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John Nicholl is one of the very few authors that I both read and listen to, not in whispersync, but at entirely different times. His work is so well constructed, so carefully thought out that it warrants two bites of the cherry. Jake Urry's narration style is such that if he read out the phone book you'd be both fascinated and terrified. The 'mash-up' of Mr Nicholl's words and Mr Urry's narration results in complete perfection. Audio books don't come better than this. If A Mind to Kill was a lager, I'd go as far as to say it would probably be the best lager in the world. The sub text of A Mind to Kill is totally mind blowing; we have law but do we have justice? Would anyone say that Rebecca was totally in her right mind when she committed the murders? Does it not seem, by her behaviour and her speech, that she is deeply disturbed as a result of Sheridan's abuse? The book is a very telling indictment of the way in which children, who are brave enough to name their abusers, get treated by the courts and defence barristers. Mr Nicholl cleverly stops the book from being too bleak with the addition of DI Gareth Gravel, or Grav, as he prefers to be known. Grav's misogyny and total disregard for authority provide some welcome humour, making the balance of tone absolutely perfect. Anyone who cares what happens to the victims of child abuse should read this book. I feel proud and privileged to recommend this outstanding audio book to everyone.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
I cannot find fault with this. As dark, bloody and satisfying as every other book. It just ticks every box for me. The torture scenes are gruesome. I couldnt help but laugh at her endless dilema of what to do with the bodies. I was SO thrilled with this book that I dont know what on earth to listen to next. Not for the faint hearted. But what a fabulous heroine. Also, does Jake Urry do personal narrations? He could narrate my shopping list and Id be spellbound. What a great, dark combo of voice and story. Thank you both.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
Rebecca was abused when she was young and the abuser escaped prosecution. Now Rebecca is intent on getting her own revenge on men who are predators. She poses as a young child and lures them to her place. It's a case of once you enter, you never leave!!!
This book was such a hard book to read. My heart broke for Rebecca!! The abuse she suffered when she was young deeply affected her, but no one knows how deep. All she wants is to stop what happened to her, happening to other young people. It was hard to read about what the men sent her, thinking she was only young. This happens in real life!! What those men were sending her, happens in real life!! It's sickening to think there are people out there who do that, and it's frightening to think of what the kids see and how someone can manipulate them to not tell.
Rebecca can justify what she does, but the way she relishes in their pain is hard to bear. The author really makes you see how something can impact a life. While I know the law is there for a reason, I can see why Rebecca too the law into her own hands. Since her own abuser got off, what's to stop others? I didn't like Rebecca, but I understood where she was coming from.
This was the first full book that I've read by this author, but it won't be my last. He has a way of packing a punch into his writing and really making me feel, think and question things. I will definitely have to check out more by him.
Jake Urry read this perfectly. His tones and cadences were spot on and he really gave me the chills when he was portraying the Pedophiles. He really is an amazing narrator.
I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
A gripping story of psychosis and revenge, 'A Mind to Kill' is a thriller you won't want to miss! A young woman, abused in childhood, now works for the police by day and is a vigilante killer by night. As she commits more crimes, her grip on her sanity and ability to elude authorities dwindles. Detective Inspector Gravel is called back from a forced vacation to take lead on the case as the dead bodies pile up. I will say no more for fear of spoilers, but I will say that this was the best book I've listened to in a while. Jake Urry is an expert narrator and John Nicholl doesn't miss a beat. I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone who likes the murder/mystery genre.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful