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Summary

It is a hot summer's day in the tourist village of Avebury. A man sits outside the Red Lion pub, waiting. He sees a woman with three young children, two of them running ahead while their sister dawdles behind. A child's voice catches on the breeze.

For want of anything more interesting to do, the man watches. He sees nothing sinister or threatening. Even when another figure enters his field of vision, he does not react. The figure is ordinary - male, short-haired, stockily built. But he is moving fast, at a loping run.

And then it happens.

In one swift movement, the running man grabs the youngest child and carries her away. Still the man outside the pub does not react. Suddenly, a white transit van bursts into view, its engine racing, its rear door slamming shut. The child and her abductor are inside. The child's sister rushes forward. The man outside the pub jumps up....

The tragedy begins at Avebury. But it does not end there.

©2010 Robert Goddard (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Its one of the best crime thrillers I have read !!

After about three pages l knew it was going to be a great read, it kept up a brilliant story line right to the end, l would suggest that a lot more people give it a try.

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Sight Unseen

Goddard is a very accomplished author and I have always enjoyed his books. However Sight Unseen is a tortuous read/listen. Far too complicated and a massive amount of detailed historical detail which made following the story line very difficult. I persisted because the characters were well drawn.

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Perhaps I have read too many

I like Robert Goddard books, I really do and this was no exception, twists and turns and a convoluted plot but I wish he could change his main characters, middle aged men veering towards a failure label. It doesn't detract from the plot but it lends the book a fatalistic feel.
Still, a good story

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Ok but..

Well read but not as gripping as I had hoped from Goddard as the plot is rather convoluted and becomes a bit too far fetched. Struggled to keep interested to the end.

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Gripping mystery

Enjoyed this, good voices even though I,d read it before, it came alive by the reader.

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Excellent read

Loved this book. Lots of twists and turns
Kept my interest and would recommend it

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Awful, tedious dialogue

I totally failed to engage with this one. Far too much historical detail to be entertaining. Dialogues that became monologues that went on and on. Totally un-natural. I wasn't able to "suspend disbelief" and imagine I was there. It was a struggle to get to the end. I really don't understand the average rating of 4.3 given for this book. It's terrible.
The basic story is just about an abduction that took place 24 years ago. The police failed to solve the crime at the time. Now one of the witnesses and a retired police detective take it upon themselves to do some amateur investigation.

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Slow & Boring

Dull as dishwater. Silly improbable tale wrapped up in a history lesson. Not at all entertaining, I carried on listening in the hope it would get better, too late I realised I was to be disappointed.

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Interesting

The best book I’ve listened to in lockdown thank for a most interesting story and history lesson 🥰

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It's a Goddard - of course it's brilliant!

I struggled for the first few chapters, to be drawn in, but when I was, it was unputdownable. Good storyline with the usual historical hook, believable characters and a plot that wasn't over-convoluted, but enough to keep the guessing just off-kilter. Goddard's writing never ceases to attract.

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