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This opening book shows much promise for the series going forwards. For me the early parts of the book didn’t work as well as the second half though. There was what felt like a slightly incongruous mix of some very hard action scenes, character development and some detailed explanations of forensic techniques which lead to an uneven pace. The descriptions of advanced DNA techniques in particular did seem to have been inserted to demonstrate knowledge rather than add to the plot. This is probably a reflection of the fact that A D Garret is actually a pseudonym for the joint authors: novelist, Margaret Murphy, and forensic scientist, Dave Barclay.
Up until about half way through I was thinking that while the book was developing reasonably the uneven pace was going to taint it. However, after that the authors seemed to move up another gear and the story and characters developed into what I thought was an excellent finale. By this point the forensic science was still in evidence but it was very much in step with the story adding detail and plot depth rather than slowing events down for occasional lectures.
The narration by Lucy Price-Lewis impressed me. This is a book with a large variety of characters including some rather macho and nasty males and interesting regional accents so a tough gig. She built the tension and the excitement adeptly up to the conclusion.
All in all a good read, I do feel some of the earlier parts could have done with some stricter editing, not a great deal, but definitely some. What this volume does show is that when Murphy and Barclay get it right they deliver finely detailed plots based on expert knowledge that rival most in the genre in terms of excitement and tension.
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Parts were very unbelievable and I found myself muttering 'for gods sake' more than once and 'ridiculous !!
There was an awful lot of very graphic violence which I thought was there more for the shock value than the story line.
I did not enjoy the narration, none of the accents rang true, wimpy women and posh boy voices that sounded too forced, and awful northern accents.
All in all an awful story made worse by the narrater
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