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When Darkness Calls

Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
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When Darkness Calls is the first in a new crime thriller series starring forensic psychologist Holly Wakefield. For fans of Patricia Cornwell, Val McDermid, Robert Galbraith and the TV crime series Luther and Strike

Do you dare to look into the eye of a serial killer?

Holly Wakefield works for the NHS as a criminal psychologist specialising in serial killers. She has particular reason to be good at her job - but she keeps that to herself. 

When DI Bishop from the Met Police approaches Holly to investigate a recent killing, Holly is horrified by the dismembered bodies and the way they have been theatrically positioned. More shocking still is when the pathologist reveals this is not the first time she has seen these mutilations. It means a serial killer is out there, and they're going to kill again - soon. 

Holly is used to chasing serial killers. But this killer has something in common with Holly that she's kept hidden for as long as she can remember. And for the first time since she was a child, Holly is forced to face the darkness of her past....

A gripping thriller set in London, featuring a criminal psychologist who specialises in hunting serial killers and has hidden reasons for being unnervingly good at her job....

©2019 Mark Griffin (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-2020

Good but...

It was good but predictable. Cant say I was too surprised by the mystery of it all, if anything it was all out there to be seen. I like the main characters but I'm not in love with how the book played out, it was a great plot executed poorly.

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 06-05-2019

100% recommended

This was a totally absorbing and highly rewarding story about a profiler with a secret or two, a series of brutal crimes stretching back futher than anyone could have known and a startling finale.

Tamsin Kennard narrated it beautifully, she is fast becoming one of my favourite narrators.

I wholeheartedly recommend this title and am hoping there will be a book 2 about Holly in the near future.

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  • Cathryn B.
  • 21-06-2019

Gave up

I got to chapter 10 and gave up. unfortunately this book couldn't keep my attention. It was just too slow moving for me.

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  • Melanie D
  • 24-05-2019

Solid thriller with nice twists and turns

As the review title says. This is a well-crafted thriller and has been something I've enjoyed having accompany me in the car as I run errands - I may have occasionally sat in the car for longer than was necessary just to finish a chapter, which is a good sign here. There are the inevitable occasional mispronunciations that irritate me about most audiobooks, but for the most part this is well-performed and enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Nadia David
  • 29-10-2019

Fantastic book

I love the book...I have read the paperback and wanted to listen to the audio book version but I have to say I wish they had picked someone else to read it as I don't feel that the lady does the book justice sadly

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  • Miss Heather J Bacon
  • 16-01-2020

Suspend your disbelief

A reasonable detective thriller but several gaping plot holes
A 'profiler' (though the term is generally not used in the UK) with no obvious qualifications, no concept of patient confidentiality and who realistically would never form part of a murder investigation team without any case she's involved in getting thrown out of court due to (unrealistic spoiler). Ditto, that due to (spoiler) it is vanishingly unlikely she'd be employed in her job.
A police team with zero knowledge of obvious and high profile serial killers
A Police DI who sends the SIO home from a serial murder investigation to 'spend time with his family'
Characterisation is poor and storyline seems utterly implausible - certainly not on the level of Val McDermid or Robert Galbraith
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