London is in the grip of a barbaric serial killer, dubbed Herod by the tabloid press. Four pregnant women have been abducted in quick succession, their bodies mutilated and dumped. When a fifth pregnant woman, Julia Caton, is taken from her home in the dead of night, DCI David Rosen knows that time is running out to save her... Then Rosen gets a mysterious phone call from Father Sebastian Flint, an enigmatic priest who seems to know rather too much about the abductions. When it emerges that Father Flint was once the Vatican's leading expert on the occult, the investigation takes an increasingly disturbing turn. But it isn't until Rosen discovers the existence of an ancient text - said to be the devil's answer to the bible - that the true horror of Herod's plan begins to unfold. Rosen is drawn inexorably to the killer's lair, where he will discover a terrible truth - that Herod's retribution is absolute, and that there are far worse things than death...
Mark Roberts was born and raised in Liverpool and was educated at St. Francis Xavier's College. He was a teacher for twenty years and he received a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for best new play of the year. The Sixth Soul is his first novel for adults.
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By Damian Roberts on 19-03-13
The Sixth Soul - I loved it!
I'm not a huge fan of crime novels, but from the very start this one had me gripped. This is an intellegent, tight and well crafted novel where none of the elements are ever overplayed. For example, there's a welcome absence of the frantic plot twists that others rely too much on. Mark Roberts clearly knows how to tell a great story and does so here with aplomb. Joe Jameson also does a fine job with the narration.
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By andrea on 21-04-13
This was an ok listen but overall I found the plot very predictable and some of the writing quite forced/unnatural. Additionally, I found the narrator a little annoying if I'm honest. The voices of the various characters, both male and female, ended up sounding like comedy caricatures. Not the worst listen but light years away from the best in my opinion.
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