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?
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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.
©2005 Sue Williams (P)2006 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic reviews

"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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4 out of 5 stars
By Helen on 01-09-10

Persevere!

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Steve on 24-04-16

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?

No

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Pamela Harvey on 31-12-09

Riveting...almost!

I loved this book - I am an admirer of true crime, plus the writing really put the Australian scene on the radar as a major character.
Additionally, the author goes into the life circumstances and backgrounds of all the main characters, which I really appreciated, as it gives context to their attitudes and behaviors and to how they live out their lives.

I am only giving it 4 stars because I didn't think the ending went far enough towards resolution...i.e. where are the major players now and what are they doing? How has what happened to the main protagonist affected her life now? I just thought things ground to a halt that was way too abrupt.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Adell on 03-01-08

Gulp...

Interesting story but wayyyy too much gulping sounds from narrator. Couldn't that be edited out? Enjoy the story, swallow by swallow.

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