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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
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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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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!

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-06-2020

Great writing - annoying narrating

Jo Spain is a fantastic writer, really enjoy her books but finding it hard to get past this narrator’s “male” voices - quite annoying!

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  • Karen
  • 27-05-2020

Excellent

My favourite in the series so far. I can always work out a twist early but I never seen this one. Love Jo Spain - fab author. I have listened to thousands of audiobooks and Aoife McMahon is one of the best narrators. Her subtle change of voice for different characters is excellent, they feel alive and real. Straight on to the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-2020

Loving this series of books, great narration too

On my fourth book now, really good insight into Ireland in the recent past, chilling

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  • patriciahulme
  • 08-03-2020

Excellent listening

Another hit very well read and a gripping story just listened for the second time and enjoyed it just as much second time round.

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  • annie21
  • 23-02-2020

loved it as usual

harrowing funny a real twist at the endloved it onto the next one narrator brilliant

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  • Rosie @ 36
  • 20-02-2020

Interesting.

This was a an interesting story with twists and turns I didn’t suspect. I enjoyed the first book in the series, but skipped the second due to its bad reviews on the narrator, that’s an important part of an audio book to me. Now about to start book 4