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Unfinished Business

By: Shankari Chandran
Narrated by: Nicholas Brown, Pallavi Sharda
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Sri Lanka, 2009. Decades of civil war and bloodshed are being brought to an end at last – by any means necessary. In the capital, Colombo, tenacious journalist Ameena Fernando is murdered, execution-style, on a busy street near her home, with no witnesses.

With pressure growing to find Ameena’s killers, CIA agent Ellie Harper is sent to seek justice for the journalist’s death with strict instructions: Find something, but not too much. It’s her first time returning to the island after her last mission went tragically awry four years prior, and Ellie has more than one ghost to lay to rest. Amidst the international scheming and jostling for stakes in post-war Sri Lanka, Ellie follows the trail of secrets on a mission to uncover a truth worth killing for.

Shankari Chandran is an Australian Tamil lawyer and author of best-selling Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens and Song of the Sun God. Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens won the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award 2023.

'An explosive thriller that pulses with the weight of history. Forget James Bond, Ellie Harper is the real deal.' Dinuka McKenzie

'Tense, gritty and deeply urgent, Unfinished Business is an action-packed thriller with international intrigue and real-world heft.' Ashley Kalagian Blunt, bestselling author of Dark Mode

'Passionate and courageous – a thrilling tale of espionage and intrigue and a high-stakes rollercoaster by one of Australia's most exciting writers' Caroline Overington

This audiobook is a work of fiction. Names, characters, companies and events are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, companies or events is entirely coincidental.

©2024 Shankari Chandran (P)2024 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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A thrilling listen in all the best ways

I listened to this on the recommendation of a friend, and I'm so glad I did. There were chapters that left me absolutely sobbing, and others that had my heart racing. I wasn't expecting the background sound, but when I got used to it, it actually really helped me get into the story. I usually listen to audiobooks when I'm walking the dog, so the background sounds transported me from the Inner West to the Sri Lankan jungle! The story was darker than I thought it would be, but really, I should have expected that since it takes place during a genocide! The performances from the readers really held my hand through the most heartbreaking scenes. Highly recommend, and will be looking for more stories like this.

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Compelling story

The story although I found a little confusing at times was well narrated giving it a realistic feel. The villain at the end was a surprise to me.

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A great read

Exciting plot and well drawn characters. Time and place in an era and geography I knew little about. Wonderful narration too

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Unfinished Business is thrilling!

I was completely sucked in by this audiobook! Shankari Chandran is a talented Australian writer and this is so different from her last book, but but equally enthralling. Loved the narration too!

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Brilliant story, brilliant sound, brilliant acting!

LOVED! Such beautiful and gripping writing from Shankari, this drew me in and I couldn’t put it down. Some parts of the book gave me goosebumps, particularly some of the male narrator scenes - goosebumps and tears in a couple of his chapters!!
Wasn’t expecting Sound effects in this but they were great. It really boosted the story and put you in the scenes with the actors. Made it feel immersive and took me out of the real world and had me in Ellie’s world with her. An enthralling and poignant must listen!

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Wow! a gripping ride

Absolutely gripping storytelling that had me on the edge of my seat more than once, and I didn't expect to cry as much as I did. Ellie Harper is a fantastic character, so flawed and haunted

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Spy thriller unlike any other

Flawed, complex characters and Jason Bourne like action, set in turbulent, heartbreaking Sri Lankan political landscape. This was not what I expected but I was really sucked in. The sound design upped the suspense and I listened to this in three sessions.

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Crime, drama, political, defining

Love the balance of so many themes in this novel. And love the references to Cinnamon Gardens, very different novels but loved both

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A beautifully crafted story that Draws you in with every word. Well written and very well worth a listen//read

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Biased and inaccurate

A very one sided fictional story using the Sri Lankan war as the background which finished in 2009. Most of the story regarding the war was heavily exaggerated and the writer totally seems to promote the ideas of the Tamil Tigers diaspora. No real mention of all the suicide bombings and innocent civilian massacres done by the tigers in the 30 years of conflict. Not really sure what the writer is trying to achieve by re-opening old wounds of a country for the large part is now very peaceful.

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