well narrated - but I found the subject matter very distressing and consequently I think that's why my concentration wasn't quite as good as it could have been. Nothing really wrong with this if you are listening to the series but as I say not my favourite.

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  • eithne
  • 23-09-2020

Easy read

Enjoyed it but not as much as a page turner as other of Jo’s novels .

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  • MC
  • 16-09-2020

great twists.

another winner from Jo Spain. only the Boy who fell to go and then I'll have to hope I can find Aoife reading someone else's novels. Jo and Aoife make a fantastic audible story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-08-2020

Another Great Read

I am loving the Tom Reynolds series, just about to start the 5th. The narrator Aoife McMahon is brilliant as ever.

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  • Frances C.
  • 13-07-2020

Brilliant again!

Brilliant as usual!! Great atmospheric story. And the Narration was superb as usual too I just never want the books to end. Real characters in believable situations, can’t be beaten!