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Summary

From the best-selling author of With Our Blessing and Sleeping Beauties comes a gripping new mystery.

'Island of the Lost was the isle's name long before the hospital was built. In winter, they say the fog falls so heavy there that you can't see your hand in front of your face. Storms rage so forcefully you can be blown from the cliffs. Once St. Christina's was built, the name took on a new meaning. Very few who went into that place ever left.'

Christmas day, and DCI Tom Reynolds receives an alarming call. A mass grave has been discovered on Oileán na Caillte, the island which housed the controversial psychiatric institution St. Christina's. The hospital has been closed for decades, and onsite graves were tragically common. Reynolds thinks his adversarial boss is handing him a cold case to sideline him. 

But then it transpires another body has been discovered amongst the dead - one of the doctors who went missing from the hospital in mysterious circumstances 40 years ago. He appears to have been brutally murdered. As events take a sudden turn, nothing can prepare Reynolds and his team for what they are about to discover once they arrive on the island....

©2018 Joanne Spain (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

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Fantastic all round !

Two weeks ago I had never heard of Jo Spain, I then bought the first book in the Tom Reynolds series to listen to at the start of my holiday, I was so impressed by the the depth of the story, it’s many twists and turns and the characters that I quickly got through the other 3 novels culminating in The Darkest Place which came out yesterday and I have just finished. Jo Spain is a very talented story teller and with each novel her skill shines through in a way that only the top authors manage to do and her confidence grows as the series progresses. These books are full of complex plot lines which keep you guessing right the way through the novels and although quite dark in places Jo Spain deals with the issues with compassion and sensitivity. The characters relationships matures through all 4 books and there are plenty of lighter moments within the team of detectives. If you are looking for well written novels that are full of very realistic characters who soon become people you could really care about then the Tom Reynolds books are for you, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed by these books. I hope that Jo Spain will continue to bring us many more adventures with Tom Reynolds and his team, I really look forward to the day when I hear that she is about to publish her next novel, they really are brilliant in every way.
Aoife McMahon does a fantastic job of narrating these books and her lovely accent only adds to atmosphere of the novels, between them both they have created a winning combination from start to finish, long may it continue !!!!

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Good but not her best

The team are back on the job, but this time the plot swings slightly wide of the mark. It’s slightly implausible, with a trick solution that just doesn’t leave you with the usual Jo Spain sparkle.

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Another Cracker from Author and Narrator!

Loving this series from Jo Spain, this was a great story with more twists and anticipation built in. The subplots of the characters themselves are also gathering pace and we're starting to get a real feel for Tom and his team.
Aoife McMahon is probably the best narrator I've come across, her tone and pace are perfect and she is excellent with the various accents of each character.
Really looking forward to the next book in this series

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wonderful narrator.

Aoife McMahon is brilliant as the narrator. Seamless perfect switches of accent, perfect pacing and a lovely voice brings the characters alive.

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The Darkest Place

This was a really good thriller. Lots of layers and twists. I enjoyed it very much. The narration was extremely good.

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GRIPPING!!

Yet another excellent plot and performed by the best narrator possible...you won't be disappointed with the author or narrator!

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Jo Spain obsessed!

Third Jo Spain book, love the narrator, love the Irish accent. Enjoyed the story a lot, got to know the characters from the last two books.
The twists & turns didn’t disappoint, safe to say I’m a fan.

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Great story telling.

Great story loved the ending. It’s Very atmospheric and kept me hooked to the end.

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Loved this book!

I love the narrator of these stories. Her vocal character range is amazing. This story is my favourite so far. Can’t wait for the next one!

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Quite enjoyable

Quite good, but it didn’t have the weight or depth of the previous books, in my opinion, neither in topic nor characters. But still about to listen to the next.

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  • Mom2fourgifts B
  • 21-11-18

Great Narrator of a Great Story!!

Great Story with a twist at the end that I was not expecting!
The narrator was Superb!

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  • 19-11-21

Put This Irish Mystery on Your List!

I’m a huge fan of Tana French, Dervla McTiernan, and Jess Kidd (Irish authors, all!). This book is the first I’ve read by Spain, and while her plotting skills are subtler, she is a wonderful writer with an excellent ear for dialogue.

I didn’t know this was the fourth book in the series (audible doesn’t even carry the first few!), but it didn’t matter too much to enjoy the story.

Definitely worth a credit. My only critique is that I felt a bit confused at the end (because I am unfamiliar with the stock characters of the police dept), but again—I don’t think I’m missing much. Looking forward to reading more, and I’m surprised how few ratings she has here. I hope Audible makes some of her books available through the plus catalog; I think she’d find a great fan base here (especially with A.M. as the reader). She is wonderful (per usual!).

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  • Empress Karen
  • 24-03-22

Creepy, But A Great Narrator

$10 members sale, but this is the last time, I do not read the publisher’s summery carefully!!! I purchased as I love Aoife McMahon’s narrations. I went by best selling by this author and suffered 7 hrs of a creepy story. No more for me!!! The summery states controversial psychiatric institution, this was a story of an insane asylum!!! So BEWARE! Do not get me wrong, very clever who dun it mystery, and I love Irish mysteries and brogue, but I had a hard time following this very simple story set on an island. I usually do not mind going back to figure out what clue I missed to make sense of the journey. In this story, I was NOT going back. I do not buy a book for the last two hours of a story.
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  • DB
  • 09-11-21

enjoyed it

I usually keep to books like this but only if about a female main character, read by a female and written by a female. This exception was very enjoyable.

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