For 15-year-old Gemma, it is already too late. Her body is found in the nave of a church in Ealing, West London. At first, all the signs point to suicide. But then the autopsy suggests it was not, and Detective Inspector Mark Tartaglia and the Barnes murder squad are called in.For Tartaglia and his team it is just a matter of time before the tragedy repeats itself.Writing in the tradition of Ruth Rendell, PD James and Val McDermid, Elena Forbes has created a team of police detectives who are as intriguing as they are successful.More
"An original and compelling portrait of a murderer." (Sunday Times)
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The plot was not very interesting, the writing was weak and the characters were confusing, it was hard to work out who was who it was bland and boring
a accent that possibly adds to the story, I'm not sure, but he is a good narrator it was just a weak book.
i probably wouldn't have bothered with the book at all
im glad I didn't pay full price for this.
A Great Introduction To A Detective Series
I haven't read the print version but found the narration brilliant and the application of voices and accents spot on; with enough character variation without being overpowering.
I found the character development was strong, gradual and effective, something which can be missed in detective/crime novels where the mystery itself is so intricate and important. But I can't wait to get stuck into another novel with DI Tartaglia and his team and find out more about the (hopefully) ongoing back stories.
Perhaps oddly, the opening scene. It was powerful and drew me in completely. And of course the very final scene that leaves me hoping that there is more to come in terms of this story and the characters it affects.
Yes; I actually did! It was only a 4-5 hour one but I listened while working online from home and was able to stay absorbed throughout. I had to occasionally hit the 30 second rewind when something I was working on made my mind drift and I didn't want to miss important parts or character names but was generally hooked throughout.
An easy listen with good characters and a strong story. Unpredictable twists and turns throughout that keep you guessing even when you do start to suspect. Highly recommended.
- Emma North