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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
4.5 out of 5 stars (71 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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  • Debbie
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  • 06-10-2019

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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  • Wendy Holton
  • 18-09-2019

Didn't see that coming!

Built up very slowly, took a while to establish the characters and settings but it was all worth it. Twists and turns like I've never heard before. Gripping! Great narration again! Just loved it!

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  • Richard
  • 10-09-2019

Sorry to say disappointed

The beginning of this book started well, and the ending chapters were exciting, but for me the middle chapters dragged and I nearly gave up on the book. To much padding for my taste. The narrator was very good.

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  • R. J. Gladden
  • 10-09-2019

Another stunner

Stuck in bed with a broken ankle, I need loads of Audible listens to see me through. I have just discovered Jo Spain and what an amazing author she is. Truly enjoyed this story which wove in murder along with a history lesson on the use of mental health asylums and treatment. Truly shocking but the story rattles on mercilessly and the ending, when it came, was a huge surprise. I do not intend to get well until I’ve listened to all of Jo Spain’s books.

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  • dale_mcewan
  • 10-09-2019

ENJOYED THE STORY AND THE HISTORY - WELL RESEACHED

I enjoyed this audiobook, although I did battle with the Irish accent at times. I also had a few problems with the quality of the recording. Anyway, overall I found the story gripping and full of tension. I knew little of the mental institutions and the horrific methods used, not only in Ireland, but all over the western world, The story itself is exciting, not always plausible, however I did enjoy it enough to finish it and recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-2019

the darkest place

i i struggled to get into this one at the beginning. But in the end was just as excellent as the others

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  • Silver Fox
  • 05-08-2019

Back on form

Narration terrific, love the regional accents.

Story well considered and strong as usual.

Thoroughly enjoyable with feet up in the garden and a cuppa.

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  • handbag crazy
  • 05-06-2019

Disappointing

Couldnt get into it. Returned after a few chapters
Like the narrator but story strange

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-2019

loved it

loved it another great book by jo Spain and this narrator is fantastic . highly recommended

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  • Georgina Gatfield
  • 07-03-2019

Her best so far

I'm still reeling from the solution to this one! Can't wait for the next one!