And Then the Darkness

  • by Sue Williams
  • Narrated by Kate Hood
  • 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

And Then the Darkness is a gripping account of the disappearance in the Australian Outback of English tourist Peter Falconio. His girlfriend, Joanne Lees, was found cut, bleeding and wandering the highway, her hands bound. Joanne's account of her ordeal sparked a frenzy of media interest and the biggest manhunt ever mounted in Australia. Questions arose about the police operation and about Joanne herself. Award-winning journalist and columnist Sue Williams delves into the saga as it unfolds, finding a policeman willing to risk everything to crack the case, a journalist hell-bent on proving Joanne a liar, endless conspiracy theories, countless devastated lives in both Britain and Australia, and, ultimately, an explosive finale.


Audible Editor Reviews

Kate Hood delivers a rousing performance of And Then the Darkness a nonfiction book by Sue Williams. Peter Falconio and Joanne Lees, an English couple, set off for an adventure in the Australian Outback. Joanne was later found wandering by a highway with her hands bound and tape in her hair. She told police that a stranger had shot Peter and tied her up, but she had managed to escape. A massive manhunt ensued, but soon the media began to question both the authorities and Joanne. Was she telling the truth? Who was the stranger? Would justice ever be served?


What the Critics Say

"This skillfully woven recreation of events reads so much like a seriously creepy novel, it well may have you swearing off outback holidays forever. All the detail and facts, however, have been accrued from some serious journalistic digging, and it's the density of detail, along with its ominous atmosphere, that is the true gold." ( Australian Women's Weekly)
"Like good crime fiction, And Then the Darkness presents us with clearly drawn characters and a satisfying denouement." ( The Age)


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Customer Reviews

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The start is horribly patronising and very difficult to listen to if you are british, and especially if you have any connection wtih yorkshire (although the author describes Huddersfield as a midlands town!) I almost gave up listening early on as I found it infuriating verging on insulting. However, it is well worth persevering with and quickly turns into a very gripping account of their trip and is very easy to listen to and follow. Not advisable for parents of young people planning a similar tour, as the author is very fond of recounting other notorious cases! However, an excellent book and very well written and read - although it may very well change your views of certain british journalist and newspapers.
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- Helen

A sinister story with a potential twist

What did you like most about And Then the Darkness?

The in depth focus on the people and events before and after, it gives a complete picture.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not sure this applies to this true story, the focus and parallels of the characters and their backgrounds takes some getting through but is worth while.

Have you listened to any of Kate Hood’s other performances? How does this one compare?


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, it is pieced together very well once you get through the beginning.

Any additional comments?

The is a true story well read.

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- Steve

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2007
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd