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Publisher's Summary

On Sunday, February 3rd 1990, seven-year-old Danny Redpath disappeared from his home. Four months later, his body was found in the nearby forest, washed clean of all evidence. Over time, more bodies were discovered; more families devastated forever.

Apprehended while attempting to abduct another child, Jonathan Egan-Walsh was charged with the murders of thirteen boys. Convicted on all counts, he received life in prison and went unrepentant, still refusing to reveal the whereabouts of one of his victims, Zachery Marshall.

Twenty-five years later, Zachery’s mother Diane is still searching for his body. When Jonathan dies in custody, she realises she will never know its location – until she receives a letter he left in his cell, in which he admits he was guilty of all the crimes of which he was accused, except the murder of her son.

Diane tracks down the woman in charge of the case at the time, former DI Caroline Turner, and together with Jonathan’s biographer Alex Frost they start to investigate. Could this be the killer’s final twist of the knife – or is he telling the truth at long last? Sooner or later, this secret buried and undisturbed for a quarter of a century will come to light.

©2020 Michael Wood (P)2020 Audible Studios

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Fantastic Story

I listened to this book as I love Joanne Froggatt's narration. She brings the stories she reads to life and this book is outside of my usual genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story started out a bit flimsy I thought but the complexity developed throughout and it was a great listen. I pegged the crux of the story about 1/2 way through, but the author keeps you guessing with how the story develops. Worth a listen for sure, it was great!

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Awesome audio/book!!!

Absolutely love Joanne !!! Mathews voice suited the character. Book was well written now hooked on the writing. Liked you interviewed the author afterwords.

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  • Kelly
  • 20-03-2020

Seriously? Why the good reviews?

I couldn't tell one character from another... man from woman because the narrator didn't change her voice even a little. She also sounded rushed.
The premise of the story was also highly improbable. A retired cop and author of the book about this serial killer get together and try to find who killed missing victim #7 because the killer insists on his deathbed it wasn't him. Where for me it goes off the rails, is when we realize the killer is distantly related which explains the clothes the police found in his house with the other victims. Uhm, flimsy explaination. There are so many trite remarks and silly plot holes not to mention dialogue. It's weird to have a high soft voice as a man too. The first part explanting there mothers grief is very good. The search for the real killer is predictable and amateurish. The rave reviews shock me now that I'm in it. I'll finish but I'm skipping to the end. To be honest it's a bit of a mess.

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  • Trudi
  • 01-04-2021

interesting

good story line.
draws you in and might surprise you!
not too much gore, more mystery and not a lot of bad language (bonus for me!)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-05-2020

Great crime story.

Between the storyline and the narrator's, it was hard to pause the book and it kept me guessing about the ending all the way through.

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  • Austin
  • 08-03-2020

Great Book

this isnt my normal choice of book but the synopsis caught my attention

Joanne reads this book really well and her different characters voices are easily distinguishable, believable and the story is heartfelt

would highly recommend

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  • CathSim1971
  • 08-03-2020

fantastic read

have read this author from the first publication, this one is completely different from his other series.
i would highly recommend this book, its just a shame its not in print yet

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  • JillyB
  • 15-03-2020

Kept me guessing to the last word!

I guessed the killer half a dozen times, yep got it right but changed my mind, again and again! Really enjoyed this book, so much so have downloaded one of his other books to read!
Good plot, characters well like in life some really nice others not quite so nice. Liked the dual narration- didn’t think I was going to but it worked well, and both narrators were very good.
Would recommend!

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  • Mandieh
  • 14-03-2020

Fantastic!

Joanne Froggatt is amazing!!! It was like 'watching' a film she was that brilliant! I didn't want it to end!

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  • mazza_forever
  • 17-03-2020

Gripping

This story has depth and sensitivity but is a roller coaster of twists and turns. The characters were relatable and helped by the superb narration. I really enjoyed this book. The abrupt ending comes as something of a surprise, probably moreso because I wasn't ready for it to end. But the characters portrayed surprise too because of the outcome. Highly recommend.

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  • Gwyneth Smith
  • 15-03-2020

Very credible story

A very well written book. The narrators did an excellent job. One of the best things about this book was that, unlike many other books, nothing was repeated just to pad the story out. Every moment, every word was fresh and I found myself replaying parts to make sure I didn't miss a thing.
will be listening to more by this author.

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  • Bernieb
  • 17-10-2020

Brilliant

Love the narrators voice . Could not put the listening down ... have found a new author 😀

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  • Kirry
  • 27-03-2020

Just ‘fine’!

Starting with the positives, I found the performances in this book were very good. Usually I’m fussy when it comes to accents and such, but found nothing particularly grated on me during the entirety of the book.

I spotted one error, where Diane was mentioned when it should’ve been Caroline, in Chapter 55 — not sure if this was down to the narrator or whether this was actually in the book. Was surprised such an error existed though.

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In terms of plot line, unfortunately didn’t find it all that exciting. If I hadn’t already guessed the outcome, there’s a large enough hint fairly early on in the book.

Not sure why there was such suspicion surrounding the suicide at the end, seemed a bit pointless.

A bit of a boring book I’m afraid. But liked the exploration of characters.

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  • GE Sharpe
  • 15-08-2021

Intriguing with a good plot and a twist

Nicely narrated by Joanne Froggatt, all her characterisations were beautifully crafted and very believable. Good plot, interesting insights into the main protagonist, perhaps a few loose ends? We had just been to Lincolnshire on holiday, so all the names and places resonated. Slight question mark over the Skegness to Cardiff 3hr journey time…… we’re they taking a rocket??? 😆

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  • Marguerite
  • 11-06-2021

Brilliant

Best book I've listened too in a long time, & i listen to a lot of books

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