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Daniel and Laura are a young couple undergoing a trip of a lifetime before settling down to a life of domestic bliss. Their plans however are brutally disrupted during a train journey in Romania and the discovery of something so terrible that it threatens their sanity and even their lives.
This is a tightly plotted drama that steers off the predictable route. I expected this to be a ‘stalker in the woods’ type story but it is actually mainly set in London and depicts the couple’s struggle to return to some sort of normality. Mark Edwards is proving to be very good at writing grippingly paced thrillers based around very ordinary and likeable people. Admittedly the plot stretches to being a bit far fetched in places, but this is more than made up by the truly horrific situation it describes and the excellent twist at the end.
James Langton delivers a sound and subtle performance and I would be more than happy to listen to him again. Overall I thought this was thoroughly absorbing from start to finish and was one of those stories that was very difficult to tear myself away from.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
I was suckered in by the reviews...this story was terrible! The characters whiny and pathetic and unlikeable. What they "see in Romania" isn't the worst thing in the planet and I kept waiting for there to be something else....a clue as to why the poor, rich, privileged & emotionally frail Laura was such a basket case! The story is so convoluted and implausible and the narrator sounded like he was falling asleep half the time.
The big mystery was easy to figure out and the end was absolutely silly. The author resorted to a final twist! Surprise! Which made me hate the character more.
Move on, pick another book! You'll be glad you passed this one up.
170 of 176 people found this review helpful
A decent suspense novel, but the ending was somewhat lacking in impact, and the epilogue seemed like it was thrown in last-minute. Also, it almost seems like, about half way through writing the story, the author decided to change the story from a supernatural suspense into a simple suspense\mystery. While still a good novel, i was somewhat let down when all the build-up toward a supernatural bend was forsaken for a logical, albeit ridiculously far-fetched, answer. Worth a read, but probably not a novel i'd read twice.
37 of 38 people found this review helpful