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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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Dark Is Right....

Difficult subject matter, but I persevered as once I started I couldn't stop. Incredible twist I did not see coming. Such a fabulous series, can't wait to start the next one.

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wow

another triumph from jo spain. I love these books. the end of this one was more of a surprise than usual. totally astounded by ending. excellent story wonderfully read, as usual.

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Brilliant Series

I give 5 stars to this series by Jo Spain. The story line has wonderfully real characters and twisting, turning plots. The narrator is brilliant. Thank you.

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love this author

I binged listened to this. Thought I knew the culprit... I did not! Can not wait for more from Jo

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Well constructed and suspenseful!

This story kept me enthralled until the end.. great character development, lots of twists and uncertainty about who was the guilty one/s!!

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Another great Inspector Tom Reynolds mystery

This is another great addition to the Tom Reynolds series by Jo Spain. Jo Spain writes a great police procedural, compelling and twisty and turny enough to keep me turning the pages. The combination of a great yarn and decent long-term character development is wonderful and Aoife McMahon's narration kept my headphones on long after I should have moved on to something else!

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Best one yet

Absolutely loved it. Couldnt stop listening. So many twists and turns. Brilliant narration once again.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mair
  • 20-04-2021

Good but not her best

The team are back on the job, but this time the plot swings slightly wide of the mark. It’s slightly implausible, with a trick solution that just doesn’t leave you with the usual Jo Spain sparkle.

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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 Cusnormatomer
  • 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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  • 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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  • Janet Ava
  • 04-05-2021

Jo Spain obsessed!

Third Jo Spain book, love the narrator, love the Irish accent. Enjoyed the story a lot, got to know the characters from the last two books.
The twists & turns didn’t disappoint, safe to say I’m a fan.

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  • LJB
  • 18-04-2021

Great story telling.

Great story loved the ending. It’s Very atmospheric and kept me hooked to the end.

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  • Mrs B.
  • 26-02-2021

Loved this book!

I love the narrator of these stories. Her vocal character range is amazing. This story is my favourite so far. Can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Fee
  • 13-02-2021

Quite enjoyable

Quite good, but it didn’t have the weight or depth of the previous books, in my opinion, neither in topic nor characters. But still about to listen to the next.

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